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About chris watton

  • Birthday 11/21/1966

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    Forest of Dean, Gloucester, UK
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    Ships and cars.

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  1. Chris

    Please consider 1/48 scale in your future endeavors. We are all aware of the size constraints but the scale allows for such detail and always make beautiful displays given space constraints.



  2. So nice to hear from you again Chris. That's a very interesting selection of ship types that you are planning. Wouldn't that cutter or that 5th rate look magnificent in 1/48th scale? Just a thought.

  3. Hi Chris.


    Amati Gun Carriage question:

    I think we've 'spoken' in the past when I've been building either HMS Diana or Fly. I'm currently building Vanguard (I'm actually building her ar the 'Billy-Ruffin'). With Fly I discarded the carriages supplied and used Caldercraft ones, which I'd previously used in my HMS Diana. Unfortunately those models are 1/72 scale and so the Caldercraft ones will be too big for the Vanguard kit. Moreover there are 24 and 12lb cannons on the 74s and therefore two sizes of carriage.

    I've searched around for carriages from elsewhere without any luck, so I was going to 'put up with' the Amati ones but they do bother me. The cast metal carriages have simulated vertical bands down the carriage sides. They don't appear to be English or French naval pattern.

    I visited l'Hermione last year in Rochefort and her carriages were identical to the English pattern – although there's no guarantee that these were acurate to the French pattern of the time.

    Are the kit carriages historically accurate for any navy of the time?


    Also I'm aware of the two colour schemes (red or yellow) for this era, but I've seen models where the trucks, axletrees and stool bed were unpainted (simulating bare wood) and the side walls only were painted red or yellow, then those vertical straps painted black. I doubt they'd go to that length on a real warship of the time. Have you experience of any carriages painted in other ways than just overall red ochre or yellow, with the metalwork picked out in black and maybe the trucks left bare wood?


    Any input you can provide would be welcome.


  4. For a first wooden ship build, you are doing a stunning job. Very well done, it looks great!
  5. chris watton

    Your models at home

    I would love to have a permanent model on display at home. I think I will eventually build myself a model of Prince, but with stump masts and in a glass display case.
  6. chris watton

    What have you received today?

    Today, by the will of Crom, I recieved this: And these!
  7. Excellent work, very neat! I have always liked this kit, and from a period rarely covered.
  8. chris watton

    Amati Vanguard Cap Rails? Help!

    Hi Glenn, Ah, that little area. I am sure I did the same as you. With hindsight I should have added them as pre-cut parts, but the trouble with small curved parts like that, when pre-cut from thick natural wood is that they have a tendancy to break very easily. With that in mind, using a small length of scrap wood strip may be less of a headache. I usually pre-soak the strip and then manipulate the curve using my finger or pair of pliers. If it's stubbern I use heat (holding the bend over a gas hob) I think Revenge is out, and I am sure Victory will not be too long now - although that is a monster of a model... Nice work on your vanguard, by the way, very neat and very clean.
  9. chris watton

    Amati Vanguard Cap Rails? Help!

    Hi Glenn, What curved rails do you mean? I know there is a curved capping for the end of the poop upper rail on the 5mm walnut sheet, but I am not sure where you mean for the others. Chris
  10. chris watton

    What else do you model, besides ships?

    I have just bought the new 24th scale Airfix Typhoon. to go with my 24th scale Mosquito, and quite a few other Tamiya 32nd scale models. I buy them with every intention of building them - but I never seem to have the time, and the collection just grows, hidden at the back of the wardrobe, unbeknown to my wife..... Hope she never decides to have a wardrobe clear out...Gulp....
  11. chris watton

    Amati Tools

    Yes, it's probably down to what you're used to, I did used to smile when the people at Amati asked why I don't use any of their tools.... I am bull at a gate - the amount of times I have gone into something head first and made a mess/right cock-up, and then pray to God after the fact to please not have made that happen.. I guess I am good at covering up my own silly mistakes.
  12. chris watton

    Amati Tools

    I started off using scalpel blades, as this was what all the books and magazines advised. but I always found them to be a little too flimsy at least for me, and they bent too easily, sometimes even breaking/snapping off, with the end of the blade flying all over the place - Perhaps it's more to do with my bull-at-a-gate style of modelling...
  13. chris watton

    Amati Tools

    I hardly use any at all. Just have my trusty Stanley knife (craft knives aren't really strong enough..), steel rule, pair of small pliers (mainly for temporarily fixing pins into first planking), tweezers, drill and drill bitts, small plane, razor saw - and that's about it! On a personal level, I have never really seen the point of 'modelling' tools - but that may have something to do with not being able to afford them when I first started modelling, and just got used to using standard everyday tools.... As a main tool, I still find the Stanley knife hard to beat, even after 2 decades...
  14. chris watton


    The plans I used were actually drawn years ago and were purchased from the NMM, so I didn't take the lines off the model myself. All you do get is hull lines (including bulkheads) - but for the new designs I did, there weren't enough bulkhead lines in the plans, so I had to add a few myself. The plans were 48th scale, and trust me, the model would be way too big for this scale. At 64th, I find it a perfect size, although perhaps a little too large for some modellers - the hull is a lot larger than say, the Vanguard kit and only smaller than the 64th scale Victory (about the same depth/height, but obviously a little narrower and shorter, with Prince being 100 years older). I don't think the original Prince would have been substantially smaller than Royal William - but also you have to treat with caution the stated scales on older Italian kits - the original Amati Prince was stated as 78th scale, but my new designs have the length almost the same at 64th as the stated 78th scale original (although there's so much wrong with the original it shouldn't even be called Prince - hull shape and profiles are very different). I am sure the Italians used to use 'ballpark figures' for scales...

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