Making a model Cannon

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AlbertdeWitte

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Good day Albert,

Check this link to Wikipedia.
There is a comprehensive list of WW11 artillery.
Photos and specs.
Would allow you to go to blue prints and match the pdf. to the piece.
Should allow an opportunity to scale back.
Regards,
Dennis

Blue prints offer free PDF. sheets. You will need to sign up. Check Weapons tab.
http://www.the-blueprints.com/blueprints/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_World_War_II_artillery
Thanks a lot for all your effort!!
 

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Maybe a bit late on this thread, but just completed the Christmas Cannons for all the men in the family, sons, grandsons, nephews.
These were constructed of 1021 cold rolled for the barrels and wheels, brass for the axles and fittings and copper for the trunnion holddowns and white oak for the carriages.
I did a batch of silver and gold bracelets for all the ladies in the family a couple of christmas's ago, but thought cannons were more fitting for the men so started this project in June. Seems age takes its tole as it sure takes longer to get stuff done these days;)
Has been a fun and learning project, lots of specialized tooling had to be built along with trying to have them completed by this christmas.
scroc

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That carriage and those wheels of your field gun look like works of art. Beautiful work on those spokes and rims, the offset on the wheels must of taken lots of time and love.
Great job, scroc
 

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Hi shipdisturber...lovely work..I have the editions No 12 and 20 from antique ordnance which covers artillery for the land service of the United States 1849-1865...I have made barrels for napoleon and 12 pdr field howitzer but the dished wheels have always had me stuffed,any info on the construction of these would would be very much appreciated...fine wood work is not my best pastime...is your cannon a parrot...once again excellent work...cheers clem
 

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Thanks Scroc and Jayville! It's supposed to be a 1873 Parrot Rifle (I think) I made it from pictures and specs I found on the net, no plans. The dished wheels are made from laminated oak stair steps, I turned them on the lathe. The spokes were cut with a scroll saw then hand sanded smooth, the banding is copper tubing pounded flat and epoxied in place. The touch hole is filled with clear epoxy so it can't be fired. The cannon in this picture can be fired, my son has a gun permit so it's going to be his Christmas gift.

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Hi Baz
Here are a couple of pictures of a little cannon I made a few years ago, I searched online for cannon drawings, found one that I liked and copied that.
The carriage and limber are oak, the barrel is clear but has no touch hole, like a previous poster commented, here in Scotland the rozzers would take a dim view of anything that could be considered a firearm
The last pics are of a slightly larger model of a WW1 railway gun I made and a model of a coastal defence gun
Regards
Dougie

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Hi, very nice guns, thank you for sharing. Would you be kind enough to tell/show how to make the eye loops for the cannon carriage please?
Thank you.
 

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I am going to cast a cannon in the next couple of days, I have drawn up a pattern and printed it on a 3d printer, given it a couple of coats of spray putty and a gloss top coat. the picture shows a gap between the two halves but it does go together properly.
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I will cast it in the same material as the flywheels in the picture
you can scale the .stl files up or down to change the size.
 

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If your interest is in U.S. cannon and artillery up to the Civil War two good sources for information are "Round Shot and Rammers" by Petersen and "Field Artillery Weapons of the Civil War" by Hazlett, Olmstead, and Parks. Lots of details and dimensions from original examples, but not detailed plans. Sort of useful to get muzzle swells just right and such.

Antique Ordnance Publishers had very detailed plan and drawing books for many field pieces as well. Not sure if they still exist, there's a facebook page but not much else to be found it seems. Great detail though, used them several times to get some detail just right on full scale work. Been away from reenacting for quite a few years now, so I'm not really up to date on it these days.
 

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Sorry for the second post, but Jerry Howell did a plan set for a 1779 Naval 24 pounder. Usual superb quality, with helpful build information as well as the drawings. Sadly Jerry is no longer around, but his family keeps his plan sets available.

I still miss seeing Jerry and Bob Shores at Cabin Fever!

 

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I turned a cannon barrel at trade school a long time ago, {on a large lathe} used a 37 mm tank barrel that was torch cut, threaded it and made a breach out of
5 or 6 inch round stock a friend made all the wood parts, wish I know where it went to ?
 

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StanStocker, I also made the 1779 24 pounder from Jerry Howells plans, and then a carronade, then an Ottoman Bombard, All 1:10 scale. The bombard is 515mm long.
The photos are my latest model cannon, also 1:10. It is an Armstrong 1866 RML. I spotted the original at Port Fairy, Victoria, Australia and spent several sessions measuring and photographing it and drawing up the plans.. The model barrel is also rifled, the gear trains, brake, clutch all function. The build was detailed at johnsmachines.com
 

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I have always wondered if anyone has ever made a French 75 scaled such that it uses a 22 LR. it would prove an intricate design challenge
 

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Thanks a lot for all your effort!!
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I have always wondered if anyone has ever made a French 75 scaled such that it uses a 22 LR. it would prove an intricate design challenge
Great work on this site! Links to drawings are rally valuable.
I would really like to see detailed scaled drawings of the iconic British WW 1 Ordnance QF breech loading 18 pounder cannon , its my ultimate goal to build one with working breech and elevation/traverse in about 1:10 scale .

I scratch built a few models through COVID based on drawings in books like Roundshot and Rammers. There is also a great book on the Lyle lifesaving gun, “The life saving guns of David Lyle” by J Barnett with original scaled drawings and our local marine museum has one so I was able to get and check original dimensions for the model. see attached images of Lyle life saving gun 1:5 scale, coehorn mortar (both turned from bar stock and fabricated parts) and carronade and howitzer ( petrobond cope and drag cast barrels). The turned pieces have silver soldered trunnions let in to the sides of the barrels.

Anyone with good detailed scale drawings of breech loading WW 1 artillery especially the 18 pounder , I would happily pay for access to these. The best reference detail drawings I have found on the 18 pounder QF was from the Vancouver Gunners website, 18 Pounder.

Good to see fellow model artillerists out there, the quality of the work is amazing.
all the best Chris
 

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Great work
The a working copy K5 would great front yard. The neighbors would say great or not.

Dave

First project that was cannon it size to the lathe.
It was a South bend 9" x 18" cc lathe aka 9x36 South bend.
Most of was done by Father's some by older brother. But did get start to model building.
Today I have made parts for both old and new Catapiler engines.

Hi Baz
Here are a couple of pictures of a little cannon I made a few years ago, I searched online for cannon drawings, found one that I liked and copied that.
The carriage and limber are oak, the barrel is clear but has no touch hole, like a previous poster commented, here in Scotland the rozzers would take a dim view of anything that could be considered a firearm
The last pics are of a slightly larger model of a WW1 railway gun I made and a model of a coastal defence gun
Regards
Dougie

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Just a side comment on all the excellent work by everyone involved.
My reason for the choice of the French 75 is it is the original and many subsequent development such as the Sherman M4 75, T34 75, of WWII were direct descendants.
The French 75 was one of the first to have a hydraulic recoil system which in itself is a huge step in development.
The simplified rotational interrupted screw breach loading was another development while not the first, the French simplified the mechanism to be extremely fast to operate for a manual and eventually an automated loader was developed.
A very interesting piece in the study of artillery pieces.
 

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Hello ,
First, excuse me for my english.
Since 2011 y work on a French 75 in a 1/10 scale.
You can see the job here : WWW.usinages.com/threads/canon-de-75-modele-1897.33068

Michel
Hello Michel,
I am from India. Very nice model. Have you designed a 3D model on computer 1st and then built the Cannon?
Can we communicate via email please? I am planning to build several different Cannon Models.
Thanks.
Pramod S. Agrawal.
 
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