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19th century field gun by Bedford scratch build at approx 1/12 scale FINISHED


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I have wanted to make a field gun and wooden wheels for ages and now that I have a hex ER collet block I thought I'd give it a go. This is a generic design of my own inspired by pics found on the net. It's as much about the exercise and learning opportunities such a project presents as anything else.

 

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Basic shape turned

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Mounted in square collet block to drill trunnion holes at 180 degrees

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Back in the lathe to finish turning

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Trunnions pressed in

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Excellent!

Building: 1:64 HMS Revenge (Victory Models plans)

1:64 Cat Esther (17th Century Dutch Merchant Ships)
 

On the building slip: 1:72 French Ironclad Magenta (original shipyard plans)

 

On hold: 1:98 Mantua HMS Victory (kit bash), 1:96 Shipyard HMS Mercury

 

Favorite finished builds:  1:60 Sampang Good Fortune (Amati plans), 1:200 Orel Ironclad Solferino, 1:72 Schooner Hannah (Hahn plans), 1:72 Privateer Prince de Neufchatel (Chapelle plans), Model Shipways Sultana, Heller La Reale, Encore USS Olympia

 

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The Carriage, this is made from an old block of river red gum I've had for three decades and use little bits now and then. It's a very fine grained hard wood that finishes very easily and when waxed could be mistaken for a cast resin fake timber so I always leave a few very slight imperfections.

 

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Beautiful workmanship, the wood looks fantastic!

Current builds;

 Henry Ramey Upcher 1:25

Providence whaleboat- 1:25     HMS Winchelsea 1764 1:48 

Completed:

HM Cutter Sherbourne- 1:64- finished    Triton cross section scratch- 1:60 - finished 

Non ship:  SBD-3 Dauntless 1:48 Hasegawa -FINISHED

 

 

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very nice start! :) 

I yam wot I yam!

finished builds:
Billings Nordkap 476 / Billings Cux 87 / Billings Mary Ann / Billings AmericA - reissue
Billings Regina - bashed into the Susan A / Andrea Gail 1:20 - semi scratch w/ Billing instructions
M&M Fun Ship - semi scratch build / Gundalow - scratch build / Jeanne D'Arc - Heller
Phylly C & Denny-Zen - the Lobsie twins - bashed & semi scratch dual build

Billing T78 Norden

 

in dry dock:
Billing's Gothenborg 1:100 / Billing's Boulogne Etaples 1:20
Billing's Half Moon 1:40 - some scratch required
Revell U.S.S. United States 1:96 - plastic/ wood modified / Academy Titanic 1:400
Trawler Syborn - semi scratch / Holiday Harbor dual build - semi scratch

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i love the way you say that you leave imperfections so it doesn't look like resin

Its all part of Kev's journey, bit like going to the dark side, but with the lights on
 

All the best

Kevin :omg:


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Next came the wheels, these are the tricky bits.

First glue up a hex drum with a dowel centre that can be held in collets to allow all the processes required.

Turn it to a nice round shape deep enough to cut two rims from then remount in the hex collet block and drill 2 rows of 6 spoke holes before resetting in the collet block to allow drilling of the next set of holes. This took a lot of fine measuring to get right. As a result the wheels have 12 spokes.

 

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Then the hub and spokes, the hub was done in much the same way as the rims but instead of drilling holes I milled slots, again the resetting to allow the second set of cuts required a lot of measuring, checking and re-checking. The spokes where round stock (Tasmanian oak as with the rest of the wheel) which I set up in the square collet block to machine a 3mm square section before mounting in the lathe to round out the rest of the shaft. It was messy and Tas oak tends to splinter in the lathe so there where a few that ended up in the bin.

 

The spokes are not glued to the rims or the hub. The built up body of the hub combined with the alluminium tyres hold it all together much like the real thing.

 

On the subject of the tyres, I just happened to have a piece of alluminium stock that was just big enough to turn for the tyres at 110mm O.D.

The tyres where heated in the oven to expand them prior to fitting. They are very tight on the rims and no glue was used.

 

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The hub hardware was simply turned from brass stock and a few rings and some chain left over from ship models

 

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Amazing work  - truly  museum quality.

 

OC.

Current builds  


28mm  Battle of Waterloo   attack on La Haye Saint   Diorama.

1/700  HMS Hood   Flyhawk   with  PE, Resin  and Wood Decking.

 

 

 

Completed works.

 

Dragon 1/700 HMS Edinburgh type 42 batch 3 Destroyer plastic.

HMS Warspite Academy 1/350 plastic kit and wem parts.

HMS Trafalgar Airfix 1/350 submarine  plastic.

Black Pearl  1/72  Revell   with  pirate crew.

Revell  1/48  Mosquito  B IV

Eduard  1/48  Spitfire IX

ICM    1/48   Seafire Mk.III   Special Conversion

1/48  Kinetic  Sea Harrier  FRS1

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Simply beautiful, love the metalwork....

