My other boats
A couple of months ago it crossed my mind that although there is a PBR
(Patrol Boat River) available as a model kit, there are no vessels out
there that would go with it. I did not want to settle with that and
decided on building a Light Seal Support Craft LSSC in 1:12 scale. The
original dates back into 1967, when Grafton Boat Company of Alton,
Illinois, received a contract to design and build a fast and extraordinary
quiet attack craft to the specifications of the Navy SEALs called LSSC
Light SEAL Support Craft Mk. I.
The real thing had an 24 ft-aloy hull and two 350 HP-Ford Interceptor 427
Mod. „W“ (4V)-engines, allowing for up to 26 knots. Of specil interest was
the radar device manufactured by Raytheon and a wide range of weapons to
be carried, including machine guns 7.66 mm M 60, Browning calibre .50 HB
M2, anti tank weapons M72 or Honeywell´s Mk. 18 grenade launcher. Sixteen
of these craft had been built (hull numbers 24UB6801 to 24UB6816), with
another design emerging in the early 1970s consisting of 22 LSSC Mk. II
(hull numbers 26UB7001 - 26UB7022).
The model is built from scratch and comprises of a GRP hull with a wooden
deck and wooden crew compartment. Instead of two jet drives the boat has a
single Graupner 600-series electric motor and a single prop.
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