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Re: Linkspan Models Norland / Norstar - Development of a kit.....
« Reply #150 on: July 26, 2016, 10:12:12 PM »

The first of the 3D parts for the Norland arrived today - the rear vehicle loading door/ramp.
 

 

 
This will be used as a master to produce a mould for resin copies - the 3D part on its own is rather costly!!!!
 
I was lucky enough to spend a day recently at the offices of P&O Hull - formerly North Sea Ferries - where I was allowed to spend time photographing their builders model of the Norland (1:100 scale) and come away with an archive box full of photographs of the ship for me to scan.
 

 
Nearly finished the plug now - more photos at the weekend  :-)) :-)) O0
 
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Re: Linkspan Models Norland / Norstar - Development of a kit.....
« Reply #151 on: July 26, 2016, 10:14:55 PM »

Would you design it to the same scale as your larger ferries or go for a similar sized model in larger scale?

Probably a larger scale to be honest Ian - 1:48 or so I think.  She is too small for 1:96 really. Although I can see the attraction of sticking to one scale throughout, I don't think it would be practical with these smaller boats.

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Re: Linkspan Models Norland / Norstar - Development of a kit.....
« Reply #152 on: July 26, 2016, 10:15:00 PM »

Hooray. I look forward to seeing them Carl. I am pleased to see your range blooming so.

Re Delaro, that makes sense, and as the ferries would probably not have met in real life, the scale difference will not be an issue like prhaps doing a fleet revue with different scaled warships of the same era together.

Lovely work mate  :-))
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Re: Linkspan Models Norland / Norstar - Development of a kit.....
« Reply #153 on: July 26, 2016, 10:20:02 PM »

Cheers Ian  :-))   With the Dalaro at 1:48 the possibilities for detailing are endless.  That crane on the fore-deck for one!!

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Re: Linkspan Models Norland / Norstar - Development of a kit.....
« Reply #154 on: July 29, 2016, 09:11:48 PM »

Cracking on this evening................
 

 
This is the third filler skim and rub down for the hull plug - needs to be as smooth as a babies!!!!
Tomorrow should be fitting the rubbing strakes and marking out the windows and other openings, then it will be a final coat of filler primer and sand smooth before delivery to the fabricator  :-))
 
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Re: Linkspan Models Norland / Norstar - Development of a kit.....
« Reply #155 on: July 29, 2016, 09:30:54 PM »

Is that a collection of abrasive polishes on the shelf behind the plug Carl? She's looking good  :-))
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Re: Linkspan Models Norland / Norstar - Development of a kit.....
« Reply #156 on: August 07, 2016, 03:37:39 PM »

Is that a collection of abrasive polishes on the shelf behind the plug Carl? She's looking good  :-))

HA HA!! Unfortunately, the workshop still has to double as a store for the usual garage stuff!!!!
 
Anyroad - pressing on with the plug..............rubbing strakes and masks for the openings added to the port side of the ship.  Now to do the same for the starboard side...... :-))
 

 
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« Reply #157 on: August 18, 2016, 04:51:02 PM »

Cheers Ian  :-))   With the Dalaro at 1:48 the possibilities for detailing are endless.  That crane on the fore-deck for one!!
Hello Carl!
We now have access to the drawings for Dalaroe, I've sent you an email with contact information.
All the best to you and Flo!
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Re: Linkspan Models Norland / Norstar - Development of a kit.....
« Reply #158 on: August 23, 2016, 06:55:29 PM »

Hello Carl!
We now have access to the drawings for Dalaroe, I've sent you an email with contact information.
All the best to you and Flo!
Hakan

Hi Hakan  :-)
Thank you so much for this - I have emailed the chap in Stockholm and am awaiting developments.  I will let you know (obviously!) when I hear back.
By the way, Flo and I were talking the other evening and discussing about trying to fly out to Stockholm in mid to late February 2017 to see Dalaro in action on the ice.  Will talk later, but it could be possible  :-))  dependent on work commitments.
Speak soon friend!!! O0

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Re: Linkspan Models Norland / Norstar - Development of a kit.....
« Reply #159 on: August 23, 2016, 07:00:47 PM »

Been cracking on with the plug for the Norland recently..........
 
All the guides for the openings in the fibreglass hull have been sorted - they just need 'backing' now to prevent the fibreglass of the mould falling through them!
All that is left to do now before it heads down to Sherborne for moulding is to smooth out the blemishes with filler, add fillets where necessary under the rubbing strakes (where they appear on the real ship) and remove the 'carrier flight deck'  {-) from the plug!!!
Here are a few shots as she stands - and this is the first time I have actually turned the hull over and stood it in its 'proper' stance!!!!
 

