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    Guillotine model

    It may not be everyone's taste.

    I'm working with the pupils on the French Revolution, they discovered the Guillotine and were half scared, half fascinated by the apparatus. I had the idea to build a little one, more an evocation than a replica. When finished, I'll give it away to a drawn pupil.


    First the parts were cut on the cnc:

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/XhYnBBE3vhEUKNM23


    Then the dry fitting. It gives you the scale:

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/4mzAqFffl6AbyClj2


    Glued, painted, weathered:
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/mIBDKOtpgyAjRp9w1



    I'm still working on the stand, imitating the paved stone walkway of Paris.
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/TWAwlIVeeqrUGgWn2

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    Cool... just keep it away from angry, unstable women!
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    Very nice!

    Seems like a million years ago but in high school, as part of a class project while studying "A tale of two cities", I made a set of detailed technical drawings for a guillotine.

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    Nice model. Are you going to discuss the second-by-second "playback" of the actual use of one of those? I heard one time, that the brain stays alive for 2-4 seconds after separation, thus allowing you to watch your own head fall into the basket. Rather macabre and brutal to me, but it is our human history.

    I do have some "constructive criticism" about your base. I think it's too perfect. Way back when those were used, the cobblestones were hand-laid, and most likely not all square, like your mill is capable of doing. I suggest a rectangular shape of stone, and a woven pattern, rather than a square one like you have depicted. Aging them would also be better, but you might not have gotten that far in the current pics.

    Just my 2-pence.....Roger

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    Quote Originally Posted by GTS225 View Post
    I do have some "constructive criticism" about your base. I think it's too perfect. Way back when those were used, the cobblestones were hand-laid, and most likely not all square
    Cobble stones are still used today but you're absolutely correct, they're not perfectly square or flat, they look hand-cut

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    You're absolutely right, the pattern is too much square it looks more like chocolate than pavement. I tried to simulate the wear and the heterogeneity with the paint. I sprayed a semi glossy finish, so the pavement shines a little bit like when the rain just stopped (like in this painting from Caillebotte https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&rct=...13604012496139)
    Here's my attempt.
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/6t1OjXvKNxabcziB2



    Quote Originally Posted by GTS225 View Post
    Nice model. Are you going to discuss the second-by-second "playback" of the actual use of one of those? I heard one time, that the brain stays alive for 2-4 seconds after separation, thus allowing you to watch your own head fall into the basket. Rather macabre and brutal to me, but it is our human history.
    I explained some details like the shape of the blade but didn't speak about this. There are actually some testimonials but they are arguable. The question they often ask is "Does it hurt?" and my answer is "No one ever complained" pretty macabre humor I agree
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    OK, I see they did use "square" stones in the painting, and I assume the accuracy is reasonably close. Your finishing technique does help a lot. It looks quite a bit more aged. I suspect your students won't really complain at all.

    Roger

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