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7047-1: Coast Watch HQ
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The build is 96-97% accurate, excluding the 32x48 baseplate: https://www.bricklink.com/catalogPG.asp?P=44510pb03&ColorID=2 —I tried building a few MOC versions with standard bricks and plates, but so far, not satisfactory enough to publish.

Other missing parts were easy to substitute. I created one "[MOC] Part 75347" to replace a 2x11 pillar, grouped under the 'Elevator's Mechanism' inside 'Headquarters.'


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A short-lived "World City" theme marked one of Lego's most significant transitions in the early 2000s—retiring a "golden" era of pastoral Town in favor of a striving, urbanistic City. Which brought a novel approach to design, futuristic hi-tech vehicles, megapolis buildings, and storylines focused on rapid movement and constant change.

To launch the series in 2003, Lego revisited some of the most beloved Town subthemes, electric 9V "Trains" and "Police." Next year, they added other crucial emergency response services to World City: "Fire Rescue" and "Coast Watch."

The World City's "Coast Watch" collection was the fifth generation of rescue-oriented Lego models, preceded by:

*RSQ911* in 1991–'92
A short-lived theme that only had five sets before Lego rebranded it to "Rescue." One of the most unique and striking models was 'Trauma Team,' with unusual vehicles and bold design:

1896-1: Trauma Team (by @Batka)

*Rescue* in 1993–'96
The main phase during the Classic Town era, with a dozen sets released in three years. It was a diverse line-up of well-designed Police, Firefighter, and Coast Guard buildings and vehicles (including boats, airplanes, helicopters, etc.)

*Res-Q* 1998
Lego revisited the subject in this radical, aggressive-looking "Res-Q" subtheme. In 1998, TLC also launched the "Extreme Team" collection, so Lego designers tapped a lot into extreme sports and outdoor activities for inspiration that year.

Eight "Res-Q" sets came out: a waterfront 'Emergency Response Center,' massive 'Cruiser' hovercraft and 'River Response' catamaran, and a few ground vehicles somewhat reminiscent of the RSQ911 'Trauma Team' style.

6473-1: Res-Q Hovercraft

6479-1: Emergency Response Center

This set no. 7047-1 'Coast Watch HQ,' with 367 parts and four minifigures, was the largest in the World City's "Coast Watch" subtheme.

The build generally follows the "look and feel" of World City's 'Police HQ' set no. 7035-1, which came out in 2003, but at the same time, certainly pays homage to the radical and aggressive style of "Res-Q" collection: the whole subtheme based on water (even both "Fire Rescue" models in World City were boats), a return of the hovercraft, as well as a hi-speed jet helicopter, etc.

Some of the Coast Watch HQ highlights are:

>> Custom 32x48 Baseplate
The unique mold created just for this set isn't available on Mecabricks, obviously. For now, I left the Headquarters building and surrounding ground structures suspended in air (at the correct position and height).

>>Moving Elevator
The elevator platform (with a gear rack) moves up and down, powered by a manually operated "motor" with a yellow knob, plus rotates 90° to let minifigs travel from the helipad to the second floor. Excellent design and functionality!

>>HQ Building
There's a rotating gear rack with firefighting equipment and a central console on the Headquarters' ground floor where the Coast Watch crew review mission plans (loaded through a 1x4 slit in the wall).

The second floor, accessed via the elevator, has just an observation room with stationary binoculars; and above it, a tiny Watchtower with a rotating chair and another computer.

Another quirky feature that 'Coast Watch HQ' shares with Res-Q's 'Emergency Response Center' from six years ago—besides common design traits—was an odd minifig casting. There are four coast guards, including a doctor, but again, not a single civilian to rescue! By the way, apart from two premium 2003 "Trains" models, a $50 'Grand Central Station' or "top-of-the-line" electric $90 'High-Speed Train,' the entire World City had no casually-dressed ordinary citizens, only uniforms. (Cops, firefighters, railway employees).

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=MORE 'World City' MODELS=

7035-1: Police HQ

7034-1: Surveillance Truck

4511-1: High Speed Train

4512-1: Cargo Train

4513-1: Grand Central Station

4514-1: Cargo Crane
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