Simple project - artillery round restoration

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Project by JJohnston posted 10-19-2010 02:44 AM 4024 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project was inspired by Ken Waller’s “Artillery Shell Lamps” :

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I have an old 57mm antitank cannon round with an unfired projectile (sans explosive). The brass was badly tarnished, and without the fuse and explosive, the projectile had a large, unsightly cavity in the tip, and a very truncated appearance. I used the lathe first to clean up and polish the brass, then to turn a new dummy fuse out of soft maple. I searched the internet to try to determine what color an original fuse would be, but no luck – mainly because so many of the pictures from this round’s time (WWII) are black and white. I arbitrarily chose a metallic copper spray paint. The upper section of the shank is slightly bigger than the lower; it’s sized to lightly engage the threads in the projectile so it screws in just tight enough to stay. The last picture is the “before” shot.

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#1 posted 10-19-2010 05:52 PM


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#2 posted 01-12-2011 10:17 PM

it would look good in a man cave

-- bob

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