|Project by JJohnston||posted 1243 days ago||2078 views||1 time favorited||2 comments|
This project was inspired by Ken Waller’s “Artillery Shell Lamps” :
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.
-- The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary. - H.L. Mencken