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FerryNostalgic

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Free Enterprise V - From buying the kit to sailing the model
« on: November 15, 2019, 06:46:33 PM »

Hi everyone,


After a very enjoyable weekend at the International Model Boat Show at which I displayed and sailed my model on an indoor pool for the first time, I decided to chronicle the entire build of the model here on Mayhem. Enjoy!


The Actual Ship


In this first post, I'm providing some background on the actual ship and a few pictures of her during her 40+ year career.


This ferry was built in 1970 for the newly merged "Townsend Thoresen" but was delivered in the original green Townsend company colours. She operated on services out of Dover, Calais, Boulogne and Zeebrugge. She was one of five sister ships named Free Enterprise IV to VIII. After the "Herald of Free Enterprise" disaster in 1987, she was hurriedly renamed "Pride of Hythe" and repainted in P&O colours. She operated between Dover and Boulogne until the route closed in 1993 after which she was sold. She then operated mainly in the Mediterranean, changing ownership several times before being scrapped in 2011.

















In my next post, I will talk about the kit and my first steps to build it.
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Re: Free Enterprise V - From buying the kit to sailing the model
« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2019, 08:04:14 PM »

She looks far more elegant in the original pale green hull, well to me anyway.  More like a much larger ship.  It looks almost like a different boat with the lettering down the side.
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Re: Free Enterprise V - From buying the kit to sailing the model
« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2019, 11:48:59 PM »

Looking forward to this JP!!!!  :-)) :-))

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Re: Free Enterprise V - From buying the kit to sailing the model
« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2019, 11:06:43 AM »

She looks far more elegant in the original pale green hull, well to me anyway.  More like a much larger ship.  It looks almost like a different boat with the lettering down the side.
regards Roy


Roy, as you will see, I did in fact choose the original pale green for my model.  :-)
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