Every now and then during a build I tend to get a modellers block, were I can`t decide how to proceed next, so the construction grinds to a halt. It is at times like this when I look at the extras and fittings that are required to embellish the model.
This next blog deals with one of those times, Now I must also apologise to some fellow modellers who have seen my earlier topic showing this particular subject, but at the time I was so delighted with the results I wanted to make it a special topic.
This part of the build deals with the 5 barrels on the front cabin top, that are used in the film to keep the sharks buoyant once they have been harpooned, as they are roped to the harpoon just before the shot is taken.
These parts can be purchased commercially at around £4-5 pound each, which I was not prepared to do. so I required a piece of 1-1/4" dowel which was expensive to buy and in a 6 foot length, too much for this project. When in a stroke of good look I came across a broken shovel handle and shaft, just the job! and the right width and length. The handle was sawn off and the shaft fitted in my lathe, as can be seen in the photos I turned all 5 together then split them into individual barrels. Using my pillar drill I hollowed the inside from the underside to take some of the weight off, at the same time using the end mill to notch the top of the barrels to make them more lifelike. A slot was routed across the top and a handle fitted. All 5 were then sprayed grey a couple of times, left to dry then a couple of coats of bright yellow. Once this had set I sanded and scuffed up the yellow paint down to the grey to give a well worn, knocked about look, as can be seen in the 5th photo. I purchased a roll of 1mm rigging cord in white to use for the rope around the barrels, also in photo 5.
During this period I also had a brain wave when taking the top off the grey spray can, this looked just right to make a scale "chum bucket" which after a bit of fiddling the result can be seen in photo 6 next to the finished barrel
I must say I revel in making parts out of bottle tops and other parts found in the cosmetic shelves, and have been known to buy a couple of bottles of shampoo just for the lids to make hatches for my brave borderer in the past.