Category Archives: Naval gaming

A prison hulk model

By Rob Morgan An unusual choice of wargame model, I’ll admit. However, the Airfix small scale (undetermined, but it will “fit” in with 1/600th or 1/700th models) kit of HMS Victory has some unusual potential. I decided to make a … Continue reading

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A gunboat for the Potomac flotilla

By Rob Morgan The Peter Pig 1/600th model known as the USS Fuschia was one of the most attractive and useful small warships around. Its uses ranged from an 1840s gunboat to the Crimea and many Colonial encounters, and, well … Continue reading

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‘Sails of Glory’ — The models for the game

By Rob Morgan The other day, I had the chance to examine the ‘Sails of Glory’ game ship models of two nearby wargamers, Steve and Jay Button. It was the first time I’ve seen the 1/1000th scale models outside the … Continue reading

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Kamikaze!

By Rob Morgan Skywave’s 1/700th scale Japanese World War II warships are too well known to need comment here, but their range also includes two packs of Japanese naval planes at about £5 a pack. The first is four types … Continue reading

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Review of ‘The Barbary Pirates’ (Osprey)

Jonathan Aird reviews a new Osprey on the history of the Barbary Pirates during the 15th to 17th centuries. It’s on the Ospreys at a Glance page.

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‘Sunk!’

By Rob Morgan “Sunk!” is the title of a fascinating eight-page article in the December 2016 issue of History Today (Vol. 66 no.12), the British publication found in almost every library and on most newsagents’ bookshelves. Written by Professor Malcolm … Continue reading

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‘A Splendid Failure’

By Rob Morgan The neglected Confederate ironclad CSS Georgia is given the above sad title in a six-page illustrated article by M. Blackburn, pages 44-49, in the September-October issue of the U.S.-produced magazine Archaeology. The wreck of the warship has … Continue reading

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Two short notes on naval warfare

By Rob Morgan The Society for Nautical Research’s excellent newsletter Topmasts No.19, for August 2016, has arrived, and in it two interesting short pieces, each with something to offer the naval wargamer. First, for the 150th anniversary of the Battle … Continue reading

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Review of ‘Ships and Seamen of the American Revolution’ book

Mike Crane reviews a resource book on the “Ships and Seamen of the American Revolution.” It’s filled with illustrations, from detailed ship drawings to charts and weapons. It’s on the Reviews page.

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Review of ‘US Standard-Type Battleships 1941-45 (2)’ (Osprey)

Jonathan Aird reviews a New Vanguard Osprey on more of the U.S. battleship classes from World War II. It’s on the Ospreys at a Glance page.

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