Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Medieval Bombard (working scale model)

I had the Zvezda bombard set but the Barrel I´d sent to Simon ( Je Lay Emprins). His blog is full of Medieval  Burgundian loveliness...well worth a browse.
I was only interested in the bods anyway but then I thought "would it be possible to make a working bombard?"
It was and here it is finished and in situ.
From the bottom Picture it can be seen I´ve test fired it again to see if it held to the base(the touch hole Shows burn marks )
The bods have got more sense..they´ve all run off and hidden.

The Barrel is made from a length of brass tubing, covered in paper and then card rings added to give the shape of a bombard. All glued on with PVA.
It´s been test fired already, I didn´t want to add it to the base and have the thing explode.

And here it is in action after being added to the base :-D  Sometimes it takes a second or two for the vid to play and the microphone didn´t pick up the noise too well but it did make quite an impressive bang (evident by the "peep" of suprise my wife makes near the end, I didn´t tell her it was about to be fired)  Great fun :-D
video

30 comments:

  1. I do not wonder you're really amazing ....... my friend! :-)

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  2. That's very cool, reminds me, we used to convert our old spud guns to fire a .22 shell, dad understood but my old dear got a bit upset :)

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    1. Spud gun converted to a .22!!! Those things were die cast metal!!!! Have you still got all your fingers?

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  3. Great work Paul the pics is very realistic , love it .
    Cheers .

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  4. That is amazing!

    Really really nice work what a great bit of work. Very inspiring.

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  5. That is just amazing. I'd like to have one of those to play with in the yard. I could use it to play with my Dino's.

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  6. Okay, that is really cool. Not real safe, probably - what kind of good fun really is 100% safe? - but really fun. I was wondering if recoil moved it on the table?

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    1. Thanks
      It´s pretty safe, the tubing is way thicker than necessary and the Charge used quite small. The base takes a lot of the recoil out and it doesn´t move at all....luckily.

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  7. Now that's proper wargaming - HG Well's style! Great model.

    Regards,
    Matt

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  8. Incredible idea. Love the video, very original and bold!
    FF

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  9. Am I the only one here, who sees that you are attacking the neighbours again? What did they do wrong this time? :-D

    Great work Paul! I like the "pwot" at the end of the video! :-D

    Greetings
    Peter

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    1. Those pesky neighbours!! Usually they start the wars around X-mas thinking they´ll catch me off guard but this time they moved on the border in sommer, during daylight hours at that!!! Luckily an anti.slug patrol spotted them and they were forced back.

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  10. That is a great working model, just showed the kids and they think your COOL!

    Ian

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    1. Thanks Ian.
      The Thing was tested twice before the Video, all at a safe distance using a fuse each time. Made it a bit difficult to film it with the zoom but better safe than sorry :-D

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  11. Unbelievable cool Paul !!!

    Greate addition to your collevtion, don´t want to meet your force on the wargaming table;)

    Best regards Michael

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  12. Just absolutely fantastic and possibly brave ;O)

    Darrell.

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    1. Thanks Darrel.
      Brave no..I lit the fuse and got back a couple of meters away with the camera on zoom...:-)

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  13. Oh my goodness me, that is the best thing I've seen in ages; H. G. Wells would have approved.

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    1. Thanks Michael.
      Wouldn´t it be great to have a wargame with real (istic) explosions and gunfire.......I can dream

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  14. Very cool. Perhaps you need to challenge someone to a Funny Little wars game. Spring loaded match sticks, pfft!

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  15. Paul, that is positively AMAZING!!! A working HO scale bombard?!?!? In my humble opinion you have now crossed the line from illustrious to legendary.

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    1. Thanks
      I´m now looking for some wheels in 1/32nd scale ...an attempt to make a working veuglaire is definately worth a try...or two

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  16. So the oof wasn't your wife being hit by the cannonball then?

    Great stuff!

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  17. Amazing! Love the live action video. Best, Dean

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  18. I'm very late, but...EXCELLENT!!

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  19. Very neat, I'd to see it hit a miniature castle.

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