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Author Topic: Townsend Thoresen Free Enterprise V / P&O Pride of Hythe - development of a kit.  (Read 194951 times)

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Hi Carl,
absolutely amazing! The first real ferry kit to buy!
Best of luck for the next steps!
Regards from Germany
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What I really like about this kit are that it is an unusual subject, the laser cut styrene sheets and the superb construction diagrams contained in the instruction booklet. It's the sort of kit that would tempt me away from an ARTR purchase.
I tried to build a kit in the past from a well known company but failed miserably. My poor building skills, the kits less than detailed building instructions, badly photocopied diagrams and photos, flat sheets of styrene with smudged cutting outlines etc led to me selling it partially completed. Other kit manufacturers, if they have not done so already, should take note of the quality of this proposed kit which appears to set a very high standard indeed.
In fact as I type this I've decided I will purchase one given the opportunity. Keep up the good work Carl.
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Wow this looks very promising! Keep up the good work, I'll certainly follow this to the finishline.
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Hi Carl,
 
Just to echo everyone above, she is looking FANTASTIC  :-))
 
Thanks for keeping us upto date. The excitement grows with every new photo.
 
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The more it looks idiot proof the more I am verily tempted ...
And watching it all come together is a great advert too.
Great Build Carl

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The more it looks idiot proof
Dave

Bold statement Dave when you haven't met THIS idiot. My failings aside, it does look superb. 
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Good evening All  :-))
 
No new pictures tonight (sorry), but VERY many thanks for all your kind words and expressions of support.  It is REALLY appreciated  :-)) :-)) :-)) .
 
The day job is keeping me out of the workshop during the week unfortunately, but have spent all day today doing more prep on the plug - should be some exciting photos of that next week  %) .
 
I am very encouraged by the way that the decks and superstructures have gone together, and having all the windows pre-cut by laser certainly makes an easier and tidier job of one area of modelling ships that can really stand out.
 
We were adding the clear spray screen glazing to the bridge wings today, and have come to the conculsion that 'canopy glue' is the stuff to use - really strong and no misting of the clear plastic.
 
Right - time for a decent shower now to get half a kilo of filler dust out of my hair!!!!!
 
More updates soon!!!
Carl 8)

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'afternoon all  :-))
 
Just come in from the workshop.........quick update....
 
The plug is just a matter of days away from being taken to the fabricators now....just a little fettling on one or two areas and the window 'blanks' to add and we will be there :
 

 

 
Back in the workshop tomorrow............... ok2
 
Carl 8)

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Very nice Carl
starting to get there

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SMOOOOOOOTH!!!!


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Any further developements on this
 
 
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Hi Carl,
 
Any chance of an update please as it was all going so well, then...................?
 
Thanks Antony
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It would be nice to hear from you Carl O0
You are missed, and not just for your Ferrylicious build.

Dave
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Patience my dear fellow,  I've been in touch with Carl recently and he will reveal all in due course.


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Hi Ali,

good to hear that you are in contact with Carl regarding this issue.

Send warm regards from the German ferrymaniac to him if you are in touch.

Thanks

Hermann
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I will pass on your comments ferrymaniac.

 I won't say too much but Carl has had some highs and he's had some lows over the last few months. He is however continuing his research and development work.
 Indeed he's currently in Ostend, Belgium looking over the Gardinia, no doubt one of his future kits.


All that's left to say is......SIT TIGHT.


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Belated happy new year everybody!!
 
Whilst I havent been on here updating every 5 minutes, I havent been idle. We moved house up to the Midlands just before Christmas and with all the upheaval, modelling and development had to take a back seat for a little while. Suffice to say, at our new abode we have space for a half decent workshop, which is now about 50% built.
In the meantime, I have been drawing, designing and researching for numerous models but particularly FEV, Norland and Spirit of Free Enterprise.
 
For FEV, I have now completed the design-work for the ships fittings (vents, bollards, winches etc.) and have had a first batch 3D printed by a UK firm.  The material is nylon and, whilst they will need a little fettling to remove manufacturing dust etc., I have to say that I am impressed with how things have turned out. To get economies of scale for the cost, I had sufficient parts made suitable for 10 kits! Total cost in the region of 100.  At a scale of 1:96, they are small components and the limitations of the 3D printing process and tolerances does not allow for ultra-fine detail at this scale. Let me know what you think? For me, once fettled and painted I am sure they will be fine.
 
Here is what we have had done so far:
 
Warping drums for the mooring winches:

 
5 cylinder 'radial' motor for the mooring winches:

 
The mooring winches themselves (1 has been removed ready for painting):

 
Car deck gates - we tried to make these from 0.25 styrene sheet and strip, but the glue just destroyed them!!

 
P & S navigation light boards for alongside the bridge:

 
Inter-deck companionway stairs - complete and ready to just fit between the decks at the rear quarters of the vessel:

 
Traditional bollards:

 
Single fairlead rollers:

 
Double fairlead rollers:

 
And finally for now, various vents that can be found on the decks of the vessel:

 
More to come............................... O0
Carl

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I've been following your thread since the beginning, and am mightily impressed with what your doing.
One question if I may, why nylon? I've always found nylon very difficult to glue and paint.
Keep up the good work, and will be interested in all future progress.
cheers
vnkiwi  :-))
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Nice one Carl, the parts look great to me.


Let us know the best paint to use on nylon and if it has to be primed first.


Glad to see you're making steady progress on the FEV kit.


When do you anticipate taking orders for FEV so I can start gathering the necessary funds?


Thanks Antony
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Hi carl
looking good. Had you looked in Frosted  ultra  detal FUD. cost more but has a much better finish .

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Hi Carl,
Nice to you back in the game!
The Nylon parts look great, unfortunately this material will not hold paint when in it's raw state. I have however found that when coated with resin it seals up nicely.
 I recommend dipping the parts in some low viscosity polyurethane resin for a few seconds then hanging out to dry.
The alternative is having the parts printed in the more expensive detail plastic.


Keep us posted Carl, good luck


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look superb Carl.....pity you ain't building to 1:48.....I'd have had some of those off you for my Jupiter.
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Hello,


Any updates going.
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HI Carl
any news on the ferry


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HI Carl
any news on the ferry


john


I hope Carl is still going ahead with this project as the silence is very worrying and he was making such good progress.


Please Carl give us an update.


Thanks Antony
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