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I received a partial shipment of Strelet's latest round of releases including the Boer War Cresout Long Tom Cannon. Wow, once glued together (it's hard plastic) it makes for the coolest looking cannon in 1/72 scale. I built it Friday and for Saturday and Sunday haven't been able to stop staring at it since. It's just so beautiful looking!
QUESTION FOR STRELETS: Are you going to make a British "Long Cecil" to go with the Boer's "Long Toms"?
The Boers bought 4 Long Toms from a French maker, but the British hand built only a single "Long Cecil."
The British Long Cecil is noticeably shorter and lower. So I plan on making a "Conversion" for the Long Cecil by using the very authentically similar barrel in the ACW Union 30 pdr Parrott set (same release date and shipment). The Long Cecil doesn't have a box design for the trail; it has a left and right side with sets of studs holding them together. So I will use the two sides and bottom piece (for strength) and drill a row of studs along the top of the trail. I may re-drill the wheel's axle holes to lower the whole thing down to more authentic height. Presto.
I highly recommend checking out the "Palmer's Armoury" site for 1:16 Scale reproductions of both guns. All the relevent measurments are there for both guns and some great pictures.
Go to this Link: < www.palmersarmoury.co.za > then Click on "Cannons for Sale" then Click on "The Premium Cannon Collection." Both Long Tom and Long Cecil cannons are there.
If you Google Search "British Long Cecil" you should find one picture of both cannons side by side for comparison. For some reason, I can't find it on the Palmer's Armoury site.
Hope everyone has as much fun as I am. - GC
We don't have such plans at the moment.
The 75mm Creusot would make a nice counter piece to the British 15pr, and the British 4.7inch to the Boer Long Tom.
The Improvised field mounts created by Captain Percy Scott for Guns from his ship HMS Terrible would be most appropriate, since it was these guns which effectively neutralised the Boer Long Toms...
4 x 12pdr Naval Guns, these had superior range to the armys regular artillery.
2 x 4.7" on static (they were designed to be repositioned) pintal mounts used at Ladysmith to good effect.
2 x 4.7" on field mounts.(this could be a single kit with a standard pintal mount and improvised field mount ala Percy Scott)
And I belive one 6" on field mount.
Also there were several similar guns on improvised mounts used in the Boxer rebellion(Percy again) and WW1 Gallipoli and Africa, notable the two Peggys from HMS Pegasus and the German guns salvaged from the SMS Konigsberg.
Currently available is the 4.7" gun on Percy Scott field mount in 20mm metal from Jacklex and is not at all expensive, naval crew and ox team is also available... and this would seem to be the best option in the moment.
Thank you, Ironsides! Great information. I'm kind of a "purist" which means I wish I could find some soft plastic leftover pieces big enough to make the wooden gun carriage as a conversion.
Cheers! - GC
Granted plastic would be better but its pretty amazing that someone produces the Percy Scott conversion at all... and complete with limber and crew too :wink:
GC, your enthusiasm put a smile on my face... :+1:
How did the kit go together? I bought one and am wondering if there is anything to watch out for? Regards, Pa
Many thanks for taking your time to write up this very detailed instructions GC, much appreciated. It will come handy when I start that kit. Sure helps avoiding the odd trap, and will be useful to other readers as well. :+1:
Btw Plasticsoldierreview's review of that very set is now online. Regards, Pa
Well for those who want a Long Cecil gun in 1/72 your dream have come true..
For Crew you can use the figures from Strelets' set "British 15 pdr 7 cwt BL Gun."