Some detailing on the sling-cart with Historex parts, some brass wire loops, a fine chain and some thick tape for banding. Ready for paint and final assembly.
Monday, 8 April 2013
Here are a couple details of the sling cart. I cut up the Historex kit to make the parts of the sling cart and will use more parts to dress it up.
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I also have a Napoleonic siege gun and limber, and for now I will be using this limber to match up with the sling cart. The gun and limber is scratchbuilt from Evergreen plastics, a wooden dowell and some brass wire. The horses were done in green stuff using a ground down Essex horse as a dolly. I had a few of these cast for my own use and they also feature on my Union pontoon wagons.
...and my old friend the Redoubt 28mm VMI cadet is shown for scale.
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Wednesday, 3 April 2013
Well, I'm cheating. I was looking through my big box of plastic bits and came across some Russian kits of 54mm artillery. There were a couple of nice big wheels that would be perfect for the sling cart. There are several internet images of various sling carts, so I think there would have been a variety of wheel types, such as:
I also recalled I had an old Historex kit of a Gribeauval caisson. This had three larger wheels that were more suitable. Since I wanted four similar size wheels, I would need to scratch build one more and add the reinforcing spokes to two of the wheels. Here is the basic Historex wheel with a Perry 24lbr and a redoubt VMI cadet for size:
Here are the two wheels modified to add an extra spoke in every other pair of original spokes. These will be the wheels for the front half of the sling cart:
And showing the wheels and the HBG the sling cart will be carrying:
And an unfair question: These are the back wheels and one was scratch built. Which One?
Hard to tell with a low-res internet picture, but the left was scratchbuilt. I think it will pass with a bit of paint!
Also progressing on the big Rodman. I will use this gun for the sling cart and am planning a slightly smaller one for a sea-coast position.