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WWI Trench Club

Discussion in '"Today in History", Literature & Media Review' started by captnenglish, Jan 2, 2012.

  1. captnenglish Well-Known Member

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    First off Happy New Year. Among the things Santa brought me was Reedees Miniatures WWI bust http://www.redlancers.com/displaypic.asp?item=26592&hot= I am thinking of adding a trench club hanging from the left wrist; my problem is inspite of having lots of reference material, I am no math wiz and so I am having issues with measurements. What I need to know is what diameter dowel should I get to start (the bust is 1/9)? Also if anyone has any ideas how I should make the "business end " I am all ears. Thin wire "spikes" seems the easiest, but I have seen all kinds of wicked heads on these things, so,..., Sorry if this is not the right forum (mods please feel free to move).
  2. housecarl A Fixture

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    Go for 1/8th, that would work out at just over an inch diameter. Then use putty to widen it to a 1/4.
    For the spikes what ever looks thin enough, I'd guess 1/32nd or 1/64th.
    Carl.
  3. captnenglish Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Carl. If I go with wire, that would be the easy part, but I am wondering how I could do something like this

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  4. housecarl A Fixture

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    Plasticard and putty would be my only suggestion Matthew.
    Carl.
  5. captnenglish Well-Known Member

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    Thanks again Carl. I will most likely go with the spikes as I will have my hands full with this and existing pieces between now and mid March (SCAHMS), but I thought I'd sk in case there was a quick and easy way I wasn't thinking of.
  6. valiant A Fixture

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    Hi - there are many sizes of cogs in Techincal Lego, Fischer Technik, etc - you could try locating something suitable from there which would be close to the pic?
    Steve
  7. captnenglish Well-Known Member

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    The LHS where I will get the dowel for the club has a large inventory of RC stuff, so maybe I will see what kind of a cog I can find there. Thanks.
  8. renarts Active Member

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    You really are over thinking and over complicating this thing. Trench clubs were a weapon of convenience and most were hand made. They were simply a "f**k you up" weapon that were made of whatever was handy and would do the job. There are two examples here in a local vet memorial/museum that are nothing more than a handle fashioned and whittled down from a branch with nails, studs and some wire wrapped around it to give it some weight at the end. The other looks like a turned table leg with a similar treatment. What ever fit into the guys hand comfortably enough that he could wield it with out it being clumsy and still smash a skull or collar bone was sufficient. I think this is one of those cases where close is good and less is more. If you're determined to do the style that looks like a mace then I would think a piece of wood scraped or whitled to shape or a piece of plastic rod chucked into a drill and shaped like a lathe would give you a more of a production look and then a gear of sufficient size slipped over the end. I look forward to seeing what you do.
  9. captnenglish Well-Known Member

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    Mike, not really over engineering things here as that is not my forte. I have plenty of pics, so I know how they were made and that their intention was "to put the hurt on somebody" ;) . My original question was one more of scale based on a desire to not have to go to the LHS a dozen times for a stupid dowel. Failing finding a convienent gear/cog R/C bit thingy, I have plenty of wire to make spikes/studs. I realize that the majority were of this variety, but the kind like I posted just look cool. Anyway thanks for the post and look for pics soon.
  10. 1969 A Fixture

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    Matthew I have PM`d you

    Steve
  11. captnenglish Well-Known Member

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    Here's an actual photo of the type I'm thinking of scratching up
  12. captnenglish Well-Known Member

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    OOPS here's the pic:whistle:

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  13. Dan Morton A Fixture

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    You might be able to use a properly sized brass gear or something like that to do the "business end". Failing that, plastic card, a well cut metal guide to ensure the notches of the gear head are the same size and several nice sharp scalpel blades...

    All the best,
    Dan
  14. captnenglish Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the tip Dan. After PMing with Steve Readie (the sculptor), have decided to use a 1/9th German stick Grenade for the handle/haft of the club and I am off to the LHS to see what they have in the RC section, I'm sure they have all manner of gears,cogs, and bits. ;)

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