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    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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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.
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FMD5004 is now resident in the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard shed 4. She will hopefully continue with restoration there.
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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.

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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

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

What number was the planing dinghy?

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Hi,

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

Plans are under way, time permitting from BMPT.

 

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Hello AndyS

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

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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.

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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. 

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