The defense of the Panama canal started in 1941 with a series of fix-mounted guns ranging from 12-inch mortars to 16-inch rifles.
Located near Fort Amador (formerly known as Fort Grant), Ramenco Island, Fort Kobbe, Fort Randolph, and Fort Sherman, these guns served as a defense well into the cold war era.
During WW1 this cannon was produced by Skoda Armaments Works in Czechoslovakia for the German forces. It was used to destroy the French fortifications at Mons by General Erich Ludendorff. It took a week to emplace this 24" gun with a 6' x 24' x 9' thick concrete base. This gun was used throughout WWII as well until it was captured by Allied forces in Czechoslovakia.
These cannons are a classic examples of the mobile artillery of Czarist Russia during the 19th century.
This fix-mounted cannon design was used by the Union Army in defense of Fort Monroe during the American Civil War.
This giant gun was the brain child of Herr Dr. Ing D. Riethmeier of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute in
Back Left - This engine is a paraffin engine that worked like a conventional steam engine, except instead of boiling water, it boiled paraffin. This is akin to boiling gasoline. It would flash to steam faster & provide more power, just before it exploded & set everything in the boat on fire. In spite of this drawback, it was a very popular mode of power until the invention of the internal combustion engine. This was chiefly used in small launches in the 1890s.
Center - This is a steam powered torpedo launcher for a future torpedo boat project that I'm currently working on.
Right - This is a four barrel rocket launcher, strictly imaginary, it will also be incorporated into a future piece.