Armstrong Cannon Wheel Assemblies -2
There are 3 major components of each wheel assembly, plus the wheel, axle, and king pin.
The wheels, axles and king pins are straight forward metal turning, but the other 3, the wheel bracket, the king pin post, and the chassis bracket, are castings in the original.
For my 1:10 model I am planning to cast the king pin column, and the wheel bracket. But I will fabricate the chassis brackets.
There is one chassis bracket for each of the 4 chassis wheels, and they are all different. Front different from rear, left and right hand versions. And each one has angles of 90º, 30º, 20º, 6º, 2º so the machining was quite a mental exercise. No major stuff ups though.
Meanwhile, having decided to cast the king pin casing, and the wheel bracket, I spent many pleasant hours (or was it days?), drawing them. Then yesterday, I 3D printed an example of the king pin casings.
In Australia we have had some easing of Covid-19 restrictions, but not opening of museums or historic collections of cannons. So I still cannot go to Warnambool (a 2.5 hour drive) to check details on their Armstrong 80 pounder rifled muzzle loader. Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum does not answer their phone. Hmmm. Maybe I could climb the fence and sneak in…… but maybe not.