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Model Vickers Machine Gun Construction

530-1-59 ... Denver suburbs, Colorado, USA, Earth


Constructing the Vickers machine gun for my 1:16 scale model of a 1918 Salmson 2A2. ... Built from scratch ... no kit. ... Still under construction in this photo. ... Fortunately the Scale Aircraft drawings book had nice Vickers drawings. The gun body was built up with three layers of styrene to get the three dimensional receiver detail, the mounting ears and the top cover hinge points. The cooling shroud around the barrel was made from a plastic drinking straw saved from my Coke in a restaurant. I attached styrene strips to create the flutes, then applied liquid putty and sanded to form the desired flute contour. A larger diameter straw made the end rings. Muzzle pieces were fashioned from tubing, wood and styrene. The louvers on the cooling shroud were postponed as I was sick of louvers. I did a final fit check on the Vickers mounting before putting the unfinished gun away and going back to work on the fuselage and wings.


I am trying to collect all of my reference materials that I used when building my model of this plane in 2000 to 2005. ... I've needed to do this for a long time ... but now there are people hoping to build a full-size replica of a Salmson 2A2, and I agreed to post any information I had. ... See


That in turn led me to upload photos of my model to go along with the reference material.


This is an old photo from 2002, used on various websites before Flickr.


About the real Salmson 2A2:


Most people have never even heard of the Salmson 2A2, even though over 3,000 were built and it served well in World War One. ... The Salmson 2A2 was a French biplane used for observation, reconnaissance, photography, artillery spotting and possibly bombing. It was powered by a unique 260 HP Salmson radial water cooled engine.


To defend itself against enemy fighters, the observer had two Lewis machine guns mounted on a moveable mounting called a Scarff ring. ... The pilot had a single Vickers machine gun mounted in front of him and aimed straight ahead.


It is important to note that there are no surviving Salmson 2A2's from W.W.I and no full size or 7/8 or 3/4 size replicas. ... There is one semi-accurate full size replica in Japan of a the Japanese post-war copy of the Salmson, called the Otsu.


I'm a volunteer model builder at the Wings Over The Rockies Air And Space Museum in Denver - the official air & space museum for Colorado. They asked me to build the model because it is the plane that Lt. Lowry was killed in and Lowry Air Force Base was named for him. The museum is in a WWII hangar that was left after they closed the AFB. See:


For details on how I built this model in a "mere" 4-1/2 years, see:


Camera: Sony CD 1000, 2.1 megapixel



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Taken on March 4, 2002