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Author Topic: Townsend Thoresen Free Enterprise V / P&O Pride of Hythe - development of a kit.  (Read 206220 times)

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I am very pleased for you because it has been an adventure. I love the way the figures tell a story on the model thus adding interest and entertainment.
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Absolutely stunning Carl & congratulations :-)).......may your order book swell.......did she throw the port prop?.................. Derek
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Absolutely stunning Carl & congratulations :-)) .......may your order book swell.......did she throw the port prop?.................. Derek

Ha ha  {-) {-) {-)  Well spotted!!! Yes - unfortunately she did. I did begin to wonder toward the end of sailing why I had to wind on a lot of rudder trim to keep her straight - then I found out. That's the second that has been lost to the deep - must use some thread-lock....this is getting expensive!!!!
 

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She's an absolute beauty Carl, you can justifiably be very, very proud of your achievement.

Wishing you every success in the coming months & years ahead. O0

...and many, many thanks for taking the time to post so much information and photographs. :-))

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Simply stunning and thanks for taking us along with you on the journey. It's been a fascinating insight into the development of a kit and thoroughly enjoyable to see develop into this magnificent offering.

Alex
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Well done Carl - were I 10 years younger I would have my name down for one to remind me of all the crossings I made in the "Prides". Too big for me now unfortunately :(( :((


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Many thanks for all the compliments chaps!!! They are really appreciated  O0

Barrie - she isn't too large......she fits in the boot of my Audi A4 with room to spare ok2

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THE DEED IS DONE - THE WEBSITE IS LIVE!!!!!!  :-)) :-)) :-)) :-))
 
As per Mayhem rules, you can find all the details in the Trader section here:
 
http://www.modelboatmayhem.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,54557.msg564713.html#new
 
But otherwise.............
 
www.linkspanmodels.co.uk will get you your ticket to classic ferry travel - in miniature!!!!!
 
Carl  :-))

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Another manufacturer is always welcome, especially in 1/96th!! Looking forward to the Norland being released, sailed on her in 1974! Happy Days!
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Another manufacturer is always welcome, especially in 1/96th!! Looking forward to the Norland being released, sailed on her in 1974! Happy Days!

Now that the FEV is ready, I am looking forward to cracking on with the Norland.  Keep an eye open on Mayhem for a similar thread to this one - it has been started, now I must get on and finish it!!!
 

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Great news! Do you have a link to the thread? Thanks,
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Any chance that the Norland kit will include the Falklands conversions?
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Hi Carl
Couldnt get the our fleet or technical page  to open; the other two pages were ok.

Dave
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Hi Carl
Couldnt get the our fleet or technical page  to open; the other two pages were ok.

Dave

Thanks Dave - Just taken a look myself and seems all OK at this end (just as a user myself - I don't have access to the 'code' behind it all). I will let Andy know and he will most likely take a gander soon.

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Great news! Do you have a link to the thread? Thanks,

Here you go.......
 
http://www.modelboatmayhem.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,29834.0.html
 
As for the Falklands 'add-ons' - I will need to take a closer look at what is needed.  I know the heli-decks were prominent, but I seem to recall that to fit them some of the rear superstructure was altered.  The other alteration that might be offered would be a stretching kit to allow the modeller to depict her following her lengthening.  But I think this would be to special order only as it would require an extra lay-up of the hull centre section.  She will be a large model as standard - stretching her would make the model somewhat unwieldy!!

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Tried again and they open drop down boxes on my iphone but not on my android tablet Carl?
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Tried again and they open drop down boxes on my iphone but not on my android tablet Carl?
Thanks for this Dave - I have emailed Andy to let him know. I know he is a busy chap but he will get back to me sometime today.

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Hearty congratulations Carl and Andy - the Linkspan Models website is crisp & clean and, as far as I can ascertain, very user friendly.

Well done to your whole team. :-)) :-))

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Ray.
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Carl, just read through the whole thread and mightily impressed doesn't come close!! Truely inspired work & committment! Any chance of turning your attention to post war warships & the Royal Fleet Auxillary? I'm aware of Fleetscale & Scalewarship but neither appear to put together such a comprehensive package as yourself. Deans Marine kits are excellent too but no RFA or modern warships!!
Looking forward to MV Norland, will go well with my HMS Plymouth!
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Lovely work. The workshop looks very professional like and the plug looks pretty darn good :-))
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Carl, just read through the whole thread and mightily impressed doesn't come close!! Truely inspired work & committment! Any chance of turning your attention to post war warships & the Royal Fleet Auxillary? I'm aware of Fleetscale & Scalewarship but neither appear to put together such a comprehensive package as yourself. Deans Marine kits are excellent too but no RFA or modern warships!!
Looking forward to MV Norland, will go well with my HMS Plymouth!
Robbie

Cheers Robbie for the compliments!!  :-))
As for the RFA's etc., as Linkspan Models we will only be concentrating on ferries - either car, passenger, train or estuarial - as this is a section of the r/c boat market that is lacking.  One thing we have learnt during this whole process is that there is an un-written 'agreement' between the UK manufacturers that they will not 'tread on each other's toes'.  The market is too small to start competing with each other on prototype subjects and, over the years, each manufacturer has developed their kits to fit in a certain segment.  Fleetscale concentrate on their subjects and do not produce the likes of what Model Slipway produce.  Mobile Marine Models are specialists in the large scale tugs, Deans Marine concentrate on merchant vessels, pleasure boats and Naval vessels up to (I think) the end of WWII.  Sirmar would probably have been the manufacturer who would have produced an RFA (if Fleetscale decided not to), but I am unsure as to their status these days.
 
If Fleetscale are unwilling to look at this particular prototype, and Sirmar are not in the frame, then maybe drop a line to Ron at Deans Marine to see what he thinks.  But as a manufacturer specialising in ferries, we would not be looking to produce a model such a an RFA - although it would make a great model with an abundance of detail!!!

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Just a little update to the thread for the Free Enterprise V model...........
 
It has now been just over a year since we started offering this kit and, to date, we have launched over 25 kits to their new owners - both here in the UK and to Germany, Belgium and Denmark!  Thank you all who have trusted in us and supported us with this - quite a few who have purchased have kept in touch whilst they have been building their models and have sent photographs of their progress and, we have to say, the models do look superb!!!  A popular option has been to add lighting to the model and one chap we know of has even managed to have the headlights on the cars on the car-deck lit - now that is detail........  Another chap has managed to fabricate a method of having the bow and stern doors operating on his model as well as full LED lighting.  It is very gratifying to read and hear of the progress being made with these models and we hope to see some of them on the ponds one day.
 
Another pleasant surprise was the review article in the May issue of Marine Modelling Magazine.  Obviously we knew that a review was being carried out but, other than when I delivered the kit to the reviewer, we had no contact with him during the build so to read the article was very gratifying.
 
Here is a shot of the cover:
 

 
Now to get the Norland finished for launch and crack on with the next one (or two....or three......)
 
Carl

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Here are a couple of shots about some of the models being built or now finished.........
 
Cars on the car deck with working headlights:
 

 
Completed model of the Free Enterprise V in her Townsend Thoresen orange livery post 1976 and pre 1985:
 

 

 

 
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It shows that your kits are well designed to allow resourceful people to do things like have working doors which has to have room for the linkages and motors etc. 25 is a good number of sales and I wish you just as much success with the other kits if not more.
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Thanks for your kind comments Ian, really appreciated.  For me, it isn't so much the number of kits sold per se as the hope that those that have bought them enjoy building them.  I get immense pleasure designing the kits........I just hope that others get a similar pleasure from building them.
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