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Friday, 22 March 2013

The Gun

I can remember at school reading a book written by C S Forester about a huge gun that was dragged around Spain during Napoleon's Peninsular War and used as a siege breaking weapon. Well I have just bought "A Gun", do not know much about it but it took my fancy, very heavy steel, it is a model of the much larger real thing.
After a bit of research we believe it is a model of a coastal defence gun made at the end of the 19th century.
It has wheels underneath at right angles to the gun, but at a slight angle so that it could be set on a pair of curved rails so that it could be moved to follow a target out at sea.
I always call these sort of items "Boys Toys"
The Gun

The angled wheels on the under carriage

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