These Are Toy Guns
This design is aimed at those in the hobby that get a kick out of making their very own stuff to suit their needs,and fancy. Imagination is the first key to any new thing made. Over the past few weeks I`ve seen war gamers boats that were scratch built by them but that had no guns,so I formulated the cheapest way possible ever to make ships guns from Paper. Yes a much better looking toy cannon the likes of Hornblower's crew would love to spark off a broadside at any enemy in sight.
There are 6 strips of paper not included in the photograph, because being so tiny they would just curl up. Winding the small strip around a cocktail stick forms a plug for the back end of the gun.
When making more than one ships cannon all the measurements of the paper strips must be the same.
Mine were as set out bellow.
3-1/4 inch x 1/1/4 inch turned around and around on the brush made the main tube up.
2 - 1/4 inch x 1 - 1/4 inch Winding a strip of paper around and around from the back end inwards formed the rest of the main tube.
All this made a reasonable foundation for the winding on of the smaller strips.
The front strip of paper was stuck into place a pen point tip away from that end.
That gave a good pattern of design to that open end.
The back end plug with point cut off and glued up for purpose was pushed into the back end, but stopped short of where the cock-tail stick is pushed through and out of the other side.
Later when the glue had set good and hard the pivot point cocktail stick was pushed through after a metal pin had made its way entirely through the tube,and a sharp pointed craft blade had widened out those two holes.
The cocktail sticks are left complete to aid later painting.
The tiny brush used,the paper strips and cocktail sticks needed to make one cannon up.
Most model making buffs have this in the home.
Below the cannon seen in the raw which gives a better look at this stage in the fun.
Stuck in row upon row into waste Polystyrene
Projects are for having fun, and this one cost practically nothing at all, except for a little bit of time.
More results will be posted later. Entirely designed by little me,for the likes of you. BB
38 X 18 pdr Guns,all primed for a metal dry brush.
More Next Time. BB