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Cruiser Class brig hull with added stern lights. (beneteau3)
The clamping of the waterways at the base of the bulwarks. (Ray C)
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A deadeye with the chain soldered around it. Part of Dan's description of chain making. (Dan L)
Dan has used a small piece of tube attached to a soldering iron to imitate wooden plugs in his decking. (Dan L)
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The Cruiser Class deck showing the stubs of the two masts (where the hinge plates will be attached) and the mechanical hatch (the capstan is centered on this). (Ray C).
Showing a beautiful finish on the barrel and well detailed worm and rammer. (Dan L)
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A perfect finish. (Dan L). Good finishes and added fittings and gun tackle on this 32 lb carronade. The long pin is what secures the gun to the deck. (Dan L).
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The Cruiser Class deck hatches with added fittings and shot garlands. (Ray C) Added barrels and deck ringbolts. An unpainted Doctor Maturin is keeping on eye on progress. (Hoghappy).
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Foster has added a second wheel to his ship and added a brass band, Fittings have been added to the companionway and gun carriages and he has made the shot garlands and pinrails. (Ray C). Prince de Neufchatel in the dry dock nearing completion. (Hoghappy).
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Dan has hand made hearts for the attachment of the forestay to the bowsprit. (Dan L). Prince de Neufchatel sailing large. (Hoghappy).


Autumn 2015

Steel, Chapman & Hutchinson is going to stop producing working model sailing ships. We will compile the kits that we have all the major parts for already and those will be available, but we will be making no more after that. As of November 16th, 2015, we have no HMS Surprise kits left, no Cruiser Class brigs and 5 Prince de Neufchâtels.

We are no longer selling kits divided into component sets, only the complete kits. We also have a Cruiser Class brig, 1 HMS Surprise and 1 Prince de Neufchâtel that are our test ships and are completely built. These are for sale too. We will continue to support the builders of our ships and replacement parts will be available at least until 2018. There are several web forums concerning the building, modifying and sailing of our ship kits.

You can browse through them and look at the pictures, you don‘t have to join them. The biggest forum is the one started by Ray C and contains information on all the ships not just the brig.
All forums are easily searchable:

Square Rigger kit-18 Gun Brig-of-war of 1797
Started by Ray C

Prince de Neufchatel, SC&H 1:24 Scale Schooner
Started by Hoghappy

Syren, Brig, SC&H R/C Square Rigger, 1/24 scale
Started by DanL

Design Details for R/C Square Rigger Operating Systems
Started by DanL

Sailing SC&H 1/24 scale square rigged ships
Started by Paratrooper

Ray Grosser has written an article about his building of the HMS Surprise kit for the magazine Ships in Scale. In the first article (Nov/Dec 2009) he talks about the changes he made to the sail/yard controls and servos based on his interpretation of Dan Lewandowski's system. He also talks about his absolute need for a chase boat, a camping trailer and lots of other goodies.






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