210′ Reliance Class USCG Cutter

Price for Completed Model Reduced 61% to $450—Kits Available—Very Limited Supply


The 210′ Reliance-class cutters started service in the mid 1960s and, via repeated upgrades, are expected to serve until the mid 2020s. Originally built with horizontal exhaust stacks exiting the transom, vertical stacks were added in the mid 1980s.

The model has a cast resin hull, with a built-up styrene superstructure. Custom photo-etched brass includes the railings, stairways, and helicopter safety nets around the helipad. The safety nets can be modeled upright as shown or deployed. Models are available with or without stacks, and with a variety of mission boats and boat handling cranes. At only 15.75″ long, these models are ideal for smaller harbors. Any of the 14 ships of the class can be ordered for any time period: the electronic gear on the masts and platforms shows tremendous variety over time.


A built-up model, custom painted and decaled is $1150.00 US, plus shipping and insurance. The new completed model price is $450 plus shipping. Only three completed kits are available. Others can be built from semi-completed hulls. Less than five kits may be available for the first time at $225 plus shipping. These kits do not include the main mast or the safety netting. The main mast is a model by itself and I may attempt it with 3D printing. I got only ten or so castings out of the mold for the hull.

Due to the difficulties in building this model, a kit is not available at this time.  This has a very difficult transition from hull to superstructure. With only a few hulls left over, I’m not going to write directions at this point. There are a lot of curves on this model so, while styrene is cut with precision and does fit, it sometimes takes six hands and a few more fingers to get things curved and lined up. Dozens of bits of masking tape are a real help. A real challenge for a skilled builder. Unlike other models of this ship, I made no compromises.

10 thoughts on “210′ Reliance Class USCG Cutter

  1. I rarely leave a response, butt i did some searching and
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    • While I appreciate social media sites such as Facebook or LinkedIn, I participate there only occasionally. My responses so far have been from folks who can spell and use correct grammar, so I think they are not brain dead at all. Eventually I will get savvy to social media. Right now I’m too busy designing and building ships, and fulfilling orders.

  2. Poor site design – If I select N-scale ships, I’m unable to view the entire list on my screen, and there is no scroll capability.

    • I apologize to all for the poor site design. It has been since 1997 that I did any serious HTML work, and I’m sure it’s advanced quite a bit since then. I am working on many site upgrades, but I do have to work within WordPress templates for now, and would rather be designing and building ships than coding. Thanks for the comment. I try to correct deficiencies as I hear about them.

  3. I was stationed onboard the WMEC RELIANCE, 1977 – 1979 in Yorktown , Va. I have been looking for reasonable replica of the Medium Endurance cutters, and this is the closest I have seen so far.

  4. Do you have the 210’ Coast Guard Cutter in Z scale in either finished or kit form? If so what would be the cost? Thanks!

    • I do not have the 210′ Reliance class in Z scale at this time. However I will render it in 3D starting today, with a probably completion in about two weeks. This was a difficult ship to model in styrene, which is why it was not available for a long time in kit form in N scale. There are no models or kits still available in N scale. The 3d printed completed model in Z scale will be $600; the kit $350, plus shipping. I will have to see how the Z scale model goes together before offering it as a kit; as I have mentioned on the model’s page, this was a model that tested even the most experienced modelers.

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