Post by Dave Homewood on Oct 4, 2005 16:23:47 GMT 12
There's another poll where you can stick your Fairey! hehe ;D
Wow, MoTaT is building a replica Walsh boat, wicked. There's a really good semi-amatuer video documentary on Waitemata flying boats (available from the Warehouse, or used to be) which has some amazing film of the Walsh's flying bots, and even pilot's eye view of Auckland. Stunning. I watched it recently with Mum and we both said it'd be great if a replica was made, they could take tourists for flights over the harbour recreating the days of the Walshes.
Did that syndicate come to nothing in the end? Or is there still a hope?
Havent heard much about the flying Walsh boat at all, the target was to get one flying for the last Americas Cup regatta in Auckland, and obviously that came to nothing, I havent heard anything around the SAA, and I would expect some of our members to be involved if it was happening. The basic concept is sound as construction of a Walsh boat is fairly straightforward and inexpensive. One would probably make a "generic" version as each Walsh machine was hand made and original. Aparently the syndicate had obtained a genuine Hall Scott engine, but for practical purposes a Gypsy Major could be inverted (right way up?) and would prove a more practical option. There would be difficulties in taking paying passengers as the machine would be in the experimental category, and finding a suitable base would cause problems. Being a pure flying boat, airshow appearances would be limited and there may not be many opportunities for exposure (therefore difficult to get sponsorship - a Sunderland would have worse problems) but if someone wealthy and enthusiastic (perhaps a famous film director...) would finance such a thing for the sheer joy of it, it could be done - and not too expensively - $250,000 perhaps.... Anyone inetersted (and wealthy )