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floating white bear13 Jan 2013 11:53 a.m. PST

Just started work on a boat howitzer for "large" 28s.

The carriage:

This shows a paint brush handle barrel, the tail wheel and the carriage. Brown rivets are "Grandt Line" model railroad bolt heads:

The wheels are Evergreen strip formed on a suitable diameter spool. The spokes are added with Evergreen rod.

I made a jig on a piece of poplar, to allign the hub and some spokes. Shown here is a conventional wheel. The rim is taped to the marked jig, the outer portion of a hub is put onto the drill rod first, the spokes laid in on an angle and the inner hub glued on top of the stack. When removed the wheel has the proper dished shape:

The boat howitzer wheels are actually easier since the spokes are flat to the wheel disk and the outer rim can be drilled to align the spokes.

You can see a couple other projects at:


and some Confederate pontoons and a bridge at:

Regards, Rob.

ataulfo13 Jan 2013 1:33 p.m. PST

Very good!

John the OFM13 Jan 2013 2:45 p.m. PST

There are those of us who whine that such a thing is not available in 28mm.
And there are those who just do it.

I salute you!

floating white bear13 Jan 2013 5:22 p.m. PST

Thanks guys! Rob.

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP14 Jan 2013 2:24 p.m. PST

Very impressive.

USRCutterman25 Oct 2018 8:53 a.m. PST

Nicely done! If you would like/need any closeup photos of a Light 12lbr, let me know and I will send some for you; I have one sitting in a trailer in my driveway (ours is an iron tube, 3.5in. Wiard variety, built by Steen Cannons).
Allen M.
Tidewater Maritime LH Assoc. (TMLHA)

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