| 15 June 2009
I picked up model ship building as a new hobby in March 2008 as a way to quasi-immerse myself into Jack and Stephen's world, enjoying immensely the novels as well as the film, Master and Commander, The Far Side of the World.
Being new to the craft, I did some research online, called some hobby stores, and eventually decided to purchase the HMS Surprise kit by Artesania Latina at a clearance sale from a hobby store in Canada. Incidentally, I was told (by a different hobby store) to avoid this specific kit for two reasons: 1) It's an advanced kit, recommended for modelers that have actually bent planks before, and 2) The manufacturer had a reputation for less than adequate instructions and poor historical accuracy. My take on this advice was: 1) What's a plank and how hard can it be, and 2) I was going after verisimilitude of ships of the era, to approximate the literary frigate with visual and stylistic cues from the film version - which incidentally was actually a modified replica of the HMS Rose. (More about this in my next article about the Three Surprises)