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I built up to 1200' tall communication towers all over the world for 25 years.
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Outside? Is this carriage going to be painted? Stained? How are they going to protect the wood?

Clear finish and the wood underneath will suffer UV damage unless you can find a finish that guards against that.

I have faith in you, you will solve the problem.

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At first she was pretty adamant about stain and varnish. But kept stressing "authenticity".

I tried to change her mind with no luck. I then suggested she speak with the Texas Historical Commission historian that I built the Galloper carriage for. He has done considerable research of finishes of the time period we are dealing with.


With his help, she has been convinced that paint is proper.

I'm going to paint it. I just don't know what color yet.
It is not up to me. She is doing further research.
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Do you plan to taper the axle to get a camber angle, or bend it. What Ive read is it was a hammered taper on the axle. The bottom plane of the axle was straight, the top hammered into a taper. Then the bushings in the wheel hub were different sizes to match the taper in the axle. When assembled resulted in correct camber.

1.5 to 2.5 degrees seemed common.
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Do you plan to taper the axle to get a camber angle, or bend it. What Ive read is it was a hammered taper on the axle. The bottom plane of the axle was straight, the top hammered into a taper. Then the bushings in the wheel hub were different sizes to match the taper in the axle. When assembled resulted in correct camber.

1.5 to 2.5 degrees seemed common.

It is not my intention to try to hammer a bend in the 2" axle.
The wheels are to have bushings to accept the 2" axle.
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It is not my intention to try to hammer a bend in the 2" axle.
The wheels are to have bushings to accept the 2" axle.
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I don't think that style of carriage had camber in the axle-wheel. It's more siege carriage than a road carriage. I do think the original carriage, whether field or garrison, used at the Alamo was a field expedient. The gun has the appearance of French long navel gun to my less than knowledgeable eye. And the gun was probably mounted on a naval carriage.

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I don't think that style of carriage had camber in the axle-wheel. It's more siege carriage than a road carriage. I do think the original carriage, whether field or garrison, used at the Alamo was a field expedient. The gun has the appearance of French long navel gun to my less than knowledgeable eye. And the gun was probably mounted on a naval carriage.



DD,
The conservator at the Alamo says the cannon is French from the Saint Gervais Foundry, early 1700’s.
I have no idea how they determined that.
If true, it was well over 100 years old at the battle of the Alamo.
I also think this 2240 lb., 8' 9" long barrel was never mounted on a field carriage.
Just sayin'.

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I tried Micheal, never came up with any round tube in the 12 inside Diameter. I kinda wander looking at the drawing, could you possibly get some 10 inch and press/form it to fit a 12 inch barrel after cutting it in say over half way around? Then forming it to fit the 12 inch radius.
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I tried Micheal, never came up with any round tube in the 12 inside Diameter. I kinda wander looking at the drawing, could you possibly get some 10 inch and press/form it to fit a 12 inch barrel after cutting it in say over half way around? Then forming it to fit the 12 inch radius.

Thanks for the effort Bruce.
I found some 12" ID pipe yesterday.
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Starting iron work.
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Capsquare half rounds and pockets. 4" I.D.





Axle bands and axle straps.


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So how is the water level around the Zulu Carriage house?
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