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48″ Display Case (IKEA Mod)

Starting life as an IKEA all glass display case (I never trusted the design) this project has the distinction of beginning as a five feet wide case for the Icehouse Game club, but word came down near completion that the space was no longer available.  Thus, Thursday’s project became a redesign on Friday.  Saturday I took up hammer and saw and drove on.

Unfortunately, the project turned out to be longer than expected and larger than expected.  The result is no room or time to finish the Martian Long Gun.

Saturday ended with a picture of a promising start.  Things looked like it might be a two day build.

PLAN B - Day 1 Doors and Sides  Unfortunately, Sunday turned out to be primarily revisiting Saturday’s labors due to the groggy mind caused by late night woodworking.  Sunday ended with a bit of progress.  The front surrounding face was made and the boards for the back wall ready for pocket drilling.  The camera refused to focus.

PLAN B - Day 2 (Front Face) (1)

Day 3 and the back is pretty much ready for final gluing and screwing; However, before I can install the panels, I must first glue on a carpet.  I’m using carpet because the pile should cover over any holes placed thru the peg board.  The current carpet is more like the fuzzy part of Velcro than like the short pile rug I had in mind.  I’m visiting a different Home Depot to see what they might have.  I have a 1/4″ black carpet, but originally wanted a red short pile.  Anyways, thanks for looking.

PLAN B - Day 3 (Back Panel)

Well, the carpet was a bust.  I could not find any I liked and I’m not certain the brackets would lay properly since the pile would probably keep it pushed out.  Instead, I went with red velvet which will probably look like dookie if I should ever expose the holes made by the brackets.  Anyways, the panels were completed yesterday and are ready to install, however, the basement is too dirty to install early, so the five panels remain on my living room floor.

Plan B - Day 4 (Red Panel)

(Day 5) I worked worked on the base and needed to add planks to the tops and bottoms of the side pieces so they meet the top of the front facing.  Also, the bottom planks allow me to screw the sides to the base.

Day 7 – I built the top and stained all of the pieces.  The stain matches the floor board color pretty well.  A coat of polyurethane would probably match them up, but I’m not going to use it.  It looks good enough.  I didn’t really sand down the edges as I should, because I didn’t want to risk damaging the prefinished surface as I did in one spot.  I’m skipping the base molding since it really is just one more thing to get damaged or in the way.

Day 8 – The basement was too dirty to do a dry fit, so I just put it together upstairs in its intended place.  Here is the link to the final outcome.

 

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Martian Long Gun

Updated (7/25/17) at end of post.

I’ve recently joined the Steampunk Gun Club on Facebook.  They are currently having an “all metal” competition that would have been perfect for my Satchel Gun, but work can not have begun before the contest was announced.

Me being the honest Abe that I am decided to dredge up an older idea and use it.  My style is to use a little bit of all materials available during the Steampunk years (circa 1800s).  Although the original contest idea was an all metal build, they did say it was alright to use wood for stocks and grips.  As I’ve mentioned, my build will include other materials as well; however, they will be primarily used as non-critical elements and accessories.

Here is an idea of what the gun will look like without the intended rifle scope added.

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As you can see, it is still a design in progress.  As an extra twist, the contest states the gun’s trigger must be operational in such a way that it operates light, sound, or some other similar effect.

Anyways, the contest ends in mid-July leaving me with about 4 weeks remaining.

I waited for a pivotal piece that connected the stock to the rifle.  (This is shown in the lower rifle example.)  However, I was disappointed to find they mailed me the wrong part.  I visited the local DIY store (Lowes) and found the potential solution using the smaller but available sized 1″ copper pipe tubing of which the gun is primarily made.  The forked uprights are shifting forks from some motor cycle or other.  I only have three at the moment, but have made an effort twice now to buy the correct size (shaft rod).

Wood will be wrapped around the front barrel shrouds.  Another piece will have circles cut into it and extended back near the shoulder.  An upper and lower rod will protrude from the upper and lower edge of the wood stock allowing leather to be wrapped around the end piece for use as the shoulder rest portion of the rear stock.

Update (7/25/17) – Well, a week and a half remain in the contest (the contest was extended until August 5th).  I need to get my ass in gear.  Here’s a pic of what I have thus  far for the gun.  (The tubes along the edge of the bench.)  Unseen is the handle and shoulder stock.  The wooden portion of the shoulder stock can be seen to the right of the lime green drill.  The circles are cut in the stock.  DSCN0592

Overall, I have things figured out and know how I’m going to make them, but I still have no idea about how to dress up the receiver and how to attach the scope.  Also, I’m not convinced the gun will be strong enough.  A 1/2″ threaded rod will hold the barrel pieces together, but it won’t go any further than the receiver so the handle and shoulder stock will be fairly weak.  Of course, that is where the strength needs to be so a solution is needed and quick!

