Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Empress Italian Field gun part 1

As part of my SCW project I decided to do some field guns for both sides. Empress have been asked how the gun goes together and what small wheel fits where and so this seemed like a good opportunity to show a build.

Equipment needed = Small file, craft knife, various small pliers,Super Glue.

First of all prepare the bits by filing any edges and generally sorting any small issues out. Once done we can get on with things.

First up is the gun shield to the carriage. Place the carriage into the shield holes by sliding the carriage down into the holes and then lowering the carriage backwards into position. Do not force it incase you bend the carriage. This one does not need brute force to accomplish. When happy glue in place.

One of the secrets of building metal vehicles and guns is patience - which I have problems with! The glue never seems to glue as quickly as I think it should, unless its on your fingers. The best way is to glue something and then walk away and let it set before continuing. Therefore best to have something else to do during the drying time.

Next up are the two seats that fit in front of the shield on the runners located on the gun shield. The one with the lug with the hole in goes on the left as you look straight at the gun.

Next up take the smallest of the three wheels and glue this into the lug below the left hand seat. Allow to dry.

When dry glue the foot rests onto the edge of the seats. These angle downwards slightly but the fixing bracket shows the angle. These can be a difficult to glue and may need some slight trimming plus supporting in place whilst the glue works.

Go and make a cup of tea at this point you deserve it.

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