Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Ready for some action!
I had underestimated how much work it is to make a simple, minimalistic carriage. Fitting the axis into the antique wheels was hard to begin with. Making the hub was not easy, too - especially adjusting the distances.
Then, I found that the forces on the wheels when you try to turn the cannon to the left or right are tremendous. After all, the axis is fixed and the wheels do not turn individually. I had to make a solid fitting from flat steel just to solve that issue.
The whole thing shoots very well, and reloading is fast and easy. But it does look a bit spindly, really. But I assure you it is quite heavy, probably over 100 kg.
Film team tomorrow, and then off to Tobias's farm on Friday. Will see if we can make the cannon a bit better looking. The spindly look is unacceptable.
Posted by The Slingshot Channel at 8:32 PM