Firstly, on the subject of metalworking lubricants, I have previously mentioned my homemade mixture of kerosene and olive oil. And here is my favourite lubricant…..posing with the not quite finished cannon chassis girders…..
For this model cannon I need quite a few sheet metal parts. At 1:10 scale the final metal thickness is 2mm and 2.5mm. Having had a good experience with laser cutting the HSS cutters for the rifling tool, I decided to send an electronic file to the laser cutting firm, and see how the parts turned out. I decided to not include the rivet holes, thinking that the final positions might not be completely predictable. If all goes well I will probably include all of the holes in future orders.
The accuracy and quality of the cuts seems excellent. All of the parts will require final fitting and drilling for rivets, shafts, etc. I was pleasantly surprised at the modest cost of these 30 parts.
So next I can start assembling the chassis. Lots of riveting. About 500 rivets per cannon. Another skill to be acquired. Fortunately for me, one of my model engineering club colleagues used to work in aircraft manufacturing, and he has spent a session teaching me the ins and outs of installing solid rivets. And loaned me a riveting gun suitable for the 2mm rivets which I have chosen. Thanks Neil!
And finally for this post, I drilled some holes in the muzzle of the barrel. Do you know why they are there?