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Reliance Class US Coast Guard Cutter
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A 1:65 scale model of a Reliance class US Coast Guard cutter
About this creation
This MOC is 1:65 scale model of a Reliance class US Coast Guard Cutter, also known as a 210' Medium Endurance Cutter. The Reliance class cutters have been the workhorses of the US Coast Guard for almost 50 years, and of the 16 ships in the class, 15 are still in service. Even though most of these ships have undergone several overhauls during their service, they are arguably one of the USCG's most successful designs.

The Reliance class cutters have an overall length of 210 feet and a beam of 34 feet. If you do the math, you find that that length of this model is over 120 studs, while the beam is exactly 20 studs.

These ships are armed with a Mk 38 Bushmaster 25 mm autocannon and a pair of .50 cal machineguns on the bow. They can launch a 25' RHIB (rigid-hull inflatable boat) off the port side and a 25' motor surfboat off the starboard side. Probably their most important feature, though, is the helipad, which can accomodate a single MH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter. However, because of the lack of a telescoping hangar (such as the one on the similar, but somewhat larger, 270' Famous-class cutters), the Reliance class cutters cannot have a permanently assigned helicopter.

I have been planning to build a cutter for quite a while, because I've always thought that had a nice, sleek look, especially for a "working" ship (i.e. as opposed to a pleasure craft). What held me up, though, was an almost complete lack of decent technical diagrams or blueprints. I finally gave up looking and decided to work from what I had, which was a single reasonable blueprint of the USCGC Durable (WMEC-628) from the starboard side only, and a bunch of medium-quality pictures. As a result, I had to do a bit of guesswork during the build, so I'm certain that there are some inaccuracies. The hull shaping isn't quite correct, but I had to make some compromises to get in the red Coast Guard stripe, which I considered to be a higher priority.

This MOC has been blogged by The Brothers Brick and BrickNerd.

The main picture shows the Reliance from the port side, giving us a good view of the RHIB and its crane. The picture below shows a similar view from the starboard side, giving us good view of the motor surfboat and its davits.



Below is a picture of the Reliance from the rear, giving us a better view of the helipad and tail section.



Finally we have a port side view with part of the crew of 12 officers and 63 enlisted, plus 3 air crewmen, standing on deck.



I had hoped to generate some close-up rendered images, but the renders are taking way to long (when you do a close up, you have to render the entire viewable area, so they take much longer). Instead, I have included some LDD captures of the details. Hopefully, these will demonstrate some of the building techniques.

The first capture is the starboard side, including the motor surfboat and its davits. UPDATE: I finally got a render of this image done. It is shown below the LDD capture.





The second capture is the port side, featuring the RHIB and its crane, plus some of the upper bridge.



The next capture is bow, showing the gun mounts and the anchor chains and their windlasses.



The next capture is stern, showing the details of the helipad guard rail (or "life net" as the Coast Guard refers to it), the lower deck railing, some of the doors and other features of the lower deck, and the tail, including details like the towing bitts. The life net is actually supposed to fold down, but I couldn't figure out a good way to do that without making it really ugly.



Finally, we have a close up of the mast, showing the various sensor arrays, towing lights, and horns, plus some more railing.






