Navy long guns in different calibers . .
If you have the ambition to build scale models of historic ships you will probably find that the classic “Pirate/Pirates of the caribean” guns is not quite flexible enough in terms of representing the difference in size of guns in use of navies and ships in general in the pre-steam era.
In this posting I will focus on the 4, 9 and 18 pdr guns. My design of these guns has some defining differences from each other. Even though there is a lot of similarities, they are all in scale 1:38 , they are all suited for ships with a mostly SNOT deck-floor and they all have the difference from the classic guns that they don’t have any working bits, but has the emphasis on looking the part. As usual I don’t claim to have come up with all the design solutions in this posting, I just think they work well and wish to share, so enjoy.
4 pdr gun
Guns of this size sometimes made up the main armament on some Galleons, like the Golden Hind. As calibers of navy armament increased up through the 17th and 18th century, the 4 pdr was used almost entirely as a chase gun. However some merchant and coastal vessels, like ships on the great lakes, still relied on this small gun.
The design is built up around the core of the gun carriage
The sides of the carriage is fairly simple, the right side is obviously mirrored on the left side.
The gun is also smooth sailing.
And with the final assembly Sir Drake is ready to blast away.
9 pdr gun
One of the largest long-guns used as chasers. This caliber of gun was also favored by some armies as a field gun. 8 or 9 pdr long-guns would sometimes be used as the main armament of smaller frigates like 6th raters or corvettes.
Once again I start with the core of the gun carriage, in this case a very simple one.
The sides of the carriage, again fairly simple, and the right side is of course mirrored on the left side.
This gun represents a greater challenge in terms of the slight bell shape of guns from this period, so the gun itself is clearly the intricate part of this design.
Now any post captain should be able to take some prizes.
18 pdr gun
This gun was used on some large frigates (5th raters) as main armament. A somewhat heavy gun while not representing emphasis on firepower in terms of weight like the immense 24 and 32 pdr guns found on the main decks of large Ships of the line.
I start with the core of the gun carriage.
The sides are slightly more complicated than on the smaller guns. However I think you can figure it out by looking at both this picture and maybe the assembly picture.
The gun itself is pretty much a more elaborate version of the 9 pdr.
And with this you are ready to dominate the high seas.
Note: The presentation shot for this posting shows long guns in the following order: 32, 24, 18, 12, 9, 6, 4 and 2 pdr caliber.
Except for the 32 pdr long gun they can all be found in my ship designs/builds.
Guards with a 6 pdr and an 18 pdr.
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