Distractions and Inspiration.

I normally try to keep this to writing and my books, but sometimes I find something that can be classed as inspirational.

This time my source of inspiration comes from a sword hanger.

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Design Toscano Dragon Claw Sword Holder

The sword mount shaped like a dragon claw appealed to my dragon hunting side and I had to order one from Amazon (the sword is the Pendragon sword made by the old United Cutlery company and no longer available).

Despite only being held up by a thin piece of metal and some tiny screws, it is working great even with such a heavy sword. I don’t like the colour and intend to paint it, but I am stuck on the colour scheme and that is the only things keeping it looking stock.

Anyway, that is all for now,

See you in port next time Airship Captains.

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The End has Come! (parting of ways)

After 4 long years the unthinkable has happened, my kindle is dying!
In half an hour last night the poor thing reset it’s self 3 times and had to restore it’s self.

I would have loveed to have upgraded to the new Voyager but with the paperwhite having the same functions (from a writing perspective) and being £70 cheeper, I’ve brought myself a new paperwhite.

Lets hope the cover fits as it impossible to get the same cover for other devices 😦

Nothing is Working, Nothing is Working, Nothing is Working

Nothing is Working, Nothing is Working, Nothing is Working, Nothing is Working, Nothing is Working, Nothing is Working, Nothing is Working, Nothing is Working, Nothing is Working, Nothing is Working, Nothing is Working, Nothing is Working!

Yup not having a good day today!

Everything i trying to assemble will not fit, every piece of 3d software I used is broken ( I refuse to install windows just because some dick thinks it is the only OS that counts!) And I have no idea’s what I’m doing to my books!

Do I have writers block?
Hell no, it doesn’t exist!

I have commissioned out the next two covers to the artist but I still have lost all plots according to my book and I can’t work on my 3d printer extruder design and the needed software function on OS X are broken!

grrrrr

Colt Navy 1851 MKII & MKIII Spectre.

Colt Navy 1851 MKII & MKIII Spectre.

 

Metal Colt 1851 parts

So the MKI Colt 1851 was interesting but while taking a brake from writing, I started on a second (well second and third). I learned some thing from building the first and that was, when working with acrylic, softly, softly is most defiantly the key. In the image above you can see a trigger and locking bolt made out of 1/4″ steel and the trigger is fatter then normal (just for me). The locking bolt was easy enough to make with a dremel and file while the trigger proved rather more hard. Just from rapid heading and cooling caused by high speed drilling and dunking in water, my wooden cutting block became burn’t and the trigger became so hard that it trashed a full dremel drill kit!

I am annoyed about this because the drill’s were in imperial and now the only ones available are in metric!

Anyway why two at once? Well like the first one, the Spectre is being made out of acrylic so that I can use it as a looking adapter to adjust the metal parts and see them working! The metal version wont be a full clone as well, I not that good, but atleast it should look close enough. hopefully when the acrylic is finished with it will also look like a gun but transparent and more respectable.

 

Well that is all for now, see you in port next time airship captains!

240 Year old working Automaton.

240 Year old working Automaton.

 

Just came across this link to a 240 year programmable clockwork automaton.

The writing Automaton.

Built in the 18th century by the Swedish clock maker Jaquet-Droz’s, the writing automaton is one of the oldest, working, clokcwork, programmable machines and is bulit into the shape of a small boy.

Steampunk Colt Navy 1851 Part II

Steampunk Colt Navy 1851 Part II

Steampunk Colt Navy 1851

I haven’t really done much (Who am I kidding.)

Finished cutting out the body, Snapped the barrel where the wedge now lives. Receiver has been shaped (not true to form) Handle glued to receiver.

Need to wait for a bit to order the 40mm rod for the revolving bit and mill out some rounds.

All ready planning a MKII due to so many errors on this one (handle is not square to body) but as this one will be steamed up, I can hide a few of the errors.

Colt Navy 1851 Steampunk Prop.

Colt Navy 1851 Steampunk Prop.

 

When Idea’s for my book lag I start working on making things. My latest project is a Colt Navy 1851 which I am building out of acrylic and wood. It won’t be a perfect clone as it will get a Steampunk treatment to it.

Acrylic Colt Navy parts.

This shows a few of the rough parts placed together.

I still have polishing, engraving and staining to do on the grip and find two identical gears to place in the grip. The barrel still needs trimming, shaping and drilling to finish.

Today’s project on the Colt Navy was the centre section of gun.

This image shows the trigger guard added to the centre (would receiver still be technically correct for a gun like this). I’m not sure if my plans are abit under scale or the soldiers of that time had small fingers, but I can only just get the finger into it!

The finished gun will have some special decoration to match the gun carried by Captain James Purcell in my books, The Diaries of James Purcell. Still a long way to go but once it’s finished I will start work on a proper mechanically (but non firing) version.

It’s now raining so I can’t do any more on it today and I need to send the barrel away to be drilled (I have no Idea how to get a 10mm diameter hole squarely down a 190mm barrel!) but on closing.

How on earth did they do these things without power tools, I have no idea how they managed it!.

Well that’s all from today’s Diary of James Purcell. See you in port next time, Airship Pilots.