As you can plainly see, I have not been idle.....
The gin was built from strips of scrap wood (actually an old fruit packing case) with the tripod hinge at the top made from a piece of florists wire detailed with plastic card washers and more wire. I have glued the gin in place with superglue and built-up the base with more DAS and sieved stones.
The projectiles were from a resin gun/cannon that I bought many years ago, the four stacked balls were trimmed and glued in place while the single ball has had a wire loop added to the top - to show a ball ready to be loaded.
The inspiration came from an image found on the internet, I think it makes the simple mortar look much more purposeful.
GIN - a tripod frame used to replace the barrels of cannons in the field and load mortars.