Comments

  November 6, 2014
Hi Matt :-) I send you the same message at Lego Ideas Could I use one of your designs: Reliance Class US Coast Guard Cutter, to image my next project. I would use it as the background image on the Ocean, and in the foreground: the command Module of Apollo 17 after sea landing? whatsuptoday valerieroche6@gmail.com
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  July 11, 2014
Absolutely beautiful! My favorite part is the little Dolphin. If you get a chance, check out my "MH-400" which is based off of the AS365. And thanks for commenting on the excavator.
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  March 16, 2014
I'm slowly getting through all of your work Matt! This is a wonderful model and I love the way you've constructed the hull. The details are great. Keep up the good work!
  February 28, 2014
Another ship-building masterpiece of epic proportions. All the praise I heaped on the Andrea Gale applies here as well. Once again, the deck details are simply incredible.
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  February 11, 2014
Quoting sm 01 Amazing work, I can't believe i didn't see this before. Colors, details, size... Well done!
Thanks. As you can probably guess from my WIP updates, I've got something even bigger and better in the works, but it is definitely several months away from being finished.
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  February 11, 2014
Amazing work, I can't believe i didn't see this before. Colors, details, size... Well done!
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  January 5, 2014
Quoting Marty Fields Amazing virtual build. I do not think I could develop enough patience to build a virtual model- I prefer the physical bricks myself, but I suppose the cost would be a bit prohibitive for something of this size and complexity. Well done.
I would certainly love to be able to build this model in real bricks, but as you note, at over 5,500 elements, the cost would be pretty high, in terms of both money and effort. I actually have some much larger virtual builds (several times as large as this one) under development right now, but it will take a while before I have anything to show.
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  December 31, 2013
Amazing virtual build. I do not think I could develop enough patience to build a virtual model- I prefer the physical bricks myself, but I suppose the cost would be a bit prohibitive for something of this size and complexity. Well done.
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  December 11, 2013
This is a wonderfully detailed, and may I say handsome, design. I appreciate the completeness, with the heli, boat, etc. Thanks for your comment on Doc. E. You had one of the great experiences at MIT. I was there for 13 years, but started as a freshman after Doc. had passed.
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  December 4, 2013
Quoting greyhound 2011 Great Work !!!!!
Quoting Maxime MaxSamAlex Great work on this, that SNOT bow is just astonishing. Really like the hull shape, and the details are well made too.
Thanks, guys. As I mentioned in other responses, I have more USCG builds planned, but they might take quite a while to finish, so stay tuned....
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  December 4, 2013
Great Work !!!!!
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  December 3, 2013
Quoting Durable Coastie! Amazing work!! I was a Coastie stationed on the USCGC Durable from 92-93. Absolutely spectacular how you were able to provide so much detail with LEGO. I hope you never take this page down because I saved it in my bookmarks; as I will revisit this from time to time. I will also be sharing this link with some of my former shipmates. That you made it off "The Bull's" blueprints is even sweeter!! Blown away...
Thanks! I take that as very high praise, coming from someone who actually served on one of these ships. As it turns out, I have a few more USCG-related builds in the works. I am working on a Jayhawk at this same 1:65 scale, and, if I can ever locate a decent set of plans or blueprints, a Hamilton class cutter (but that one is going to take a long time, since it's going to come in at almost 6 feet in length).
  November 30, 2013
Amazing work!! I was a Coastie stationed on the USCGC Durable from 92-93. Absolutely spectacular how you were able to provide so much detail with LEGO. I hope you never take this page down because I saved it in my bookmarks; as I will revisit this from time to time. I will also be sharing this link with some of my former shipmates. That you made it off "The Bull's" blueprints is even sweeter!! Blown away...
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  October 28, 2013
Great work on this, that SNOT bow is just astonishing. Really like the hull shape, and the details are well made too.
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  October 27, 2013
Quoting Achintya Prasad I should comment on this, already. Fantastic work Matt. Simply astounding.
Thanks, Achintya. Considering your body of work, your comments mean a lot.
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  October 27, 2013
I should comment on this, already. Fantastic work Matt. Simply astounding.
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  October 27, 2013
Quoting Kayla Rhodes (busy with college) Awesome detail! It looks great!
Quoting That guy you saw earlier That's amazing!
Thanks!
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  October 22, 2013
Awesome detail! It looks great!
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  October 20, 2013
That's amazing!
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  October 18, 2013
