Wednesday, January 30, 2008 - 02:36 AM UTC
Bronco Models takes a dip on the wet side of modeling with their latest upcoming release. The 1/35 Land-Wasser-Schlepper (LSW) was a World War II German amphibious tracked vehicle designed for landing operations. This kit contains hundreds of olive green parts on 9 sprues, 1 sprue of clear parts, a complete set of black workable individual track links and a very detailed hull with complete rivet detail. The completed kit measures about 10" long. Retail cost on this unique vessel is $99.98 and will be available early this year.
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In 1936, the German army general staff needed a special amphibious tracked vehicle for landing operations. The tractor would be able to tow behind it a floating trailer capable of accommodating vehicles or other cargo. On water the tractor would function as a tug for the floating cargo trailer. After landing the tractor would then move the trailer to a safe place to unload the cargo. The project was known as the Land-Wasser-Schlepper (LWS) or, Land Water Tractor.
The unusual LWS was actually a motor tug built with tracks. Despite its looks, the LSW turned out to be a rugged vehicle. On land, the LSW traveled on two long sets of tracks which were guided by four pairs of road wheels suspended from leaf-spring suspensions on each side. For travel through water, the LWS had a clean, pronounced bow, and on top there was a compartment for the crew of three and room for another 20. The funnel-like structure on top of the cabin was actually the engine's air intake. Two large propellers were installed at the rear for propulsion in water. To make the LWS more boat-like there were portholes on both sides of the crew cabin. On land the floating trailer looked like a large slab-sided vehicle, and was supported by wheels on one forward axle and two rear ones. On the aft side of the trailer, a ramp could be opened for unloading. The only drawback of the LWS was that it was unarmed, making it an easy target for the enemy.
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Ahh one of the Unicorns of modeling I know that ADV/Azimut had one of these and Steel Masters magazine has published a very interesting dio with the LandWasserSchlepper Maybe now, more affordable and easier model will produce nice dioramas for our enjoyment! Thanks for sharing Kenny Skipper
JAN 30, 2008 - 02:51 AM
This one works out good for me, combining armor and ships. As Will Smith said "I gotta get me one of these!"
JAN 30, 2008 - 03:09 AM
We were sent images of the WIP of the kit back in November. If you haven't seen them, here they are: Oh, my apologies - I should have posted this News Story here as well - my bad! https://armorama.kitmaker.net/news/3182
FEB 23, 2008 - 09:57 PM
Hey Jim, Do you know if they are offering this kit now? Looks to be a pretty neat subject.
FEB 24, 2008 - 04:57 AM
It's scheduled for May/June release
FEB 24, 2008 - 06:53 AM
hello all, this might be a good model for the Gator Navy Campaign.or not. cheers, Bruce
FEB 24, 2008 - 08:40 AM
I just wish this sucker was not priced at around $90.00! I'm a huge fan of 35th scale amtracks, landing craft, etc. and though I am not a huge German armor modeler, I'd love to pick this one up...but at the price they are selling it for, I'd rather buy a couple of kits of subjects that I regularly model... Who knows, maybe Lucky Models or e-hobbyland will have it cheaper. It sure is a cool looking craft! Fingers crossed. Much Aloha, Johnny B.
FEB 24, 2008 - 11:56 AM
The price which is being quoted is the RSP isn the States - so, yes it will be a different price in the Far-Eastern in-line stores...
FEB 24, 2008 - 08:42 PM

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