Sunday, 1 September 2013

Medieval Bombard (working scale model Mk 2)

Another one. This would be a Monster for 1/72nd scaled bods and is more suited for 28mm.
A second before blast off!
As before the Barrel is made from brass tubing covered in paper and Card. The "carriage" is made from an old CD case, the strips glued together to give more thickness and then filed and rubbed with sandpaper to alloy the paint to stick.
The Lifting rings are made from thick copper wire.
In Action. In the first Video the bombard has been pegged down as the recoil is pretty massive, which can be seen in the second Video. The force of the recoil throws the bombard off Screen and the "Hand of Bod " can be seen replacing it.
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24 comments:

  1. Much more satisfying boom with this one. You'll need to brace it so it doesn't shoot backwards and break your toe!

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    1. This one really did go bang...way better than the first one. To stop it flying backwards, I made some steel tent peg type things (over the cross bars behind the gun and out of camera shot)

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  2. Very cool build Paul !

    Best regards Michael

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  3. Paul

    Oooh great looking toys!! The hand in the second video gives a very good indication of the scale. What do you use for propellent? Ammo? Will you use them Little Wars style and count any figures knocked over as dead?

    This gives me happy memories of my misspent childhood when my delinquent friends and I tested home made cannons and explosive in the railway cutting.

    Cheers
    PD

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    1. Thanks Peter.
      The propellant is gunpowder from old fireworks, the ammo small wooden beads wrapped in small circles of Cloth to act as the wadding. I don´t think I´ll use them for wargaming..the powder burns on the lawn are pretty bad, a table would catch on fire :-D
      As a nipper I made a cannon from some Aluminium tube, ammo small lead balls. Thinking back..I was lucky that the Thing didn´t blow up in my face.

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  4. Another awesome piece of kit

    Love it

    Ian

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  5. I love these bombards. Genius.

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  6. Looks like real bombard, not a model
    Marcin
    http://tuzzelvassal.blogspot.hu/

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  7. Thats cool, your mental, but thats cool.

    Steve

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  8. I love them both- but especially no 2!! lol :O)

    Fantastic stuff as always Paul- please continue with the pyrotechnics.

    Darrell.

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  9. I wonder how risky this is!

    Got to salute your excellent model, I wonder how long it will be before you try it on a proper model castle!

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    1. Thanks.
      No risk at all. The brass tube is cast (not rolled) and the sides are pretty thick. Also, the Charge used is tiny, but still I kept my distance and wore glasses. I wouldn´t advise anyone to try it though.
      It isn´t powerfull enough to actually do any damage to a model wall...I´ve treid. it seems the reduction in scale dramatically reduces any effects. Maybe there´s an optimal Charge that could be used for an optimal Missile mass.

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  10. Madness or genius, it's such a fine line, but I love them!

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  11. Okay, that's cool. Maybe load a paper wad for bigger bang? Keep a fire extinguisher handy, though. Or a cup of water, at least.

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  12. For a louder bang, use tiny bits of plastic for wadding. In our 3" black powder gun we also try to use slightly damp (fresh cut) grass or hay so there is no crap to clean up afterwards.

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  13. Excellent!!!! love the videos, oh what fun!!!!!

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  14. Now that is impressive Paul!

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  15. Awesome!!
    Too big? It's the one used by Mehmed II to conquer Constantinople!!

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  16. Really great model. Love it.
    What will you do next???

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  17. I'll be worried when you stop making such things!
    Excellent work again Paul!

    Greetings
    Peter

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