|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
Models 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.
The 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.