Every year or so I raise this question on the BBs in the fond hope that
something may have changed since I last asked it.
Has anyone ever seen plans (or kits) to make working models of any form of
I'm most interested in stuff like the deck guns used on submarines, Liberty
ships and the German Atlantic raiders or British Q ships but stuff like a
German 88 or siege gun would be nice too. The ability of the model to
actually fire is of no importance to me. I'm more interested in the
working mechanisms - breech, recoil, training, etc.
Model engineers seem to be in a bit of rut when it comes to subjects to model.
Locomotives, road engines, various stationary engines and pumps and the
occasional 24 pounder, Napoleonic cannon or Gatling gun seem to dominate the
available plans. More recent military hardware seems a neglected though
When I was a kid, there was a company which made plastic kits to build working
miniatures of famous firearms. I remember building a six inch long model of
the Winchester lever action and being fascinated by the way it cocked the
hammer. Maybe publishing plans for even non-firing, miniature firearms is
illegal in our brave new world?
PM Research, with their kits to build working models of Victorian machine
tools, opened a whole new modeling subject matter. But I've built all their
kits and now am ready for something entirely different.
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