BUILDING THE CANNON ..............

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BUILDING THE CANNON ..............

Postby DuncaninFrance » Sun Apr 26, 2015 3:33 am

First job - Open the box :lol:





Then read the instructions :cool:

The building is a very simple matter but after doing some research a few things are obvious.

1) Although the barrel is white metal and it says to Cold Blue it I have decided to Duracoat it matte Black. A much better finish and more durable. ( I have a can that was bought to coat a friend of mines' TOZ so there should be more than enough to do both jobs.)

2) The wood finish is just varnished but having checked out the USS Constitution's site I see that the gun carriage is red. Paint already purchased!

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3) Although it says 'scale model' there is no mention of the scale or if it is a 12 pounder or a 24 pounder cannon so I have sent emails to Traditions and to the USS Constitution's site asking for help.

4) I have ordered a Lee .69 round ball mold from Henry Krank to produce the ammo.

So, I can start to assemble and paint the gun carriage and consider how I will make the deck. I also need to source scaled rope and blocks for it which should not be too much of a problem - wish I hadn't said that :lol: :lol:
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Re: BUILDING THE CANNON ..............

Postby DuncaninFrance » Wed Apr 29, 2015 2:05 pm

Well here we go then.
Lots of searches done and emails sent then.......

Having taken all the bits out of the box and checked them ( 2 screws missing ) I started the build. The images are self explanatory so I won't write a detailed narrative of the process.
I will say that all the pieces seem well finished.




Before I go any further it is obvious that now is the time to paint the carriage as some further fittings should be black. It is also necessary to modify the carriage slightly so it is more accurate.
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Re: BUILDING THE CANNON ..............

Postby Aughnanure » Wed Apr 29, 2015 6:45 pm

Great stuff, Duncan.

Do miniature cannons that fire have to be registered in France?
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Re: BUILDING THE CANNON ..............

Postby DuncaninFrance » Thu Apr 30, 2015 3:11 am

Duncan

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Re: BUILDING THE CANNON ..............

Postby Aughnanure » Thu Apr 30, 2015 8:36 pm

Lucky you!

Around here they have to be registered no matter the calibre.

There was once a model of a 74 gun ship in a store in Sydney and all of the cannons were fireable,
so I asked Firearms Registry what would be the position if I bought it, would they issue one licence or 74?

For some reason they were not happy with me :loco:
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Re: BUILDING THE CANNON ..............

Postby DuncaninFrance » Fri May 01, 2015 3:07 am

Duncan

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Re: BUILDING THE CANNON ..............

Postby ArchFluffy » Fri May 01, 2015 4:52 pm

This is pretty cool!

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Re: BUILDING THE CANNON ..............

Postby DuncaninFrance » Sun May 03, 2015 5:04 am

OK, so the relevant parts of the kit are now painted the appropriate colour.



The axles and wheels need to be black and I don't have any paint in stock. Job for tomorrow to find a small tin, :D
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Re: BUILDING THE CANNON ..............

Postby Niner » Sun May 03, 2015 9:36 am

Somehow that color just doesn't look like anything old sailers would have painted their gun carriage.

I've brought this up before in another context , but you know the origin of the figure of speech, "cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey" don't you? Do you have a brass monkey to stack the cannon balls on?
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Re: BUILDING THE CANNON ..............

Postby DuncaninFrance » Sun May 03, 2015 3:51 pm

Duncan

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