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Re: Linkspan Models Norland / Norstar - Development of a kit.....
« Reply #275 on: March 25, 2017, 08:15:02 PM »

Wow :o
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Re: Linkspan Models Norland / Norstar - Development of a kit.....
« Reply #276 on: March 25, 2017, 08:17:31 PM »

No words needed Carl  the photo's say more then words can.
Hope we may chat again if your going to mobile marine models in may.


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Re: Linkspan Models Norland / Norstar - Development of a kit.....
« Reply #277 on: March 28, 2017, 12:51:48 AM »

Thanks for the encouragement Gents!!
Hama - Just as soon as we get back from Dortmund, thoughts will be turning to starting the design of Dalaro  :-)) .  I think I have figured out how she will go together......
 
Howard - We hope to be there in May... Need to speak with Brian and let him know....
 
Been experimenting with producing our own graphics.  Laser cutters can cut very precisely when carefully set up but the biggest problem with graphics is the material used - PVC. Poly Vinyl Chloride.  It is the Chloride part that causes us the problem.  When burned - as when cut with a laser - it gives off deadly chlorine gas....which is not good for the lungs and not good for the laser machine as it is highly corrosive.  However, we have found a supplier of Chlorine-free vinyl and this is what we have used.  It feels, looks, cuts and sticks just like the normal PVC graphics but wont kill us in the process!!!
 
Anyroad, graphics have now been applied - well, all the main white ones that is......need to get some black vinyl to add the name and port of registry on the stern flanks.  I don't think it has come out too badly!
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Re: Linkspan Models Norland / Norstar - Development of a kit.....
« Reply #278 on: March 28, 2017, 08:14:14 AM »

And a lovelly clean crisp line between the black and antifouling crackin work there


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Re: Linkspan Models Norland / Norstar - Development of a kit.....
« Reply #279 on: March 28, 2017, 08:20:32 AM »

Stunning work Carl, she's come a long why since I saw the prototype hull at Wicksteed last year. Keep up the good work and can't wait to see her on the water. :-))
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« Reply #280 on: March 28, 2017, 09:03:19 AM »

Ferries are not my thing either Carl but i am really impressed with the way she looks your making a fantastic job her. :-))

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« Reply #281 on: March 28, 2017, 10:58:33 AM »

She's come a long way since the early pictures on page 5 of this thread. Looking tremendous!!
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Re: Linkspan Models Norland / Norstar - Development of a kit.....
« Reply #282 on: March 28, 2017, 12:08:26 PM »

Carl,

She looks fantastic, a real gem! Even without all of the added detail parts the model captures the real thing brilliantly, can't wait to see the finished thing.

Please post some pictures from Dortmund if you get chance....

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« Reply #283 on: March 28, 2017, 03:01:23 PM »


ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!!!........this model is a really stunning model.


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Re: Linkspan Models Norland / Norstar - Development of a kit.....
« Reply #284 on: March 28, 2017, 08:15:47 PM »

Amen. I like your endevours to do as much yourself as possible. Some things are best left the experts, but things like laser cutting and doing the drawings are your speciality. (Along with plug making of course!)
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« Reply #285 on: March 29, 2017, 11:51:03 PM »

You are all embarrassing me!!!  :embarrassed: :embarrassed: :embarrassed:  But thank you all the same  O0 O0
 
Managed to finish off the major graphics this evening (in between casting parts for the Free Enterprise kits) - just the name to add toward the stern in black:
 

 
And the real ship....
 

 
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« Reply #286 on: March 30, 2017, 12:54:35 AM »

Looking fine Carl  :-)) ......

Question....what is the purpose of this ungainly block like protuberance attached to the foredeck superstructure?

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« Reply #287 on: March 30, 2017, 07:53:49 PM »

Hi Derek - It is the housing for an internal passenger staircase.  There will be 4 large ventilators in front of it eventually so it wont look so obvious.

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« Reply #288 on: March 30, 2017, 08:42:33 PM »

And the real thing looks to have a railing around it as well further improving the look.

Don't be embarrassed be pleased that you can build a really nice model out of your kit. I know it is your kit and you should know bestest how to put it together, but the in-progress shots show you havn't pugged tubs of filler into it or needed to shim panels with bits of plastic showing it is a tight kit.
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Re: Linkspan Models Norland / Norstar - Development of a kit.....
« Reply #289 on: May 08, 2017, 11:10:05 PM »

Been a little quiet of late on here....but have certainly not been resting on my laurels since we got back from Dortmund......
 
