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Hamilton Class USCG Cutter
A microscale model of USCGC Hamilton.
About this creation
A scale model of a Hamilton class US Coast Guard cutter (classified by the USCG as a "378 ft. High Endurance Cutter") with an embarked MH-60 Jayhawk. The model features the 1980s-era FRAM upgrades, which include the replacement of the original 5 inch gun with a 76 mm Oto-Melara cannon and the addition of a Phalanx CIWS and a telescoping helicopter hangar. The scale used is approximately 5 ft. per stud, or about 1:200 (actually 1:190).

A total of 12 Hamilton class cutters were built during the late 1960s and early 1970s. All 12 are still in service, although only 4 are still with the US Coast Guard (the other 8 have been decommissioned and sold to foreign navies or coast guards). The remaining 4 are due to be decommissioned within the next year or so and replaced with Legend class cutters. While the new Legend class ships are significantly more capable, it's a shame to see these older ships go, since they were among the most beautifully designed ships the USCG has ever deployed.

Interesting trivia note: two Hamilton class cutters, the Hamilton and the Sherman, were responsible for the biggest drug bust ever, when they interecepted a Panamanian fishing boat carrying 20 tons of cocaine in 2007.

Given the scale, there are some inaccuracies in the shape and location of certain features. The markings on the flight deck, for example, are nowhere close to those on the real cutters. I did my best, though, to make sure that the important details were represented as accurately as possible.









Comments

  November 9, 2017
What you have done with all of your LEGO builds in 1:190 has been beyond spectacular. I would say to myself "Is my Yamato, Yukikaze or Yorktown as good as Mark B? Thank you for raising the bar. :-)
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  November 8, 2017
Brilliant work!
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  November 7, 2017
Quoting Henrik Jensen This is such a beautiful ship, any plans of building one in real bricks?
Thanks. I may build this in real bricks at some point. The model is almost 2000 parts, so it won't be cheap, but all of the parts I've used are "real" and are reasonably common.
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  November 7, 2017
This is such a beautiful ship, any plans of building one in real bricks?
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  November 7, 2017
Quoting Daniel H. Holy cow, that's great! The level of detail is awesome! Welcome to MOCpages!
Thanks, and thanks.
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  November 6, 2017
Holy cow, that's great! The level of detail is awesome! Welcome to MOCpages!
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  November 6, 2017
Quoting Kurt's MOCs Great work! The detailing and design are excellent. A few close-ups of the MH-60 would be appreciated!
Thanks. I have an upcoming post that will show a number of my microscale USCG aircraft up close, including the MH-60, MH-65, and HC-130.
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  November 6, 2017
Great work! The detailing and design are excellent. A few close-ups of the MH-60 would be appreciated!
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  November 4, 2017
Quoting Brick Mason The Hamiltons are one of my favourite ships, this is well done. I like the shaping on the bow.
Thanks. The Hamiltons are among my favorites as well. I like them a lot more than the generic, stealthy looking National Security Cutters that replaced them.
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  November 4, 2017
The Hamiltons are one of my favourite ships, this is well done. I like the shaping on the bow.
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  November 4, 2017
Quoting BATOH rossi beautiful play, especially the OTO-Melara cannon is immediately recognizable and the jayhawk too. Good job!
Thanks. The Jayhawk is one of my favorite parts of the build as well. The Hamiltons were actually one of the few USCG cutters with a flight deck big enough for the Jayhawk. Most were/are capable of handling only the smaller MH-65 Dolphin.
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  November 4, 2017
Quoting Seaman SPb Excellent work, Mark! Welcome to MOCpages!
Thanks. I had been considering setting up an account here for a while, but when the site apparently went down for about a week a little while ago, I was having my doubts about whether it would ever come back.
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  November 3, 2017
beautiful play, especially the OTO-Melara cannon is immediately recognizable and the jayhawk too. Good job!
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  November 3, 2017
Excellent work, Mark! Welcome to MOCpages!
 
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