- Cobi Small Army WW2 Historical Collection
- 510 pieces
- 3 figures
- Bodywork with pad printing
- Completed Dimensions: 12.2” L x 3.94” W x 3.35” H
- Box Dimensions: 17.6” L x 11.9” W x 2.4” H
- Compatible with leading block and brick brands
- Recommended for 7 years and above.
The landing craft, vehicle, personnel (LCVP) or Higgins boat was a landing craft used extensively in amphibious landings in World War II. The craft was designed by Andrew Higgins based on boats made for operating in swamps and marshes. More than 23,358 were built, by Higgins Industries and licensees. . Most of the construction was built mainly of wooden plywood, which meant that the boat was very cheap and simple to create, extremely light, but at the same time did not give any protection against enemy fire. Thanks to a flat bottom, a special dropped front ramp and a drive cover, it could reach anyone, even a very shallow bank. It could take on board a 36-platoon army or a small vehicle, e.G. A Jeep and 12 soldiers, or 3.6 tons of cargo. It could reach speeds of up to 12 knots (14 mph, 22 km/ h). The boat was armed with a 0.30 cal (7.62 mm) machine gun operated by two riflemen.
The Higgins boat was used for many amphibious landings, including Operation Overlord on D-Day in Nazi German-occupied Normandy, and previously Operation Torch in North Africa, the Allied invasion of Sicily, Operation Shingle and Operation Avalanche in Italy, Operation Dragoon, as well as in the Pacific Theatre at the Battle of Guadalcanal, the Battle of Tarawa, the Battle of the Philippines, the Battle of Iwo Jima and the Battle of Okinawa.
This new COBI construction block model faithfully reproduces this historic vehicle in the popular 1: 35 scale. It is being released in connection with the 75th anniversary of D-Day and operation Overlord. It has movable elements such as two machine guns with a shield and a mechanism for lowering and lifting the front ramp based on a system of ropes. The model features hidden wheels underneath to add to the play value. The set uses durable pad-print on the blocks that do not peel off like stickers do. The set also includes two German “hedgehog” obstacles, three figures (including a rare figure of a sailor in a life jacket) and two infantry soldiers armed with a Springfield rifle and Thompson submachine gun. In the box you will also find a special card with vehicle statistics, which is dedicated to the historical battle game, to which the rules manual can be downloaded for free from the website www.Cobigames.Com