Riveting for Real
The strength and resistance to twisting and other movements of the Armstrong cannon is in the chassis. Specifically the design and strength of the longitudinal girders, AND the box section structure at the front of the chassis.
The box section has been a challenge in the 1:10 model. Actually, it has been a bit of a nightmare.
It has taken me 3 full day sessions to work out how to construct this assembly, to make the parts, to join them together, then a lot of filing to make the assembly fit the girders.
And, of course, the parts are riveted together, and I am a total novice at riveting.
So this is the result. Not totally finished and assembled, but getting there.
Again, I left my camera at the workshop. These are photos which I took with my phone.
And after the riveting, I have spent almost a full day of gentle and progressive filing to make the box section fit the girders. It all fitted beforehand. But after riveting, nothing fitted. All of that hammering clearly changed some of the dimensions. But, despite all of my pessimism, it all eventually fitted.
Now, I have another chassis to make.
Do I repeat the method, or maybe try something more efficient. Like making a solid block of brass or steel, shape the exterior to dimensions, then hollow the interior? Still pondering that one.
Part of the equation is that the riveting gun died. Not sure what happened. Maybe a blown O-ring? The final few rivets in the above pictures were hammered. My hammering is definitely not as neat as the rivet gun. I do have a rivet gun on order, but they are estimating an arrival date of the END OF JUNE! I cannot wait until then. And the faulty gun is not mine so I feel diffident about pulling it apart and maybe repairing it, maybe really screwing it up.
The last time that I cursed the virus I lost 25% of my readers, so I will just think it.
Hi John, A prick of a day here, storms, tempest, rain, hail and a howling gale. 10 degrees, so the fire is lit and the beanie on!
Nice riveting -well done. If your’e doing a matched pair then the other one needs to be the same construct – that’s my threepence worth anyway.
I am so impressed with WordPress that I have started my own account.
I will post some pics of my work to date.
Did you find your hearing aid? Mine are the behind the ear type, so if they fall out, it will be a bit of a clatter!!
Looking forward to your next post.
No. Still lost. Bought another one. House insurance policy paid half, which was great.
Where are you located? We had beautiful weather here. cold but sunny. Let me know your blog site so I can follow. John.
Hi John, Still new to this blog business, I feel like a blind man in a dark room with all the options, posts, etc. oldimperials.com appears to be my site. I’m in Albany in South West of WA.
Have fun, Chris
Stay in touch. Might visit WA one day.
Hi John, you know i’m not a gun man but I like your work so far, an when you are reviting , the noice do not harm your ear on one site whithout the hearing aid. ha ha. keep going the nice work. Stay healthy.
Hi Huib, good to hear from you. You stay safe too. John.