The restoration of the 4.5" gun has entered the final phase at last!

With a great deal of persuasion, the barrel was fitted (in the rain no less).

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This allowed the whole assembly to be wheeled back in to the workshop for the final bits to be added, including the vertical springs.

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A couple of these springs are snapped and will require replacement, as will the leather covers. After another few coats of paint and a lot of details added, the gun was once again taken out, this time to make its debut at the Dig For Victory Show 2016.

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The gun was hooked up to AEC Matador 'Avenger', and taken off to the North Somerset Showground....

 

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... Where it managed to take in a few laps of the arena on both days!

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The gun is now back in the shed to have the final touches added and kinks ironed out (the elevation gear needs freeing up a bit, and the firing mechanism fitted, as does the sight).

A huge leap forward for the Shopland Collection and a big void in the workshop!