15mm Light Common 6 pdr Conversion

  • June 28, 2011 10:53 pm

When putting together the troops to refight the action from “Wellington’s First Battle”, one of the issues I faced was where to source the Light Common 6 pounder cannon used by the British force as battalion guns.This item was not readily available in 15mm, so I decided to convert some from an existing model;

Having reviewed the design of the carriage, I chose to start with Miniature Figurines Austrian 6 pdr from the Napoleonic range (code 2NA);
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Step one; Remove the side arms.
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Step two; Remove the crossbars that support the ammunition box and discard ammunition box.
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Step three; Remove the eye bolts from the tail of the carriage
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Step four; File the rear end to the existing score mark.
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Step five; Remove the lug under the axle.
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Step six; File down the front end by1½mm and square off. Together steps4 and 6 shorten the carriage to 28mmin length.
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Step seven; Remove the handles from the top of the barrel.
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Step eight; Assemble and paint
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NB: The resulting model is not quite accurate, as the wheels on the model are a bit small (12mm) and need to be approx. 13-14mm in diameter depending on the exact scale. I have also assumed that the carriage mounted ammunition boxes have been removed for action.

Acknowledgement; I would like to acknowledge and thank Dr Stephen Summerfield for his helping in informing, checking and correcting this article.

Sources:

A.L. Dawson, P.L. Dawson & S. Summerfield; Napoleonic Artillery, 2007, p.101-110
C.E. Franklin; British Napoleonic Field Artillery, 2008, p.171,173
K.F. Kiley; Artillery of the Napoleonic Wars 1792-1815, 2004, p.50