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"No Sea Too Rough, No Ice Too Tough"
An approximately 1:400 scale model of the US Coast Guard icebreaker Polar Star.
About this creation
The US Coast Guard operates two Polar class icebreakers, the Polar Star (WAGB-10) and the Polar Sea (WAGB-11). Together, they handle some of the most difficult tasks of any ship in the Coast Guard, including maintaining a navigable channel through the Ross Sea to re-supply McMurdo Research Station in Antarctica. This type of work requires that these ships operate in an almost completely independent, self-sufficient manner. On top of that, these ships are often at sea for long periods of time -- it is not uncommon for their crews to go 8 months between port calls.

The Polar class ships are among the most powerful non-nuclear vessels ever built. When they cruise through open seas, they run on six high-efficiency diesel engines, making a total of 18,000 HP. For icebreacking operations, the three Pratt & Whitney gas turbines are brought on line, driving the ship's 3 shafts with a total of 75,000 HP. This power allows the ships to continuously break up to 6 feet of ice, and they can go through up to 21 feet of ice by repeatedly backing up and ramming (not quite as good as the Russian nuclear powered icebreakers, but still pretty impressive).






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  June 30, 2014
Quoting Kurt's MOCs Great diorama! The helicopters and the ice floe are nicely done!
Thanks! I borrowed the helicopters from another MOC of mine -- I think help to set the stage, even if they are slightly out of scale with the rest of the build.
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  June 29, 2014
Great diorama! The helicopters and the ice floe are nicely done!
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  June 29, 2014
Quoting Alex Rode That is very impressive - the effect with the ice is very well done. Nice!
Thanks! I like how the ice turned out, too. I may use that technique again at some point.
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  June 27, 2014
That is very impressive - the effect with the ice is very well done. Nice!
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  June 27, 2014
Quoting Nick Barrett A beautifully crafted model of a very impressive ship. I like the setting you built for it too.
Thanks! The ship model is nice, but I really don't think the MOC would have worked too well by itself. It really needed to be put in its work environment to show an appreciation for it.
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  June 27, 2014
Quoting Elk Guard Break on through to the other side, woo!
Thanks! Indeed, there is a whole lot of breakin' going on here.
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  June 27, 2014
A beautifully crafted model of a very impressive ship. I like the setting you built for it too.
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  June 27, 2014
Break on through to the other side, woo!
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  June 26, 2014
Quoting clayton Marchetti Beautiful job! I love how you made the white stripe, very clever. Great job on the hull shaping and the bridge looks awesome.
Thanks! The striping technique is something I borrowed from my HC-130. Other than having a few exposed studs, it works very well. The bridge shape is definitely something I wanted to match pretty closely -- it is a distinctive feature of most large Coast Guard cutters.
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  June 26, 2014
Beautiful job! I love how you made the white stripe, very clever. Great job on the hull shaping and the bridge looks awesome.
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  June 25, 2014
Quoting Henrik Jensen Your miniature ships are second to none, and that includes this CG icebreaker. The white stripe on the bow is an excellent detail. And the ice looks really realistic. And by the way, how's the USCGC Hamilton project?
Thanks! The Hamilton project has been progressing very, very slowly. I have a somewhat of a case of ADD when it comes to MOCs. Working on a big project like that can be draining, so I like to do some smaller projects with more immediate results to "recharge my batteries". I also have a macrofig project that is about 75% complete, but has been on hold while I try to figure out a particularly difficult part of the build.
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  June 25, 2014
Your miniature ships are second to none, and that includes this CG icebreaker. The white stripe on the bow is an excellent detail. And the ice looks really realistic. And by the way, how's the USCGC Hamilton project?
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  June 25, 2014
Quoting Achintya Prasad Excellent work Matt! It's been a while since I've commented on something of yours; this one really popped out though :-D I love the subtle detailing on the ship (and the NPU), as well as the broken ice, which is quite a nice touch...
Thanks! It's good to hear from you again. This MOC is definitely a return to one of my favorite subjects -- micro-scale naval vessels -- which may be why it stands out somewhat.
