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San Felipe by Sherry – Scale 1:96 (First Scratch Build)

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OK Sherry....leaving your Mayflower and browsing this current project....WOW! You go girl!

Don't know where you managed to develop such skills, but you have some serious talent going for you.

Hard to comprehend this being your first scratch build.

I'm pulling up a chair if you don't mind.


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Dear Sherry, your work always fascinated me a lot. Your talent is just awesome.
Thank you for sharing this masterpiece with us.
Best regards

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Good morning Sherry


just reclaimed my seat in the audience, it needed a bit of a dusting,and was covered in popcorn, sjors must have been around recently but i sat on it anyway,

It was lovely and inspirational to catch up on your build again, i do so like the open stern gallery,

LOL i hope it rains again soon so your work can progress again

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Thank-you everyone for all the comments! 


Well, an update is long overdue - I almost feel I should introduce myself again!  :P 


I struggled in the summer with which route to take for my cannons. I tried making molds and casting with resin with only limited success. The summer flew by and winter appeared and casting became a problem due to mess and allergies, or at least some reaction to the fumes. Ideally working outside is the best option, but at -20 degrees Celsius, it's not an option!


I had seen some paper cannons that Doris made and I thought I would give that a try. It would be easier if my scale was larger, but I don't find it too difficult. I know they are not perfect, but I am relatively pleased with the outcome and will continue with this process.


I am currently experimenting with weathering the cannons, so the painted one is not necessarily what the finished product will look like. 









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Hi Sherry,


I was just about to start working with casting resin cannon, and read your comment. What kinds of problems did you encounter?


Best wishes,



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It is great to see another update on your build, and those cannon look great! As one who doesn't own a lathe and has to find alternative processes and materials to what typically would be lathe turnings, i appreciate and applaud your extremely sharp looking 'mixed medium' cannons. Well done!





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Hi Doris  :D  :D  :D


Amazing what you can do with paper !!!!!!!!

That looks so perfect !

And from me also....welcome home !



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Mark/SJSoane: I think my main problem is the small scale at which I am working. It can be done apparently, but it was more trouble than it was worth to me. 

After a few tries I got a decent rubber mold, but I struggled with the polyester resin sticking to the mold. I tried the dilute vaseline, corn starch, and talc as release agents - none of which worked for me. Apparently there is a release agent for purchase, but I didn't want to commit any more money to this one project. I did get a few cannons that were okay, but I like my paper ones better. The biggest problem was the resin fumes, which left me with huge headaches and sinus problems every time I used it. When I finally made the connection, I stopped using resin and no more symptoms.


Popeye: Thank-you! I am happy with the results.


Grant: Thank-you! It's great to be back. Hopefully I can find more time to finish these guns soon.


Elia: Thank-you! I know what you mean about finding alternative processes, and this one seems to work for me.


Patrick: Thank-you as well!


Bob: Thank-you on both counts!


Sjors:   :D  :D  :D Thank-you! Paper is a LOT cheaper too, than buying more than 100 brass cannons.


Mark: Thank-you! The casabels are made from polymer clay.

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Hello Sherry, The best for 2015, Nice to see and follow your return. What a brilliant cannon alternative idea .Nicely done. Edwin

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