 

You going to dress her out for combat or leave her as an exemplar?....

 

Way beyond my talents..... Very Nice....

 

EG

Current Build: F-86F-30 Sabre by Egilman - Kinetic - 1/32nd scale

In the Garage: East Bound & Down, Building a Smokey & the Bandit Kenworth Rig in 1/25th scale

Completed: M8A1 HST  1930 Packard Boattail Speedster  M1A1 75mm Pack Howitzer  F-4J Phantom II Bell H-13's P-51B/C

Temporary Suspension: USS Gwin DD-433  F-104C Starfighter "Blue Jay Four" 1/32nd Scale

Terminated Build: F-104C Starfighter

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4 hours ago, Egilman said:

You going to dress her out for combat or leave her as an exemplar?....

 

More a display piece I think but it will have some of its associated equipment

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How about some trunnion clamps for want of a better word.

 

I clamped two pieces of brass together in the mill vice, drilled through on centre, separated them and used them as press molds to shape the clamps before bending the brass around to form the hinge. I then filled the rolled brass hinge section with solder before running a drill through it to get a nice round body for the hinge pin. The fixed part of the hinge was milled from bar stock and drilled before being cut off with a slitting saw.

 

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A little bit more hardware, the screw jack and socket for the arm used to turn the gun when aiming (so the vertical and horizontal aiming system)

Yes, the wooden handles are belaying pins!

 

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In the last pic above you can see two brass studs with conical heads. I have used these throughout the build and they are the small brass nails that come with ship kits. The heads on them are awful so I have reduced them in size and centered the heads by turning the angle into them.

 

To do this in my lathe was difficult because even the jacobs chuck that fits the headstock would not hold them. After I bought a set of ER32 collet blocks and chuck I still couldn't hold them because they are only 0.87mm but I remembered a cheap old dremel knock off I had and the collet chuck was very easy to remove so it is now in the lathe tool kit and does a great job.

 

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amazing work inventing the wheel...........really nice work!   the brass work is super.....WOW!  :) 

I yam wot I yam!

finished builds:
Billings Nordkap 476 / Billings Cux 87 / Billings Mary Ann / Billings AmericA - reissue
Billings Regina - bashed into the Susan A / Andrea Gail 1:20 - semi scratch w/ Billing instructions
M&M Fun Ship - semi scratch build / Gundalow - scratch build / Jeanne D'Arc - Heller
Phylly C & Denny-Zen - the Lobsie twins - bashed & semi scratch dual build

Billing T78 Norden

 

in dry dock:
Billing's Gothenborg 1:100 / Billing's Boulogne Etaples 1:20
Billing's Half Moon 1:40 - some scratch required
Revell U.S.S. United States 1:96 - plastic/ wood modified / Academy Titanic 1:400
Trawler Syborn - semi scratch / Holiday Harbor dual build - semi scratch

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Beautiful and impressive work.  Way out of my paygrade that's for sure.

Mark
"The shipwright is slow, but the wood is patient." - me

Current Build:                                                                                             
Past Builds:
 La Belle Poule 1765 - French Frigate from ANCRE plans                             Triton Cross-Section   

                                                                                                                       USS Constellaton (kit bashed to 1854 Sloop of War  _(Gallery) Build Log

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                                                                                                                        HMS Sphinx 1775 - Vanguard Models - 1:64               

 

Non-Ship Model:                                                                                         On hold, maybe forever:           

CH-53 Sikorsky - 1:48 - Revell - Completed                                                   Licorne - 1755 from Hahn Plans (Scratch) Version 2.0 (Abandoned)         

         

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

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26 minutes ago, mtaylor said:

Beautiful and impressive work.  Way out of my paygrade that's for sure.

Same as me.

 

OC.

Current builds  


28mm  Battle of Waterloo   attack on La Haye Saint   Diorama.

1/700  HMS Hood   Flyhawk   with  PE, Resin  and Wood Decking.

 

 

 

Completed works.

 

Dragon 1/700 HMS Edinburgh type 42 batch 3 Destroyer plastic.

HMS Warspite Academy 1/350 plastic kit and wem parts.

HMS Trafalgar Airfix 1/350 submarine  plastic.

Black Pearl  1/72  Revell   with  pirate crew.

Revell  1/48  Mosquito  B IV

Eduard  1/48  Spitfire IX

ICM    1/48   Seafire Mk.III   Special Conversion

1/48  Kinetic  Sea Harrier  FRS1

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51 minutes ago, Bedford said:

A lot of the ability comes from the machines and patience

And Lot and Lots of practice......

