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What Is A Coast Guard Model

A while ago my son, Academy class of 2010, asked me what Coast Guard models were available on the market.
When I answered him I realized that is a hard topic to get your mind around.

Can a Fletcher Class DD be a “Coast Guard Model”?
How about a Boeing B-17 or a Curtiss SB2C Helldiver?
The Gloucester fishing schooner Gertrude L. Thebaud?
A Liberty Ship or a tramp steamer?
WWII Army combat troops?
An Edsall Class DE or an LST?
A New England fishing trawler?
Ernest Hemingway’s or William Vincent Astor’s personal yacht?
A Mississippi river boat?
An E-2C Hawkeye?
A NASCAR Monte Carlo?

How about a Lindberg model of a “Blockade Runner” or “War of Independence Schooner”?
Or an Iron Shipwright model of a Barnegate Class seaplane tender or an Apache class fleet tug?
How about the Mamoli Black Prince?
A Loose Cannon Cargo Ship or a Battlefleet Models Barrage Baloon?
Revell’s Sport fisherman or Monogram’s Seabreeze Sloop?
And is the Revell “Sound and Lights” Huey REALLY a “Coast Guard” model?

The answer to all of the above questions, (except for the Huey), is

There are several factors to consider when looking for “Coast Guard Models”