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The USCG seagoing buoy tender is a type of United States Coast Guard cutter originally designed to service aids to navigation throughout the waters of the United States, and wherever American shipping interests require. The U.S. Coast Guard has maintained a fleet of seagoing buoy tenders dating back to its origins in the U.S. Light House Service (USLHS). These ships originally were designated with the hull classification symbol WAGL, but in 1965 the designation was changed to WLB, which is still used today.

Class C (Iris)
    Basswood (WLB-388)
    Bittersweet (WLB-389)
    Blackhaw (WLB-390)
    Blackthorn (WLB-391)
    Bramble (WLB-392)
    Firebush (WLB-393)
    Hornbeam (WLB-394)
    Iris (WLB-395)
    Mallow (WLB-396)
    Mariposa (WLB-397)
    Redbud (WLB-398)
    Sagebrush (WLB-399)
    Salvia (WLB-400)
    Sassafras (WLB-401)
    Sedge (WLB-402)
    Spar (WLB-403)
    Sundew (WLB-404)
    Sweetbrier (WLB-405)
    Acacia (WLB-406)
    Woodrush (WLB-407)

Any service era or vessel configuration - We can build a model of them all - your pick.

We offer our US Coast Guard Iris Class Buoy Tenders (WLB) 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 exquisitly 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.

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Iris Class Buoy Tender (WLB) Models


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