is a fully scratch-built 1/48 scale model of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Firebush
Firebush was a 180 foot ocean
going buoy tender commissioned in July of 1944 and decommissioned in 2003.
Presently she is serving in the Nigerian
Navy as the Nss Nwamba.
The model represents the way she looked
back in December of 1977, while I was aboard her during a High School break when
was with the Naval Sea Cadets. Duty on a buoy tender as I remember, is
never a dull moment. Their responsibilities include, maintaining aids to
navigation, light icebreaking duties as well as search and rescue and law
The model is of plank on frame
construction of balsa and plywood. Plastic rod and brass wire used throughout.
The ships boats were carved out of balsa and fiber-glassed. The 20mm are HR
products. As always a big thank you goes out to my friend Mike for his
contribution for this project.
Overall she measures 45 inches, and took
just over a year for completion. Choosing 1/48 scale this time was a break
from the usual. As I normally work in 1/96 scale (USCGC Dallas, USS Turner
Joy); I thought I could instill more detail in this model.
I enjoyed building her as I took with me
some fond memories while I was aboard her.