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    Post WWII artillery models?

    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
    WWI/II artillery?

    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
    fertile field.

    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.

    Regards, Marv

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    there is a guy who is at the NAMES show every year. That has a couple of large guns Model size. One of them on a railcar the others of the type naval guns. Made from brass and stainless. Working to the point of up down ect.
    I remember him and another guy that builds guns there saysing that they use model plans for the mags for the plastic kits that have plans. and there are a number of railplans for miltary stuff.
    Also you may want to check some of the plastic kit mags out because the publishers that deal in that stuff sell thier books in them. You will find them like the kind they sell for airplanes of that vintage, with all the info of the full sized ones you just have to scale the measurements down to what ever scale you are working in. don't know if I still have any of the mags. will look for the address. I remember one of the book publisher was in England.
    http://www.google.com/search?q=military+modeling&start=0&ie=u tf-8&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla:en-US

    here is the google for miltary models
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    Glen
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    Glen
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    Marv,

    I have Googled for Q-Ships and cannot find the old book. With fading memory, I believe that it was simply called Q-Ships. again, I recall fascinating photos which would end up with a delightful model.

    Nice to see something different!

    Norm

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    I have a set of plans I got at the NAMES show from a different person. It is a deck gun, fires 22 long rifle. It was originally in The Model Craftsman, March 1945.
    Jim H.

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    If I recall correctly, one of books in the Lindsay's catalog includes plans for a model rapid fire deck gun, I guess that would be circa Spanish-American War. There are a couple of them outside the library the next town over, which I have photographed and measured with an eye towards making a scale model. One of the nicest models I've seen was in a book, can't recall the title. It was an all stainless, firing, scale model of a Japanese anti-aircraft gun.

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    Model tech had some in it acouple of years ago. a naval cannonfrom sail days and others can't put my hands on the isssue at this moment.

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    Glen
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    Glen
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    I am not a lawyer, and never played one on TV!
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    Marv,
    A bit more success! I Googled Q-Ships and came up with something called
    www.battleships- cruisers.co.uk etc
    and the book 'Q-Ships and their story' by E K Chatterton(1972).

    My sort of thing- the Trojan Horse on water.
    we did the same type of trick in 1949 in the RAF.

    Norm

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    Funny i was looking at a sadly neglected
    rifled muzzle loader the other day.

    i was thinking of making a model of it

    this gun is still on its original mount ,even had bronze degree markings intact on the ground , would have thought some one would have pinched tose awhile ago.
    pics next time i am up that way

    there are some drawings for various artillery pieces available from-

    www.spanamwar.com/storeartillery.htm

    Ihave not bought any thing.


    other places to try might be the imperial war museum in the uk.

    I cant do it-not legal here- but think a model of an early qf gun in say .50 cal would be fun!




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    looking at some of my saved links-

    who knows what you find in this link-lots of artillery and ordnance related stuff.

    http://www.cyber-heritage.co.uk/

    more

    http://web.ukonline.co.uk/stephen.johnson/arms/


    ordnance society

    http://freespace.virgin.net/ordnance.society/


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    In this same vein, does anyone know if someone is still handling William Greene's cannon plans?

    I got several from him just before he stopped selling, but there are a couple more I would like to have. If nobody is selling them, perhaps someone is interested in trading copies for copies?
    Jim H.

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