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The outer covering of chestnuts have hundreds of tapered spines. They make great treenails. Although they are dark colored.  And if you are using a soft wood they can be pushed in without drilling (sometimes).




Love that one, MuzzleLoader ...

Especially useful considering I'll soon be adding tree-nails to my Bounty Launch ... and I specifically wanted something darker in colour so they will show up against the planking.

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Reading over this thread, it sure becomes apparent that modelers sure know how to scrounge around the house. One of my favorite places for scrounging used to be the town dump. But now with segregated bins there are less surprises. How do you convince the admiral that all that picking around has a place in the house? :(


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The photos below are shell casing from my .22 starters pistol.  

  Main OD:       0.22"     7/32"      5.7mm

  Length:          0.41"     13/32"   10.4mm


On my current build, there is a 'cap' on the end of the boom, the length needs to be cut down and it's a snug fit.   

Thinking these could also be used for vent stacks, a little bit of shaping, make it into a capstans and who knows what else!  

PM me if you want some of these.  (I also have a .32 starters pistol, but I rarely use it.)  


Before and after cleaning up.  


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Small contribution about use ordinary things that surround us


There are hinges for rudder on line to be made ... but ... what materil to use ?


And idea come


Metal parts from folder mechanism




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Thanks Captain for doing my job ro edit post ;)


Idea came when I was in attic where I keep bussines archive, sorting and reducing amount of unneccesary paper in folders with old cases finished 10-20 years ago. Many empthy folders appear, some of them ruined by time, and as this is extremly booooring job, while doing this with half of brain, another half was thinking about many silly things ... saw this metal rail in ruined folder ... test streight and elasticity by fingers ... and ...why not?

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Hi All,


I saw a post recently where someone was lamenting finding scale metal cannon balls. If you have a friend who is/was a hunter there's a good chance they have all kinds of mismatched shotgun shells. I probably have a hundred+ of different sizes. They are quite easy to open up and remove the shot. Be safe, use a little common sense and avoid going near the primer and you shouldn't have any problems. In most cases the shot is lead, sometimes copper covered. Newer shells can be steel. Tungsten, or bismuth. Below is a link with some scales.







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Hi All,


I just posted this in a different thread and I thought it should be here as well.


A master model ship builder once showed me around his shop.


He used microscope slide covers for windows. They are real glass, incredibly thin and about 2cm square. They are glass so they need to be cut like glass. You don't need a glass cutter, just something to scratch the surface and break over some kind of thin nail or pin.


I just did a quick google search and Amazon sells a pkg. of 200 22m square slide covers for $4.76.




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Serious, Nenad ??
You made your own sheaves ... from a beer can ??


I should start my own SHEAVE FACTORY !!!


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Cpt, beer can is too soft. I used folder metal strip


Beer can helps in another way ;)

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CHAMOIS CLOTH - To make the oar lashings on my 1/16th scale Bounty Launch look as life-like as possible, I sliced up a used car-cleaning chamois into 1mm wide "leather" strips:







... and here they are after being lightly dry-brushed with black wood stain to dirty 'em up just a little bit !!


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- used in fishing and available, in very convenient dial packs, from tackle stores in a range of sizes - can be gently squeezed closed, filed back and painted black. They make good cannon balls.


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- can be turned up on a wood lathe to make oars - I did this on my 18th century longboat


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ALUMINIUM FLASHING - for windows and guttering


- Available cheaply by the roll in hardware stores (one roll would last a lifetime!) It is thicker and easier to work with than aluminium cans and can be used in a variety of ways when bashing!





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Many hardware stores sell copper tape for use in such things as keeping snail and their ilk out of flower pots.  It's self-adhesive.  I've not tried it, but I'm assuming it could be used for copper plating.  Per foot, it's cheaper there then buying tape from a model shop.

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FILE FASTENERS (and BAND-AIDS) – To make 1/16 scale cutlasses as detail for my Bounty Launch, I used some file fasteners, plus a few other common items.


You will need: File Fastener; Piece of brass strip; Piece of tubing (plastic/metal); A small, metal bead; Strip of aluminium foil; A band-aid (cloth variety).



Flatten the file fastener. I put mine between two metal rulers and then hammered along the length. With the ones I used, there was a brand indentation which could not be completely hammered out.

(At a casual glance, it almost looks like a Royal Crest !!).



Cut out the rough shape of your sword. Bear in mind to leave enough for the “Tang”. This is the part extending back from the blade which will later form the interior of the handle.




The Dremel tool makes the shaping process a little easier …


Cut a short piece of tubing to become the Grip. This fits over the Tang. It needs to be approx. 3mm shorter, allowing the tip of the Tang to stick out …



This part is entirely optional, but I chose to dry brush my blades with, first, a metallic chrome, and then a matt gloss.



