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HMS Thorn by Kevin Kenny - Swan class 1:48 scale - David Antscherl practium


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Okay.  Was the last little bit about sun, beach, rum for me?

I am happy for you.

Really.

No, really.

Not jealous at all.

On my way back downstairs and try to figure out how to deal with my leaky basement.

But you enjoy your sun, beach, and rum.  ;)

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Just back from Tobago and settling back down. I have been collecting modeling wood for a number of years and just got my first large piece of Lignum Vitae the most dense wood in the world. Not sure how long it needs to dry but will leave it for at least a year in the drying shelf. As would be expected the grain is very tight but i was disappointed that the   heart was not darker and more consistent in colour. Oh well, just glad to have it in my collection of tropical hardwoods. The woods grown in the caribbean and usually found in very thin trunks because it grows so slowly.  It should be excellent to cut on the lath to make cannons. 

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Already done Maury. I have been collecting wood for. Long time now and have friends in the lumber business so have experienced the problem when the ends dry out before the center. I have had problems with the coffee wood and with Sea Grape that cracks so easily. Recently  i decided to keep the new stock of coffee wood in branch form and not cut it until it dries.  It splits terribly. Sea Grape is the worst.F7CF91B3-CBEA-4FBA-9F2C-A98B945ED314.jpeg.1dae6e9ce8ec1adb7ee5a79d6ec2ccd5.jpeg5E6DC33A-6034-401E-9D5C-FC72B9C53385.jpeg.ca68c301d1ae97fde930c210af72e5c9.jpeg

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Use thick paper, print it on the paper, cut it out with a scalpel, paste it to the barrel.

In real life I think they protrude about 3/4" minimum so what is that at your  build scale?

After painting the whole thing flat black highlight the raised parts with a smokey black.

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A blended colour.

I work with acrylic paints in a tube and put a small dab of black and white on my palette then mix a tiny bit of white into it, adding more if necessary to get something not quite Grey but more dirty... a smokey black. So it is as if the sun's rays caught it at just the right angle to give it a little highlight and make it appear out of nowhere.  I paint it onto the raised surfaces sparingly with a fan type brush.  A hint of a different shade.

I am not an artist... but it works.

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Very nice work, Kevin!. Hope that package reaches you soon. Just a couple of observations:

 

Always remove the tightening bars from the mill or lathe as soon as the jaws are locked. I speak from experience!

 

When drilling brass, especially a convex surface, use a center drill to start the hole. It will not deflect like a drill bit or even a burr.

 

Probably easier to make those trucks by inserting the blank into the headstock. Let it protrude only an inch or so. Drill the truck holes from the tailstock then part off the truck. Keep feeding additional stock from the headstock and continue the process.  It's probably not a great idea to part between centers, especially with metal.

 

Finally a tip to turn very small diameter wooden parts (like belaying pins). Start with a wide diameter (3-4 times the finished diameter). Let no more than an inch of stock protrude from the headstock. In one pass cut to the final diameter. There will be no deflection when done this way. if you try to reduce the diameter in several passes it will deflect before you get to the desired size.

 

Look forward to your casting video!

 

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Took up your suggestions, reduced the size of the muzzle, sanded and polished the cannon barrel and it is now more in scale. I could polish it more but do not plan using these on the model. Now to complete 20 more carriages. Had trouble cutting the wheels, they often split. Used different wood but it did not seem to matter. Then treated the finished blank with thin CA. This worked perfectly. The contrasting wood is interesting but feel that i will use similar colour.

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