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chris watton

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    Vanguard Models
  • 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. I had to log off and go to work when I typed that reply. I meant to add that the cannon are of the Armstrong pattern, as most of the subjects I will be doing are from around 1720-1800 - although I do know that after 1794, the Bloomfield pattern was to become standard in the navy (where the loop was forged over the knob on the cascabel).
  2. I now have 1:64th carronade kits available. These are: 12 Pounder early carronade with choice of truck or sliding carriage. (These really are quite dinky...) 18, 24 and 32 Pounder carronades. They are sold as singles and include the black resin barrel, PE and laser cut pear carriage parts. For the 18, 24 and 32 Pounder carriages, there are choices for mounting on the deck or on the lower gun port opening ledge. In the pics, the trunnion bracket on the carronade barrels overhang the upper bed slightly, it does not on the production kit parts. https://van
  3. I have been listening to the Hornblower audio books when at work, they are certainly more fast paced than the Aubrey books (some of the latter can get a little exasperating, for example, a very long winded chapter dedicated to land enclosures). But I do like the fact that the Aubrey novels use real ships names and the historical side is spot on. One thing that grated slightly when listening to 'Lord Hornblower' last night, is when Hornblower is chatting to this old sailor and they're reminiscing about the days on the old Indefatigable with Pellew in 1792 or 1793, when it wasn't com
  4. There was a 'stray' slot on parts 16, the inner longitudinal patterns (Bulkhead 10 area) that was 3mm instead of 3.1mm. I have since corrected this, but for all the ones that have been cut already, the one slot is 3mm. The slot in Bulkhead 10 is 3.1mm, so it is only the one slot on parts 16 that is affected. Under normal circumstances, the 3mm would be fine, but as there are a lot of parts to slot into each other, it really should be 3.1 to make a hassle free fit.
  5. Only boats that are made for the kits, as they need to have specific distances, especially if stowed on beams. If they came with cradles, there would be a good chance they would be in the wrong positions, depending on where and how they are stowed.
  6. Forgot to add, I had the production sets of carronade barrels arrive today, so they will be going on the website sometime next week. I have: 32 Pounder carronade barrel, slide carriage and PE (Standard armament of most British brigs/brig-sloops of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic era - an 18 gun brig like Cruiser would have had 16x32 pounder carronades and 2x6 pounder chase guns) 24 Pounder carronade barrel, slide carriage and PE 18 Pounder carronade barrel, slide carriage and PE 12 Pounder carronade barrel (early type with trunnions), with option of s
  7. Just received pictures of the Sphinx 3-d printed master carvings for stern and figurehead which will be cast in resin as per the Duchess..
  8. It is selling quite well. In fact, I haven't got a lot of stock left, and need to re-order some parts. Sales ensure future kit investment, and good sales please me as I know I can continue what I want to develop and release. Looks like Royal George is likely at some point..
  9. Just thought I would mention that it looks like I will have an Australian distributor soon, Modelers Central. I think they will be placing an order in the new year.
  10. The only parts that have tight tolerances are the the bulkheads and keel that slot into each other. These are 3mm exactly. All other slots have slightly looser tolerances at 3.1mm, to take into account any slight (and I mean slight) misalignment when fitting parts like 16 and 17. It is best to bevel some of the extreme frames before fitting, and once fitted, and if the extreme bulkheads and longitudinal patterns have been roughly bevelled, brush on PVA glue when all is in place. Do not rush any of this, as it is essential all parts are fitted as designed and bevelled correctly for the planking
  11. The longitudinal patterns (16&17) will fit fine, the slots in those are 3.1mm, plus 3.1mm wide on the bulkheads for the patterns to slot into.
  12. No, I tried poplar ply though, and was weak as hell. It is quite light, and can have streaks of grey or green, which is no good for kit parts. I also thought this was quite a low density wood, being soft?
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