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  • Birthday 08/08/1957

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    Dorking, Surrey, UK
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    Georgian History
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  1. 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.

    Cal

  2. Hi B.E. I think we've 'spoken' whilst you've been making your Pegasus and I was making Fly (I was certainly following your excellent blog). I discarded the carriages for Fly and used Caldercraft ones, which I'd previously used in my HMS Diana. Unfortunately Vanguard (I'm actually building her ar the 'Billy-Ruffin') is 1/72 scale and so the Caldercraft ones will be too big. Moreover there are 24 and 12lb cannons on the 74s and therefore two sizes of carriage. I searched around for carriages from eslewhere without any luck, so I was going to 'put up with' the Amati ones but they do bother me. 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. I visited l'Hermione last year in Rochefort and her carrieages were identical to the English pattern – although there's no guarantee that these were acurate to the French pattern of the time. Perhaps Chris Watton may priovide an insight – I'll try and contact him. Thanks for yout input. Cal
  3. Amati supply with a number of their kits (including HMS Vanguard, which is my current build) gun carriages which have what appear to be verticle straps running down the side of the carriages. Does anyone know if these are historically accurate? I've not seen them in any contemporary images of our remaing warships (Victory and the like). Are they perhaps a foreign pattern. And does anyone have any info on how they were painted – all over red ochre or yellow; or the straps picked out in black etc?
  4. About your Diana: did you post your build log under this name? (I used to collect all pics available, but do not have this name!)

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    Thank you all for your kind comments. I didn't post a build log for this model, being somewhat disapointed that my log for my HMS Diana was lost in the data crash (and of course, I hadn't kept a copy!) My thanks to Blue Ensign for your comment particularly, as I followed your excellent build log for Pegasus during my build and was inspired by your fine result. Some of you have asked about how I created 'the sea' in my display. I began with a sheet of 3mm perspex and scrolled out the waterline shape – which was one of the most difficult parts due the the fact that I had to make several templates and adjust them until I got the shape spot on. I then painted the sea colour mixing watered down blues, green and yellow Tamiya acrylic paint. I wanted a 'Caribbean blue' look rather than English Channel dishwater brown. I then modelled the sea surface first using Woodland Scenics Realistic Water, to give some sence of depth, then their Water Effects, to model the waves. I'm quite pleased with the result having had 'heart in mouth' through each stage of the process – it's a sad fact that in many cases as a 'kit-bashing' model shipwright, you're doing something for the first time, then having learned how to do it, you never do it again!
  6. HMS Fly. Victory Models 1:64 scale kit
  7. I've previosly posted pics into both build logs and to a gallery of completed models (though not for a couple of years). I want to post to a new gallery with the pics of my latest completed model. But the uploader won't accept the pics. They're Photoshop jpg files. Even at 325Kb file size (closed – open 900Kb) which is 480x640 pixels, the uploader returns: Upload failed. What am I doing wrong? (I'm a graphic designer, so I understand image resolution etc) Cal
  8. Thanks guys. My kit bash build is HMS Bellerophon. I'll only need carriages for the gun deck, quarterdeck and fo'csle and yes, I'll probably build them myself. For my last build - 1/64 scale HMS Fly - I bought Caldercraft carriages and mated them to RB Models brass cannons, but since I'm now working at 1/72 scale, I was wondering if there was a source I wasn't aware of of laser cut carriages at that scale. Thanks for your thoughts. Cal
  9. Can anyone suggest best options for buying 1/72 scale wooden gun carriages to replace those horrible metal ones in the Victory Models kits?
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    Hi there, and thank you for your kind words. Your Diana was one that I was using as pictorial reference all through my build (I was posting a build log of my Diana until the web masters server crashed. After that I couldn't get back in using my old user name and I gave up trying for some months. Hence the very few posts on the forum). You made a beautiful job of yours and I see it rightly won a prestigious award. I'm just starting HMS Fly now – my last kit build before I try a POF scratchbuild. Take good care, Calvin
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    Why thank you ma'am
  12. Some images of my completed model built over 3 years.
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