The carriage for "The Dictator" is now well advanced in its construction as seen in this photo. As the construction progressed, I realized that there seemed to be a fair amount of bolts being used. I took a count and at this point there has been 60 scale hex bolts used in the assembly of the carriage.
I took a breather at this point, and while admiring the progress on "The Dictator" so far, I browsed through a book that I have in my library titled "Round Shot and Rammers" by Harold L. Peterson. This book can be hard to find, but well worth the search. It contains drawings and prints as well as detailed text on how cannons were made. It is broken down by decade and county of orign, and covers the time of 1600 to 1865. If you are in to artillery this is one of the best books to look in too.
The late Harold Peterson was the dean of historical arms research. His books are gold mines of information and well worth having. Exceptional line drawings, diagrams and useful charts round out the book. The historical artists, cannon buffs, and model builders will want to add this book to their library.