This was the modified LVT2 with the addition of armoured plate and the installation of the modified M5A1 turret and two .30cal gun tubs. Introduced into service in early 1944 to give much needed support in the early stages of amphibious landings they continued in service alongside their replacements, the LVT(A)4, as late as the Okinawa landings. All 510 vehicles built saw service in the Pacific with both the US Army (328) and the Marines (182). Our model has all hatches open. A figure set LVT Crew (Upper torsos only) was designed specifically for this kit.