About

I worked in professional photography for 15 years; as a designer for Lego for 5 years; in theatre and film design and production in the 80s and 90s and owned my own hobby shop for 7 years.

Now semi-retired I have time to pursue my modelling and photography interests.

I’ve been making models for 50 years and still haven’t got it quite right—but still trying. On this site I will endeavour to show what I consider the best of my work, and the painting and weathering techniques I have developed over the years.

53 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Chris,
    Are you still doing commission builds like you did in 2005 according to HS features? I am a huge fan of the FW 190 D9 and the TA 152 and your models are the best I have seen.
    Many thanks
    Stefan

    • Hi Stefan,
      Yes I still do the odd commission build but I have become very expensive. I am trying to do more stuff for myself these days. Thanks for the kind words.

  2. Hi Chris,
    Thanks for the feedback. Your models are really outstanding, they are looking unbelievable close to the real ones in the books and even better than the drawings in the Eagle-Edition and Japo books and this means a lot. Can you tell me how much a commission build matching your FW 190 D9 piloted by Hans Dortemann in 1/48 or 1/32.
    Cheers Stefan

    • Hi Stefan,
      I really don’t want to do commissions these days, but if I do the minimum charge (1/48) is $1000.00 plus expenses. Expenses include the cost of the kit, materials, postage and insurance.
      Hope this puts you off.
      Cheers Chris.

  3. Well Hello Mr Wauchop!

    Rhys here, excellent to see you have a website up. I still regale stories of Wings’n’Things.

    • Hi Rhys

      I’m sitting watching Sumo wrestling on TV in Japan. Great to hear from you! Unfortunately, I have tried to wipe Wings’n’Things from my memory but have failed.

      Keep in touch! Cheers Chris

  4. Hi Chris

    I’ve just come across your excellent website. It’s great to catch up with you again (“virtually”) and to enjoy your inspirational models.

    Cheers

    Adrian

    • Great to hear from you Adrian. I was actually thinking of you last month when Deidhre and I were in Japan. Could have used your language skills while watching TV and when shopping in Tokyo.

      Hope you are well

      Chris

  5. Hi Chris,

    Please let me know if you would consider a commission build. The level of realism you have achieved is incredible, and I’d love to have you build a Marseille’s W.Nr. 8673. Please let me know.

    Tyler

  6. Hi Tyler,

    Glad to hear your positive comments and thanks for your interest. Unfortunately at the moment I have a backlog that I am very slowly working my way through. I’ll certainly let you know if that situation changes.

    All the best,

    Chris

      • Oi Chris!
        Do que trata este blog? Fotos sobre trabalhos de plastimodelismo? Ou vocês são todos plastimodelistas e colocam seus trabalhos aqui?
        Na minha opinião, só há fotos/trabalhos feitos por ‘feras-do-modelismo’!
        Abc
        Chaves

      • Hi Luiz,
        Sorry mate, but at the moment this blog is purely a self-indulgent vehicle to show off my work. I don’t want it to become to unruly, so for now it’s all about me!

        Cheers,

        Chris

  7. Hi Chris!
    The translation is a little bad, and my english sucks. However I understand that the blog is yours and all your works are. Confirm?
    If so, congratulations! You do a great job!
    I have a tripod 1/144 – Pegasus client to do, and researching the colors on the internet, I came to your blog. Were the best pictures I found, and I already downloaded to start printing my work.
    A hug and thank you!
    Att Luiz Fernando Chaves

    • Hi Luiz,
      Just to confirm that yes they are all my own works and, if I remember correctly, the base colour I used for the Tripod was Alclad Dark Aluminium.

      Hope this helps a bit,

      Hugs,
      Chris.

  8. Hello Chris:

    I really appreciate your work and am glad you got this website up and running. I have a few questions about your techniques I hope you would be kind enough to answer.

    What method do you use to “flatten” aircraft wheels to get the weighted look? And how do you get the flattened portions lined up properly with the ground and mounted on the gear correctly?

    When you assemble link-to-link armor tracks (like Dragon Magic Tracks) what type of jig do you use to get them lined up? Do you assemble and paint them on or off the vehicle chassis?

    Thanks for your time. Superb work.

    Scott

    • Hi Scott,

      I’m very glad that you like the site and I will endeavour to answer your questions as succinctly as possible.

      My method for flattening tyres is pretty simple and came about because I was not happy with the aftermarket offerings that were available at the time which always seemed to be way overdone. So with the wings and fuselage basically assembled I loose-fit the undercarriage legs (including the tailwheel). The wheels are then positioned, without glue, on their corresponding axles. The model is then placed on a flat surface making sure that the wheels are sitting at the correct vertical angle. I then simply draw a line along the side of the tyre with a graphite pencil held lying flat against the same surface. Using this line as a guide for the angle I begin, carefully and gradually, removing the bottom of the tyre. My preferred tool for this job is medium/coarse bastard file. 240 wet and dry is very good as well. Always keep test fitting the wheels because it’s easy to take too much off but a real pain in the neck to put it back on!

