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1/96 Scale US Coast Guard

USCG Polar StarWAGB-10
USCG Taney WHEC-37 USCG Hamilton WHEC-715
USCG Bear WMEC-901
USCG Cherokee WMEC-165

1/48 Scale US Coast Guard

USCG Cherokee WMEC-165

U.S. Coast Guard Cutters and Craft: 1946-1990 by Robert L. Scheina


Order # Ship Name Class Scale Length Beam   Price
WHU-G1 USCG Polar Star WAGB-10 1/96 50" 10 7/16" $ 329.00

The POLAR STAR and POLAR SEA were built during the 1980's to replace the older war built WlND class icebreakers that the Coast Guard had been operating since the early 1940's, and had been worn out by that time. The new POLAR class icebreakers are the largest vessels that the Coast Guard currently operates. Powered by a combination of 6 diesel engines and 3 gas turbines turning the 3 propeller shafls, these ships are among the most powerful conventional powered icebreakers in the world. Our hull has the anchor wells, center prop shaff exit and rudder fairing molded in and comes with a set of arrangement plans of the ship as she appeared about 1980.

Special Shipping: This hull can be shipped via FEDEX Ground Service as in OS-1 size package. Shipping and handling in the USA 48 states is $ 78.00.

SeaPhoto Photo Reference Sets are available for this class of ship by clicking on the button above.

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Order # Ship Name Class Scale Length Beam   Price
WHU-G2 USCG Taney WPG - 37; WHEC 37 1/96 40 7/8" 5 1/8" $ 199.00

The TANEY was one of seven SECRETARY class coast guard cutters built just prior to World War Two. These ships were originally designed as patrol gunboats and were attached to the US Navy during World War Two for use as convoy escorts and anti-submarine patrois along the Atlantic seaboard. Ships of this class scored several successes against German U-boats during the war. The TANEY was present at Pearl Harbor during the Japanese attack. Two ships of this class have been saved as memorials and are on display, while the name ship of the class, the HAMlLTON was torpedoed and sunk during the war. This hull has the shaft exits and strut locations molded in and comes with a set of arrangement plans of the ship as she appeared later in her career.

Hull with Plans and package of available fittings . Set: $ 344.00

SeaPhoto Photo Reference Sets are available for this class of ship by clicking on the button above.

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Order # Ship Name Class Scale Length Beam   Price
WHU-G3 USCG Hamilton WHEC-715 1/96 47 1/4" 4 7/8" $ 209.00

USCG Hamilton as she appears today, after her FRAM refit

The HAMlLTON class High Endurance Cutters were the largest vessels operated by the Coast Guard until the POLAR class lcebreakers entered service. There were 12 of these ships built during the 1960's to replace the older cutters operating since the 1930's, and were among the first class of ships in the US to be powered with gas turbine engines. During the 1980's the HAMllTON class cutters were extensively modernized to meet modem naval requirements as well as having their useful lives extended into the next century. This hull has the anchor wells, shaff exits and strut & rudder locations molded in, and comes with a set of arrangement plans for the WHEC-722 as she appeared during the early 1980's.

Package price $343.00

Hamilton class hull with plans and fittings for the class as they were post FRAM. Set: $ 477.00

SeaPhoto Photo Reference Sets are available for this class of ship by clicking on the button above.

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Order # Ship Name Class Scale Length Beam   Price
WHU-G4 USCG Bear WMEC-901 1/96 33 3/4" 4 7/8" $ 199.00

The BEAR class Medium Endurance Cutters are the newest class of cutters operated by the United States CoastGuard. At270feetlong, they are among the smallest long range cutters built by the Coast Guard. These ships were built to replace the last of the cutters that were in operation since World War Two. These vessels have many roles to play in Coast Guard operations. One of the main uses has been in the law enforcement role with the D.E.A. for drug interdiction duties as well as enforcing US territorial laws pertaining to foreign fishing vessels. In case of war, these ships would be used for escort duties as well as coastal patrol. This hull has the anchor wells, shaff exits and strut & rudder locations molded in, and comes with a set of arrangement plans for the WMEC-901 as she appeared during the mid 1980's.

Hull with Plans and package of available fittings. Set: $ 345.00

SeaPhoto Photo Reference Sets are available for this class of ship by clicking on the button above.

