Thanks, I ve read that page and it s very helpful, but that is designed for curving in ONE direction (like a flat-topped scutum, for example). But when theMessage 1 of 3 , Jan 29, 2009View Source
Thanks, I've read that page and it's very helpful, but that is designed for curving in ONE direction (like a flat-topped scutum, for example). But when the curved surface also curves in an oval, everything is much more complicated and difficult. I'm trying again with thinner metal, and will see what happens then. How did the Ancients do it?
Saepe veritas est dura.
---M. Demetrius Abicio
--- On Thu, 1/29/09, holeva6433@... <holeva6433@...> wrote:
From: holeva6433@... <holeva6433@...>
Subject: Re: [Romanshield] Repub shield photo added
Date: Thursday, January 29, 2009, 1:04 PM
Florentius describes the tooling needed to make curved metal scutum edging:
T. Licinius Neuraleanus
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From: "David" <dwills777@yahoo. com>
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Sent: Thursday, January 29, 2009 1:21:26 PM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern
Subject: [Romanshield] Repub shield photo added
I got the design painted on the Republic shield I'm making.
Only the edging and attaching the boss remain, plus building a handle
of the appropriate height from the shield to make proper balance.
Putting the curved metal on top and bottom has proven to be much more
difficult than I'd envisioned. The problem is the metal has to curve
along two axes, seen from the front, and seen from above. I started
with metal that was much too thick, and I can't get it done that way.
So thinner metal has to be cut. I think I'll use steel, since I can
heat and bend it more easily than copper alloys. Can't put the hot
metal next to the wood, though.
Anybody have any good ideas as to how to go about the shaping? I can
attach it easily enough.
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