1. Copying kits is a crime that hurts original artists & producers. Help support your favorite artists by buying their original works. PlanetFigure will not tolerate any activities related to recasting, and will report recasters to authorities. Thank you for your support!

1/32 Lewis Gun

Discussion in 'Sculpting' started by Bascule, Nov 25, 2007.

  1. Bascule New Member

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    This'll be my first post on these forums so hello to everyone.

    I have decided to fill some spare time by making scale model firearms to the greatest accuracy and detail I can achieve.

    The first one I have completed is this 1/32 Lewis gun, I've included pictures of the bare resin castings and work in progress as well as one I have painted myself, although I see the project as a modelling one rather than a painting one. I am getting a limited run of castings made of each model I complete.

    Please comment as all critism is welcome, also ideas for other interesting subjects would be appreciated.

    [IMG]
    [IMG]
    [IMG]
    [IMG]
    [IMG]
    [IMG]
    [IMG]
  2. Sambaman Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Very well done Will! And welcome aboard!

    Jay H.
    OKC
  3. eissteban Active Member

    Country:
    France
    Hi Will
    welcome here :)
    When the weapons are made like this, i think they can show without nothing else, and i think here it's the case. Bravo.

    Seb.
  4. Dan Morton A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Bravo indeed! Welcome Will! Where have you been hiding yourself? How about a Hotchkiss light MG, sometimes termed an automatic rifle, a mortar or something really unusual, a Livens projector?

    All the best,
    Dan

    Attached Files:

  5. Einion Well-Known Member

    Holy crap that's a lot of detail in a small package [IMG] [IMG]

    Out of curiosity what's the green material?

    Chauchat? Awful gun but complex and gizmo-ish so might be fun to build. Plus it was used by the Americans as well as the French and Belgians during the Great War period.

    MP44, best-looking gun of WWII? Here are views from both sides. :)

    If you're not sticking just to historical there are a ton of good-looking guns today that have a lot of challenging detail - the Tavor, the F2000, the SCAR series and a few of the specialist sniper rifles.

    Einion
  6. Bascule New Member

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    The green is high density model board, great for machining tiny parts.

    Sojme good ideas there Dan, might look into doing a Hotchkiss or mortar. Never even heard of the Livens projector!
  7. Dan Morton A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Will - Again, congratulations on your Lewis! Superb detail in such a tiny scale. I'm sure you'll have many buyers. Much too small for my eyes!

    The Livens projector, per Wikipedia -

    "It was created by the British army officer Captain William H. Livens of the Royal Engineers.[4] Later, in World War II he worked on petroleum warfare weapons such as the flame fougasse and various other flame throwing weapons.[5][6]

    Prior to the invention of the Livens Projector, chemical weapons had been delivered either by "cloud attacks" or chemical-filled shells fired from howitzers. Cloud attacks were made by burying gas filled cylinder tanks just beyond the parapet of the attacker's trenches, and then opening valves on the tanks when the wind was right. This allowed a significant amount of gas to be released, but there was a significant danger that the wind would change and the gas would drift back over the attacker's own troops. Chemical shells were much easier to direct at the enemy, but could not deliver nearly as much gas as could be contained in a cylinder tank.

    It was first employed at the Battle of the Somme.[7]"

    And in this case anyways, Wikipedia is correct. It was a kind of a mortar made of large open-topped drums and was used for firing gas shells. The only advantage it seems to have had was the ability to concentrate a large amount of gas very quickly.

    Hey, tell us more about "high density model board". Maybe some on the forum know what you mean, but I've never heard of the stuff. Can you identify a source, etc.?

    All the best,
    Dan
  8. tonydawe A Fixture

    Country:
    Australia
    Will,

    Welcome to planet Figure mate, and congratulations on a superb sculpting effort on your Lewis Gun. I've fired one and its a highly effective light machine gun. Highly favoured by the ANZAC's on the Western Front in WW1 and remained in service with Australian forces until the Korean War.

    Do you intend to make castings for sale?? I've long held a desire to try my hand at a diorama in 54mm (near enough to 1/32nd scale) of a section of Australian held trench along the Hindenberg Line. One of the limitations has been the supply of accurate WW1 weapons, besides the Lee Enfield .303.

    Well done Will. I hope to see a lot more of your work. Do you do the painting as well? What's your next project?

    Cheers
  9. Bascule New Member

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    I have a post in the Market section if you are interested in getting a copy :).
  10. Einion Well-Known Member

    Exactly the same :)

    Einion
  11. yeo_64 Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Singapore
    Well Done, Will !

    Hi Will :) !
    Well done on all counts, and in 1/32 scale too :eek: ! Welcome to the "planet" ! Cheers !
    Kenneth :D.
  12. Bascule New Member

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Tony, yes the painting is mine, I'm very pleased with the barrel shroud but the wood and reciever didn't work so well, need to find a new method for the metal. Tried using thinned oils for the grain on another one which worked a lot better on the stock. The green comes from a company called Denaco, it's high density model board.
  13. philstutcinskas New Member

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    I am lucky to work alongside Will. I saw him creating the Lewis gun in his lunch breaks and can only echo the praise for his skills and attention to detail. It is easily the finest small scale gun I have seen. the pictures don't do the model justice.
    I know that Will was keen to model the packing/transport case for the Lewis gun but was unable to find suitable reference, I wonder if anyone has some leads on where he could find this .
    Phil Stutcinskas
  14. Bascule New Member

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Don't worry Phil, you'll be getting your cut for that ;). Maybe paint one too?
  15. Baguette New Member

    Country:
    Malta
    Hi have been through their catalouge too many products Ebaltita board
    Does it come in rods or blocks
    Interesting Products
    and a fine lewis
    I don't think it can withstand vulcanizing temp 300f
  16. Bascule New Member

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Baguette, it comes in very heavy 150x50cm blocks. I wouldn't like to try it at 300degrees but maybe, although I prefer to cast in resin so no problem for me.
  17. reftwo2 New Member

    How was the gun built, how did you reduce it to that scale?
  18. Bad91Fellow Member

    Country:
    Germany
    your work is amazing! all the fine details!

    Lennart
  19. Roc Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Good work, and thanks for sharing.

    Cheers
    Roc
  20. John Bowery A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Will,
    Just astounding at such a small scale.
    Cheers
    John

Share This Page

planetFigure Links

Reviews & Open Box
Buy. Sell & trade
Articles
Link Directory
Events
Advertising

Popular Sections

Figure & Minis News
vBench - Works in Progress
Painting Talk
Sculpting Talk
Digital Sculpting Talk
The Lounge
Report Piracy

Who we are

planetFigure is a community built around miniature painters, sculptors and collectors, We are here to exchange support, Information & Resources.

© planetFigure 2003 - 2022.