And he related some great stories about it - sounds like you could, too. I never had any actual family member(s) with whom I was able to share flying - though I certainly have had a few good friends and colleagues (the latter becoming the former, given enough time) with whom I shared some unforgettable moments.
Sounds like you are a modeller, too. I'm sure we could find some solution(s) to your desired USCG color-scheme: if not straightforward decals, then possibly some painting tip(s) - or a combination. Can you tell/show us what USCG color-scheme you're having trouble with?
Welcome to ModelFleet, William!