|The Landing Craft, Tank (LCT) design was initially developed by the Royal Navy and its genesis was the MLC1, a motor landing craft built in 1926. Years later, Prime
Minister Winston Churchill urged the War Department in 1940 to build ships capable of carrying tanks to beachheads, thus the LCT was created. The first four
versions, Marks 1 through 4, were strictly British designs, with each one an improvement on the previous design.
The Landing Craft, Tank (Mark 5) or LCT(5), was an American design with the first of 470 units launched in 1942. The LCT(5) measured 117 feet 6 inches long
overall and had a beam of 32 feet. It’s draft when loaded was 2 feet 10 inches forward and 4 feet 2 inches aft. The LCT(5) was constructed in three watertight sections
which allowed it to be transported dismantled on larger ships. An LST could carry five sections or one fully assembled LCT and an LSD was capable of carrying three
assembled LCTs in its hold. The LCT(5) had the capacity to carry no more than 160 tons, or four 40-ton tanks, though the design maximum was 150 tons. The LCT(5)
was armed with a pair of 20mm Oerlikons fitted aft on either side of the pilothouse. In addition to the United States Navy, the Royal Navy also utilized the LCT(5).
Black Cat Models latest ship kit is a 1:350 scale model of an LCT(5). The kit is comprised of resin and 3D printed parts, photo-etch, a turned brass part and a decal
sheet. This kit also provides parts to assembly the passengers for the LCT(5), a pair of Sherman M4 tanks and four M7 Priest Howitzer motor carriages. The masters
for the resin parts were 3D printed.