Quoting Florida Shoooter Outstanding work! I am by no means any kind of expert on CG cutters, but this one looks amazing. :) It can be difficult to add a lot of detail in an LDD model without making it overly HUGE. You did an outstanding job getting all those details in there and keeping the cutter in a realistic looking scale. Well done.
Thanks. One of my goals was to keep the overall length down to around a meter, which is how the scale got set to 1:65. As it turns out, that scale proved to be beneficial for a number of other reasons as well. For instance, it allowed me to use a shield part (http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItem.asp?P=48494) as a door throughout the build. It also means that if I decide to build a larger cutter in the future (e.g. a 418-foot National Security Cutter), it won't be longer than my living room. :-)
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  October 18, 2013
Outstanding work! I am by no means any kind of expert on CG cutters, but this one looks amazing. :) It can be difficult to add a lot of detail in an LDD model without making it overly HUGE. You did an outstanding job getting all those details in there and keeping the cutter in a realistic looking scale. Well done.
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  October 18, 2013
Quoting Aaden Hughes Fantastic work! I love all the detail!
Quoting XY EZ Superb! So much details on a ldd model! 5/5
Thanks, guys! I'm glad that folks are appreciating the extra effort I put in on the details.
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  October 18, 2013
Fantastic work! I love all the detail!
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  October 17, 2013
Superb! So much details on a ldd model! 5/5
Matt Bace
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Dr. Monster
  October 16, 2013
Really great MOC! The hull design is super boss.
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  October 16, 2013
Quoting Henrik Jensen Excellent build, filled with beautiful details.
Quoting Outer Rim Emperor Fantastic ship, you really went all out on the details on this beauty! Congrats on your TBB post!
Quoting Nick Barrett Beautiful work, glad to see it on TBB. Very well done!
Thanks, guys!
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  October 16, 2013
Excellent build, filled with beautiful details.
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  October 16, 2013
Fantastic ship, you really went all out on the details on this beauty! Congrats on your TBB post!
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  October 16, 2013
Beautiful work, glad to see it on TBB. Very well done!
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  October 16, 2013
Quoting Dr. Monster Really great MOC! The hull design is super boss.
Quoting matt rowntRee Fantastic work Matt! The hull and the bow are stunning. Absolutely love the way you got the red stripe in there. Some awesome techniques going on and the amount of detail is remarkable. The helicopter is icing on an already wonderful cake. Bravo!
Quoting David Roberts A super detailed build. My favourite bit is the helicopter. Great work with POV-Ray too.
Thanks, guys! I'm reasonably satisfied with the way the hull came out, but, as I noted in the description, I think I could have done a little better on the shaping if I didn't include the stripe (see my Andrea Gail for a really nice, smooth bow section). Once I conceived of this MOC, I realized that the helicopter was an absolute necessity, so it was the first thing I built (since I wasn't sure whether I could do it at this scale).
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  October 16, 2013
Fantastic work Matt! The hull and the bow are stunning. Absolutely love the way you got the red stripe in there. Some awesome techniques going on and the amount of detail is remarkable. The helicopter is icing on an already wonderful cake. Bravo!
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  October 16, 2013
A super detailed build. My favourite bit is the helicopter. Great work with POV-Ray too.
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  October 16, 2013
Quoting Senator Chinchilla . Fantastic ship! Those renders are really nice.
Quoting El Barto ! Impressive!
Quoting Panfuerkunder (Julius) S Truly awesome! I love it:)
Quoting Anakin Skywalker Good work!
Quoting Navy Person great ship!, all the details and features you put in it are amazing, one of the most detailed ships I have seen!
Quoting Michael K. I love the brigde curves!
Thanks, everyone!
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  October 16, 2013
Quoting clayton Marchetti Wow! Matt this is BRILLIANT! I love how you built the helicopter that's just awesome! The ship is fabulous so many details the Rihb and the crane ,the deck machineguns and the auto gun surrounded by the circular railing . It's just perfect. I love the bow and the ships mast. I really love the shot with the crew . Most impressive
Thanks. As I mentioned in an earlier comment, I'll try to publish the helicopter as a separate MOC sometime soon. I'm reasonably happy with the way the circular railing came out, even though LDD has some serious deficiencies in the area of handling flex components (quite a bit of hair pulling during that part of the build :-). The mast was a surprisingly difficult part of the build as well -- I probably went through 5 or 6 versions of it before settling on the final one, which uses SNOT building with the studs facing forward.
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  October 16, 2013
Quoting jim mcdonough great work,the detail is amazing,would like more pics esp the hand rails and the building techniques used in the hull,6/5
