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Author Topic: Townsend Thoresen Free Enterprise V / P&O Pride of Hythe - development of a kit.  (Read 203578 times)

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Last active 5th june....He was going to contact me regarding painting the plug etc and never did
 
 
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thats a real shame . Hope some thing happens


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thats a real shame . Hope some thing happens


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Don't give up hope.
We've got to hear some news sooner or later. The amount of work that's gone into the project it's got to be worth completing. I really hope so. Come on Carl keep the project alive.


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Really interesting project!
I wonder how hard it would be to convert it to the "ROMILDA"
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Well - I am still alive!!!

So sorry for not keeping things up to date on here, but I have had a real bear of a year this year and priorities have had to be re-evaluated.  I wont go into details, but please rest assured that the project(s) are still there and WILL be progressed with - but my 'day job' has had to take priority this year otherwise there would have been serious financial repurcussions and, eventually, no hope of completing the kits.
 
STAVROS - PLease, please please accept my humblest appologies........I do value your experience and expertise and really would like to take you up onyour kind offer. It wont be until the new year though due to work commitments.
 
EVERYONE - I want to get these boats done............it is my dream.........I am NOT going to give up now!!!!
 
NOW......to add the cherry to the icing on the cake (and as a couple of you will already know), I have had a 'slight' disaster in the Linkspan Models design studio........the crux of the matter being that the hard drive that contained ALL of the design work and prototype info to date failed quite spectacularly a few weeks ago.  The consequence being that ALL my data for Free Enterprise, Pride of Dover and Norland were lost or corrupted and I was unable to retrieve ANYTHING.  Since then, I have had a data recovery specialist looking into the case and they have managed to salvage nearly all my files - and I am waiting on the recovered data being returned to me. The upshot is that this has cost me nearly 900.  I know, I know - why didnt I take back-ups of everything to guard against this happening?  You tell me.................... The last couple of months have been the most upsetting of my life for quite a while to be honest.  Why oh why didnt I back up??? The stable door is open and the horse had long since bolted.....................................
 
Bear with me folks.......................normal service will be resumed...................the kits will be available..........I just wish I had more time to myself to deal with them......
 
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Great news Carl  :-))
Sorry about your PC, I think that has happened to everyone one time or another.
I know the kits will be well worth the wait. Good luck with your progress and I'm looking forward to the day that I can place my order for FEV.


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Hello Carl,

I am glad to hear you are alive and kicking despite all the strain this year has put on you.

So sad to hear about your hard disk failure and loss of data, most of which luckily could be recovered eventually, albeit at a hefty price.

Never, ever trust any hard disk drive (or other physical storage). Even if they are brand new they could fail at any time from one second to another.
And it's by far not only physical failure that you have to guard against.
It is much more likely to lose data because of users or admins making mistakes, like erroneously deleting the wrong files, directory trees, filesystems, or wiping whole disks.
Even the most sophisticated RAID arrays wouldn't protect you from these human "failures".
So, do take backups regularly and often to distinct media.
It isn't even necessary to run full blown backup strategies.
I often only do a casual rsync, which is done with one snap command.

A long time ago I read in the preface of a book about backup and recovery the author's reassuring comparison of people who experienced data loss to motor cyclists, where of the latter there were two sorts,
those who already fell and those who will fall.

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Hi Carl
hang on in there . If you need any thing drop me an email

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Hi Carl

Nice to know that only the hard drive failed but you yourself haven't  O0
Keep well and work at your own pace.

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Bit of an update for those who might still be interested.................
 
Plug is now finished and ready to be taken to the fabricators to have the hull mould made and two prototype hulls produced.
 

 
It has been a long slog, with work and health issues getting in the way..........but I feel that this moment is worth celebrating so a bottle of red will be opened with tonights dinner........and sod the doc's!!!!!!!!!!!
 
Just ordered new blades for the bandsaw too in readiness for cutting out the frames for the Norland and Spirit of Free Enterprise.
 
More anon!!!!!
Carl

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Looking great Carl,I know some days can seam like shame sh-t differant day but looking at what you have done before I,ll know you,ll am sure if any one will can there you will.
                      Regards Howard.
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Hi Carl
your were caught on camera in the work shop. LOL . Looking good . good news to hear on the next to models .

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Hi Carl,


Hope you enjoyed your bottle of Red, you've earned it.
So nice to see an update.
Thanks very much for all the effort. Look forward to your next post.


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Well, after years of blood, sweat and toil, the plug for the Free Enterprise V is finally finished and ready to be taken to the fabricators.
 

 
It is they who will now take responsibility for prepping her for moulding then two prototype hulls will be taken.
 

 
It has taken a while, but having a half decent space to work in has helped tremendously!!!!
 
Tomorrow will now be spent building a new, bigger, workbench to take the next project - MV Norland which, at nigh on 1.6m long and 26cm in the beam, cannot fit on the existing bench!!!!
 
Boy, am I glad to have reached THIS stage...........

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looking fantastic.
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Fantastic! What en effort, keep up the good work!
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Beautiful Carl  :-))


Things are moving again. Well done for getting this far. Up and over the hill we go  :}


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News on the Free Enterprise V front.....
 
We have an appointment at Ace Fibreglass Mouldings on the 18th December to hand over the plug for moulding!!!!!
 
Fingers crossed to receive two prototype hulls early in the new year.......

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Good luck Carl
will be intresting to see how they do the bow .

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I am hoping they will mould the whole bow visor as I have modelled it.
 
If not, then the kit will have to contain the flat sloping part to finish it off.
 
Will find out on the 18th!!!  :-)) O0

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I was thinking more of that bit of deck that the link span drops on to . It is about 5 mm thick . How are they going to get gel coat then fiberglass in to it as a mold is inverse of the plug so the deck will be a slot. I wait and see

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News on the Free Enterprise V front.....
 
We have an appointment at Ace Fibreglass Mouldings on the 18th December to hand over the plug for moulding!!!!!
 
Fingers crossed to receive two prototype hulls early in the new year.......


Good luck Carl, I hope all goes well. Look forward to seeing the prototypes in 2015  :-))


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Nice looking. Very good job.
I cant wait to see her in the water.
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Good news for all you patient Ferry Fans who have been diligently following this thread for so long.............
 
Today I have taken the plug to the fabricator to have the mould made and a couple of prototype hulls pulled from it  :-)) :-)) :-))
 
The man from Del-fibreglassing.....he say 'YES!!!'  :}  He is happy with the plug and feels that it would be no problem to create a strong mould.
 
Hulls expected back at Linkspan HQ toward the end of January  O0   O0   O0   O0

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Look what I found this weekend
 

 

 
Bought when I used to go on hols with my Parents abroad in the 70's
 
 
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