We had a cracking show out there - made all the more enjoyable by the friends we shared the show with as well as the numerous modellers and enthusiasts we talked to.
 
However, it has been 'all guns blazing' since we got back - on both the Norland and day job fronts!!!  For the Norland, we have been preparing the artwork for the etched details as well as pulling the drawings into some sort of sensible and readable format.  The instruction book has been started to be written but I have yet to make a start on the 3D diagrams for the instructions - this will be one of the last things I do.
 
For the etched details, we have decided to go with nickel silver this time.  It is a slightly harder material and will stand a little more 'abuse' in this scale than will brass.  Most of the parts will be 0.3mm thick with detail picked out by etching away material (for instance the blades of the oars for the lifeboats will be etched to a final thickness of 0.15mm).  In addition, we will be offering sheets of 3 hole and 2 hole stanchions separately as a part of a new range of accessories and fittings.  We will also be offering etched details of oars, bridge window wipers, lifeboat davit chains and , eventually, stairways and ladders - all in 1:96.  A little later this year we will also make available a range of 3D printed fittings such as bollards, vents, winches and radars.
 
Back to the Norland etched details - these are the jpeg images of the etched nickel silver sheets.  These will now go to the fabricator for etching............
 

 

 

 

 
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« Reply #290 on: May 08, 2017, 11:27:48 PM »

Wow,you have been busy.I think you will find a readymarket for most of those fittings in that scale!
You will soon be able to invite people to
"Come up and see my Etchings" lol
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« Reply #291 on: May 09, 2017, 12:04:35 AM »

Talking of Dortmund, here are a few 'snaps' that were taken during the show............
 
Huge thanks must go to Doug and Mike from the Peterborough Area Model Boat Club for allowing us to snaffle some space on the end of their stand to display the Norland and Free Enterprise V - Thoroughly good chaps and great company!!!!
 

 

 
Thanks also to Ron Dean and his 'opo' Colin........it was Ron that first encouraged us to go to Dortmund - and now we are hooked!!!
 

 


 

 
And finally, a couple of shots of the Norland on the indoor pond at the show.......
 

 

 
We also have some short video of her sailing and just as soon as I have sorted it I will post it here.
 
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« Reply #292 on: May 09, 2017, 09:22:32 AM »

The Dortmund pictures must have been taken with a fast shutter speed - not a berliner in sight  {-) {-) {-)
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« Reply #293 on: May 09, 2017, 10:54:49 PM »

The stanchion frets do form an optical illusion! I salute you having to check those through before signing off.

Your idea to have some accessories is a good idea.
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« Reply #294 on: May 18, 2017, 10:51:43 PM »

Getting very close to the launch date for the Norland now!!!!  %% %% %%
 
Have ordered the first three production hulls from the fabricator and they should be with us by the 12th June.  Fair bit to sort out and 'tidy up' yet such as the instructions and drawings, but just about all else is ready  :-)) .
 
A few more of the prototype 3D fittings arrived today:
 
The two ships horns - these are mounted into the windbreak above the bridge windows:
 

 
And the final davits to make up the full set for the ship - these are slightly smaller than the main set as the first boat each side of the ship is slightly smaller:
 

 
I hope to have at least some of the etched nickel silver railing and stairways fitted by the time of Wicksteed even if it wont be completely finished.
 
Nearly there now!!!!!!  O0 O0 O0

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« Reply #295 on: May 18, 2017, 11:05:10 PM »

I can't wait to see it Saturday week Carl!
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« Reply #296 on: May 18, 2017, 11:33:50 PM »

I can't wait to see it Saturday week Carl!

Looking forward to having a chat Ian  O0

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« Reply #297 on: May 19, 2017, 11:44:53 PM »

The prototype etched nickel silver sheets arrived today - pretty pleased with them I have to say  O0 O0 .
 
The scale wiper blades for the bridge windows are a little delicate to say the least and need handling with care so as not to damage them and the oars may be a little too scale as well but, overall, I think they will do...............
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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« Reply #298 on: May 20, 2017, 09:36:24 AM »


My goodness.  That's fine work.

Splendid job.    :-))

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« Reply #299 on: May 20, 2017, 11:02:13 AM »




             Amazing Carl, A master works his magic again.


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