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Discussion in 'Weapons, Technology & Equipment' started by von Poop, Jun 1, 2007.

  1. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Anyone got any decent colour pictures of wartime LVT amphibians in more 'funky' camouflage schemes than the usual Olive Drab? (specifically looking for the '(A)4' variant but any others would do.)

    Got a couple in recent magazine articles but they're modern restorations or swimming so the scheme isn't clear, those ones appear to be carrying swirls of grey/green/brown.

    Cheers,
    Adam.
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  2. kfz

    kfz Very Senior Member

    whos got a new model then?

    I couldnt find one. I end up doing mine in a Britsh'esc sorta green.
     
  3. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    ;)

    I was gonna buy some etch for it but it has 2 sodding sets... which would cost more than the kit itself...

    Found I've got a colour profile of an Iwo Jima DUKW but it's a rather dull 2 shades of sand over OD, still looking for a more interesting pattern on an LVT.
     
  4. T. A. Gardner

    T. A. Gardner Senior Member

    An interesting one around the time of Iwo Jima was a camoflauge of dark blue similar to navy non-specular blue or ocean blue that was carried by a few of the LVT(g) types.
     
  5. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    I've just read that the Royal Marines were issued 24 LVT(A)4's in February '45. Under the auspices of the 34th Amphibious support Regiment (formed from the same chaps that operated the DDay Centaurs). Training in India, no deployment in WW2 and then a stint of being a 'demonstration regiment' until disbandment in '48. (Looks like the vehicles were used later in Korea.)

    What I'd really like to know though... Is what colour they painted 'em, any ideas?

    I thought possibly the same brownish tone as their Centaurs??

    Cheers,
    Adam.
     
  6. Capt.Sensible

    Capt.Sensible Well-Known Member

  7. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Cheers H,

    I've got :
    (That Fletcher man again) Royal Marine Armoured support group (DDay Centaurs), reconstituted as 29th Infantry Battalion RM, then used to form the 34th Amphibian support Regiment RM in '45.

    Four batteries, two using the 75mm LVT(A)4, the other two being flame and rocket respectively. The 'specials' were mounted on standard LVT's rather than the turreted (A)4.
    Flame equipment was a pair of 'Wasp' projectors on shielded stands (designated 'sea serpent'), trials showed if it got too choppy they just went out. The rocket battery was a dozen of 'em with trays of Hedgehog launchers, 72 shots possible in 3 minutes (ideally that's 864 rockets delivered from the sea, quite a hefty barrage during a beach assault, inaccurate or not!). I've got 'em returning to Britain in '46 but still many of the same blokes performing demonstrations for the next two years.

    But what colour were they?!
    (that's the LVT(A)4's... not the blokes...)

    Quite tempted to find out more about the Rocket launchers, fancy a bit of scratch-building... even though I'm terrible at it.
     
  8. Za Rodinu

    Za Rodinu Hot air manufacturer

    The colour pics I have of them in the Pacific are mid grey, I don't know whether this is what you have in mind.
     
  9. uksubs

    uksubs Senior Member

  10. Slipdigit

    Slipdigit Old Hickory Recon

    I never think of LVT-4 being able to carry that much weight, in water or on land. How much does the Daimler weigh, 5-6 tons (US) or more? I guess I could look it up, but some of you braniacs probably know it off the top of your heads.
     
  11. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    I couldn't believe the size of the LVT itself mate, I'd thought of 'em as small things for years until seeing pictures of all sorts of gear being unloaded.
     
  12. Bodston

    Bodston Little Willy

    I never think of LVT-4 being able to carry that much weight, in water or on land. How much does the Daimler weigh, 5-6 tons (US) or more? I guess I could look it up, but some of you braniacs probably know it off the top of your heads.

    Daimler Dingo is listed as 5725 lbs
     
  13. Bodston

    Bodston Little Willy


    The series was featured in "Classic Military Vehicle" quite recently (May 2007 onwards) is this the 'recent magazine articles' you mentioned? The one I have found shows US Marine corps LVT's in 'Ocean grey' a dark blue/grey. Nothing very fancy.
     
  14. Slipdigit

    Slipdigit Old Hickory Recon

    I guess 5-6 US tons would be a bit long, that's10-12K pounds. Still 2 1/2 tons is a lot of weight for a tracked vehicle to waller around in the water with.
     
  15. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    they were what (somewhat serendipitously) largely answered the first question just after I asked it, Don't remember an RM colour scheme though. I'll double check 'em.
     
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  18. 4th wilts

    4th wilts Discharged

    my grandad was a bofors gunner during the rhine crossing.he said those buffalos were bloody huge things full of infantry.yours,4th wilts.
     
  19. Hman

    Hman Junior Member

  20. Ramiles

    Ramiles Researching 9th Lancers, 24th L and SRY



    Published on 26 Oct 2018
    Another episode in the Tank Chats Funnies Specials, with David Fletcher looking at the weird and wonderful vehicles of 79th Armoured Division led by Major General Percy Hobart, known as 'Hobart's Funnies'.

    The Buffalo, or Landing Vehicle Tracked IV (LVT), is a lightly armoured tracked amphibious carrier. British ‘Buffaloes’ were used in Northern Italy during WW2 and were issued to the 79th Armoured Division in Northwest Europe where they played an important role in the crossing of the Rhine, in 1945. This particular Weasel is amphibious and was used in muddy and wet conditions, rather than directly in water.
     
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