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72″ Remote Controlled RMS Titanic Model Ships

August 31st, 2012

Picture of a 72 inch model of the RMS TitanicZOMG. It appears someone has actually raised the RMS Titanic!

Handcrafted Model Ships has just announced the release of a limited edition 72” (six feet long!) version of their RMS Titanic model boat. At 6” long – yes, six feet in length – this model is truly deserving of its name. Both massive and beautiful, contracted with real cherry, birch, maple, and rosewood, this namesake is built precisely to scale using the plans of the actual RMS Titanic. More than that – this Titanic model ship is actually sailable. That’s right, she’s seaworthy (well, lake-worthy, anyway) and remote-controlled. You can take this ship to the local lake or pond and recapture the grandeur of the RMS Titanic’s maiden voyage – minus its unfortunate fate. Just be mindful of any mallard ducks on said pond, as they might get driven under the surface by the power of the massive wakes coming off this monster.

It’s pretty exclusive, too; only one of ten ever sold. A very rare model, indeed. Plus, for those very rare and privileged collectors, five copies each of her sister ships – the RMS Olympic and RMS Britannic – are also available. But first, a little history.

Picture of a 72 inch model of the RMS TitanicThe ocean liners RMS Titanic and her siblings, belonged to the Olympic class, which were designed to be the epitome of elegance and size. Luxury at sea. The eponymous RMS Olympic, first of its class, is distinguished by the fact it didn’t sink early in its career. While we all know of the Titanic’s untimely end, it’s not commonly known that the RMS Britannic, following massive refits in the wake of her sunken sister, fell even faster – and in the same ‘bow-down’ fashion, upon striking a German mine during WWI. Her captain attempted to ground her, keeping her engines moving in the chaos that surrounded her rapid sinking. As the crew abandoned the ship and her stern rose from the water, one of the lifeboats, filled with would-be survivors, was drawn into the operating propellers, and completely destroyed.

Needless to say, history has not been kind – downright cruel – to the Olympic class ocean liners. It seems their biggest claim to fame, sardonic as it may be, is that they sunk in a truly spectacular fashion. But would we, honestly, have even remembered them, and so vividly, were it not for the tragedies they underwent?

To that end, these lovely model cruise ships allow you to relive the elegance and glory for which these ships were meant; the joy and hope with which they were built. The potent dream of their designers.

So, take the wheel, and rewrite history! Bask in the beauty of these gorgeous giant model cruise ships, allowing them the destiny of which they were deserving, but were sadly, never afforded. Let them live again as you explore a bygone era in all its majesty, limited only by your imagination.

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The USS Constitution Sails Again

August 23rd, 2012

Make way for the USS Constitution, for she once again sails the seas. Commissioned for the US Navy by the Naval Act of 1794, she was launched in 1797 as one of six heavily armed frigates. The decision at the time was to make these heavy frigates the largest warships that the United States was fielding, so at the time of her launching, she was the largest warship sailing under the flag of the United States. She was named by none other than George Washington, and went on to faithfully serve many US Presidents after her.

Picture of a model of the USS ConstitutionThe USS Constitution is most known for her role in the War of 1812 where she defeated the HMS Guerriere. The battle saw the two ships directly alongside each other for much of the time, yet rough seas prevented any boarding action. Instead the USS Constitution’s guns savaged her British rival, while many of the shots from the Guerriere reportedly bounced off of the Constitution’s hull. Which caused an American sailor to shout, “Huzzah, her sides are made of iron,” and, from this, the USS Constitution became known as “Old Ironsides.”

By 1830, the USS Constitution was getting quite old, particularly for a wooden ship. The Boston Advertiser erroneously reported that the US Navy had decided to scrap her. This promoted Oliver Wendell Holmes to write and publish the poem, “Old Ironsides” which caused such an outcry amongst the American public that the Navy was forced to continue her upkeep. And so the decision was made to transform the USS Constitution from a warship, to one of public relations on behalf of the US Navy- a tradition which the Navy has maintained to this day.

Picture of a model of the USS ConstitutionThe Constitution has been repaired and refitted many times over her history, but her only real means of propulsion has remained the use of her sails. As sail has become a rather impractical method of powering a ship, there has always been the question of whether she should be towed to her destinations or whether US Navy sailors would be trained in such an outdated mode of transportation. Though she has been towed plenty of times throughout her history, there have been occasions where she used the wind to sail entirely under her own power. In 1997, she sailed under her own power to celebrate the 200th anniversary of her launching. Most recently, the Constitution sailed under her own power to celebrate the 200th anniversary of her battle with HMS Guerriere. She was sailed by a crew of 60 sailors, all active duty members of the Navy, and fired off a 21-gun salute to adoring audiences. Clearly, she is a beautiful piece of American history.

Now you can own a piece of American history, by purchasing one of Handcrafted Model Ships very own, USS Constitution model ships. Each was designed by Master Builder Richard Norris to be as close to the design of the actual ship as possible. The handcrafted model sailboats are available in 7” miniature all the way up to the really ginormous 50” monstrosity. Each serves as a beautiful reminder of American naval power and ingenuity.

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