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Landing Vehicle Tracked Personnel - 5 (LVTP-5)and LVTH6 (Howitzer)

The Combat Service Support Brigade made a serious effort to "operationalize" several of its LVT-H6 vehicles. They are no longer gate guards or static displays. At the latest parade on Bonifacio Naval Station, the Marine Ready Force drove 4 of the LVT-H6s past the grandstand.

Two of these vehicles, No.111 and 112 had been operational since 2006 and stood up to repel mutinous personnel that had planned a withdrawal of support.

We congratulate the dedication and effort to bring these legacy weapons to operational condition by the members of the Philippine Marines.

LVTH6 Youtube video
Parade Youtube video2

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LVTP5 model kit

The AFV Club kit is out. I got the one below for about $33 US in Manila, Philippines.
Check on Track-Link for specials from Tiger Productions that are close to this price.

Neal Izumi of IPMS Hawaii did a build article of the kit.

Terry Ashley of the Perth Military Modeling Society (PMMS) in Australia did a review of the kit and is now featured on Missing Links website.

LVTH6 kit scheduled to be released by AFV club according to PMMS.

I saw this kit in Southern California at Brookhurst Hobbies selling for $38.oo (7 July 99)

Left image supplied by Gonzalo Godoy of a Chilean LVT-P5 at their Marine museum.

LVTH6 Kits:

Scratch built LVTH6 Turret and diorama

AFV Database:

Armor in Scale website has images of an LVTP-5A1 at NAB Little Creek, Virginia, USA.

Jim Lewis built a great looking kit and has some interior photos from the Vehicle Operators Manual.

LVTP5-E1_05Ralph's scratch built projects.
40mm AA version (LVTXXA1).

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Several of the inoperable LVTP-5s of the Philippine Marines that I thought would be given to museums for display were finally cut up and sold for scrap on my latest visit.

What I saw left was being swept of the concrete and shoveled onto the recycler�s truck and hauled away.

There are several still on display as gate guards on Marine Camps around the Philippines.

I am planning to publish the photos I have on the LVTP-5, 6H (Howitzer) E1 (Engineer) R1 (Recovery) versions in a desktop publishing format for those interested. I plan to do it similar to the Squadron Walk-About series however without drawings as I don�t have the time. Unless someone would like to volunteer in exchange for photos or copy of the booklet.

Please e-mail me if you are interested in ordering a copy .




PS: Two other sites with photos of the LVTP-5 are;

AMTRACS by John Adams http://yatahey.home.mindspring.com/index.html,

AMTRAC PLATOON by Thomas Williams

At the Illinios/Wisconsin border on I-94 north of Chicago, there is a LVTP-5 at the Kenosha Military Museum.

The vehicle is open and in good condition. The museum is open Wednesday thru Sunday, 9 to 5. Telephone numbers are (414)857-3418/7933.

Bellow Left: PMC LVTE-1 waiting to be brought back in service.

Above right: PMC LVTE1 in movie service for "'Apocalypse Now'.

These two images above are of an LVTH-6 on display during Armed Forces Day in Findlay, Ohio at the Cook County fairgrounds.
According to Barry Beaudry at MV Modeler it has become a mobile display that seems to be kept somewhere and brought out for these special occasions!
I saw a LVTP-5 outside the Concord Armed Forces Reserve Center in Concord, California while driving by. This H-6 could be parked similarly some where else in the country. If any one spots it please send me an e-mail at pmcmssr@yahoo.com.