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2cm Becker Cannon.
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Posted: Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 09:59 AM UTC
Scratchbuild in progress for my 1/32 Gotha:


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Posted: Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 07:53 PM UTC
Exellent work!
Cheers
Martin
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Posted: Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 07:59 PM UTC
Lookin good
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Posted: Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 08:53 PM UTC
Martin and Paul , Thank you.
And that's 'cannon'!
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Posted: Sunday, February 14, 2016 - 07:48 AM UTC
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Posted: Sunday, February 14, 2016 - 07:33 PM UTC
BOUMMMM!!!!





Beautifull!
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Posted: Sunday, February 14, 2016 - 08:15 PM UTC
Thanks Louis:
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Posted: Friday, February 19, 2016 - 04:46 PM UTC
Main and accessory components completed:|

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Posted: Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 02:00 AM UTC
Wow, what a fantstic scratch build. A little one, but very great.
Cheers
Martin
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Posted: Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 02:08 AM UTC
Thank you Martin.
Put the Becker into black with a little blue haze:


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Posted: Monday, February 22, 2016 - 12:55 AM UTC
Deadly 2cm cannon gets some assy:
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Posted: Monday, February 22, 2016 - 04:02 AM UTC
Steve, this is serious scratchbuilding alright... Outstanding!

Care to say what materials you use and tools to shape them?

Cheers
Pedro
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Posted: Monday, February 22, 2016 - 07:28 AM UTC

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Steve, this is serious scratchbuilding alright... Outstanding!

Care to say what materials you use and tools to shape them?

Cheers
Pedro



Thanks Pedro!
The weapon began as a pic from Gotha!

Which by coincidence is almost perfect 1/32 scale:

A dimension was found , the only one I could find , for a 20 mm shell for this prototypical 20mm cannon. The magazine was built off that shell dimension, then the rest to as close as possible to the pic.When I finished the mag I was suspect due to its size , but after numerous checks and comparisons with pic from the net I went ahead.
There are stainless and brass tubes. And a piece of 1/4" x 1/4" Evergreen was milled into the main body shape. after that brass strip was hand shaped into the added parts. AM parts from Detail Master , RB Motion , The Model Car Garage , Top Studio , Scale Motorsport rounded out the tiny details.Model Technologies supplied the gunsight
Tools used are the regular model tools , files , different profile piers , soldering gun , wire cutters etc , and my little Sherline mill did the main body work. Digital verniers help with measuring , and a calculator for scaling.

I'm gonna attempt final assy here in a few minutes.
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Posted: Monday, February 22, 2016 - 07:44 AM UTC
Steve,

This looks like a labor of love. Magnificent scratchbuilding!
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Posted: Monday, February 22, 2016 - 08:20 AM UTC

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Steve,

This looks like a labor of love. Magnificent scratchbuilding!



Thank you Frederick.
She (the cannon) just went together nice and straight. I'll touch up the paint and get some finished pics up.
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Posted: Monday, February 22, 2016 - 10:24 AM UTC


Done for now...
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Posted: Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 11:21 AM UTC
In-stalled:

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Posted: Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 12:54 PM UTC
Wow, thanks for sharing Steve. Excellent work, looks spot on!
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Posted: Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 02:00 PM UTC
Hi Steve

Superb! You've got to get the Gotha on the front page when it's completed.

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 10:15 PM UTC
Pedro and Rowan. Thank you.
The Gotha will be next year , the cannon has been on my mind for a few years and I wanted to get it done. There will be some more 'embellishments' for the model in the coming months. I wanna get the components , ie: armament , figs , base , bombs , airfield accy's etc , done before tackling the kit.
Can any mods correct the spelling of 'cannon' in the title , please?
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Posted: Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 12:33 AM UTC

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Can any mods correct the spelling of 'cannon' in the title , please?



Hi again Steve

Sorted.

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 01:18 AM UTC
Thank you , Rowan.
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Posted: Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 12:20 AM UTC
A little info that I learned a few years ago.

The Becker Cannon design was acquired by a certain Swiss firm named Oerlikon, Perhaps it would be effective to modify a 1/32-35 example as a starting point?

Your model is great. And I do not know if there were any design changes between the two. It was just some info I found, looking for source data.

Again nice build.
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Posted: Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 02:43 AM UTC
Yes that info is to the best of my knowledge , true. The Becker was the prototype from which the 20 mm airborne cannon evolved. I have numerous pix of the BC all of them show design changes , mine was done from the pic shown earlier with parallel horizontal side plates , as opposed to the later contoured side plates. Different magazines and mag release handles are evident, as well as the wire handles that fire the weapon. I think, as I have no real idea how the cannon works. We can also see numerous pix of the cannon in what appears to be an un-cocked state , mine is modelled in the firing position. Lots of images available on the web , and I enjoyed creating my little cannon. Thanks for your interest and comments.
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Posted: Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 08:10 AM UTC
Watch what happens next...