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Author Topic: Townsend Thoresen Free Enterprise V / P&O Pride of Hythe - development of a kit.  (Read 205778 times)

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Don't forget the hat Carl!  :police:

...or is it only for use when sailing?!

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Wow, she looks magnificent! Good luck on the show, and definitely wear the hat!
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That is one fine looking ferry.
Full order books methinks  :-))

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If there is any fairness in the world Ned, you will be spot on.

Gorgeous gorgeous display model Carl. I hope she sails and behaves well for you throughout the weekend. Is your website up and running?
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She's looking splendid Carl, could be a glass cabinet model for sure!

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it has taken me some time to read through this build log, but it has been worth it.

I didn't realise how much time, effort and money goes into the development of a kit that people can enjoy building. You people who do this are very brave indeed to undertake such projects.

Your model is superb, and there are so many talented modellers on here.

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I hope to catch up with you at Mobile Marine Carl.


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Don't forget the hat Carl!  :police:

...or is it only for use when sailing?!

Andy

Hat wasn't forgotten Andy  :-))
I saved it until the last day and wore it pool-side whilst sailing  {-)

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Wow, she looks magnificent! Good luck on the show, and definitely wear the hat!
Hama

Thankyou friend!!! Hat was worn  O0
 
Need to email you very soon - sorry I have been so remiss in getting back to you recently....been so busy lately that things have got a little 'left behind'.  I did get the lines drawing for Dalaro - thank you so much - will email tomorrow evening when I get back from London... :-))

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That is one fine looking ferry.
Full order books methinks  :-))

Ned

Cheers Ned  :-))  We shall see........website goes live at the end of the month and the first 5 kits will be packed and ready by then  O0

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If there is any fairness in the world Ned, you will be spot on.

Gorgeous gorgeous display model Carl. I hope she sails and behaves well for you throughout the weekend. Is your website up and running?

Thank you kind Sir!!!! As mentioned, website should be up and running by end of November.  Just sorting out the banking and merchant accounts so that we can take payments online (as well as at shows).  It is a real 'eye-opener' just what has to be done in the background with starting even a small venture like this!!  Did you know that we are supposed to put a notice on the front of the boxes something along the lines of "This is NOT a toy - it is a collectors item"?  Otherwise we would have to comply with a whole host of regulations related to the manufacture and sale of toys!!!!
 
And I thought the designing of the kit was the hard part..................

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She's looking splendid Carl, could be a glass cabinet model for sure!
Cheers Brian - but a glass case model she isn't I'm afraid.  She looks fine in the photos, but up close you can see the rough edges.
 
In truth, she is just our prototype 'mule' to test theories, part fit, motor and ballast selection.  That is why she is in the P&O colours as opposed to the Townsend green that I really would like.  The second model will really be the display model - in the TTF green - as she will be built with just a little more care, have lights all working, mixers on the motors, bow thruster and working bow rudder.
 
THAT one will go into a glass case!!!  O0 :-))

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it has taken me some time to read through this build log, but it has been worth it.

I didn't realise how much time, effort and money goes into the development of a kit that people can enjoy building. You people who do this are very brave indeed to undertake such projects.

Your model is superb, and there are so many talented modellers on here.

Jim.

Thank you Jim  :-))
 
Some would say I was more daft than brave to attempt this.....but I have to admit, it appears to be turning out OK.  Funnily enough, the Knightcote MBC have asked that I give a half hour talk next week on designing and producing a kit......somehow I will have to condense 4 1/2 years of work into half an hour!!! {-)
 
And I wholeheartedly agree with you - there really are some magnificent modellers out there......I just wish I could emulate them!!!

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I hope to catch up with you at Mobile Marine Carl.


                                 Regards Howard.

Looking forward to it Howard  :-))   :-))   :-))  Really hope you can make it mate  O0 O0 Lots to catch up on!!!
 
 

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Look what I managed to pick up today  :-)
 

 
The hulls for the first 5 kits of the Free Enterprise V!!!!  %% %% %%

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Wow :} Now you know its serious Carl. You must be really pleased to see the quality consistant across the five and know your craftsmanship and attention to detail allowed these to be. Now stick them in boxes and get them sold :-))

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Wow :} Now you know its serious Carl. You must be really pleased to see the quality consistant across the five and know your craftsmanship and attention to detail allowed these to be. Now stick them in boxes and get them sold :-))

Cheers Ian - Yes, I am very pleased with the consistency that the fabricators have got across the 5 hulls.  Uniform thickness and no blemishes.  Just the usual central moulding line on the under-hull to remove.
Boxes are stacked in the living room - just need to find a stapler to assemble them!!!!
 
Exciting times  :-))

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They look good quality Carl. I notice you have them on top of the new laser cutter :} Be careful of the sticky out bit. The CO2 tube is in there and if it gets damaged that'll be over 300 quid for a new one!

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If I had 5 identical hulls I'd give one away to someone on here... %)
 
...just kidding Carl.  {-)
 
 
It's great to see you're well on your way to supplying those kits.  :-))
 
 
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Excellent job!!! I would like to see a kit of the Viking Viscount at some point, very similar to the F.E V but better looking imo.
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They look good quality Carl. I notice you have them on top of the new laser cutter :} Be careful of the sticky out bit. The CO2 tube is in there and if it gets damaged that'll be over 300 quid for a new one!

That 'sticky out bit' is the bane of my life in the workshop!!!! It is constantly on my mind when moving about in there.  It IS pretty well protected in the metal case but nevertheless, if the machine is bumped in to too often it can knock the mirrors off 'true' and it is a real mare to have to re-set them.

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Excellent job!!! I would like to see a kit of the Viking Viscount at some point, very similar to the F.E V but better looking imo.

A Super Viking is most certainly on the cards Senlac - just need to find drawings of a sufficient quality to create it!!!!

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...just kidding Carl.  {-)
 
 
It's great to see you're well on your way to supplying those kits.  :-))
 
 
Regards,
 
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Cheers Ray - You know, I may just raffle a kit next year with proceeds to the RNLI.  Will need to look into the legality of it (gaming or gambling laws apply).

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Another piece of the jigsaw puzzle which is this kit has been sorted today.....
 
The sheet of vacuum formed lifeboats and funnel cap  :-))
 

 

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Starting to assemble the first 5 kits this week  %% %% %%  - Hopefully will have them with us at the Mobile Marine Models Christmas Cracker show on Saturday  :-)) .
 
Etched brass frets being carefully wrapped:
 

 
This pile of styrene sheets are all cut and sorted ready to be put through the laser-cutter tomorrow :
 

 
Nearly all the fittings have arrived - mooring winch anyone?
 

 
Or maybe a liferaft canister or davit?
 

 
Brass props and bespoke propshafts and tubes - no skimping here!!! :
 

 
Just a few odds and ends still to arrive, but we will be at the show regardless  O0 O0 O0
 
Pip pip!!!
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