Thanks. I have included some close ups that should show how I did the hand rails. These hand rails are most appropriate for a 1:60-1:75 scale ship. For a larger scale, e.g. minifig scale, there are better techniques, such as the ones employed by Konajra (http://www.flickr.com/photos/konajra/) in his fantastic ships models. I'll see what I can do for the hull. Basically, the hull is SNOT building with the studs facing out to the sides. The bow is formed using slopes of varying angles. When the angle gets too shallow for the slopes, I just use layers of tiles. My Andrea Gail uses this same technique.
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  October 16, 2013
Fantastic ship! Those renders are really nice.
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  October 16, 2013
Impressive!
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  October 16, 2013
Truly awesome! I love it:)
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  October 16, 2013
Good work!
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  October 16, 2013
great ship!, all the details and features you put in it are amazing, one of the most detailed ships I have seen!
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  October 16, 2013
I love the brigde curves!
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  October 16, 2013
Wow! Matt this is BRILLIANT! I love how you built the helicopter that's just awesome! The ship is fabulous so many details the Rihb and the crane ,the deck machineguns and the auto gun surrounded by the circular railing . It's just perfect. I love the bow and the ships mast. I really love the shot with the crew . Most impressive
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  October 16, 2013
Quoting Locutus 666 Excellent recreation! I like it, when people take time to calculate the scale. I wish, you would have made some more detailed shots of the chopper. Maybe in another moc upload? In total very good build!
Thanks. Yes, getting the MOC to look right depends heavily on calculating the scale for all of the components. Setting the scale is probably the single most important decision. As far the helo goes -- yes, I plan to publish that as a separate MOC eventually. It is going to take a long time to render it because of all of the glass.
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  October 16, 2013
Quoting Simone O Really Awesome !!!!!
Thanks!
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  October 16, 2013
Excellent recreation! I like it, when people take time to calculate the scale. I wish, you would have made some more detailed shots of the chopper. Maybe in another moc upload? In total very good build!
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  October 16, 2013
Quoting Alex Sonny Amaziing front hull design along with pretty much everything else! The rear of the helipad with the guard rails really caught my attention. Lovely!
Thanks. As I noted in my updated description, the guard rails (or "life net") are supposed to fold down, but I simply couldn't find a good way to do that and keep the helideck down to a reasonable thickness.
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  October 16, 2013
Quoting cyberfrank 2010 wow! I did my first ship this week end, and I thought it was cool, from yours, I can see I need lots of practice... spectacular ship!!! I can t wait to see more details.
Thanks. I have now included LDD captures of some of the details. I'll try to get some more up when I have the chance.
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  October 16, 2013
Quoting Steffen Kasteleiner What a great ship! So many excellent details: the beautiful bow, the bridge, the heli in the back. An awesome build in a reasonable scale (so that normal builders could realize something like it without spending a fortune...). Great!
Thanks. Yes, one of my goals was to keep the overall length down to about one meter, so that it would actually be possible to build this ship. Even at this somewhat reduced scale, it still comes in at about 5,500 parts!
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  October 16, 2013
Really Awesome !!!!!
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  October 16, 2013
great work,the detail is amazing,would like more pics esp the hand rails and the building techniques used in the hull,6/5
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  October 16, 2013
Amaziing front hull design along with pretty much everything else! The rear of the helipad with the guard rails really caught my attention. Lovely!
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  October 16, 2013
wow! I did my first ship this week end, and I thought it was cool, from yours, I can see I need lots of practice... spectacular ship!!! I can t wait to see more details.
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  October 16, 2013
What a great ship! So many excellent details: the beautiful bow, the bridge, the heli in the back. An awesome build in a reasonable scale (so that normal builders could realize something like it without spending a fortune...). Great!
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  October 16, 2013
Quoting Matthew Oh Wow, this is just masterfully done! It looks fantastic, but some pictures of detail would help! Congrats on being blogged by TBB!
Quoting Mario Fabrio Realy wonderful. I love it but I would like to see more pictures.
Thanks. I am working on generating some close-up renders of some of the details, but it will take a little time. Check back in a few days and they should be here.
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  October 16, 2013
Wow, this is just masterfully done! It looks fantastic, but some pictures of detail would help! Congrats on being blogged by TBB!
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  October 16, 2013
Realy wonderful. I love it but I would like to see more pictures.
 
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