      As for the assembly of armour tracks, the only guide I have ever used is a steel ruler and this only for link- and-length which have to be glued together. This type are painted once they have been glued to the vehicle. Working tracks, on the other hand, are always assembled and painted before fitting.

      Hope this is answers your questions,

      All the best,

      Chris.

      • Absolutely spot-on, thanks.

        So, if you glue the link-and-length tracks onto the vehicle and then paint them, do you paint them with a regular brush? If with an airbrush, how do you paint the interior faces of the tracks, and how do you not get the track color on the road wheels and hull/fenders?

        Are these questions OK for your “About” section, or would you prefer them to be posted on your main page in response to a subject they apply to? I may be asking more questions in the future, if you don’t grow tired of answering them, as you are a master in your field.

        Again, many thanks.

        Scott

      • Hi Scott,
        Once the tracks are attached to the running gear I paint them with a very thin mix of black/grey/brown using a small flat brush. After this is dry various shades of pastel chalk dust are applied. The colour of these, obviously, depends on the theatre of operations that the vehicle is situated in.
        Please feel free to ask these questions in any section you wish. Keep ’em coming and I will always be happy to answer your questions to the best of my ability.

        Cheers,

        Chris.

    • Oi Cris!

      O resultado do teu trabalho demonstra que só podia vir de um bom currículo histórico! Parabéns! Sobre o meu tripod, estou findando a parte do projeto elétrico, se quiseres, quando ficar pronto posso te mostrar. Tudo de bom! Um abc Chaves

  9. Hey Chris,
    That 190 is inspiring! So I bought the kit. I have yet to look for the build log. Does one exists? I have a Samsung Zoom camera phone. It takes a decent photo. I’m hoping I can get results close to the quality of yours with it.
    Cheers,
    Steve

  10. Hey Chris, good to see you have a blog! What about all those models you had on display at Absolute Hobbies… I recall the 1:72 Me 410.. I still on occasions pass by where the shop used to be, oh my, all those models I bought from your shop (er many still stored away in boxes unbuilt) fun days …. well for some! Weird bunch us modellers… brrrrrrr. Simon

    • Great to hear from you Simon. I think the 410 you recall was 1/48. Never mind, I know it’s getting more difficult for us weird old codgers to remember that far back. The old shop’s second story is a legal brothel owned by Russian Mafia according to the estate agent. Glad to be out of there, retirement is much more fun.

      Keep in touch

      Cheers,

      Chris.

  11. Hi Chris!

    First of all, telling you that It´s an honor for me to write to you; I consider you are one of the best modelers all over the world.

    I´ve seen your long list of works on Hyper scale and Osprey Publishing and I have to tell you that I love your way of doing model Kits: well assembled, well painted, very cared and very well detailed. All these characteristics produce very credible and realistic model kits which are the real challenge for every modeler.

    Chris, as I said above, nice to see your coming jobs and here you have a fan.

    • Hi Oscar, thanks for your very kind words. I am still adding to the list but just a bit slower these days. Working on the Tamiya 1/32 Corsair at the moment and adding lots of extra detail to the cockpit and engine. A lot of fun but it’s taking a bit longer than I thought. Still very satisfying though.
      Great to have you as a fan and keep watching this space.

      Cheers,
      Chris.

  12. Hi Chris excellent work but you’ve probably heard it all before.The Medusa is stunning and the Tripod paint job well what can I say which brings me to the question ? do you still take on commision work if so I would dearly love to commision a Medusa from you,indeed it can be identical to the beauty you created or a variation Looking forward to your reply Many thanks. Steve. Ps. Beutiful work

    • Hi Steve, yes but I still like hearing it. As for doing commissions, I do but not too many these days. I’m very slow and my fees are pretty high. Also I’m not sure about the availability of the Geometric kit these days. Let me know if you already have the kit or can get one and I’ll give it some serious consideration.

      Cheers,
      Chris.

  13. I’ve been looking for your kits for years.
    A true “maestro” to say the least.
    Kind regards from Salamanca (Spain)
    Fernando.

    • OI Chris!

      Teu trabalho é uma referência para mim! Parabéns! Deus te abençoe! Att Chaves

      2016-04-19 20:10 GMT-03:00 STATIC CAPITAL :

      > Jeremy Beckett commented: “Hi Chris, I’m trying to reach you to talk about > your LEGO days. I’ve messaged you on FB – can you get in touch please?” >

  14. G’day Chris,

    Used to buy Verlinden and Kirin 120mm figurines from you at Absolute Hobbies. Spent a decade living in the Middle East and want to get back into it. Any suggestions where I can buy and modify?