Current Build: F-86F-30 Sabre by Egilman - Kinetic - 1/32nd scale

In the Garage: East Bound & Down, Building a Smokey & the Bandit Kenworth Rig in 1/25th scale

Completed: M8A1 HST  1930 Packard Boattail Speedster  M1A1 75mm Pack Howitzer  F-4J Phantom II Bell H-13's P-51B/C

Temporary Suspension: USS Gwin DD-433  F-104C Starfighter "Blue Jay Four" 1/32nd Scale

Terminated Build: F-104C Starfighter

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Beautiful  work 👍

Regards, Patrick

 

Finished :  Soleil Royal Heller 1/100   Wasa Billing Boats   Bounty Revell 1/110 plastic (semi scratch)   Pelican / Golden Hind  1/45 scratch

Current build :  Mary Rose 1/50 scratch

Gallery Revell Bounty  Pelican/Golden hind 1/45 scratch

To do Prins Willem Corel, Le Tonnant Corel, Yacht d'Oro Corel, Thermopylae Sergal 

 

Shore leave,  non ship models build logs :  

ADGZ M35 funkwagen 1/72    Einhets Pkw. Kfz.2 and 4 1/72   Autoblinda AB40 1/72   122mm A-19 & 152mm ML-20 & 12.8cm Pak.44 {K8 1/2} 1/72   10.5cm Howitzer 16 on Mark. VI(e)  Centurion Mk.1 conversion   M29 Weasel 1/72     SAM6 1/72    T26 Finland  T26 TN 1/72  Autoprotetto S37 1/72     Opel Blitz buses 1/72  Boxer and MAN trucks 1/72   Hetzer38(t) Starr 1/72    

Modern Russian vehicles 1/72

 

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I've been a bit quiet on this one lately but here are a few more details taken care of.

 

First, it must have a name but I don't know it so I'll call it a maneuvering arm which I guess would have been used to aim the gun and given my gun is designed to similar proportions and centre of gravity etc I can tell you there is very little effort required to lift and turn the gun using the arm.

 

The brush, sponge and rammer are also made. The "sponge" is a small dremel polishing felt cut down a bit and the brush came in a set of pipe brushes of various sizes I got online and cut down to suit.

 

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Once I had the accessories made I had to mount them so I hammered down some annealed 1mm brass wire to give a flat of 2mm width. Then milled a piece of scrap brass to make a former. The flat was clamped between the former and the vice, wrap the wire around a drill bit then work it into the curved rebate to give the "crook" shape. Then milled a 2mm wide slot into another brass off cut to hold the hook securely while drilling the holes.

 

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That left the holder for the maneuvering arm which is made of square brass tube ground to an internal radius at each end on a bench belt sander with another piece of the same tube slightly flared at one end soldered to the first and attached. The upper support is the same process but a section of round tube was soldered to the square base then worked to the open cradle shown.

 

Next job...................................................a wooden bucket, I hope!

 

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look'in even better with the added accessories :) 

I yam wot I yam!

finished builds:
Billings Nordkap 476 / Billings Cux 87 / Billings Mary Ann / Billings AmericA - reissue
Billings Regina - bashed into the Susan A / Andrea Gail 1:20 - semi scratch w/ Billing instructions
M&M Fun Ship - semi scratch build / Gundalow - scratch build / Jeanne D'Arc - Heller
Phylly C & Denny-Zen - the Lobsie twins - bashed & semi scratch dual build

Billing T78 Norden

 

in dry dock:
Billing's Gothenborg 1:100 / Billing's Boulogne Etaples 1:20
Billing's Half Moon 1:40 - some scratch required
Revell U.S.S. United States 1:96 - plastic/ wood modified / Academy Titanic 1:400
Trawler Syborn - semi scratch / Holiday Harbor dual build - semi scratch

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The bucket consists of 10 wedges of mahogany cut to an angle of 36 degrees and glued together on a 3mm MDF backing plate. I then used a 25mm holesaw to cut out the blank for the bucket, glued a dowel arbor into it to mount in a collet and drilled out the centre before running a 12mm end mill into it. Then with the compound slide set at 6 degrees ( scaled from a plastic bucket I have ) I cut the interior surface before cutting the exterior then I cut the bucket away. I used a plug cutter to cut a disc from some 0.8mm ply for the bottom and glued that in with a little CA from the underside. Next I mounted some brass stock in the lathe and repeated the process to achieve a hollow 6 degree cone in brass which I parted off to create the two bands. Solder a few tabs on, bend up a handle and there you have it.

 

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Superb piece of artillery, the detail you've added is simply stunning.

Excellent work!

Current builds;

 Henry Ramey Upcher 1:25

Providence whaleboat- 1:25     HMS Winchelsea 1764 1:48 

Completed:

HM Cutter Sherbourne- 1:64- finished    Triton cross section scratch- 1:60 - finished 

Non ship:  SBD-3 Dauntless 1:48 Hasegawa -FINISHED

 

 

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