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PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2017 7:58 am 
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Some years ago, I did an 1830's Texas Navy ship board display at the Military Forces Museum at Camp Mabry in Austin, Texas.

This is it in part.

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The WWII aircraft carrier Lexington is in Corpus Christi, Texas. The Lexington museum curator there saw my display at Camp Mabry and contacted me. He was also putting together an 1830's Texas Navy display and wanted me to provide the armament.

I have been working on this for a while. I am close to being finished with all the things I am to provide.
My scheduled install date on board the Lexington is sometime in Late October.

I thought I would share what I have done so far and continue this thread as I progress.

Here is some stuff.

A rack of belaying pins.
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Sponge buckets
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Cannon carriage recoil ropes
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Cannon carriage blocks and tackle for returning cannons to their firing position.
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Racks of cannon balls.
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Cannon service tools. Sponge, Rammer, Worm, Powder ladle, Linstock.
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Items I made for the shot display.
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I cast these out of lead.
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Mounted on the display table. The bottom part of the table was provided. I made the top.
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Grape shot
Jointed bar shot
Bar shot
Sabot mounted round shot with canvas powder bag attached.
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Chain shot
Sabot mounted round shot
Expanding bar shot
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This is a hands on display. Everything is secured to the table.
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One of my goofy drawings that I do all my work from.
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Building the 16' 3" long ship rail.
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One of two gun ports.
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In progress
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These are not the actual cannons that are going in the display. The ones I'm using are almost exactly like these two but with some carriage modifications. These are my concrete guns I cast. I will be using a pair just like them but don't have a picture yet. They are currently not assembled.
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The hand rail with two gun ports is now disassembled and getting ready to be painted by my lovely assistant.

I will post more pictures as I progress and certainly during the on board installation.

I made everything you just looked at except the sponge buckets. Those I purchased.

Thanks for looking!
Zulu

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2017 4:23 pm 
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Wow! That's impressive stuff Zulu :thumbup:

You cast the cannonballs yourself??? How about all the other metal parts?


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2017 4:42 pm 
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Jim2 wrote:
Wow! That's impressive stuff Zulu :thumbup:

You cast the cannonballs yourself??? How about all the other metal parts?


Jim,
Yes, I cast the cannon balls. I have made them out of cement, lead, zinc and aluminum.

All the other metal work is hand forged by me.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 10, 2017 6:25 am 
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What is the copper scoop thingie? Powder measure?

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 10, 2017 6:43 am 
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Yes Gene, It's for loading loose powder into the barrel.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 10, 2017 4:12 pm 
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Zulu wrote:
Yes Gene, It's for loading loose powder into the barrel.
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Thought so. Michael, if I ever win the lottery, I'm gonna be a'knockin' on your door. A pair of firing full size light field guns would look great in my front yard. :-D

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Gene wrote:
Zulu wrote:
Yes Gene, It's for loading loose powder into the barrel.
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Thought so. Michael, if I ever win the lottery, I'm gonna be a'knockin' on your door. A pair of firing full size light field guns would look great in my front yard. :-D



Gene,
You will need to win the lottery. :(
Just sayin'.
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