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Vickers Bl 8 inch Howitzer cannon of 1917

Vickers Bl 8 icnch Howitzer

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mal webber16/07/2020 19:03:00
141 forum posts
294 photos

Well got some shed time in the last week or so and now I have a functioning elevating gearbox ,loads more to be done to make look something like the Howitzer gearbox but getting there.

Thanks Mal.img_20200716_180204.jpgimg_20200716_180118.jpg

Adrian 216/07/2020 19:31:20
85 forum posts
19 photos

Beautiful as ever Mal. Fantastic work.


mal webber16/07/2020 21:17:43
141 forum posts
294 photos

Thanks Adrian, did try and post a small video of it worked out but could not manage it somehow.


Dominic Bramley16/07/2020 23:38:59
31 forum posts

I get terribly excited when I see this thread appear in the latest posts - and Mal never disappoints. Fascinating project and amazing work!


mal webber17/07/2020 00:34:47
141 forum posts
294 photos

Thanks Dom , short vid how the box turns 32/1 ratio quite happy with so far

VID 20200716 181948 Howitzer gear box try

mal webber09/08/2020 09:45:40
141 forum posts
294 photos

Well managed to get that lump of bar stock to look something like the Howitzer elevating gear box, loads of filing and fettling and now I think it looks about right for an early version design, as I found out on the internet through pictures there are a few with slight differences ,couple of pictures below on how it turned out and how it will look on the trail.

Thanks Mal.img_20200808_233347.jpgimg_20200809_001147.jpgimg_20200809_001208.jpgimg_20200809_001251.jpgimg_20200809_001300.jpg

mal webber09/08/2020 09:47:08
141 forum posts
294 photos

One more from last postsmileyimg_20200809_001500.jpg

SillyOldDuffer09/08/2020 10:03:28
6713 forum posts
1510 photos

Most impressive, and thanks for providing pictures as the build progresses. I've often thought fine models like this are undervalued at Exhibitions because time is short and I'm distracted by all the other displays. Many models deserve hours of careful study, instead I go "yeah, another rotary aero-engine that's better made than a real one" , and pass on to the next superficial viewing instead of appreciating the details.

Thanks to everyone who shares photos.



Mike Joseph09/08/2020 11:30:55
29 forum posts
9 photos

And I cannot even get holes in two different pices of meatl to line up!

Well done.

Mike Joseph09/08/2020 11:35:20
29 forum posts
9 photos

For meatl please read metal - food was on my mind...smiley

David George 109/08/2020 11:40:26
1434 forum posts
459 photos

Thanks Mal for the pictures of your fabulous work. Keep up the work.


Edited By David George 1 on 09/08/2020 11:40:51

Jeff Dayman10/08/2020 12:01:20
1990 forum posts
45 photos

Looks and works great Mal! well done.

mal webber02/10/2020 23:19:35
141 forum posts
294 photos

Hello all small update on the Howitzer build , now that I have finished the elevating gearbox I thought the barrel carriage would be next so the fixtures to the trail can be riveted in place ,decided to make a jig to suspend the top bearing were they need to be and the distance to the gearbox for the elevating cog ,going to make the carriage around these parts with 16mm box then form plate over and rivet on, made the bearing carriers last couple of days which toe in about 6 degrees against horizontal bar they still need a bit of fettling with to finish them off, couple of pics below on how things are looking.

Thanks Mal.


duncan webster02/10/2020 23:27:56
2969 forum posts
34 photos

When I see work like this I think I should give up ME and take up knitting, it is so far out of my league. That's why I prefer the club stands at exhibitions, I can look at models there and get some self respect back

Jeff Dayman03/10/2020 00:30:58
1990 forum posts
45 photos

Lot of work there Mal, looks top notch as usual!

Steviegtr03/10/2020 00:34:00
1801 forum posts
244 photos

You are an accomplished engineer & deserve a medal.


mal webber03/10/2020 09:28:37
141 forum posts
294 photos

Thanks guys ,Steve wish my wife would see it that way I would have more shed time, she calls it playing in the shed {again}smiley .


Cornish Jack03/10/2020 10:00:51
1190 forum posts
163 photos

"playing in the shed" - ??? Would that I could play just a tenth as well as those pics show!sad

The wife of a distant friend was similarly dismissive of his hobby of model soldiers/battle re-enactment etc., and would refer to him as " out in the shed, playing with his privates again !"



Robert Irving 303/10/2020 10:34:53
7 forum posts

Mal, Your attention to detail is superb and an inspiration for would be model builders. You have even silenced the usual rivet counters!

mal webber25/10/2020 17:57:17
141 forum posts
294 photos

Hello all ,small update on the Howitzer build, I have been busy making the carriage frame which supports the barrel on the cannon , this has been made out of 16mm box section cut into various shapes and welded together [fighting the dam heat distortion ]. Next on frame will be to plate over with some sheet steel an rivet on but first I'll try and finish some fixtures on the trail, couple of pictures below on how it's looking.

Thanks Mal.img_20201022_194858.jpgimg_20201025_163503.jpgimg_20201025_165230.jpgimg_20201025_170603.jpgimg_20201025_170427.jpg

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