Tuesday, March 14

Colours, specs & updated info on the 35th scale LARC-V from DAS WERK

We first saw this kit at the Nuremberg Toy Fair - but now - release dates, colours & updated information has been confirmed about Das Werk's forthcoming 35th scale LARC-V - Early Production kit. See what we found in our preview...

Colours, specs & updated info on the 35th scale LARC-V from DAS WERK

LARC-V - Early Production
From Das Werk
Kit No #35034
1/35th scale
five marking choices included
Photo-etch parts included
The subject: LARC-V Amphibious Cargo Vehicle
LARC-V (Lighter, Amphibious Resupply, Cargo, 5-ton), is an aluminium-hulled amphibious cargo vehicle capable of transporting 5 tons. It was developed in the United States during the 1950's and is still being used in a variety of auxiliary roles up until the present day.
The LARC-V was fielded in 1963 and were used extensively by the U.S. Army for over the beach supply & many other missions during the Vietnam War. 

A few photos of the LARC-V's of the Bundeswehr
In addition to the United States, LARC-Vs have been used by military forces in Australia, Argentina (used by the Argentine Marines during the 1982 invasion of the Falkland Islands), Portugal, Philippines, Singapore and Iceland. Approximately 968 were made. About 500 were destroyed, most by scuttling during the American withdrawal from South Vietnam. About 200 have been retained in U.S. military service. Presently, there are roughly 100 are privately owned LARC-V's that are mostly used for tourism. The German Bundeswehr has already sold all of their units.

The Kit: Das Werk's DW35034 "LARC-V early Version"
Adapted from the recent release from Gecko Models, Das Werk has added value in five new marking choices, Photo-etch and the added details to make the Bundeswehhr, Portuguese, early Vietnam War versions in the US Navy & Army.

There are five marking choices included for several countries inside this box
- Bundeswehr, AmphTrsp/UBtl 2,
early 1970s, Emden, Germany
- „Unsere Marine“ exhibition,
early 1970s, Freiburg, Germany
- US Army, 165th Trans Co (Light Amphibian),
Thon My Thuy, Vietman 1968
- Corpo de Fuzileiros, Portuguese Marine Corps,
2000s, Portugal
- US Navy, Operation Hastings,
1966, Cua Viet, Vietnam
The decal sheet provided for the five marking choices...
This kit is promised around the end of April 2023. There is more information at this link on the Das Werk Website