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    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

    Home Shop Freeware - Tools for People Who Build Things
    Regards, Marv

    Home Shop Freeware - Tools for People Who Build Things

    Location: LA, CA, USA

  • #2
    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. tf-8&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla:en-US

    here is the google for miltary models
    Been there, probally broke it doing that

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    [This message has been edited by PTSideshow (edited 01-12-2006).]
    Been there, probably broke it, doing that!
    I am not a lawyer, and never played one on TV!
    All the usual and standard disclaimers apply. Do not try this at home, use only as directed, No warranties express or implied, for the intended use or the suggested uses, Wear safety glasses, closed course, professionals only


    • #3

      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!



      • #4
        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.


        • #5
          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.


          • #6
            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.

            Been there, probally broke it doing that
            Been there, probably broke it, doing that!
            I am not a lawyer, and never played one on TV!
            All the usual and standard disclaimers apply. Do not try this at home, use only as directed, No warranties express or implied, for the intended use or the suggested uses, Wear safety glasses, closed course, professionals only


            • #7
              A bit more success! I Googled Q-Ships and came up with something called
              www.battleships- 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.



              • #8
                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-


                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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                • #9
                  looking at some of my saved links-

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




                  ordnance society



                  • #10
                    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.


                    • #11
                      Well, your onto something, that would be neat, model artillery or deck gun with all the moving parts. Theres a tank museum near me, I think they have a large 5" deck gun outside on display, I should take some pictures some time.


                      • #12
                        I did some quick scaling on a 16"L50 Mk. 7 Navy Rifle. If you wanted to build an Iowa Class BB and scale the main battery to .22 cal, the guns would be just short of 11" long and the entire thing would be close to 12' long. About the size of yer average 3 man canoe.

                        Now, how to make a .22LR blow up when it hits something......


                        • #13
                          "other machinist site" someone mentioned Locktiting a #11 primer on front of a .22 , and it sayed on until target.
                          mark costello-Low speed steel


                          • #14
                            hi, i had the same trouble locating plans for a british army 25 pounder gun, (although it served in many conflicts with different armys). i joined the royal artillery in 1977 did my basic gunnery course on this gun and actually had the pleasure of firing live H.E shells on the army training grounds on salisbury plaines, i also fired this gun on several royal salutes for the queens and queen mothers birthdays, i live on the east coast of england where there is a military museum at fort paul, luckily there is a 25 pounder gun standing outside the main gates, along with other naval coast defence guns permanantly mounted, the 25 pounder has the sight cone and breech fully intact, i managed to take some photos of it but i just cant remember where they are,,if anyone is interested i will take some more of the guns when the weather fairs up a little. unless the gypsy's have drove off with it for scrap or for a scrap! ha!.



                            • #15
                              I have wanted to build artillery pieces for many years and have a bit of a collection of drawings from any source i could find.
                              I am not too wild about WW II stuff. The earliy breechloaders are fasinating.
                              I want to buid a French 75 and have several books on it, but there are no plans.
                              This piece was the fore runner of all modern artillery pieces, so i thought it important. I even went to the Aberdeen Proving Grounds and spoke to the fellow incharge of the extensive library and no plans were there !He looked through 30 + books . They have a real beautiful
                              WW I version in the Lobby too!

                              You probably want to find some books by Ian Hogg and John Batchelor. They are experts and have several books, one book is called "Artillery"
                              published by Balentine books SBN 345-23499-5-495
                              However, the very best book for details and information is

                              "Early British Quick Firing Artillery" by Len Trawin
                              published by NEXUS ( In Britain )in 1997
                              ISBN 1-85486-154-9
                              This SUPERB book has a little bit of history before going into a 15 pounder,18 pounder4 1/2 inch and a 5 inch quick firing guns.
                              It has well over 100 drawings with details of: sighting, breech, suspension system ,barrel construction etc, etc
                              ALL the parts are named as well. Its a gold mine.
                              It can be purchased from Tee Publications in England or from
                              Wise Owl Publications in Torrence California.

                              My friend Dick Wonderlic is the builder of that magnificent rail gun you mentioned.
                              I am going to Cabin Fever with Dick and he is bringing the model again.
                              Green Bay, WI