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Order # Ship Name Class Scale Length Beam   Price
WHU-G5 Tamaroa WMEC-166 1/96 25 1/2" 4 11/16" $ 239.00

History from the old Tamaroa website

Designated by the Coast Guard as a Medium Endurance Cutter (WMEC), the Tamaroa homeported from her commissioning in 1946 to 1985 in New York; first on Staten Island and then on Governors Island. From there she conducted numerous missions, including search and rescue, law enforcement patrols, international ice patrols, fisheries enforcement, to name just a few. In July 1985 she moved to New Castle, New Hampshire, where she remained until she was decomissioned in 1994.

Throughout her Coast Guard career the Tamaroa assisted many vessels in distress. She was first on the scene at the sinking of the Andrea Doria. Among some of the more notable rescues include: the fishing vessels Deepwater, Foam and the yacht Petrel in the 60's; in the 80's she rescued the crew of Soviet freighter SS Konsomolets Kirgizil, the crew of the fishing vessel Jimmy Squarefoot, and rescued a portion of the crew of the 254-foot container ship, the SS Lloyd Bermuda after it went down when its cargo shifted in heavy seas.

Of course, the most publicized rescues the Tamaroa was in 1991 during the "No-Name" or "Halloween Storm" that was subsequently immortalized in Sebatian Junger's best-seller The Perfect Storm. The Tamaroa assisted in the rescue of the three crewmembers of the sailboat Satori, 75 miles off Nantucket island. During the operation seas built to forty feet in height and the winds were topping 80 mph.

No sooner had the crew relaxed when the Tamaroa was battling the heavy seas again, this time in search of the crew of a downed Air National Guard Helicopter that had been forced to ditch when it ran out of fuel on a rescue mission of its own. Tamaroa was able to rescue four of the five Air National Guardsmen, an act which earned the cutter the Coast Guard Foundation Award.

This hull has the side rubbing strakes, anchor bolsters and shaff exits molded in, and comes with a fiberglass superstructure molding and a copy of the original arrangement plans for the WMEC-165 as well.

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Order # Ship Name Class Scale Length Beam   Price
WHU-G6 USCG Tamaroa WMEC-166 1/48 51 1/4" 9 5/8" $ 349.00

History from the old Tamaroa website

Designated by the Coast Guard as a Medium Endurance Cutter (WMEC), the Tamaroa homeported from her commissioning in 1946 to 1985 in New York; first on Staten Island and then on Governors Island. From there she conducted numerous missions, including search and rescue, law enforcement patrols, international ice patrols, fisheries enforcement, to name just a few. In July 1985 she moved to New Castle, New Hampshire, where she remained until she was decomissioned in 1994.

Throughout her Coast Guard career the Tamaroa assisted many vessels in distress. She was first on the scene at the sinking of the Andrea Doria. Among some of the more notable rescues include: the fishing vessels Deepwater, Foam and the yacht Petrel in the 60's; in the 80's she rescued the crew of Soviet freighter SS Konsomolets Kirgizil, the crew of the fishing vessel Jimmy Squarefoot, and rescued a portion of the crew of the 254-foot container ship, the SS Lloyd Bermuda after it went down when its cargo shifted in heavy seas.

Of course, the most publicized rescues the Tamaroa was in 1991 during the "No-Name" or "Halloween Storm" that was subsequently immortalized in Sebatian Junger's best-seller The Perfect Storm. The Tamaroa assisted in the rescue of the three crewmembers of the sailboat Satori, 75 miles off Nantucket island. During the operation seas built to forty feet in height and the winds were topping 80 mph.

No sooner had the crew relaxed when the Tamaroa was battling the heavy seas again, this time in search of the crew of a downed Air National Guard Helicopter that had been forced to ditch when it ran out of fuel on a rescue mission of its own. Tamaroa was able to rescue four of the five Air National Guardsmen, an act which earned the cutter the Coast Guard Foundation Award.

This larger 1/48 scale hull will give you a model that will let you run on the kind of days that keep lesser models on shore, as well as give you plenty of room to add just about any kind of operating features you desire.

Special Shipping: This hull can be shipped via FEDEX Ground Service as in OS-1 size package. Shipping and handling in the USA 48 states is $ 88.00.

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