Panart Gun Deck Section
I think i'm...
Gettin' A Little Tied Up Here.
Right, had several days enforced doing summat else
not modeling related worst luck but back now and playing catchup
with a project or three.
So then to business, well working two issues at the same time,
namely the hammock crane netting and the gunport lids and tackle,
we go as follows.
Gunport lids made up and test fitted,
hinge pins added then using supplied blocks,
the tackle was installed.
The staghorn tie off points were added by yours truly.
The hammock crane netting was lashed into place
in short order as well.
All the cordage was given a fair going over with some
model railway scenic glue.
Sort of a PVA like stuff but thin, brushed on,
dries matt and holds everything nicely.
Made by Woodland Scenics and rather good stuff.
So to the tables as such.
Simple enough affairs that sit
in between the gun positions.
There is only supposed to be one done in the kit
but I felt like expanding things a bit.
As one does from time to time.
So a few lumps of lime wood and walnut later we get said tables,
add a few holes drilled and slop on some walnut stain and
a bit of cord for the holderupper thingy.
A short length of brass rod to secure to the hanging knee,
a dab of epoxy glue on the brass rod and some scenic glue
on the cord and robert is your fathers brother.
Looks all a bit like this.
Ok then, one more to be added and the half width
one will be going up against the mirror at one end.
Now to add the shelving units for the knick-knack storage.
Some 2 x 10mm lime wood provided the material bulk and
some 2 x 0.5mm for the fronting boards.
Basic cut, assembly, stain and glue in.
I grant you we ain't talkin' IKEA style here
but certainly built to last.
Right then, cannon rigging time!
So first was to attach the main breeching hawser.
2.5mm scale hawser and some additional metal bits
made earlier in this debacle.
Oh and some black cotton to finish.
So the intent being to secure these things with no chance of movement.
Like as not this thing will be sold on
when finished so the less that flaps about the better
if it goes elsewhere.
Ok, now easiest way I could come up with is as follows:
Digging into the odds and sods boxes,
I have a fair stock of hypo needles for the glue application
and small tube larking about.
Eight of these were removed from their holder
things and trimmed to length.
A 0.5mm hole was then drilled in to bottom of each
carriage wheel and one needle glued in each,
sharp end down.
So what we have are bloody sharp pins that will
go through the deck planking without need to drill holes.
Once done then the said cannons were just placed
and pushed gently down.
The ends sticking through the underside were just bent over
and a dollop of epoxy added to make sure the buggers
are going nowhere.
Then the breeching tackle pins secured to the holes
I drilled what seems like ages ago.
Finally, the hawser was given a fair going over with the scenic glue,
gently shaped, gone over with a hairdryer to fix and then left the hell alone.
Then came time for the training and rear haul tackle.
Much threading and tying of cord did follow
and all was hooked up and placed accordingly.
Time to add another table and some of the tubs and buckets.
So one more thing...
well three more to be precise...Shot garlands.
Some 6mm square parawood, lots of drilled holes,
some walnut stain and the supplied cannon balls.
A dab or several of epoxy glue as well,
all done up and put in position.
And that as they say, is that for this update.
The clear display case arrived to house this beastie,
better to have someone who truly knows what they are doing deal
with that part than a hack like me.
that's all for now troops and troopettes,
you goodly lot go easy!