    Cheers,

    Brett boyle

    • Hi Brett, I bet you’re glad to be home. As for shopping , I’m doing most of mine on line these days.But if I do want to go to physical shop I make a day of it and drive up to Frontline Hobbies in Newcastle. A great shop with a huge range of products and worth the drive. Check ’em out on line first.
      All the best and keep in touch,
      Chris.

  15. Hey Chris,

    It’s hard being an 18 stone redhead in Saudi Arabia. Not easy to blend in lol

    I learned Arabic to know when take cover. Just kidding. I think ?!?!?

    Ok cool re Newcastle, do they sell resin or just plastics like dragon? Also, what’s your recommendation on putty etc these days?

    Sorry for all the questions however you’re the next best sculptor and painter to Bill Horan 🙂

    BB

    • Also, forgot to ask, where online should I look? Was looking at the Verlinden site, just wondering if there are some others that you could recommend?

  16. Hi Chris, Remember me, Julian Smallwood from Jupiter Models at Brookvale, would be good to get in touch with you again, many moons have passed and I have long ago left the film industry and Sydney. I have been satisfying my creative needs with going back to building plastic aircraft kits and have been searching for clues on how to do it properly and have often thought of the work you used to do but had forgotten your surname. Until tonight, looking for guidance on building the 1/32 mossie that I bought a couple of months ago and about to start, when your name came up in a search!
    Cheers Julian

  17. Hello Chris,

    Me too, I consider you as one of the best modellers on this planet. Your weathering style is extremely realistic and not overdone like on many others work.

    Is there anywhere a publication or online tutorial where you share your secrets with a detailed step by step description of techniques and materials used? It would be great to learn from you.

    Best regards
    Roger
    www. vintageeagle.com

    • Hi Roger,
      I am extremely pleased, and humbled, that you would hold me in such high regard.
      As for your question regarding publishing my techniques, several years ago I wanted to produce a video explaining and showing all this but no one was interested so the idea was shelved. Over the following years my enthusiasm for the idea faded so I suppose it will never happen. I will try to make my descriptions on this blog more informative from now on.
      Cheers,
      Chris.

      • Chris:

        I agree with Roger, your work is superb and I always look forward to seeing the “how to” of your model kit work along with the finished article. I still have the video you did with Brett Green for his Testor’s Scale Workshop many moons ago on how to thin Luftwaffe colors for scale model application. You guys were like a couple of school lads giggling your way through the shoot, which made it real and amusing.

        Keep up the superb work and the more detailed step-by-step guidance you can give us, the better.

        Thanks,

        Scott

  18. Chris,

    Thank you for your great website. I am a filmmaker in Los Angeles taking my first steps into aircraft model building with a 1/48 Trimaster Dora. I wanted you to know that your work inspired my choice of kit as well as subject, “Red 1.” I have started a build log on the website SPA Modeler, and the forum is extremely helpful and kind to my efforts. I know I am more earnest than experienced, however it is important to me that you know my story. I salute you for your work as well as your photography, and wish you the best.

    • Hi Bruce,
      I really love to hear that I have been inspirational and would be very interested to see your D9. That old Trimaster kit is a pretty high mark to start at! It was a real favourite of mine back in the 90’s and I built two or three of them. I’m always happy to offer any help I can give or to answer any questions you may have, either here or on Facebook, so don’t hesitate to give us a shout.

      All the best,

      Chris.

      • Hi Chris,

        I was stoked to read your message. I feel very humble and a little shy about sharing what I am doing with modifications to the Trimaster kit. It was suggested to me by another forum member to check out the Hobby Boss version of the Dora instead, but I sort of fell in love well I really did fall for the Trimaster kit, especially after seeing one of your Ta 152 H-1 builds.

        Here is the link to my progress so far!

        http://www.spamodeler.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=2991

        I am modifying MDC resin parts designed for the Tamiya version to work with Trimaster.

        I have to also mention how incredible your model photography is, the care and discipline you show in your work is inspiring, too.

  19. Dear Chris, built up Novotnys Fw 190 A5 just now… just thinking about the yellow spinner spirals – Your A5 has a spinner spiral (yellow), Eagle decals says WITHOUT – Have you had a reverence for your choice ?! Thanks Pat

    • Hi Pat, the only references I could find of Fw 190 A5 W.Nr 0150 1501 indicated that the spinner spiral was yellow. After lengthy searching of the Internet I decided to go with the beautiful colour profiles included in Kagero’s JG 54 decal set. If Eagle decals have better reference I would be very interested in seeing it.
      Cheers,
      Chris.

  20. Hi Chris, Thanks for the fast reply – So far I worked with the EagleCals EC 83 set and its paint scheme for the “white 4” (reference photos of Jerry Crandall) – Main difference to Kagero book is the spinner spiral and a bit the upper wing scheme… Guess the best option is, that I will make TWO spinners 😉

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