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My Kingdom for a Sword!
Of course, there are
going to many ways to make a 1/6 scale sword. Stand next to
a moving train and slip a nail under the wheel! Bit dangerous.
For our endeavor, and believe me I wing it every time, we
are making a broad sword similar to the Gladiator movie.
Luckily, I have light
weight aluminum printing plates handy. The flat side of an
aluminum can or some aluminum flashing used for roofing will
work. Cut and fold a piece about 1” wide down to 1/2”.
Flatten and wrap this piece around a 3 1/2” nail placed
in the center. This will give us the ‘ridge’ running
along the blade. Before flattening aluminum, run some contact
cement inside for bonding. Slip out nail after applying pressure.
When glue is ready, fold down and place under pressure until
Next we need a handle.
This can be a 3 piece process. The front that attaches to
the blade, the handle and the butt end. The but end is simply
and plastic bead. The front and handle (1/8 dowel) are wood.
Drill a hole in the front piece to slip handle through and
into blade. There will be a hole in the blade bottom to slip
it into. Handle may need to be sanded slightly to fit.
Cut, wrap and glue
leather around handle for detail. Paint front piece and back
bead with brown. Slip, fit and glue all pieces. I used crazy
glue for mine. Detail paint with gold acrylic.
To finish mine off
completely, I noticed the piece joining the blade was a bit
wide and have sanded and narrowed it to more closely represent
the sword of the Gladiator.
Slice and dice!