Quite a few more models are planned - the problem being that it takes a good year or so to bring them to fruition. All our models are kits for anyone to build - they are complete except for the motors and radio gear. The hulls are fibre-glass, prepared for us by a chap in Sherbourne, Dorset, and all the superstructure is made up from sheet styrene plastic, with the shapes all pre-cut by us on our laser cutter:
All the fine detail such as handrails, grilles etc. is made up from etched brass sheet that has all the components individually etched out of the sheet brass and all the fittings - winches, bollards, radars, lifeboat davits etc. are all 3D printed plastic parts. I design these on the computer at home and then send the component file to Shapeways in Holland for them to print the part in plastic:
That 'cube' of 3D printed parts measures just 5" x 3" x 2 1/2" and contains over 120 parts - the smallest being just 3mm tall and the thinnest just 0.2mm thick.
The model of the P&O ferry is to a scale of 1:96 and is 1.22m long.
As mentioned earlier, we hope to release a kit of the Norland in the spring and she will be bigger at about 1.55m long - but the same scale.
In the pipeline and being designed at the moment are kits for:
Spirit of Free Enterprise
Pride of Dover
A Swedish passenger ferry that runs from Stockholm out into the Archipelago:
And then a whole host of other classic ferries - Sealink, IOM Steam Packet and Calmac for example.
This is what goes into the box for the modeller to build:
Some have asked if we had thought about producing models of other ships such as tugs, fishing vessels or warships, but there are plenty of other manufacturers doing these - but, other than us, no-one produces kits of passenger ships and especially ferries!! So this is what we are concentrating on. It is a subject I know a fair bit about and I feel I can do it justice. Plus, we are having an absolute ball with it!!! Just a shame I cant turn it into a full-time job at the moment, although Flo has now quit her main job to look after the administration of the company.
Something different eh?