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Cheapest or cheap?  What is your budget?


Short of fabricating them yourself and depending on scale,  I would guess it would be at least  $5 per gun, and that might be a tight squeeze..


If you are talking about " dummy "  cannon, with just a bit of barrel showing, it could be a lot less..


What scale are you talking about?


You could get a 1/96 plastic kit for less than $100, and use the cannon.  With some work, they would look pretty good.




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The cheapest way is to make them yourself if you have the time.  These can be turned up on a lathe from brass, alluminium or wood rod (stock); or, buy/make one master and cast the remainder of them?


If you are willing to buy, have a look at ship model accessories at the many hobby shops/retailers and they stock additional/replacement parts from some of the bigger mass produced kits.  You may find something that looks a bit like the guns you need close to scale made from britannia/white metal.  Not as nice as brass turned barrels but a lot cheaper - but as the saying goes "you gets what yous pays" - Buying cheap will most often mean they will look 'cheap' on the model also unless you put a lot of additional work into them.





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If you cannot make a master yourself, maybe just buy one of each size then make a mold and cast your own as suggested above.   The cost of making a silicone mold then casting with resin or pewter or similar lead free metal will be less than buying all of them.  There was a recent post on casting barrels here, so could give you an idea on what is involved if want to go in that direction.  If you do buy a single barrel for each size, be sure they are to scale for your needs and contemporary in design as there were differences over the years in both long guns and differences in carronades, albeit smaller differences.  Good luck


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The really cheapest way is to make them out of paper like the card-board-specialists do. Basically some paper wrapped several times around a core. Have a look at the cardboard forums if no-one ever presented it here 🙂



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Budget, time, and tools are big three questions.   I've turned brass cannon using a Dremel and files.  Killed the Dremel in the process.   As for materials... wood, plastic, metal are all options as well as making masters and casting them out of various materials.  It all goes back the 3 questions and then add one more:  "what do you want to try or feel most comfortable doing?".

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