Sunday, April 17, 2016

Russian Thingamajig

Russian ceremonial artillery kettle drum carriage - Russian artillery museum in St. Petersburg.

Ed Phillips made this model of a Russian ceremonial artillery wagon, see the real thing in the picture above, and I purchased it from him at this year's Seven Years War Association Convention in South Bend, Indiana. Each year, Ed brings a large number of scratch built terrain pieces and wagon models to the convention and they sell out like hotcakes. So when I walked into the convention hall on Saturday morning, I was surprised to see that this little beauty was the last item that had not been sold. Mrs. Fritz didn't raise a stupid son, so I snapped it up for $30.00 and added it to my collection. Since I am building a Russian SYW army this year, this is just the thing I need to trick out my growing Russian army.

Russian kettle drum wagon - scratch built by Ed Phillips. Click pix to enlarge.

Note the partially melted down cannon barrels that were attached onto the wagon.

The amount of detail that Ed put into this model is downright ridiculous   and I fear that my pictures do the craftsmanship no justice. Suffice to say, I am very happy to add this to my collection.


  1. Wow, what a find (and steal). Very eager to see your Russian SYW forces develop. That's almost as much fun as working on my collection.

    Best Regards,


  2. My word, it's nearly as vulgar as the Crown Jewels!

    Good find and well spotted.


  3. What an odd contraption! Perfect addition for the SYW gamer who has everything!

  4. Congratulations, that's a lovely model! And at that price, really a must-have. Now, is it the camera angle or are the kettledrums missing? For that is of course the purpose of this contraption, see
    In any case, I'm very much looking forward to seeing it on parade with your Russian forces!

    1. The model includes kettle drums. I can edit the post later and add an overhead view of the model to show off the kettle drums.