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Breach plate:

for lack of a better name....

This will also serve as the balance point of the weapon because the barrels and muzzle will cause the cannon to be front heavy.



I'm very much concerned about the topheavyness of the model.

Not that it can't be built and stand properly but I would also like to keep the model fully poseable.
 

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A Round a Minute!

I was listening to Youtube whilst gluing the support mechanism for these rotating barrels. To the recount of the battle in the Denmark Straits to be precise.

towards the end of the narrative a fact was brought home to me so that I had to listen to it again.

The whole battle took about 15 Minutes!!!

Depending on the ship, 10 to 14 rounds were fired; about a salvo a minute....according to the narrator.

Now my Gatling gun has six barrels rotating loading cartridges, not shells and bags of propellant. Plus these guns had to be retrained on the targets as the ships maneuvered.

Amazing!

Back to business:



I'll spare you the tedium of the gluing and sanding...

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and cut to the chase



The finished assembly





And a closeup.

 

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Discussion Starter · #345 ·
Weapons Mounted;

Temporarily to be sure but as a dry run it seems they hang admirably.



The Gatling is quite a bit heavier that the plasm Blaster but not enough to unbalance the mounting.



A problem revealed itself on this first application; namely there does not seem room for the ammo drum in the gantry. :bleep:



Also my idea for an ammo belt in the lower body of the titan doesn't seem likely at this time without a major revamp of the magazine position.... 🎻

 

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Gatling Gun Rear Subsection

For those who wish to follow along through each modicum of construction I present the following.

It may be noted that there is significant relief in the substructure of this section of the construct.


I found that the mounting bracket of the arm was too delicate looking for the mass of the gun so I doubled the thickness of the mounting yoke.

I used 10/24 countersunk screws and blind nuts to make the universal mountings of the arm.

This way I can achieve almost a full range of motion for the weapon.


I much prefer the intricacies of the drum style yoke to the bracket style yoke of the original 3D image.

Adapting the magazine aft section to the increased caliber of the barrels resulted in a few compromises in the overall appearances of the mounting system.


I probably could have done without the forward sight but I kept it for its aesthetic value.

Likewise the bulging midsection of the loader.

Now that I have fulfilled the need for displaying the inner structure I can proceed with applying the surface sheathing and detail.
 

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Discussion Starter · #347 · (Edited)
Utility or Glitz:

I've come to a crossroads regarding the magazine.

Do I go for the more utilitarian magazine belt drawn from the hull if the titan or the ruddy great ammo drum mounted under the recoil/loader aft end of the gun.

To me the drum offers a small number of rounds compared to the in hull magazine plus it will hang very low on what is already a massive construction compared to the elegant Plasma Blaster and even the multi barreled Quake Cannon.



Regardless the infeed ports on the sides of the loader needs to be manufactured and positioned.

The components shown above.



The layout of the position drawn in which will be aligned with the drum and the hull positions.



The ports roughed in.



And the roughed in chambers.
 

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Okay so I opted for the in hull magazine.



The clincher was that the ammo belt port lines up perfectly with the hull section that I designated for the belt egress, no lie, it lined up perfectly. Ha!



Seen here directly above the loading port.



The large blank area is where the belt will be situated.



A much better use than proposed in the original concept 3D art.



Cheers!
 

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Ammo Belt:

After a few bad starts I finally went back to my original plan of how to create this structure.

Also I decided to commit to an onboard round magazine rather than the drum attached to the weapon.



The reason is twofold.

1 The Ammo drum is too bulky to attach to the loading housing and would look ludicrous.

2 Plus the drum would be too small to store a significant number of rounds. The hull would be a better option.

Maintaining flexibility was also a challenge which necessitated splitting the rounds on the ammo belt strip. Since the belt is merely for show I can make this presumption.

It took me two weeks to come up with a viable plan and I haven't even applied the details;
Whew!
 
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