An animation showing the mechanism of William Gardner’s 5-barrel machine gun, patented in August 1881. The United States Army was firmly wedded to the Gatling gun at that time, and showed little interest, so Gardner manufactured this gun in the UK, selling mostly to the Royal Navy, who appreciated its lighter weight, compared to the Gatling. The 5-barrel gun fired a .45 inch bullet at up to 812 rounds per minute, and was sighted out to 2,000 yards. Search YouTube for vbbsmyt to view my other machine gun animations, and for more information on this gun google search for ‘Victorian ship models’ and ‘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.