The scope is mocked up and requires a little more work.  I’m not sure if I like it or not.   The mock up is shown here, but the magnifying glasses are not shown.  The diagram is generally how I envision the scope.  As can be seen, a real scope is hidden within the scope allowing four times (4x) magnification.  To complete the project, I’ll have to remove the scope’s eye piece to put on the smaller bellows.  Also, I will be placing a rod to either side of the scope that will hold everything together and straight.  At the moment, the scope rings will remain mid-center of the scope and be used to mount the scope to the rifle.  The tall, metal, fork “Sights” on the gun make mounting a challenge.  However. the shoulder stock sits quite high so using the scope should be relatively comfortable.  People should not have to stretch their neck to use it.

I made the bellows using Popsicle sticks and black hockey tape.  My plan was to wrap over the tape with black leather, but that seems a bit over designed.  The cloth will add an additional texture to help break up the hardness of the oak.  I have some watch crystals that I’ll be using to cover some of the drilled holes.  Aside from any dust, they should not effect the use of the scope.  The magnifying lenses are just for looks and will prevent the scope from being used if placed in line of sight.

The “eye piece” on the far right will be more like that of my range finder project.  The square box, might be used for some other purpose.

DSCN0593   The following pic shows one of many of the inspiring scope designs.  I like the absurdity of having so many optics on one gun.   If time remains, I might involve a laser and/or flash light.71fw-N77k8L._SL1001_

As always, thanks for looking.

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A Sketchy Weekend

Here’s this past weekend’s project.  It’s a work in progress so I’m only about half finished.  It’ll be used as a city map for a Dungeons and Dragons game.  I’m pretty happy with the results since I’ve only ever attempted the isometric village scene once before.  A few structures and techniques I borrowed from a pic off the internet.  pic 5 I’ll expand a bit to the northwest and much to the northeast.  I was saving the space along the right edge and southeast for the legend and number description.  I’ll be numbering it, but probably on a non-numbered photocopy so i can switch things around in the future.  I’ll probably just print and tape the descriptions and legend onto the page just before photocopying.  Again, this will allow me to make changes in the future.

Updated (8/11/16) – I’ve decided to include canals by expanding onto a new poster board to the right.  I’m not certain I like the results thus far.  The legend (seen here under the ruler) will be added during photocopying so I will have space.  It contains the businesses in both numeric and alphabetical order for quicker discovery. pic 9

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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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Update

I’ve been working on the Steampunk Machine Gun Sentry project.  I expect to have the gun’s cabinet finished soon.  That is to say, I’ll have all but the stand portion completed.

https://fleetinginterests.wordpress.com/2014/03/29/steampunk-machine-gun-sentry/

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New Project: Warhammer Tapestry

Updated – Although more sewing is needed, the general idea can be seen.

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BorderPrinces

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I’ve wanted to do this one for several years, but was recently inspired by the guys at the game club blowing up the Border Princes map to a table size for campaigning.  My hope is we might use it in the next campaign.

I plan to “embroider” the crest as well, as finishing off the black part of the serpent.  I used a painter’s tarp for the canvas.

I used a high res copy of the map and decreased the color palette to 2 colors (black/white).  I trimmed the border because it filled in mostly and would eat up my black ink cartridge.  I printed the image onto legal sized paper.  I then transferred it to the canvas by laying it down and flipping it back and forth until a copied.  It took a few hours of back breaking, to do the tedious process.  Initially, I figured this would be enough, but it looks pretty lame, and the Sharpie marker proved less effective than hoped.

Tapestry (4) Tapestry (3) Tapestry (2) Tapestry (1)

The actual image is about 5′ 2″ long and about 3′ 6″ tall.  I’ll be adding something along the bottom to tack up room as well as ading a border around the entire edge.  I was looking though the Mordheim book for inspiration, but they don’t really relate to the subject.  The only treasure was a simple border with a few skulls centered along the bottom.  It might look decent, but only if I keep the skulls small.  I’ll still need to fill the excess portion of teh bottom.  Perhaps some sort of legend, but for what?  The map itself describes everything.  I don’t know.  I guess I could draw the border now, but I really prefer to wait until I have the entire bottom planned out.  I already have too many erroneous lines and marks.  I’d hate to add to them.

 

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Flames of War “Training Brigade” Conversions

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I recall seeing a scene in Band of Brothers where British soldiers wore German uniforms for field exercises. I decided to mix and match models with the idea that the British are helping train the Americans. Of course, equipment is sparse and these are desperate times. Obsolete vehicles and museum exhibited machine guns are being pulled back into temporary service expressly for training.

Motor Platoon

I decided to make a British Motor Platoon that could be substituted for a German Mechanized Force. I’m still working on the project…as I am with most projects, but here are a few of the results.

Matilda Pz IV

The turrets are played in reverse as shown above. The idea is they have used drain pipes as a gun barrel. The model uses brass sheeting and some German side skirts by Battlefront Miniatures.

HMG Platoon HMG Stands

The HMG stands used when dismounted make use of HMGs from several different nations and are painted with brass parts as if taken from museums.

Recce Platoons

I also have elements of the British “Home Guard” which include Heavy AA guns, an infantry platoon (as Luftwaffe Infantry Platoon), and some Home Guard vehicles (Beverettes) which are not official Flame of War, but needed since I don’t see Battlefront making them any time soon.

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