Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Sometimes I really do feel like an overgrown child
Yesterday I had a great conversation with Philip Roberts, the owner of Steel, Chapman & Hutchinson LTD. SC&H is a company that specializes in large scale radio controlled sailing ships - which definately falls into the 'dabbled as an adult' category; I've probably been debating on how to work one of those models into my pasttimes for years now. These models, which are not cheap, are nevertheless durable, easy to build, fun to sail and absolutely gorgeous. For between roughly $3,000 to $5,000, any person can become captain of their own miniature square rigger.
The company currently has three kits available - HMS Surprise of Master and Commander fame, a Cruizer-class British brig and the famous American 1812 privateer Prince deNeufchatel. Though each is stunning in their own right, the Cruizer class is interesting in that both HMS Peacock and HMS Penguin - the ships that Hornet engaged and sank in the War of 1812 - were both of this class. Even Hornet's sister Wasp captured HMS Frolic, yet another. My question for Mr. Roberts was simple - is there any way that our attention to the reconstruction of the real ship, and the likely public attention that goes with it, be of sufficient benefit to facilitate production of a 1:24 scale R/C Hornet model? Her principal opponents are already built! What an awesome display that would make, a 1:24 scale game of Hornet vs Peacock, 200 years later - what fun!
We have more to discuss with Mr. Roberts, but for now, go check out the Steel, Chapman & Hutchinson ships at their website - http://www.modelsailingships.com/