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    Help with ACW Cannon Measurements

    Guys I need your help. I have been approached to do a fairly extensive commission/donation (Museum quality stuff) for the lobby of the Colorado Army National Guard Headquarters. I am working on figures that represent local volunteer soldiers from the eras of the Civil War through today in the War on Terror. They will be in the display cases right alongside of the actual uniform/equipment artifacts from the eras in the Headquarters lobby.

    This encompasses the American Civil War, Indian Wars, Spanish American War, Expedition against Pancho Villa, World War One, World War Two, Korea, Vietnam, Peacekeeping missions in the Balkans, and Afghanistan/Iraq.

    I’m doing it in two sections. The first, which I am in the process of right now will be five figures, one horse, and if possible a cannon from the era of 1860-1865. (These are due for a dedication ceremony by March 15th, 2007.)

    Here’s what I have in mind for the first group –

    ACW - Artilleryman and 12 pounder Cannon.
    Indian Wars - Major Edward Wynkoop 3rd Colo. Volunteer Cavalry (Mounted)
    Spanish American War – CMH winner Lt. Col. William R. Grove
    Expedition against Pancho Villa - I'm still working on the research.
    WWI – 40th Infantry Division in France.

    I have started finding the parts for the figures and re-sculpting the heads for specific individuals. The horse is done and awaiting his rider.

    But I have a problem with the Cannon. I don't have one of the Sideshow offerings from several years ago so I have to scratch build one. I have the resin barrel and the wheels in 1/6th scale. I have a line drawing of the wooden/metal carriage for the piece, but I don’t have the measurements for the size of the carriage.





    If anyone has any plans or web link for 1:1 plans with dimensions for a Civil War 12 pound Napoleon, could you PM or e-mail me. I can scratch build the carriage if I can get some measurements to start.

    If you're a Colorado member and want to donate anything let me know. The Guard's budget is limited and I think most of what I do will end up being an out of pocket donation. So I'm not proud, let me know if you want to help.

    Thanks for your help. I’m gonna need it!!!
    "Fear no man and always do right"

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    Sounds a fantastic worthwhile project.

    Maybe a list of items you are after and we can let you know what we have or can appropriate for the project to help you out.

    Maybe if any members are anywhere near the Civil War Memorial at the Tupelo National Battlefield Site in Mississippi, they can measure the carriage of one of the cannons on display.

    The pictures I have in a book of those cannons has an identical carriage to the picture you posted.

    Looking in the book "The Civil War Catalog" in the cannon section shows some cannons but unfortunately doesn't have measurements.
    Mik

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    You might try contacting Georgia's Agusta Foundry.

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    I'll see if I have anything in the arty section of my ref library, tho it'll be after Christmas. Man, this sounds like a great undertaking, which you are absolutely qualified for, Tracker.
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    Thanks guys,

    Mik, I'm still working on a list of items that I don't have in the spare parts bins. I'll post as soon as I get it together. So far I have all the pieces for the Indian Wars and WWI figure.

    Cody, good plan, but I hope somebody here has it somewhere.

    PD thanks no hurry. When you get the chance.
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    Kids are home for the holidays, and works been a bear (catch-up for holidays...go figure). I found an old graphic showing some dimensions, and will scan it and post, hopefully before the weekend.
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    Just saw this thread. I have a copy of the 1862 Ordnance Manual with all the dimensions you'll probably need.
    Everything was just fine and dandy until the flying monkeys attacked.

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    PD and Hatman,

    I'll take all the help I can get. Especially anything with measurements.
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    Here's a breakdown of a carriage that carried several guns. The full-sized 12-pdr was a big piece, and the smaller guns were often preferred for their mobility.

    Across town, there's a restoration happening at the old site of Byram's Ford (Pleasonton's attack on Marmaduke's position west of the Big Blue river). A single gun marks the location of the Confederate battery on the heights, and I believe it may be in this class. We've got rain right now, but I hope to get some pics and hands-on measurements.
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    ........and since you are alll about the details....



    There's another plate of sights, quadrants, etc., if you want.

    All of the above are from Round Shot and Rammers by Harold L. Peterson
    Originally published by Stackpole, later by Bonanza LCC/ISBN 69-16153
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    PD how big is your library? You seem to have books on everything

    Great information by the way.
    Mik

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    Thanks PD!!! Between you and Hatman I have no excuses. You guys are great.
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    Hatman's pretty darned impressive - and a mad Croat in the balance. Me, I'm just justifying the books I've gathered over the years, LOL. Your projects will, I believe, set new benchmarks.
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