Fort Nelson. The Ottoman Bombard revisited.
Just to refresh your memory, if you are a long term reader of johnsmachines.com, this is the model of the Ottoman Bombard which I made several years ago …
…but it is not finished. I could not find a picture or drawing of the touch hole anywhere. Requests to the museum drew no response.
Plus, I had some questions about how the square holes were made. These were designed for levers to be inserted so the cannon segments could be screwed together. But were the round pegs cast with the barrel and breech, or were they somehow added later?
Also, I wanted to take a close look at the huge V threads to see if I could work out how they made them.
And frankly, I just wanted to touch it.
It is currently on display at The Fort Nelson Royal Armories Museum near Portsmouth UK. And I visited it today. I allowed an hour to inspect the bombard and have a quick look around the rest. 4 hours later I staggered out. This museum is another fantastic place to visit. I will do a more complete report in another post. For the moment I will deal with the bombard.
Firstly the touch hole. Save these photos. They do not appear anywhere else!
Next, the bombard as it was today..and I touched it!
And the huge threads…
I really enjoyed this visit. If I have any WordPress storage remaining I will post some photos of some of theother artillery pieces later.
When I finally run out of space, I am afraid that will be the end of my posts. Thankyou all for following. It has been great fun posting, and answering comments.
Just in case this is the last post, I have to post these pics of the WW1 British rail gun. It is truly awesome.
Will await future posts if the WordPress restrictions can be overcome. Fascinating stuff.
The idea that the threads were made as a wooden model and positive and negative molds made of it makes sense to me. I looked at cannon casting in Diderot again and was amazed by the sophisticated production,
I thought the Ottoman Bombard was quite the beast at 16.8 tonnes, but it is dwarfed by the Howitzer. We certainly have made great strides in killing people in the last 500 years.
Ditto all of that.
Do I suspect that the order of model making work, on return to the antipodes, will be:
1./ Bombard Mk11
2./ Rail Gun ??
Funny you should say that Ian. Before I came I had been pondering Bombard Mk2 IN BRONZE. Priced the bronze even. (not cheap) Rail gun, no.