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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-14-2020, 04:11 PM Thread Starter
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Default Parrott model, looks like Arsenal model to me

Red base is cast bronze, tube is rifled 5 grooves RH, tiny firing lock should work if’n ya can find tiny primers. Dimensions check ok for 1/5 scale model of Navy 20 pounder Parrott.


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That is a great looking model.

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I got some additional photos from RIA before the auction. In this one, I noticed the red-and-black finish on the tube, and I wonder if that was applied per the original formulation you read about in the USN ordnance manuals of the period? Also, there was once certainly a tiny Parrott rear sight that’s missing now.
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Reddish black finish old faded hot dip bluing of either iron or nickle steel. Been a long time and don't remember which..
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Reddish black finish old faded hot dip bluing of either iron or nickle steel. Been a long time and don't remember which..

Thx DD. I looked up ordnance preservation in the online-free “USN Ordnance Instructions 1866” and found these brews, and more. I’m guessing the brew under no. 1 is what was supposed to have been used for cannon tubes. ?
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Actually that would better explain it.
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Thx DD. I looked up ordnance preservation in the online-free “USN Ordnance Instructions 1866” and found these brews, and more. I’m guessing the brew under no. 1 is what was supposed to have been used for cannon tubes. ?
Wow. I would boil that outside or in a real well ventilated building. Cool stuff
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Muzzle view. The 5 grooves are how we know it is a model of a 20-pounder. When I first saw the photos, I wasn’t sure how old the model was, but the oxidation inside the bore and the “very distressed” underside of the base led me to believe it was 19th C. I’m guessing it was made at the Washington Navy Yard, but there aren’t any markings to confirm that. But back when, there weren’t too many places that could do this work. I like the way the maker made a composite steel-shod bronze hammer, just like on the full-sized locks.
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I still don’t know who made this model or for what purpose, but I’ve now been able to examine it in detail. There are no marks that I can find. The model was made to a level of detail I don’t often see. The breech band is a separate piece, as in full-size. The Navy-type shark-jaw cascabel is actually three pieces, the largest one being the forked extension of the tube, 2nd. Is the filler piece that closes the circular breeching-rope opening, and the 3rd piece is the vertical pin holding the latter in place. The bronze firing lock is only about 1/2 x 3/4 inch but is an exact, if tiny, replica of the original.

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https://www.go2gbo.com/forums/88-bla...arriage-4.html

This link reviews the process that resulted in a very satisfying result with a model I purchased.
Might work well for yours. Keep us all posted.
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