I acquired a broken shovel shaft and put it aside for a rainy day, it was just the chunk of good tight grained wood I had been wanting. I had previously used my wife's sweeping brush shaft for the torpedoes on the brave borderer,( still in her bad books over that). The brush shaft was not the correct diameter for the barrels, so I had been scrounging for a while, I could have bought some 1-1/4 inch, dowel but have you seen the price? And I would have had loads left I only wanted approx 13-14 inches. So after drilling out the rivet holding the handle on I trimmed the ends and it just fit between the centres of my small Myford lathe.
After a couple of hours I must say I'm pleased with the result, just got to add detail then seal and paint them.