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GUNS OF HISTORY NAPOLEON CANNON 12-LBR  1:16 SCALE

GUNS OF HISTORY NAPOLEON CANNON 12-LBR 1:16 SCALE

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Guns Of History Napoleon Cannon 12-lbr 1:16 Scale

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1:16 SCALE U.S. CIVIL WAR NAPOLEON CANNON, MODEL 1857, 12-POUNDER

HISTORY

Developed in France for Emperor Napoleon III in the 1850s, the bronze smoothbore 12-pounder became the most popular gun of the American Civil War. The Napoleon was light enough to be easily maneuverable and heavy enough to destroy field fortifications almost a mile away.

Firing solid shot, spherical case and canister, the Napoleon Cannon was also extremely versatile. By mid-1863 nearly 40% of all field artillery pieces of each army were Napoleons. The Union had over 1,000 Napoleon Cannons in its arsenal and the Confederacy over 600.

Historically accurate and perfectly scaled

Cleanly cast Britannia metal components

Authentically detailed cannon barrel

Realistic spoked wooden wheels

Clearly written illustrated instructions

Easy to build - assembly and painting time 5-10 hours

Guns Of History Kit No. MS4003

Model length 8-1/4" / width 4" / height 3-1/2" / Scale 1:16

Difficulty Level:  Entry Level 

3 Stars
good foundation model
I would like to give this better than 3 stars but I can't. It is a good foundation for a fine model but needs a lot of corrective surgery to make it right. It has been some time since I built mine so I may forget some things but I'll try to be thorough. The wheels are one thing. They are flat when the originals have some flare. That is, the rims should be outside of a line with the hub. This isn't a big deal and easily rectified but, there's nothing in the instructions to let you know to do it. There is only one, ill formed, hand spike when there should be two. There are two matching accessory suspension hooks when there should be two different hooks. But, the correct hook can be fashioned from the part provided. The accessories leave much to be desired by way of accuracy. The worm you are instructed to make from a single twist of wire. The proper worm has two leads. The kit provides a ladle which was not a part of a Civil War field piece's accoutrements. The sponge/rammers are not bad but making your own with skewers makes better ones. The prolong cord and hook (the rope wound and stowed on top of the trail) are inaccurate. Making a proper one is a challenge. The notches in the carriage cheeks for the axle are not consistent or in line one with the other. The elevation screw is not correctly located either. I substituted a working screw so I could reposition the tube appropriately for firing or towed positions. One thing that's a variable is the color. Expo presents that Confederate guns were light gray. I don't know where they drew this from. I could not find any substantiating reference and I consulted both Union and Confederate ordnance manuals. Of course, there was little difference in the manuals whether printed in New York or Richmond. Confederate guns could be rendered in whatever color they could find or whip up with whatever was found. There are also cases of Confederates simply oiling the wood in absence of paint. In case any reading this don't know, ordnance manuals contain the specific formula that was given to create the regulation olive paint. There's more I can't recall, the devil is in the details. But, for all this, this is not a bad model. It offers wonderful opportunities to the scratch builder and detail oriented (like myself). With some research, this can be made into a very good rendition of a Civil War field piece.
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Reviewed by:  from East Texas. on 9/9/2017
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