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    Default How to Make a Very Small Big Cannon

    Items Needed:

    Polystyrene C Channel - Part # 262
    https://evergreenscalemodels.com/col...tyrene-channel

    0.030" Polystyrene Rod - Part # 210
    https://evergreenscalemodels.com/col...30-75mm-od-rod

    0.040 Polystyrene Rod - Part # 211
    https://evergreenscalemodels.com/col...35-88mm-od-rod

    Testors Liquid Cement for Plastic

    Plastruct Plastic Weld Solvent Cement

    A sharp modeling knife

    320 grit sandpaper

    Tweezers

    First, sand a bevel in the legs of the channel down to the floor of the channel. The bevel should be 2-3mm long.

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    Cut the beveled section plus about 1-2mm off the length of channel.

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    Now you have created the gun carriage.

    All measurements are very subjective. Try to make a few carriages to develop a style you feel is satisfactory.

    Next, take a length of 0.040 rod and sand the end to a rounded shape. This is the breech of the barrel.

    When shaped to your satisfaction, swipe a few mm of the rod by the breech with the Testors cement. Wait 10-15 seconds for it to dissolve a bit. Press it into the carriage with the breech just shy of the beveled edge.

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    Allow this to dry.

    Trim off two sections of 0.030" rod, roughly 20-30mm long. Place the first on your working surface. Holding the uncut barrel, position the carriage so the rod aligns with the carriage edge away from the bevel. Lightly touch the rod where it meets the carriage with the brush of the Plastruct. Since this is a wicking cement, it will bond very well.

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    Allow this to dry.

    Repeat the previous step for the rear axle. The location of this axle is subjective. Try a few and go with what you like.

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    Allow this to dry.

    Using your sharp modeling knife, trim the wheels and barrel to an aesthetically appealing length.

    Don't sneeze. I spent several minutes on my hands and knees trying to find a dropped 32 pdr amongst the dust bunnies in my workshop.

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    Last edited by Bligh; 05-07-2019 at 06:06.

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    4 successes so far...

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    Looking good!

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    Default An Even Smaller Cannon!

    Today I picked up some #261 Evergreen channel to see if I could make my cannons smaller.

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    The new channel is on the bottom.

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    I used 0.030" rod for the barrel and 0 020" rod for the trucks.

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    Success!

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    Well done that man. Now can you get a copy of the Bible to scale with it?


    Rob.
    The Business of the commander-in-chief is first to bring an enemy fleet to battle on the most advantageous terms to himself, (I mean that of laying his ships close on board the enemy, as expeditiously as possible); and secondly to continue them there until the business is decided.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bligh View Post
    Well done that man. Now can you get a copy of the Bible to scale with it?


    Rob.
    Awww, I knew I should have put an arrow pointing to it! It's right there on the breach of the cannon. It's a pocket King James with a white cover.

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    Sorry Dobbs.
    I should have spotted it. That's the disadvantage of old age and failing eyesight!
    Rob.
    The Business of the commander-in-chief is first to bring an enemy fleet to battle on the most advantageous terms to himself, (I mean that of laying his ships close on board the enemy, as expeditiously as possible); and secondly to continue them there until the business is decided.

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    Very impressive.

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    Firstly welcome to the Anchorage Chad.
    In answer to your PM here are all the registered members in Texas with their dates. You might try PMs to any in your area who are or have recently been active in the last year or so.

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    Hope this helps.
    Rob.
    The Business of the commander-in-chief is first to bring an enemy fleet to battle on the most advantageous terms to himself, (I mean that of laying his ships close on board the enemy, as expeditiously as possible); and secondly to continue them there until the business is decided.

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    Very nice Dobbs!
    I have fortifications needing guns, so I might start a project to arm them this fall...

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    I am also waiting for a window of opportunity to try the method of construction out also.
    Rob.
    The Business of the commander-in-chief is first to bring an enemy fleet to battle on the most advantageous terms to himself, (I mean that of laying his ships close on board the enemy, as expeditiously as possible); and secondly to continue them there until the business is decided.

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    Oh, you're switching out windows too, not just remodeling the kitchen. Try to get one that's not closing fast as I've heard those often do.

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    It's not the closing of the window I'm concerned with Jonas, it's getting one to open.
    Rob.
    The Business of the commander-in-chief is first to bring an enemy fleet to battle on the most advantageous terms to himself, (I mean that of laying his ships close on board the enemy, as expeditiously as possible); and secondly to continue them there until the business is decided.

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