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Forum Name: 5004
Forum Description: Discussion on 5004
URL: http://www.bmpt.co.uk/forum_posts.asp?TID=348
Printed Date: 19 September 2017 at 9:40pm


Topic: 5004
Posted By: Eckie
Subject: 5004
Date Posted: 19 May 2007 at 11:26pm
I have just bought 5383 and she looks very similar. . .I need lots of info to help me restore her. Who do I talk to please?



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Posted By: dgray
Date Posted: 19 May 2007 at 11:29pm
Hi Eckie,

Congratulations. Have you a photo you can upload?
Cheers



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Don


Only a number, not even a name. How shall posterity hear of thy fame?


Posted By: AmelFango
Date Posted: 20 May 2007 at 9:19am


5383 lying in a barn in Ireland.

I am one of Erik's support crew


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Rob


Posted By: Eckie
Date Posted: 26 May 2007 at 9:49pm

Hello. . .this is a better pic now she has come home.  I really need to know what kind of timber was specified in the construction.  It is a light weight and a reddish colour. . could it be Meranti, or Niangan ?

Sorry but i can't seem to upload the picture.  Too large. . . I will when I can. . however I really need to know what type of timber was specified for their construction. It is of light weight and redd in colour. .would it be Meranti or Niangan possibly ?



Posted By: dgray
Date Posted: 26 May 2007 at 11:05pm
Hi,
Send me the picture and I'll upload it for you...
email don@rania.co.uk

Early BPB craft specified and used African mahogany I believe. I may well be corrected on this but the 63' Whalebacks certainly did as did some Seaplane tenders.

Cheers
Don







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Don


Only a number, not even a name. How shall posterity hear of thy fame?


Posted By: AndyS
Date Posted: 29 May 2007 at 12:02am

What length is she? Which engine has she got fitted.

African Mahogany - Khaya Ivorensis.

..but from the picture she looks to be in better shape than many of the projects being carried out. 

AndyS



Posted By: AndyS
Date Posted: 29 May 2007 at 12:10am

I saved a planing dinghy in Scotland and then it went down to Southampton with Phil Clabburn. My understanding is that the BMPT then assumed ownership and gave it to someone else, but I am not sure. Maybe Pioneer knows it's whereabouts now. I think that Phil might have had a drawing or two at one stage.

Good luck with the restoration.

AndyS  



Posted By: Pioneer
Date Posted: 29 May 2007 at 8:11am

Hello AndyS

I do not not know what happened to the dingy - but I shall ask around. 



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Posted By: Pathfinder
Date Posted: 29 May 2007 at 10:59am

Hi,

The planing dingy is a different hull from to the FMD.

Plans are under way, time permitting from BMPT.

 

Richard



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Pathfinder - Forum Moderator


Posted By: AndyS
Date Posted: 29 May 2007 at 1:03pm

For boats numbers 5004 and 5383, are they FMDs or are they PDs?

What number was the planing dinghy?

AndyS



Posted By: Eckie
Date Posted: 29 May 2007 at 9:22pm

I have just received the service history of the boat from the 'small craft historical research group- Mr Holtham'. . .it tells me the boat was built in 1953, and never allocated to any particular ship.  It was fitted with a Coventry KF4 engine, and built by John Bushnell ltd of Wargrave , near Reading.

It was known as a 'Fast motor boat- " FMB", and I now have it's complete life history, which is just fabulous !

I wonder how many of the original 954 still exist



Posted By: Eckie
Date Posted: 28 July 2007 at 8:41am

End of July now and restoration of '5383' going along nicely.

I would like to find out what the shades of grey specified as : D.N.C/M/72  and 73  are /were,   because I will take her back to original colours.        &nbs p;   Can anyone help please.

I got a load of pictures of '5385', which is on the 'Belfast', which were useful.          ; Still no engine , but I'll probably use an Isuzu 4L-42hp which looks like it will fit a treat.



Posted By: Pathfinder
Date Posted: 04 August 2009 at 10:23am
FMD5004 is now resident in the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard shed 4. She will hopefully continue with restoration there.

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Posted By: Eckie
Date Posted: 04 August 2009 at 5:21pm
Well done Pathfinder. . . . .A lot of water has passed under the bridge since I posted that letter in July 2007.    The FMD 5383 is now named- 'Dragonfly'  and is about to have the engine  -( 1953 GrayMarine Express 4-140) fitted.    Launch is now postponed till 2010.   I wonder which of them will get wet first ?   Next time I cross the Channel we'll drop in and say hello to 'Dainty'. . . . .cheers.


Posted By: Eckie
Date Posted: 09 April 2012 at 8:42am
Now 2012 !!       Dragonfly about to receive the correct KF4 engine- - at last !   the whole story will be told after her launch. .hopefully THIS year !!



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