Happy Labor Day from Zanzas Toys!
This year, we're commemorating the Homestead Rebellion, which took place in 1892 outside of Pittsburgh. Steel workers went on strike to demand better pay, eventually resulting in Henry Clay Frick sending 300 armed mercenaries (Pinkerton "detectives") to break up the strike by busting union heads.
The Pinkertons arrived via a barge and at some point (though who fired the first shot is unclear) started firing upon the workers. The workers, many of whom were civil war veterans didn't take that lying down- they responded in kind with rifle fire as well as a 20-pound cannon. The Pinkertons eventually surrendered and were kicked out of town.
It's that cannon that we're offering up. I couldn't find much information on the specifics of the cannon used by the workers, but what I did find seemed to indicate that it may have been a 20-pound Parrot rifle, which is what this is based on.
The cannon actually fires, and we've included some cardboard standup targets of Pinkerton strike-busters.
While the Homestead strike was ultimately unsuccessful, it's important to remember that many people fought (and sometimes died) for the rights we now take for granted. On this Labor Day, consider spending at least a little bit of the long weekend thinking about those that struggled and suffered so we can live in a more equitable world.
See the cannon in action here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lD9EGPmsmO8
Read more about the Homestead Rebellion here:
DISCLAIMER: If you make this, please be careful with it- don't point it at people or pets, and don't give it to small children (since the shells are tiny). Please be responsible with all your 1:18 scale plastic ordinance.
I used support for both the "barrelHalf" and "support" models, but everything else should print without them.
To make the cannon fire, you'll also need the spring from a ballpoint pen and some superglue. I'll upload better instructions soon, but the basic idea is to:
1) glue the plunger onto plungerShaft- note that the rounded edges of the crosspiece should point *towards the plunger
2) place the spring around the back end of plungerShaft
3) glue "pull" on the other end of the plungerShaft
4) let glue set completely
5) while the glue is setting, make sure that the interior of both barrelHalf prints is clean and smooth
6) place the plunger assembly in one of the barrel halves, with the plunger just ahead of the internal guide
7) place the other barrelHalf print on top
8) grab the pull and work the plunger back and forth to make sure it moves smoothly. If it doesn't, sand/smooth/trim things until it does
9) once that's working well, glue the two barrel halves together with superglue. Wrapping it in masking tape while it cures is a good way to keep everything aligned.
The rest of the assembly should be reasonably straightforward. I'll post assembly photos soon, but wanted to make sure I got this up on Labor Day