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I'm a scale modeler specializing in scratch-building U.S. Coast Guard vessels for radio control operation.

I have built a 36' Motor Life Boat, a 38' Picket Boat, a 52' Motor Life Boat (Intrepid) and a 180' Iris class Buoy Tender (WLB 394 Hornbeam)

I have planned to build a 25' 8" Motor Surf Boat and a 30' Surf Rescue Boat both in 1 1/2" to the foot scale but at age 81 have lost some of my small motor skills and feel I could not do them justice.

I have plans for both and have framed-up the 30 footer.

I have a custom made brass skeg attached to the keel and stem plywood layout for the 25 footer with the prop shafts bored and station lines marked.

I am attaching photos of both as well as some of my completed models.

If anyone is interested in completing these two boats, please get in touch. I am in suburban Philadelphia.

Sam Wasson

 

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Welcome to Model Ship World Sam.  You have some really nice looking models.  It must be a lot of fun to build a model and then get to run it on the water.  The Philadelphia Ship Model Society is near you.  They are currently meeting by Zoom due to the Covid 19 pandemic.  Here is a link to their website: https://www.philadelphiashipmodelsociety.com/

 

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On 10/8/2020 at 4:27 PM, Ryland Craze said:

Welcome to Model Ship World Sam.  You have some really nice looking models.  It must be a lot of fun to build a model and then get to run it on the water.  The Philadelphia Ship Model Society is near you.  They are currently meeting by Zoom due to the Covid 19 pandemic.  Here is a link to their website: https://www.philadelphiashipmodelsociety.com/

 

 

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Those are beautiful models, Sam! I'm a Coast Guard veteran and we don't often see any Coast Guard models here on MSW. It's really great to see your work.

 

I was stationed aboard the USCGC Storis WAGB-38 out of Kodiak, Alaska, in 1966 and 1967. I also spent 2 1/2 years on several 40 footers while stationed at the Captain of the Port Los Angeles/Long Beach Station. I don't have the skills to scratch build yet but I'd love to build a model of the Storis someday. I have also been thinking about buying one of the old Dumas 40 foot utility boat models that they used to make for RC. That model is out of production but they can still be found on eBay occasionally and Dumas may even have a few sitting around.

 

Welcome to MSW and thanks for sharing your wonderful models with us.

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On 10/14/2020 at 2:27 AM, BobG said:

Those are beautiful models, Sam! I'm a Coast Guard veteran and we don't often see any Coast Guard models here on MSW. It's really great to see your work.

 

I was stationed aboard the USCGC Storis WAGB-38 out of Kodiak, Alaska, in 1966 and 1967. I also spent 2 1/2 years on several 40 footers while stationed at the Captain of the Port Los Angeles/Long Beach Station. I don't have the skills to scratch build yet but I'd love to build a model of the Storis someday. I have also been thinking about buying one of the old Dumas 40 foot utility boat models that they used to make for RC. That model is out of production but they can still be found on eBay occasionally and Dumas may even have a few sitting around.

 

Welcome to MSW and thanks for sharing your wonderful models with us.


@BobG

 

Hey Bob

 

I am also a former Coastie (1974-1978). I was a boat coxswain on the Outer Bank of North Carolina. I ran 44 footers, 41 footers and 30 footers. 
 

Dumas still has the 44’ and 41’ listed on their website and a couple of other USCG vessels. 

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On 10/15/2020 at 1:36 AM, pwog said:

I am also a former Coastie (1974-1978).

Hi Paul, I was in the Coast Guard from 1966-1970. I was aboard the Storis from March of '66 to September of '67 tumbling around the Bering Sea and the Gulf of Alaska. I spent the rest of my time at the Captain of the Port Los Angeles/Long Beach Station as a boat coxswain and engineman on the 40 footers there. The two I remember the most were the steel 40414 with the twin 6-71 Cummins diesel engines and the new fiberglass hull 40603 that had twin Cummins V-8 turbo-charged diesels that smoked like crazy. That boat was crazy fast and we loved taking it to the limit. There was a 30 footer at the station also.

 

I just took a look at your Lobster Boat build and it looks great especially considering it's your first build. Nice job!  

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Sam your models are exquiste! I have often admired the 30 footer that is exhibited at Rock Harbor in Cape Cod. I have seen that vessel perform in rough surf and am so impressed at the boat's ability to survive broadside heavy waves. And the brave, brave souls who strap themselves in and go out in seas that make one's jaw drop ro save lives.

 

Please let me know of the plans you have for her as she is one special craft that I would like to build.

 

Joe

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On 10/8/2020 at 7:45 AM, swasson said:

I'm a scale modeler specializing in scratch-building U.S. Coast Guard vessels for radio control operation.

I just looked at your amazing models again, Sam. They are the best Coast Guard models I've ever seen on this website. 

 

I would love to see some additional photos of your models without the glass case around them if that would be possible. I don't think the photos taken through the glass do them justice. The details and authenticity of your models looks amazing and I sure would like to see more detailed photos of them.

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Nice work Sam. I know how hard it is to try and build a static correct model of a ship and still accommodate the requirements of operation and RC gear. You look like you have mastered both. It is a shame you feel unable to finish your current two and I hope you are able to locate someone who can do them justice. 

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