Italeri's LCM3 and three man crew comprises 157 parts in crisp grey styrene, plus an additional 134 parts for six infantry figures. The figures are sourced from Dragon, and they are excellent. Their weapons are supplied on a further two plastic sprues. Two spools of thread and decals complete the large package.
The hull is an impressive single moulding. Surface texture on the kit parts is very good. The treadplate on walkways is especially nice, and weld beads on the lower hull and the loading ramp are also noteworthy. Fine details are up to the same standard. The wheel and screws look terrific, while the perforated mounts for the .50 cal guns are remarkably fine.
Options include positionable hatches for the engine room and the wheel house. The loading ramp is hinged to permit raising and lowering after construction.
Handy extras include two life preservers, a tyre, fuel drums, bumpers and various grapplng devices. Two rolls of twine - one grey and one tan - are also supplied to rig the gate and the bumpers. Three US Navy crew figures are a very useful addition. Two of the figures man the .50 cal guns, while one pilots the boat.
Decals are supplied for Pacific and D-Day LCMs. In addition to specific markings suggestions in the instructions, the decals have generic numbers to permit other specific machines to be depicted.
A six-man Infantry load is also included in this package. These are Dragon figures, posed for action. The quality of sculpting and moulding is right up to the high standard of Dragon's latest releases. With their inclusion, the kit is almost a diorama straight from the box.
I have compared the length and height of the Italeri kit with published plans, including a drawing found on the USS Rankin website http://www.ussrankin.org/id40.htm
. The Italeri kit appears to be very close to the dimensions noted on these drawings.