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Asphalt
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« on: May 17, 2016, 02:22:16 pm »

Good Day everyone,
      Long time fan, new member and I have a question.  In the realms of SP, brass, copper, crystal, and wood reign supreme.  What other building materials would be deemed period and appropriate?
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elShoggotho
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« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2016, 02:44:08 pm »

Cast iron. Steel. Alumin(i)um. Bakelite and celluloid. Leather, cotton, linen. Basically, whatever tickles your fancy. Uchronia isn't period.
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Asphalt
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« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2016, 03:54:30 pm »

I'm working on a shotgun prop.  Was wondering if making the barrel cast iron for contrast with the brass and wood would fit.
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Maets
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« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2016, 02:10:02 am »

Cast iron no.  Steel yes.
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Peter Brassbeard
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« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2016, 04:55:41 am »

Cast iron was very much a Victorian era material.  Cast iron and plate glass featured prominently in the construction of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Crystal_Palace.  Steel and aluminum were available, but nearly as common as they are today.  The modern process for refining aluminum had not been developed.
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selectedgrub
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« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2016, 07:24:24 am »

The modern process for refining aluminum had not been developed.

Shock horror, I am not period correct.
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« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2016, 11:37:06 am »

Shame, shame, shame.
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« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2016, 11:55:29 am »

The modern process for refining aluminum had not been developed.

Shock horror, I am not period correct.


Aluminium was first produced in an impure form in 1825. By about 1850, the extraction and refining process had been improved upon, but aluminium was still pretty rare. Indeed, up until the late 1880s, it was more valuable than gold.

In 1888, the modern Hall–Héroult process was used on an industrial scale in America, and then in Europe in 1889. By 1895, the material was being used in construction projects across the globe. Suffice to say, the value of aluminium had plummeted by this time, much to the consternation of a few speculators in the precious metal markets.

In view of the above, aluminium would most certainly be correct for the mid to late Victorian era.
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« Reply #8 on: May 18, 2016, 02:35:05 pm »

A cast iron rifle would be very dangerous to the user.  It would have to be much thicker than would be practical to avoid it shattering.
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« Reply #9 on: May 19, 2016, 11:27:22 pm »

I used PVC and foam.  They may not be period but with the right work you can make them look like metal.
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« Reply #10 on: May 19, 2016, 11:28:40 pm »

Ohh it will be entirely plastic construction.  Just curious about finishes and apparent material.
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