Friday, December 31, 2010

Cannon Update First prototype complete

Below is a pic of the cannon on top of the truck's fith wheel (scale of the truck is 1/10 scale of the cannon is 1/84) just to show the scale of the projects I am used to doing.

The first prototype cannon is now complete and painted, I have managed to order some Hematite rod in 8mm to turn the rest of the cannon. Hematite is a nylon type material and is usually black in colour, the colour making it perfect for Canon. Not to mention the fact that it is very easy to turn on the lathe giving a smooth finish with little sanding. I think it is time to find my tungsten lathe tips that I have stashed away in a cupboard in my workshop. The tungsten tips will make turning quite easy as they keep a good edge even on hard steel like tool steel, so the hematite should be no problem at all.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Dec Update 64 Gun French Galleon

I have now started on the cannons and the gun carriages, have just realised how small they are. Finally started to revamp my new work station (ship yard). There are 64 Cannon with 48 visible and 16 dummy barrels. So there are 96 carriages sides and 192 wheels. 48 complete cannons and 16 dummy's are a rather large task.
 The first of the gun carriage sides cut from Rhodesian Teak, 1 of 96 hip hip frikken hooray only 95 to go.

A cannon in the Lathe, the stock is a 6mm hard wood dowel

A new beginning and an on going task of working and building a new work station still a lot of work to be done. The post form counter top will go on next and drawers to be assembled.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Update 64 Gun French Galleon second layer hull planking

Well at last the second layer of hull planking is complete on one side and most of the gun ports have been cut out. Some of the sanding has been done, now that I am on leave and revamping my work station work should be a bit more frequent and a bit more organised.
The Victory's Launch in the foreground, as you can see the Couronna is not as big as the Victory.