Sunday, 27 January 2013

Gardner Gun Updates...

...spent cases!



Just the briefest of posts to display the minor upgrade the recently completed 'Perry Miniatures' Naval Brigade Gardner Gun has received.  On its completion I was delighted to read the many kind and supportive comments that were left, but one in particular struck a chord.

David D, of 'One Man and his Brushes' left the following:
"lovely work as ever - , now you missed a little trick - or maybe it jammed early - a pile of spent casings!!!!"
Now this rose the pulse rate, I can tell you, not because it had angered me, but simply because I wish I had thought of it first!  So having polished off the latest entry for the challenge, I decided to have a little fun and implement Dave's suggestion.  Horrendously out of scale, but a nice little finishing touch - thank you Dave for the suggestion.  


 
 
Below are a couple of illustrations from the original handbook of the five barrelled Gardner Gun c. 1882 by Dangerfield Lithographers of Covent Garden, London; indispensable when it came to establishing just where the spent cases might be building up - provided that the wretched thing hadn't jammed again!
 
 
 
The illustrations of the Gardner were scanned from my personal copy of Military Modelling Magazine, Autumn 1996, so please be wary of reposting.

42 comments:

  1. A great improvement! Just snaffled a Gardner on eBay, hope it turns out half as good as yours.

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    1. Thank you and I wish you every success with your new purchase.

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  2. Love it!! Sorry I could not help myself being mischievous!

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    1. Ha ha ... would it be wrong of me to mention fibre optics , next... no shut up ingnore me!!!!

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    2. Fibre optics eh? Now your talking!

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  3. They look great a wonderful little edition.

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    1. Thank you Mr. Smillie, very kind of you Sir.

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  4. Nicely done, an excellent addition.

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  5. I think the additions work well there Michael especial the spent casings on the floor

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  6. Nicely done. I can hear the jingle of brass casings over the roar of the gun already!

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  7. I do like the spent shell casings; they are proof of the trimming of the neighbor's rose bushes!

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  8. Those little extras make a dio shine don't they. I think I remember you making your own shell casings for a dio on a post last year.

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    1. Thank you Anne and yes one of my Zombie survivors, Madge had additional shotgun cartridges at her feet.

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  9. A nice touch Michael, I can understand what its like when somebody starts off an itch that just has to be scratched eventually.

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    1. Thank you Simon and how true, some ideas are just too good not to act upon.

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  10. Great stuff! Are the shells home made?

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    1. Thank you Derek; yes home made from little snips of piano wire, painted brass.

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  11. Great effect Michael , very realistic .

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  12. Those are a nice addition - great suggestion by David. Best, Dean

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    1. Thank you Dean, yes that David is full of great ideas! ;)

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  13. Great addition! Love the smoke coming out of the gun!

    Greetings
    Peter
    http://www.peterscave.blogspot.be/

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    1. Thank you Peter, you can't beat a bit of teddy bear stuffing!

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  14. Nicely done Michael! Very nicely done.

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  15. But wouldn´t the emty cases fall a bit further away from the gun..sort of in the area just outside where the basing ends?






    Only joking..I´ve no idea where they would fall....
    The smoke is also a good addition
    Cheers
    paul

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