This is my build of the now out of production Atlantic Models USCGC Itsaca Lake Class Cutter kit. The kit was originally to be released under the White Ensign
label but after they closed shop the masters were in limbo for a long while. Peter Hall eventually found the master patterns and the kit was finally released
under his
Atlantic Models label.

Lake class cutters were a class of ten ships measuring 250 feet long. While doing some research for the build, I came across a photo of the USCGC Champlain
at sea with a pair of icebergs in the background and this was the inspiration for this scene. Another reason I chose to model
USCGC Champlain is that the lake is
partially in New York State and forms a portion of the border with Vermont.
USCGC Champlain laid down at the Bethlehem Shipbuilding yards in Quincy,
Massachusetts on May 23, 1928. She was launched on October 11, 1928 and commissioned on January 24, 1929. She was homeported in Stapleton, Staten Island,
New York and served with the USCG for 12 years before being transferred to the Royal Navy in 1941 under Lend-Lease and commissioned as
HMS Sennen. She
was returned to the USCG in 1946 and recommissioned as
Champlain. She was placed in reserve status and sold for scrapping in 1948.
The build is for the most part right out of the box. The model is painted with Testors Flat White for the hull and Radome Tan for the decks. The decks were given a
wash with raw umber watercolors. The buff color was painted with Colourcoats USCG Spar. The rigging was done with .005-inch Nitinol wire. The crew figures are
a combination of
L’Arsenal and North Star Models offerings and the flag from a spare WW2 era decal sheet. The lettering for the transom came from a MicroScale
N-Scale alphanumeric decal sheet. Scale black anchor chain was one more detail added.

I have a small clear acrylic paperweight shaped like an iceberg. I made molds using two different sides of the paperweight and made two small icebergs with clear
resin. The mold and resin were purchased from Michael’s. The small air bubble voids in the cast resin icebergs were filled in with Tamiya filler and they were painted
with white primer from a rattle can. The sea base was made with acrylic gel and painted with artist acrylic paints.
I hope that I was able to capture the essence of the photo and display the USCGC Champlain on the International Ice Patrol.
Felix Bustelo
New York