Thank you very much Russ!! Yep, those PomPoms are a little bit special
Anyway, let's go for the next chapter of the story
One general rule - all the PE needs to be bent in the way that the etched markings/lines are facing inside the bend. Well, with one exception, that is the first part that I showed that covers the breech block, but that is rather obvious.
Now the cradle - somehow it seems I have not much in progress pictures. A little origami:
The first bend is important to add some general stability.
The stand/joint for the breech block is in the center, however, as I said, I could not get it to work - I decided to cut it
and I ended up removing the geared wheels from the breech to make it fit. In addition, as mentioned, the block is too wide and needs sanding down at both sides, otherwise it will squeeze the cradle into odd angles. As you can see, I did not get it entirely right, next time I need to sand down a little more.
Well, here it is:
Next, the chute for spend ammunition, built out of two parts:
And now, for a part of real advanced metal origami, the base. You definitely want to think your steps through before you start. Or you can do it as I did - just do it and decide that the first attempt is not really what you desire...
Problem here is the sequence of the bends, bending some parts without effecting others, and most imported, get your 90° angles really 90°, otherwise you'll end up with some unpleasant surprises later on...
Let's go - and always bend towards the marking line...
The part initially:
One side up
Important - the little steps in the 'corners' left and right, two micro bends.
Building the side platforms
Should look like that...
Some more smaller details
Now the platforms need to get in their correct positions, and by this building the lower base plate and the area where the cradle will go later on.
If you mess up the angles during this step - and I am not 100% right here, as you may be able to see - the whole structure is slightly out of shape. You don't realise it right away, but later on when other parts are added...
(You can spot some voids in the corners indicating that my angles are slightly off)
Should look something like this:
And to finish for today, the structure below the base plate added. Nine (!) microscopical profiles to add. I made a mistake in using thin ca glue at first, it works better with gel. You can maybe see the differences left/right side, one hast quite some spilled glue.
All right, good point for a break, office is calling!
Next chapter soon (tomorrow??), so stay tuned
Thanks for looking in,