Scale Model 24 PDR Field Howitzer
Shown here with my handmade Hawkens black powder rifle, is my scale model 24 Pounder Field Howitzer, both built some years back.
I built the powder horn from a cow horn that I found in a second hand shop. Take it from me, shaping the horn on a belt-grinder sure stinks up the place!
The Field Howitzer was widely used in the Civil War by both the North and the South. Specimens of the 24 pound Howitzer may be seen at Vicksburg and other National Military Parks. The full scale Howitzer tube was made of bronze and the metal hardware was made from wrought iron.
My model Howitzer has a tube made from brass and the metal hardware was made from mild steel. The carriage is made from wood as was the carriage of the full scale cannon.
The cannon that I built and is shown here, has a barrel that is 18 inches long and is 3 inches in diameter and weighs 25 lbs. The bore is 1 inch in diameter, which was bored in my lathe with a spade drill.
This 24 PDR howitzer that I scaled up from my #9 plan set, is a very impressive firing model
In case you were wondering, the blackpowder rifle is one I scratch built as seen and described here.....