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Thirteen vessels comprise the Famous Cutter Class, 270-Foot Medium Endurance Cutter (WMEC), the first one, Bear (WMEC 901), entered service in 1983. Typical is a 50 day patrolperforming a variety of the Coast Guard's missions. Famous-class cutters are primarily assigned law enforcement, defense operations, and search-and-rescue missions. Their law enforcement missions have included drug and illegal immigrant operations and fisheries enforcement activities. These ships are the most modern and advanced medium endurance cutters, with a modern weapons and sensor suite. They are equipped with a sophisticated command, display, and control (COMDAC) computerized ship-control system which provides for maximum operational effectiveness with reduced crews. The crew consists of 14 officers and 86 enlisted persons.
USCGC Bear (WMEC-901)
USCGC Tampa (WMEC-902)
USCGC Harriet Lane (WMEC-903)
USCGC Northland (WMEC-904)
USCGC Spencer (WMEC-905)
USCGC Seneca (WMEC-906)
USCGC Escanaba (WMEC-907)
USCGC Tahoma (WMEC-908)
USCGC Campbell (WMEC-909)
USCGC Thetis (WMEC-910)
USCGC Forward (WMEC-911)
USCGC Legare (WMEC-912)
USCGC Mohawk (WMEC-913)
Any service era or vessel configuration - We can build a model of them all - your pick.

We offer our US Coast Guard Famous class high endurance cutter (WMEC) models in several poplular size/scale offerings for easy ordering and selection.  However, if you would like your model made in a size other than those sizes listed, please contact us with your request. Custom orders are our specialty!

Our US Coast Guard ship models are made-to-order, meaning that we do not stock any pre-made models.  Only when a customer tells us the size and/or scale desired do we build the model. Each model is exquisitely crafted by our master model builders and comes fully assembled with a solid hull - hand carved from kiln-dried mahogany.  Other parts are made from a variety of woods, putty, resin and metals. Every model includes pedestals, a polished mahogany base board, and a name plate.  Options include keel block mounting, waterline models, ships seals and ribbons, and weathering paint schemes.

The model build time is generally 24 weeks from receipt of the order and deposit. The normal procedure is a 50% deposit with the commissioning, with the balance due prior to shipping.  Note that prior to shipping, we take a series of photos of the model and send them to you for final review and approval – so you know exactly what your model will look like and allow for any necessary modifications. Once you have approved your model, we’ll collect the final balance and she will be shipped in a robust shipping crate and insured for your protection.

FREE SHIPPING in the USA - Note that our model prices include shipping and insurance within the USA.

Shipping costs outside the USA will depend on the model size ordered and shipping destination. You will be responsible for any applicable taxes or duties, based on the commercial invoice value for the model.

Add a museum-like touch to your model display - Consider our protective display case option. Keep fingers and dust away - forever!  Please visit our Display Case page to see our selection.

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Famous Class Cutter (WMEC) Models


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