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 Posted: Mon Oct 17th, 2016 04:13 pm
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Hi Tony,
some photos on the AWM website found using "railway gun" in the search field. 302 photos not all releveant to Canberra's "Big Bertha" I'll post the links here only to avoid any possible copyright issues.

The gun in one piece in Australia in Sydney
https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/A03627/ The crane jib behind the gun may be involved in either setting up the gun in the chassis or this may be when the barrel was being removed prior to the chassis being scrapped. Looking at subsequent photos, I'd say setting up after arrival in Australia.

https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/P01029.001 as displayed mid 1930's in Canberra - see comments under photo - was still rail-mounted in WW2.

https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/P02633.001 in Canberra after repainting

https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/A04859/ In France after capture - camouflage scheme can be seen

https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/P01887.004 1920 - as displayed in Sydney.

https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/P01823.001 getting ready for the move to Canberra - Somewhere buried in the Archives there should be an STN (Special Train Notice) for this move that would probably make an interesting read.

https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/P05359.001
See comments - the chassis made it to the 1960's. I thought it was gone well before then.

https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C04611/ same type gun makes good size comparison

https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/A04858/ grounded on a fixed trunion, transport bogies removed.


https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/P01091.001 general arrangement blueprint

https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/H15238/ post-capture photo

https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/P10093.001 - whole train, post-capture

https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/P02791.004 this is one you don't want to drop.. :w:

https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/H15237/ loco for the gun's train

https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/P10453.002 another post-capture photo in transport mode.

https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/E02779/ close up of bogie and gun carriage suspension

https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/P02791.003 incoming barrel :w:

https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/P02791.002 previous to last photo - gun carriage being lowered onto bogies

https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/P01887.002 on display in Paris

https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/P01023.010 gun carriage at Port Wakefield

https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C04610/ whole train

https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/P01023.009 & https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/P01023.006 the end of the road for the gun carriage :sad:

That ought to do to get your started :2t:



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 Posted: Mon Oct 17th, 2016 06:40 pm
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HI John, WOW many thanks for the link pics on Little Bertha, I just checked my email before switching the lap top down, those pics will sure help me in building the gun, getting close to midnight,

Will go through them tomorrow morning can't wait.

Tony from SE/QLD :Salute::2t::glad:

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 Posted: Tue Oct 18th, 2016 01:02 am
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Hi Tony,
I am assuming you already know about this one in 1/35. It might give you a flying start https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/A00249/
It is the same calibre WW2 version (look up "Anzio gun")

These things are that big that you could get away with 1/43 or 1/48 scale figures to suit your railway as crew.

L: shorten the barrel, shorten both bogies by 1 axle and you should be most of the way there.

Dragon also did a fully assembled version in roughly N-scale. I have one buried somewhere. It was a whole lot cheaper than one of the 1:35 scale kits.

Now back for the Duckenfield #5 Colliery load-out point hunt....



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HI John, many thanks for the pic, I am getting more interested every day in scratch building the Little Bertha

AWM has a a model of Little Bertha a pity I should of taken more pics now, mainly of under the guns frame work, a bit hard taking pics through glass, in HO scale be pretty huge.

The loco pulling the train is it a French loco, looks like I have to buy a steamy of that era.

Tony from SE/QLD

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HI Bob C, Thanks will ask the Liberian when I go to AMRA next mid December, I am full swing now working on my layout still have to cut 100mm 12mm thick ply sides for two of the last front modules today, coming along nicely.

Don't think the layout be ready to run trains by Christmas, be after, might be able to test run a loco up the spiral.

Tony from SE/QLD

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 Posted: Tue Oct 18th, 2016 07:13 am
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A storage shed for the coal loader scene.
Scrap card and wood.
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Here is the coal loader scene. Done for the moment, time to move onto the next scene.

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This is a bit better shot (changed camera).

There is actually interior detail, with the 2' skipway, capstan operator and his lever however it is really a waste of time. :>;)

Must glue down the roof before moving on.... make note to self!!!

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Like to see the bloke who gets to replace the light bulb when it burns out. Stilts?  ;)

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 Posted: Wed Oct 19th, 2016 02:31 am
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Hi Bob nice work indeed, do you make you own corrugated iron,AMRA QLD branch has a special tool, I have had a go in the past.

The question is how would you bend corrugated iron as I want to model US auto wagons and the roof has two bends in it, can send you a pic for you to look at.

Tony from SE/QLD, still cool morning up here.

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