Cut short pieces of the brass strip to make the Hand Guard. This piece will need to be approx. twice the length of the Tang. Drill a hole at each end (approx 0.5cm in), and then round them off, using the Dremel.

(A tip: clip the corners with nail-trimmers first.)


Next up, bend the brass strips over a suitable tool (I used my hand-drill) to form the Guard.


Here are all the pieces set out and almost ready to begin …


But first, make some strips of aluminium foil. Fold them over onto themselves a few times, to give them extra strength. These strips will become the Rain Guards on your swords (but, more importantly, they will serve to make the join between hilt and blade look much tidier).



WARNING: It can be a bit fiddly putting everything together. Test-fitting of pieces before applying glue is highly recommended to ensure that nothing breaks and needs to be re-made.


Apply small amount of Epoxy glue to the Tang and top part of blade. Thread Tang through hole in one end of the Guard. Slide the Grip into place. Make sure the Tang protrudes from the other end, and then poke it through the top hole of the Guard.

I used a pair of pliers to grip the two ends of the Guard together whilst the glue dries. You will want to apply just enough force to keep the Guard flush against the ends of the Grip piece.


Quickly, before the glue can dry, place the small bead onto the end of the Tang, now protruding through the top of the Guard. This becomes the Pommel (or Peen Block), holding everything together.


It should look something like this …


Wrap an aluminium strip around your blade (two turns is enough), sliding it up against the bottom of the Guard to ensure it is flush ...


Once the epoxy has set, take the cloth band-aid. Cut a short strip to the length of the Grip. Carefully wrap this around the tubing piece.
(NOTE: Originally, I was going to wrap cotton around the Grip. But, I have been desperately trying to find an excuse to feature Band-Aids in Kit-Basher’s.)


And here they are, together with the drawing which inspired them …


EDIT: The rain guards are most probably NOT historically accurate for basic cutlasses. 

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In mission to become "boomkin and chain" on Cutty Sark


Here is goal






So called "Boomkin and chain" on Campbell plans. In my scale, it has to be about 10mm long, has four rings up and two down, movable hinge and a chain to connect to bulwark eye


So, let us begin


1. Material




2. Making a tool


Main material is telephon cooper wire. Thin enough, and fitted on such little dimensions, hard enought


But, how to make tool for making little rings ?


Open paperclip, line it, and make this, considering dimensions you need




Tight strenght this structure in table clamp, and cut as on picture




You got perfect modeling pattern, and massproduction can start


3. Boomkin itself


Following next pictures, make four little rings, taking care to keep wire tight all time






Pull out wire with rings, turn wire backward, and make new two rings on proper places






Pull out whole structure, align and fit it on anvil




Soldering is neccessary to tight both parts and to give some mass, but it can be tricky on such a small piece. To avoid rings to stay clean and open, use toothpicks




4 Hinge - preliminary idea, it probably can be done better. Hinge is on toothpick top before soldering












Soldering is neccessary, and a little correction with Dremell ... 


Mount boomkin in hinge, and fit hinge, and boomkin can move !!!!


It is preliminary idea


5. Chain


I think that on the market you can not find chain thick 0,2 mm ... Also I think that is imposible to make such a chain ... ot it haas no sense ...


So, idea is to make something "TO LOOK AS THE CHAIN"


And I remember cooper multiwired cable, and use cooper hairs as thin tread, and with torsion two hairs, I got this






Eye is made earlier from telephony wire, as I show in my log





Connect with "chain" boomkin and eye





And after painting in blac acrylic with a little drop of gold acrylic




Root of hinge and eye can be mounted in bullwark. Line of moves can be different, and I conected chain for demo purpose.


Also, depending of patience, little chain can be made in different way ( some macrame technique, still has to be investigated)


But, whole structure is so small, and there is unanswsered question, will all this ( movable hinge, chain structure) be visible at all ?

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With his permission, the following is copied from member GTM's Santisima Trinidad build log (1/90 scale):

One of the details I wanted to add was a grapnel anchor..

The main problem was how to manufacture these..
An idea came up in my head using a 1.5 mm brass tube and 5 pcs. of 0.4mm wire and I started working on it. 
Underneath again a visual sequence of the idea.
Even though the result is not bad, especially after blackening, I wasn't satisfied with the “hooks” and the wire i used, .."peanuts" maybe.., but anyway, I started on version 2.
This time i used a 2mm brass tube and a slightly thicker (0.5 mm) brass wire and also a different hook type.
And by using 2 mm brass tube, I could shape the shaft a bit more, but.., unfortunately it could only contain 4 wires..
It’s still not perfect, but I leave it for now…
This is the final result after some fine-tuning, blackening and a cable attached.
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Beautifully done! Do you have any images of the step by step process on how you made those stars?


Now, I dont, but these days when find little time, I ll put a little tutorial in my log. Please, fell free to remind me by PM


Thank you for nice words

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