Wonderful work!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
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I assume you fire these occasionally. Do you use black powder? How do they sound. One of the car guys I used to hang around built full size cavil war cannons in his reinactment group. He fired one several times behind his garage for us. It was pretty spectacular. I don’t remember the caliber or size but he did fire a can of water it was much more complicated than you would expect. He had a ram rod that was necessary to make sure there was no glowing powder left in the barrel between shots. They had yearly meetings where many fired their projects.The book by C.Nepean Longridge entitled "The Anatomy of Nelsons Ships" contains a couple of useable drawings of cannons from HMS Victory. One is a standard 32 pounder and the other is a Carronade.
I love these models. They can range from the very basic to extremely detailed and the examples here are very good. A few years ago I was "between projects" and looking for something interesting to build. I put my models on the more basic end of the spectrum but they do shoot.
The first one is a Civil War cannon that is strikingly similar to the one built by Chris Roberts. Mine has a 16" long barrel made of 303 stainless and it shoots a .750" ball. I have to admit that I cheated on the wheels and bought them from an Amish wheel shop that has many stock sizes and will make whatever size you require. The rest of it is simply my own design from pictures I found and sized to fit the piece of stock that I had on hand
The second one is a "Golf Ball Mortar". I took a look at several different models of that sort and just put my own spin on it. Again, this is 303 stainless and sized to fit what was in my scrap (er, "raw material") box. This has only been fired with black powder and a wad because I wouldn't want to have a golf ball land on a neighbor's house.
The third one is a model of a Civil War "Coehorn Mortar" and is maybe about 7/8 size of the real thing. Supposedly they were about 7" O.D. and I had a piece of 5" steel. This will nicely hold a soda can.
Thanks for your kind comments, It is a Land Service Mortar, if you google this you shoud see loads of them. It was used all over the world wherever the Victorians went and got someones land they wanted to hang onto. It could be put into a fortress to drop shells down onto attackers or used to lay siege to an enemy fortress and drop things down onto their heads!