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Potato cannon carriage #7: Artwork and final assembly

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Blog entry by JJohnston posted 10-17-2010 01:48 AM 2445 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It’s been a while, but it’s worth the wait. I asked a friend of mine, who’s a talented sketch artist, to draw up some artwork reminiscent of World War II bombers. I asked for something in the style of Slim Pickens riding the bomb in “Dr. Strangelove”, and including the name I chose for it, “Devas-tater”, and after some fine tuning, this is the finished product. I’ve been using it as my avatar for the last couple of weeks. The “Mr. Potatohead” character was his idea, and I must say it’s perfect.

I don’t know how he drew and colored it, because he sent it to me as a .jpg (I’ve never even seen the original), so I printed it on some 11×17 white-background waterslide decal paper, and with advice from David's blog and my own experience building model airplanes in my youth, I was able to apply it successfully (on the 2nd try) to the “armor”. There’s not much to see there. First step was to wet-sand the area to receive the decal with 600 grit:

And here’s the finished application. It’s about 9 3/4” diameter. It’s also a little bit off to the right (and there it will stay):

All that’s left to do now is apply several coats of lacquer to seal and protect the decal, take a few more pictures, and post it as a completed project.

Thanks for following along – hope you enjoyed it!

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln



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Dennisgrosen

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#1 posted 10-17-2010 03:53 AM

I don´t know how I missed nr 6 installment
but now have catsch it up and it so cool to see the finished gun
and now it even better and funnier with a logo on it
It has been a pleassure to follow your build of it
and thank´s for sharing it with us :-)

take care
Dennis

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helluvawreck

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#2 posted 10-17-2010 04:00 AM

You know, I was just thinking that if a feller was to load up on rotten potatoes he’d have a pretty awesome weapon on his hands. :)

That’s lookin’ real good and I do love that logo.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#3 posted 01-15-2011 08:01 PM

Wow, like I don’t have enough projects going right now. LOL This is too cool.

-- If You Haven't Got the Time to Do It Right, When Will You Find the Time to Do It Over?

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