This is a 1:48 scale radio controlled model of a 270′ CG cutter. It’s scratch built mainly from wood and few commercial parts were used in it’s construction(helicopter, crewmen, props, odds and ends). I was a crewman on the actual cutter as well as a plankowner(put the ship in commission). The entire build time spanned 24 years but if I had stayed with it the build time would have been two years from start to finish. The ship model measures 72″ and was powered by 2 twelve volt Pittman motors. Just prior to completion I realized that fully loaded the model weighs in at 50 lbs and my wobbly legs would have a rough time placing it in the local pond. Plus carrying a 6 foot long model around corners = broken helo nets and antennas. So these days my cutter Campbell’s home port is in a CG museum for all to see. It was a satisfying build, but I’d never build another in that scale!
UPDATE: The Campbell is finally in it’s new “Homeport”, the Coast Guard Heritage Museum in Barnstable Massachusetts.
20 additional images. Click to enlarge.