Here is a little step-by-step tutorial on how I scratch built the swivel guns for the pirate gunboat.
I wanted these side parts to be thicker so I colored the edges and glued two together to form one stronger one and made two of these. I color the edges before the glue, because the glue might prevent the marker of coloring once it dried (depending on the “strength” of then marker). I also cut the top side round.
Next – to assemble the gun barrel with the mount – I glue one side part with the center mount part as shown. Let the side part top edge be above the center part. This is where the gun barrel will be inserted.
Then I glue the gun barrel into position. I put it in at an raised angle. You need to adjust this angle depending on the ships hull side angle. The gunboat’s side is slanted a little to the outside, so the raising of the gun barrel will make it look good once it is positioned into the ship.
The last step is to glue the other side as shown. I have added some details by drawing them on with a black fine liner (a couple of times, so the black becomes really black on the dark grey background).
To place the guns into a boat I create some holder parts. But you can also just glue them to the ships side. With the holder, the guns are removable and you can rotate them!
Repeat these steps for as many guns you need to build for your pirate ship or fleet!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.
As always, happy building!