 

 

 
Getting there!!!  :-))

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Re: Linkspan Models Norland / Norstar - Development of a kit.....
« Reply #160 on: August 24, 2016, 11:56:48 AM »

Cracking on at a pace Carl. I'd love to be there when you deliver it and they see that bow nose section :} I don't know how they lay up the grp, whether it is hand done or sprayed. But I've found on mine that once you actually produce the hull, that bit is nightmare to actually get to, but on mine it has the bow decks etc to have to reach into. at least your bow is open so maybe not so bad.

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Re: Linkspan Models Norland / Norstar - Development of a kit.....
« Reply #161 on: September 17, 2016, 11:48:17 AM »

Last bit of work on the plug now - final fettling before taking it down to the fabricator on Monday to have the mold made and the prototype hull pulled from it.  Plan is to have the prototype hull and kit parts ready for viewing at the Warwick show in November   :-)) :-))
 

 

 
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Re: Linkspan Models Norland / Norstar - Development of a kit.....
« Reply #162 on: September 17, 2016, 06:29:03 PM »

THAT IS MAGNIFICENT.

SUPERB.

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Re: Linkspan Models Norland / Norstar - Development of a kit.....
« Reply #163 on: September 18, 2016, 11:58:25 AM »

THAT IS MAGNIFICENT.

SUPERB.

Jim.

Thank you kind Sir!!!!  :embarrassed: :embarrassed: :embarrassed:
 
Final shots of the plug - all finished as much as I can do.......the fabricator will now give it a coat of 'Reface' and then put the final polish on it before molding.
 

 

 

 
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Re: Linkspan Models Norland / Norstar - Development of a kit.....
« Reply #164 on: September 18, 2016, 02:53:16 PM »

It would have been great as an escort carrier! Good luck with your mould making Carl.
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Re: Linkspan Models Norland / Norstar - Development of a kit.....
« Reply #165 on: September 18, 2016, 05:14:33 PM »

Carl


With the impending changes to Westfallenhallen will hall 5 be big enough?  %%


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Re: Linkspan Models Norland / Norstar - Development of a kit.....
« Reply #166 on: November 22, 2016, 07:54:07 PM »

Carl


With the impending changes to Westfallenhallen will hall 5 be big enough?  %%


Doug

Never mind the hall Doug - what about our motorhome???? {:-{
Somehow, we have to get this one, plus a couple of boxed up FEV's and Flo and myself all in the waggon and across to Dortmund without wrecking the model....... %%

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Re: Linkspan Models Norland / Norstar - Development of a kit.....
« Reply #167 on: November 22, 2016, 07:58:11 PM »

Had time to drop in to the fabricator in Dorset today..........................
 

 

 

 
Going by what I saw, there is a distinct possibility of the first hull being pulled from this by the end of November!!!!  :-)) :-)) :-))
 
Actually, it has been arranged  O0 , I will be collecting the prototype hull on the 30th  :-) :-) :-) :-)
 
More soon friends!!!  :-)) :-))

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Re: Linkspan Models Norland / Norstar - Development of a kit.....
« Reply #168 on: November 22, 2016, 08:51:27 PM »

Great NEWS Carl, you just seam to get better and better I just have to get back modelling so I can fininsh
 The SD 14 and a few others so I can think of order two from you.hope to chat soon friend.I may not make M.M.M. Christmas cracker as no transport if wife is at her mums that weekend.
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« Reply #169 on: November 22, 2016, 09:59:03 PM »

Wow, your fibreglassers have done a stunning job Carl. That looks smooth enough to make a mirror from. I am sure though that your plug went a long way towards this finish.

Where abouts in Dorset are they?
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Re: Linkspan Models Norland / Norstar - Development of a kit.....
« Reply #170 on: November 22, 2016, 10:31:14 PM »

In Sherborne Ian............Ace Fibreglass.
 
He also produces FG hulls for Jotika and Caldercraft  :-))

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Re: Linkspan Models Norland / Norstar - Development of a kit.....
« Reply #171 on: November 23, 2016, 12:33:34 AM »

Just found this build of your plug Carl
Certainly looking good,and its sure going to produce another fine model
Wishing you great success matey,you deserve it
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Re: Linkspan Models Norland / Norstar - Development of a kit.....
« Reply #172 on: November 23, 2016, 04:06:30 AM »

What I like most about this thread is that it shows just how much work actually goes into developing a kit.
It helps explain why kits actually cost what they do.
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« Reply #173 on: November 23, 2016, 06:24:51 PM »


What I like most about this thread is that it shows just how much work actually goes into developing a kit.
It helps explain why kits actually cost what they do.


And the meagre rewards that kit designers and manufacturers receive from profits after putting so much development time effort and money into it, makes my blood boil when people go bleating to the public rather than straight to the provider first if there is any and I mean any problem or fault.


And yet those same people NEVER ever give praise publicly when they find a product without fault. >:-o >>:-( <*<


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« Reply #174 on: November 23, 2016, 06:32:25 PM »

The curse of the kit manufacturer - managing expectations.

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