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THE SHIP VAULT
USCG HAMILTON, (FRAM)

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USS ANTIETAM
USCG HAMILTON, (FRAM)
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Construction on this model began on 9/4/02

This is the 1/700 scale resin kit from JAG. It is of the United States Coast Guard cutter Hamilton. An updated version of the earlier model. Mainly the CIWS added and additional radars. The resin kit itself is absolutely a masterpiece in its casting methods. There is no flash whatsoever, and very little clean-up is needed, even on the smallest of parts. One nice thing about JAGS kits are they have the decals included. This kit in particular, has Photo Etch included as well. Alot  of other JAG kits do not have complete PE sets, so you must resort to the aftermarked companys. Instructions are clear and easily understood. The small scale is a challenge for even the advanced modeler, but with a little patience, it can be done.

(below) The JAG kit comes packed in a black tube, with the photo of the ship on the tube.

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(below) The complete kit layed out

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(below) Here the forward 76mm DP MK75 gun turret has been added

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(below) The barrel has been added here

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(below) Here the hangar bay has been glued in place

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(below) The resin barrel on the gun was replaced with styrene rod, due to all the flash on the barrel.

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(below) Rear deck with the CIWS and part of the Helo netting added.

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(below) Left side view of the added bridge and subsequent Photo etch railings above.

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(below) Right side view of the bridge with the photo etch.

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(below) The boat davits and the main mast yard arms have been added here.

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