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Miniatures Ship Projects

I’ve been on a ship building spree the past month or so.  I am about half finished with my Goblins display/fighting ship (tis’ a proper ship as it holds a small torpedo boat as well).  Anyways, it is half of a wrecked ship with the damaged end held above the water by fish nets worth of floating crates and barrels.  I finally got the barrels and crates, but. . .

I have been on a Steampunk Sky ship kick in the past week.  After slapping together the goblin boat above and a 1:300 scale corvette boat for use with Fighting Sails rules by Osprey Wargames, I decided to try and make nice ones I could be proud of when showing them off.

B Carol Fuhl 01

HMS B Carol Fuhl (aka the Be Careful)

I decided to use the Cloudships and Gunboats of Mars from the old Space:  1889 game by Frank Chadwick.  Making a copy of the Aphid class gunboat is almost mandatory for anyone interested in making Martian fight vessels so I’ve built a copy in about 6mm scale.  The end result is a bit chunk for 1mm = 1 foot, but I’m more concerned with the visual appeal at the moment.  I’m making at least one more ship (perhaps USA or France) from the game as well.

The game rules for Chadwick’s game are overly complicated for the style I’m looking for so I’m looking for a different rules set.  The theme is steampunk Martian sky fliers.

Here’s a Work in Progress.  Mostly have only to paint it.



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(Updated 05/08/17)

 Storied Background

“The idea behind the gun was to create a firearm capable of being carried in a small satchel and provide deterring firepower until an escape can be made. During last minute design, the requirement was added for an attachable shoulder stock and bayonet. The order for a bayonet was ignored and the stock was given a design borrowed from a popular carbine of the age.”


I wanted to make something like the guns used by lackies in the movie League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Also, I wanted something compact so the original idea was to follow the Magpul FMG9 folding sub-machine gun. The prop is designed for display and perhaps light handling during LARPing.

Aside from the removable magazine and folding foregrip, the gun has no other moving parts. I did not want to complicate the design as I always do. I chose to save the complexity for my next projects.

The upper portion of the gun is only one inch wide with the thickest (hand grips) area being only one and a half inches thick.

Sight design proved difficult as a simple, yet interesting, design was needed. In the end, I kept it simple and tossed on a short scope remeniscent of modern firearms modifications.

I took pictures of the work in progress, but not until later in the build.  Here are a few ideas I jotted down to guide myself. As you can see, the stock was quite baffling. PWB M1-07 Notes

I’m looking forward to utilizing what I learned in my next gun project. I want to make a gun that uses a locking lug system such as the Luger pistol or the Pederson rifle. I definitely want it to incorporate moving parts.


The design has no actual firearm parts using only stock metal and wood from the local DIY store along with a few found items. I used only common hand and power tools. A cordless drill for light work and a proper corded drill for most of the labor. I cheated a bit by using a grinding wheel which speeds things up, but is nothing that cannot be completed manually. In actuallity, the wheel actually caused me to use the hand files more than once to correct some overzelous grinding so going quick is not always the best route.

When building, I constructed all the metal pieces before fitting the wood.

I quickly ran into trouble making the stock both folding and steampunky. In the end, I chose ‘punk over function. The handle is split into two pieces. The upper half is attacked to the reciever while the lower half remains with the ammunition magazine.

In addition, the stock is attached to the magazine handle allowing easy addition or removal. Of course, one loses the use of the stock when reloading. For this reason, the Satchel Gun was issues with a second, stockless magazine allowing the gunner to respond to any close range enemy advancements until the stocked magazine was loaded. The stocked was then swapped with the extra magazine allowing more accurate engaugement with the enemy. Thus, the short magazine was intended for defense until the stocked magazine was avaialble for offensive fire.

At this time, I do not have a short (w/o stock) magazine available. However, since I like the result and the construction is relatively simple, I suspect I will be using the magazine for future builds as well.

A folding foregrip/handle is placed just below the muzzle and theoretically acts as both foregrip and charging handle. However, on this prop, the handle only folds and unfolds. Although, it is sturdy enough to be used.

