What can possibly be cheaper than paper?
And a little glue,and a cocktail stick?
With the full routine of how to scratch build ships guns ironed out it was time to crank up a gear,and produce 28 X 18 pdr Cannon. These are designed toy guns made from paper,
pva glue,and cocktail sticks.
The paper stages are simple to wind onto a small brush handle, and each piece of paper has to be the exact same size and cut to length in order that a good look of uniformity can be achieved along a ships gun deck within a Napoleonic Toy Ship. Above is my tiny but comfy to work on little table that tucks under and over my chair perfectly! Making a very stable base with which to work on. It makes for Magic Times, of making stuff practically for nothing.
The long pointed stick is perfect to stick into a piece of scrap styrene and thus will aid painting when that job begins.
Dipped into the white glue,and pushed in to the halfway point of the paper preformed block.
28 Cannon for a French Corvette named UNITE.
PVA Glue will dry out and will be very hard making this project much more than mere paper.
Another cock-tail stick is pushed right through and forms the pivot points of the gun.
I used a pin off our pin board to make the pilot hole,which was widened out further using the point on a pair of scissors.
Left over night so the glue set good and hard,then cocktail sticks were push through and into place.
It took about 8 hours to make 32 X 18 Pounder Canon.
two Bow & two Stern Guns were added to the list.
Like on a production line in a factory,it is the repetition side
of doing it that improves the quality and the speed of making things.
Everyone of them was painted and stuck into a piece of styrene sheet.
later the back end stick was cut off and the whole piece was primed again to accept the brass or bronze paint. Although paper,these composite materials combined make for a solid hard cannon.
After the wooden gun mounts are made including each ones wooden wheels then the cannon pivot points can be cut to size,painted and mounted. iron fixing`s will hold each of the pivots in place,these will also be made of paper. HO-RAH!
Well being behind in other stuff that I am doing I knocked up one gun mount with wheels,that certainly looked like it has been salvaged from a long lost ship.
Warships 17th century gun carriage raised from the bottom of the Thames estuary it had been discovered in the wreck of the English Warship,THE LONDON,built by Oliver Cromwells government 1650`s.