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Revell 1/302 US Coast Guard Cutter Duane (Taney)

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I built the old Revell Secretary-class Cutter as the USCGC Duane for our club’s Vietnam war theme.   The kit was originally released in 1957 as the USCGC Campbell, in her post Korean War fit.  Since the early 80s, the kit has been has been sold as USCGC Taney. 

 I converted the kit to her sister ship Duane as she appeared during her deployment to Coast Guard Squadron Three in ‘68.There is a full build thread over on ModelShipWorld:    https://modelshipworld.com/topic/19370-uscgc-duane-by-rcboater-bill-finished-revell-1305-plastic-ca-1980/?tab=comments#comment-591280

 

 

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First mod was to cut off all the solid wall “ railings”, for later replacement with PE.

I also replaced the main deck and scratchbuilt the gear on the foc’sle, and converted the kit whaleboats to USCG Motor Surf Boats.

I also scratchbuilt a new tripod mainmast and radar room.

 

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Beautiful ship there!  Very well done on the foc'sle scratch work and the boats. I did some of that on the Revell icebreaker 'partner' kit as the Eastwind, plus a bit of weathering. See ya at the ice-pack!

 

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Nice breaker!   These old kits can really look nice with a few well-placed upgrades....!

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That is sensational work on the4 Coast Guard cutter! Way to go!

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On 12/8/2019 at 3:59 PM, rcboater said:

Nice breaker!   These old kits can really look nice with a few well-placed upgrades....!

Thanx - I really enjoyed that kit and am now motivated to the Buckley Destroyer Escort with this same level of care. Your model added that much more motivation. Lookin' sharp!

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I really enjoyed this build- It was more fun than any other recent build, by far.  
When you start with such an old kit, there’s no worry about screwing it up. Pretty much anything you do to it is an improvement.  For example it is a hard to scratchbuild an item to the same level of detail as the rest of the model when you’re working on the latest “state-of -the-art” kit.  But replacing “deck blobs” with new items that look more like the real thing has a big impact, even if the new item isn’t perfect.   (The 80/20 rule kicks in here big time!)

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