Over the past several weeks we've been engaged in a mad dash to make a few of the aspects of the HORNET Project presentable to the public. Many of our volunteers worked long hours at the Dockyard to get our materials ready for launch, including the three primary projects: the 3D renderings, our website (yes, it too was built at our Dockyard -in the office), and Mini-Hornet - which we have decided to stop calling a model because at 1:12 scale it is just too damned huge (16' long, 12' tall)! In the end, our 'soft launch' went very well, and our mission at the moment is to get the word out, grassroots style.
So where do we go from here? Well, we're bending sails on Mini-Hornet this weekend, and we'll be taking her over to US Fleet Forces Command on Naval Security Annex Norfolk for display. As of Monday evening she'll be set up in their atrium until the end of the week, when she might be headed down to Town Point Park for the 10th annual Norfolk Beer Festival. We'll have to wait and see if they give us space.
A few people have asked, "where's the media?" Good question. We're working on that one, but like our soft launch, there are a great many things going into the media release, including our first big partnership - that will be announced at that time. For now, we'll keep the press on social media and personal connections until you're all sick of us asking if you've heard about it!
I'll probably be in and out of the Dockyard after that, engaged in a long string of meetings raising funds for the project. In my absence, we'll get some guest bloggers in here and mix things up a bit!
Rolling out to the shop - if you're in the area, stop on by and lend a hand! PS- Jerry, your carronade pattern will be on its way back to you later today - thanks a million!