Well, I had to file off all the paint and some of the corners, but after a generous amount of wax, the handle and magazine fit together nice and snug. This means I should not need to bolt them together as I feared earlier.  The copper tube used for the barrel is nearly lost in the shadows.  It will also be painted black and the shoulder stock will have additional length added.  Trigger, sights, scope and interior parts are also in the works.  

PWB M1-07 (WIP)

Update (05/06/17) follows — I revisited the shoulder stock.  I attempted to ‘punk it up.  I added the foregrip furniture and folding handle.  The furniture is only test pieces.  The actual grips will be oak to match the shoulder stock.  They are only held by rubber bands at the moment, but I like the idea of something more than attaching them with screws.  The folding grip is only held in place by friction at the moment.  I might work out a spring system?  I need to work out the scope/sights on the top of the gun.  ALso, the hand grips need to be added (somehow).


Update:  the spring idea for the folding handle failed.  I’ve moved onto assembling and installing the interior works.  Since this is a display only, the internals are held in place by a nail head.

 Update:  (Photo follows) Added a sling which required extensive testing.  Glad I did because I don’t want to remake a new stock.  I replaced the copper tube barrel with a piece of black gas pipe.  I is thicker and looks more like a real barrel.  The foregrip is only a mock-up.  The folding handle is down, but blends in  with the background.  Thankfully it does not interfere with the front swivel.  I also worked out the scope and its mount, but have not attached it here.  The scope will be capable of flipping to the side.  However, there will not be any iron sights to use in lieu of the scope.  The trigger and trigger guard are still needed.


Update (05/08/17) [No pics] — I added a trigger and trigger guard tonight.  I’ve also decided how to attach the grips to the handle.  I want a way to easily separate the mag from the handle, but at the moment the only solution is to screw them together or use some sort of pin.  The only other thing before painting is making and fitting the hand grips and fore grips.

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Gun Cabinet Finished (Sort of)

This is the cabinet portion of the Steampunk heavy machine gun.  I need to work on the gun sights, plumbing, legs/stand, and other details before I take the final photographs.

Steampunk Heavy Machine Gun Cabinet

Here’s the step by step progress:  STEP-BY-STEP  or https://fleetinginterests.wordpress.com/steampunk-heavy-machine-gun-sentry/

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Steampunk Lamp Man Sculpture

Here is my interpretation of the pipe man lamp sculpture.  The red valve handle turns the lamp on and off.  The dangling, lowered leg rotates up under the cocked leg to allow the lamp to sit on flat surfaces.

EDITED – I just installed the larger 4.5 inch bulbs.  It is only a 40watt bulb which allows me to use it without being blinded.  Also, I find the larger bulb more visually appealing.  (Lamp) Pipe Man with 4.5in bulb

I’ve decided to name him, Ferrous Bueller.

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Steampunk Bookshelves

Edited (4-19-16)

Here’s this past weekend’s project.  It is a gas pipe and pine wood 2″ x 10″ bookcase that is 4 foot wide.  It allows 8 foot of storage floor to ceiling.  DSCN0412 It was about $300 USD in materials, but it is 250% bigger than the case I was looking to replace so it still was less than purchasing the equivalent shelf space in new book cases.  Here we see my inpatients as the shelves are still wet and the pipes (while scrubbed clean) have yet to be coated.  I plan on using clear spray paint since I prefer the metal gray to the black color recommended by many D.I.Y. sites.


A flange and a small pipe nipple act as the feet.  with a 2″ threaded pipe nipple in the wood hole.  A connector is screwed in place at both sides of the 2″ nipple.  By the time the 12″ pipe and top and bottom connectors are added, there is about a 14″ clearance.  At the second shelf from the bottom, I used a tee split connector allowing me to attach the lower portion to the wall.  Two flanges and a short pipe attach to a 1″x4″ which allows me to screw the board into wall studs at whatever locations are necessary.  I used the same method at the top.

(Added 4-19-16)

Well, it took a month to get the cage lights from China, but they finally arrived.  Two 60 watt LED bulbs brighten the entire room.

