This animation shows the firing mechanism for the Christophe-Montigny mitrailleuse (grapeshot shooter) developed around 1863 in Belgium. The model shown here has 37 barrels, and is quoted as being able to fire 6-8 salvos (nearly 300 rounds) a minute, although the cartridge mounting plate looks to be a weak design. This gun was adopted by Austria in 1869, and although tested by the English, was rejected in preference to the Gatling gun. For more information on the Montigny mitrailleuse, including a description of the operating mechanism, Google search for Victorian Ship Models, or anti torpedo boat guns.
Hi, I’m Rob, otherwise known as VBBSMYT.
I create the animations on my iMac using Cinema 4D, which I find very intuitive, and allows me to add smoke and flames, and then send the model to my trusty Render farm.
I make my models as accurate as possible through reference books and particularly good drawings. You may have seen my animations of early torpedoes and machine guns on YouTube. I enjoy finding out how things work and it has been fascinating to track the development from the late Victorian period up to World War 1.