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Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by John Long, Nov 27, 2005.

  1. John Long Active Member

    Here's a new one in progress. The idea is that he is throwing the bottle in the air and will shoot it before it hits the ground. It's 54mm.

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  2. John Long Active Member

    Here's the revolver.

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  3. Guy A Fixture

    Looks great John............love the idea
  4. Roc Active Member

    John great work so far, I love it.

    Roc. :)
  5. megroot A Fixture


    Great idea, something unusual, looking forward to your next step.

  6. garyjd Well-Known Member

    John, I like the concept, something a little different. What pattern of shell jacket is he going to be wearing when it's done? Maybe you could put the remnants of another bottle on the ground. I'm looking forward to seeing this fella with paint on it.~Gary
  7. bucsfan21 Well-Known Member

    John, Neat looking figure! Great idea! Reminds me of an old Squadron-Rubin 54mm release of a 1st Virginia Cavalryman. You had the option of him holding an Iron Brigade hat or a tin can. The kit was always one of my favorites. Your idea is going to be excellent. Will look forward to getting one of these. And the 1st Virginia is one of my favorite Confederate cavalry regiments.

    Best of Everything, Terry Martin
  8. John Long Active Member

    Thanks guys.

    The 1st Va is what I had in mind. The client wants the pose, but the regiment is up to me. I'm still on the bubble about what I want to do. I had a 9 button early shell jacket in mind. I would like to do an officer, but all my research shows double breasted jackets for officers. Some things still need to be finalized before I progress.
  9. garyjd Well-Known Member

    John, The pistol looks good. Could you give a summary of the steps taken to build the pistol? Thanks.~Gary
  10. John Long Active Member

    I kind of made this up as I went along Gary. It started as an experiment, but it went well, so I'm going to use it. I don't know the measurements of any of the stock I used. I used a Shenandoah pistol as a comparison. I used a plastic rod for the cylinder and scored grooves to create the look of the machined cylinder. I rounded the very end and then cut off the cylinder. Then I flattened the end using an emery board until it was the right length. Then I drilled into the upper portion of the cylinder and inserted a brass rod. The brass rod was cut and trimmed to length then filed flat. While the glue was drying I worked on the frame. I used flat plastic stock. I cut the square notch to accomodate the cylinder then began trimming away at the rest of the frame. I had scribed a "sketch" of the frame in the plastic and just trimmed up to the lines and then cleaned up the edges. The handles were made using thinner layers of plastic stock. I glued these in place and then trimmed them to match the frame after the glue had dried. At this point I glued the cylinder and barrel to the frame. A length of lead wire was glued underneath the barrel for the tamper. A trigger was carved out of some plastic stock and glued in place. The trigger was made by sanding off the the top portion of some plastic tube to create a "U" shape. I glued this in place and sanded the external part to the proper thickness. I mixed up some Duro and used this to integrate the barrel to the frame. A small piece of Duro was placed on the end of the barrel and trimmed to size for a sight and voila. I freed it from the plastic strip last night. I may make some copies if I can get over my apprehension of mold making.

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