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Fatehjang08 Jul 2021 7:39 a.m. PST

Does anyone know why the Essex 15mm Gatling gun seems so oversized? The carriage looks like a standard block trail field artillery piece of the period with 5' wheel diameters (15mm) and the barrel lgth 20mm overall (equating to approx.6.6' or ~78"). This compares with overall barrel lengths on auction pieces of just 4'1" (49" or ~12mm)
While I understand there were many variant types which shrank in size over time – compared to the PeterPig Gardner with in scale 11mm dia wheels this seems huge…?

BillyNM08 Jul 2021 10:36 a.m. PST

The Naismith Gatling Gun is very nice and Keep Wargaming has one for £1.60 GBP. As they're OOP I'd grab one while you can.

Fatehjang10 Jul 2021 1:19 a.m. PST

Thanks. I prefer the PeterPig style so I've used their Gardner carriage and aiming gear and grafted a cut-down Essex Gatling barrel(s). It looks a little top heavy but will do a turn (or maybe many, quite quick turns) on the battlefield in the hands of my MexNav ratings.
It is sad that between the FrancoPrussian War and WW1 ranges the variety of HMGs available is so limited…

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