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  June 25, 2014
Excellent work Matt! It's been a while since I've commented on something of yours; this one really popped out though :-D I love the subtle detailing on the ship (and the NPU), as well as the broken ice, which is quite a nice touch...
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  June 25, 2014
Quoting Dr. Monster Holy cow! That ice effect is brilliant. The models are killer, and the whole thing just blows my mind.
Thanks! I'm pretty satisfied with how the ice came out, too -- it is encouraging me to try a few more nautical scenes, probably at a similar scale.
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  June 25, 2014
Holy cow! That ice effect is brilliant. The models are killer, and the whole thing just blows my mind.
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  June 25, 2014
Quoting Joe Ramlet
Quoting Matt Bace Thanks! I had seen pictures of icebreakers at work, and I thought that the "jumbled ice" effect was something that would be key to making the MOC work, so I gave it a lot of thought ahead of time.
Now my question is, do you work in the Coast Guard then? I guess that would explain a lot. Not to be nosy, but I'm just wondering.
I don't have any affiliation with the Coast Guard, but I live in New England, where the Coast has several bases, including the Coast Guard Academy. With the large fishing industry operating from local ports, the Coast Guard is to some extent part of the culture around here.
  June 25, 2014
Quoting Matt Bace Thanks! I had seen pictures of icebreakers at work, and I thought that the "jumbled ice" effect was something that would be key to making the MOC work, so I gave it a lot of thought ahead of time.
Now my question is, do you work in the Coast Guard then? I guess that would explain a lot. Not to be nosy, but I'm just wondering.
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  June 25, 2014
Quoting sm 01 Very nice, great idea!
Thanks! The idea of an entire scene definitely worked out pretty well -- I don't know whether it would have been worth it to build just the ship by itself.
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  June 25, 2014
Quoting Gabor Pauler Whao! In microscale! Thats good.
Thanks! Micro-scale definitely seems to be my "sweet spot".
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  June 25, 2014
Very nice, great idea!
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  June 25, 2014
Whao! In microscale! Thats good.
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  June 25, 2014
Quoting Yann (XY EZ) Wow that's great! The ship itself is very interesting and well made, and the scenery is just fantastic! Great job!! 5/5
Thanks! I like the way this MOC turned out, too. I already have a great idea for another nautical scene, but it will be quite a bit more work than this one, so I don't know when I'll get to it.
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  June 25, 2014
Quoting Stephan N wow, you have built up a great ship. It looks so real. This could be a photo on a magazine.
Thanks! I think the Coast Guard colors really help to make a great picture -- the white and red really jumps out at you.
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  June 25, 2014
Quoting Mariner 1000 Great job!
Thanks!
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  June 25, 2014
Wow that's great! The ship itself is very interesting and well made, and the scenery is just fantastic! Great job!! 5/5
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  June 25, 2014
wow, you have built up a great ship. It looks so real. This could be a photo on a magazine.
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  June 25, 2014
Quoting Lego 4 Life Superb! The details are so wonderful
Thanks! It is nice to get a compliment like that from someone who does such a great job on the details in his own MOCs.
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  June 25, 2014
Quoting manthanboeing MAD Wow! It's almost too good for it's scale, and the ice effects are great too!
Thanks! What I always hope for when I build in micro scale is that people look at it and think "It looks like it is at a much larger scale".
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  June 24, 2014
Great job!
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  June 24, 2014
Quoting Jeremy McCreary Another maritime masterpiece, and the commentary is, as always, clear, authoritative, and interesting! I always learn something valuable from your MOCs. I especially like the jumbled ice left in the ship's wake.
Thanks! I had seen pictures of icebreakers at work, and I thought that the "jumbled ice" effect was something that would be key to making the MOC work, so I gave it a lot of thought ahead of time.
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  June 24, 2014
Quoting Luke V OMG THAT DETAIL IS AMAZING! IT IS SO PERFECT FOR ITS SIZE!!! Great job btw!
