|PT Dockyards LCS-1 is a chunk of resin. It could use a detail kit, but an admirable subject for the 1/700 modern coastal range.|
|Side view of Freedom miniature. LCS-1 has a steel hull and aluminum superstructure. Interpreting photos, I painted the lower hull gull gray and the upper works a light haze gray.|
Though the standard armament on the LCS is relatively puny, its punch should come in "mission modules." These could be be mine detection and clearance modules, anti-submarine modules, or surface attack modules for sea or land. These would supplement the standard armament while offering flexibility in planning for specific missions.
|The turret mounted Mk. 110 and the RIM 116 are clearly visible on the miniature. I painted in much of the detail including aft hanger doors and the landing area on the helicopter deck.|
A fabulous critique of the LCS program appears in Defense Industry Daily.