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Graham GREEN
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Nine Pound British Smooth Bore Field Cannon

Here’s a Cannon, this is meant to be a British 9lb Smooth Bore Cannon.

Saw the drawing for this little Cannon in the Model Engineer ( English publication ) can’t remember the date it was printed, but it was about 30 yrs odd ago, or maybe even more.

Tried to make it as a 24th scale model, as suggested by the publication, the only problem was I had a Unimat 3 lathe and couldn’t turn the tyres and wooden wheels at 1/24th scale.
So I decided to make it as per the drawing on the page of the publication, think it worked out to be about 1/47th scale, but I could now turn the wooden wheels and tyres with the Unimat 3 lathe.

Reason I made this little toy, was there happened to be a model show run by the ipms and they reckoned that the Kenworth W924 SAR, Dolly and Low Loader were made directly out of a pre moulded kit and no matter what anybody told them, they knew better.
Any prizes that were handed out at this show, had to go to the ipms D/Heads as well, their motto was “ If it don’t shoot, then the model is $#it “.

This model show was decidedly VERY one sided / it sure was a crooked show back then.

I knocked it up in about 5 or 6 weeks at night and weekends, then entered it into this decidedly rigged show, waited until the last moment to enter it and nobody took any notice of somebody coming in so late, these dudes reckoned they had it sown up amongst each other once again.
No-one actually recognised me when I put it on the table, but there were some very indignant red faces when the prizes were given out.
I really enjoyed watching these A/holes jaws drop, when accepting the medal for this midget cannon as it won the “Scratchbuilt” section.

This is what got me interested in Scale Model Horse Drawn Vehicles, I made the first set of wheels for this model and they looked just plain wrong.
So had a look around and went to the Cobb & Co Museum at Toowoomba, Qld and saw just how wooden spoked wheels should look like.
Remade the wheels for the Cannon and after all the dust had cleared from that model show, I then started to make the Horse Drawn stuff.

Anyway, have a look and see what you think of it.

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4 responses

  1. Sorry about the size of the pics, all I could retrieve after Websnots went stupid.

    7 attached images. Click to enlarge.

  2. Another excellent job, Graham!

  3. Very nice scratch building, Graham @radishus4
    The medal is defintely well deserved.

  4. Bloody nice cannon Graham, love the wheels, well done.

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