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Steampunk Machine-gun Sentry

UPDATES ARE NOW BEING MADE TO THE DEDICATED PAGE:  https://fleetinginterests.wordpress.com/steampunk-heavy-machine-gun-sentry/

I’ve been working on the HMG the past weeks.  I’ve made more progress than shown, but I can’t assemble it further until I get the sides finalized.  A little work still remains, but the photo shows the all but completed barrel jacket assembly.  I might lash a leather strap around the upright filler before I attach the cap.  Also, I’ll make the knot less noticeable.  Thanks for your interest.


EDITED (5/9/16)  I’ve been putting some hours into the Sentry project.  I have the cabinet distressed and stained.  Both sides are completed and ready for assembly.

For the most part, the inside is all but finalized.  The gear interaction has been figured out, but I need to mock up the barrel and firing mechanism.  The empty brass chute needs to be attached as well as painted.  Exactly how it’ll be attached is a good question at the moment.

I haven’t began to design the steam engine/plumbing, but I have stumbled across suitable gun sights.

The barrel and barrel jacket remain as ugly as the picture above.  However, I have the para cord to restring the leather cover.  I still haven’t figured how to cap the top without glue or insulation foam.

As it turns out, the muzzle flash seems to be the only actual gun part used in the construction.  I’ll probably make a replacement in the future.  As can be seen in the following photo, the steam engine will be positioned beneath the barrel jacket instead of beside it.  DSCN0427

I’ll begin work on the tripod/base as soon as the cabinet is completed which should be pretty soon.  It’ll be four legged and shorter than the old swivel chair base would allow meaning I might actually be able to display it under the glass-topped end table like I originally envisioned.

EDITED (5/10/16)  –  I believe I’ve completed the internal feed and shooting mechanism.

Next, the steam engine and plumbing need to be added.  I’m waiting on some glass covers for my gauges (which will probably have to be homemade).  I scrapped the few gauges I have since they took a bit too much space and are too modern.  Making my own will allow me to customize them for machine gun use.

EDITED (5/12/16) – Yesterday I spent my hours finishing what I thought was already done.  Today I caught up, but before I assemble the cabinet, I need to replace the Swiss cheesed inner boards.  I’ve taken the opportunity to readjust the protruding gear so more can be seen.  The replacement board isn’t as wide as the original meaning I have less room for error.

The inner center board mounts the barrel’s threaded rod as well as the internal roller placed above the barrel and the hole for the spring and guide rod placed in the rear of the cabinet.  DSCN0432

Here is a photo of the interior.  It’ll be a bit more presentable when finished.  The space to the right shows the rear pocket which will hold the “recoil spring” and maintenance props.

EDITED (5/13/16) – The inside gears are about as complete as they are going to get.  I attached the top completing the cabinet.  Of course, measuring one and cutting twice I manged to put several holes into the bottom board’s underside.  It looks like someone hit it with buck shot, but thankfully it won’t be seen.  I have repainted the ammunition chute and the side plate.  I can see an end in sight.  I need to get a punch set to make a brass identification plaque to mount to the side plate.

In the morning, I should be ready to mount the engine and begin the plumbing.

I was going to take a photo, but I forgot the memory card and was too lazy to go back to the basement.  It looks nearly identical to yesterday’s picture.

EDITED (16-5-18) – Progress is being made.  A lot of time is being wasted while waiting for paint to dry.  Also, I’ve removed and patched up the mounting holes and recessed door bolts.  My realignment of the front and back boards caused the holes to be out of alignment by a few millimeters.  Just enough to force me to fill i the gap and start over.  I haven’t done any drilling yet.  I’m waiting on some threaded rod and wing nuts from Ebay before I do anything final.

The muzzle flash hider arrived, but I’m not certain I like the look.  I situated the engine and decided to use 1/4″ tubing.  The larger scale goes better with the overall look.

Next, I need to prep and mount the barrel so I can begin running copper tubing and placing the gauges and valves.  I’ll spray the interior gears and mechanisms with some fine oil (WD-40) for protection against the notorious humidity here in Delaware.  I’ll do so just before I remount the ammo chute.  Otherwise, I’ll get the cloth ammo belt full of oil when I load it.

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Steampunk Light Machinegun Project

Seeing the newly arrived gears has inspired me to tackle yet another project.  It’ll be purely aesthetic so it’s more of a sculpture, but then, all props are sculpture with a purpose.  

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