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    studded shell disaster

    I was given a nice solid looking studed shell at beltring in july,at first it seemed to be dry and stable,i cleaned the rust off gave it a bit of gloss black and polished the studs and the plug and it had pride of place on the fireplace.
    I just looked over at it today and disaster.its blowing out allover the place
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    Looks like a rusty car!! With too much screeding compound harm.
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    What on earth happened Spott?

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    Your shell;

    Hey Spotter,
    Your 'Woolwich System' shell probably made by Armstrong has been in salt water. The shell appears to be carbonized and more than likely weighs less than its original weight. There may also be a B.L. Plain Percussion fuze beneath that fuze plug. Woolwich System shell s, made at Woolwich Arsenal, will have the R/L stamped on base, those by Armstrong will have EOC stamped on the ogive.
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    Oh bad luck Spotter...............its called salt!
    When things have been lying about in the sea for too long then the metal in the shell eventually gets replaced as the metal rusts and you end up with a shell with not much metal in it at all!! When it dries it cracks.
    I've not done much sea recovered restoration work but the COW gun projectile I did is much the same, I dried, it (by standing it on top of the boiler for a month), rubbed off a layer, put on a decent layer of metal based filler, sanded it and then painted it, not a quick process but a combination of the air not getting to the corroded projectile plus the strength of the filler has done the job.
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    thats a real shame spotter hopefully you can still restore her

    regards lee

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    Same Problem

    Sympathies Spotter - I also had a studded 9-pr very similar to yours which I smoothed down and painted black. It looked superb for a few months and then expanded/exploded like yours. All I finally salvaged was the nose plug and some of the studs!
    Trevor

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    The shell would definately be worth the effort it would take to restore it. It is an awesome piece. Would take some time but go for it spotter...Dano

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    hello john its just a plug in an empty body,it did used to unscrew freely,
    sounds familiar Depotman and i can now fully sympathise with you,its beyond further restoration,when it finally gives out at least ill have a plug and the studs to remind me of it

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    restoring studed shell

    If you salvage the studs by carefully removing them and any of the other brass bits when it gives them up its not a big job to make a new replica body using steel tube with a turned base fitted in, holes drilled in the sides to take the studs and a false ogive bored to take the fuze plug. Not original but better to look at than a pile of pieces. My opinion on the matter based on experience doing one for a friend a while ago. 2pr

 

 
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