Thanks! Whenever I do a micro-build, I always try to pack in as much detail as I can. At a small scale, every additional detail you can add, helps to sell the realism of the MOC.
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  June 24, 2014
Quoting Starscream Soundwave Great ship, and I love the ice effects.
Thanks! I had the idea for how to do the ice in my head for a while, but I wasn't sure whether it would work until I tried it out. Fortunately, my original idea for the ice worked out pretty well, so I didn't need to do a lot of trial and error.
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  June 24, 2014
Quoting Tom Simon Lovely job. How about a confused bear looking on?
Thanks! As it turns out, I almost included an island with a bunch of black dots on it, representing flocks of penguins, but I got a little lazy at the end the build.
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  June 24, 2014
Quoting Sasch Weidler It looks so beautiful. Excellent Job!!
Thanks! Indeed, there is something sort of majestic about a ship plowing through a field of ice.
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  June 24, 2014
Quoting Deus "Big D." Otiosus I like ice breakers for how brutal they are. Your MOC was particularly eye-catching, too.
Thanks! I like icebreakers, too. While technology is improving what they can do (e.g. the azipods on some of the newer icebreakers), there is no substitute for the brutal force required to do their job.
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  June 24, 2014
Quoting Joe Ramlet Looks great, Matt! Very detailed, even at this scale. I too love the Dolphin.
Thanks! I tried to throw in as much detail as I could. There are a few features that are slightly out of scale, like the helicopters and the hangar, but overall I'm pretty happy with how it came out.
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  June 24, 2014
Quoting Alex Sonny Awesome, the whole diorama around it really gives it a hint of epicness.
Thanks! That "epic" feel is what I was shooting for. I could have easily just built the ship, but depicting it "at work" gives a better feel for its power.
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  June 24, 2014
Quoting T.J. Brammer Cool CG boat. I really like the micro scale Helicopter.
Thanks! I actually borrowed the helicopter from a previous MOC of mine, with a few modifications. It is probably a little too large for the scale, but I think the helicopters add a lot to the scene, so I had to include them.
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  June 24, 2014
Quoting Edwin Korstanje Great job again Matt. I like your mini scales ships a lot. I now how difficult it is to built at smal scale now and give it the right way of detail.
Thanks! It is true that building in mini/micro scale poses some distinct challenges, but it also opens the door for new possibilities as well. I don't think I would have created this entire scene if I had built the ship at a larger scale.
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  June 24, 2014
Quoting Corellian Engineering I love all your MOC's but especially your CG stuff. This is just awesome.
Thanks! I think that my CG stuff comes out pretty well because the subject matter is something I find interesting. That's probably the key to any good MOC -- build the things you like.
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  June 24, 2014
Superb! The details are so wonderful
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  June 24, 2014
Wow! It's almost too good for it's scale, and the ice effects are great too!
  June 24, 2014
Another maritime masterpiece, and the commentary is, as always, clear, authoritative, and interesting! I always learn something valuable from your MOCs. I especially like the jumbled ice left in the ship's wake.
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  June 24, 2014
OMG THAT DETAIL IS AMAZING! IT IS SO PERFECT FOR ITS SIZE!!! Great job btw!
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  June 24, 2014
Great ship, and I love the ice effects.
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  June 24, 2014
Lovely job. How about a confused bear looking on?
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  June 24, 2014
It looks so beautiful. Excellent Job!!
  June 24, 2014
I like ice breakers for how brutal they are. Your MOC was particularly eye-catching, too.
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  June 24, 2014
Looks great, Matt! Very detailed, even at this scale. I too love the Dolphin.
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  June 24, 2014
Awesome, the whole diorama around it really gives it a hint of epicness.
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  June 24, 2014
Cool CG boat. I really like the micro scale Helicopter.
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  June 24, 2014
Great job again Matt. I like your mini scales ships a lot. I now how difficult it is to built at smal scale now and give it the right way of detail.
  June 24, 2014
I love all your MOC's but especially your CG stuff. This is just awesome.
 
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