Landing Ship, Tank (LST) was the military designation for naval vessels created during World War II to support amphibious operations by carrying significant quantities of vehicles, cargo and landing troops directly onto an unimproved shore.
The LST building program was unique in several respects. As soon as the basic design had been developed, contracts were let and construction was commenced in quantity before the completion of a test vessel. Preliminary orders were rushed out verbally or by telegrams, telephone and airmail letters. The need for LSTs was urgent and the program enjoyed a high priority throughout the war. Since most shipbuilding activities were located in coastal yards and were largely used for construction of large, deep-draft ships, new construction facilities were established along inland waterways. By 1943, the construction time for an LST had been reduced to four months. By the end of the war, this had been cut to two months.
Throughout the war, LSTs demonstrated a remarkable capacity to absorb punishment and survive; their brilliantly conceived structural arrangement provided unusual strength and buoyancy.
Handcrafted and handpainted wooden model.Details:Scale: 1/175 scale modelWing Span: 4"Length: 24"