By Rob Morgan
Yes, I realise the blog doesn’t have a letters page, but the old Lone Warrior, what 20 years ago, carried them from time to time, as did the best of all of the wargames magazines. We used to have ‘specialists’ to whom questions could be addressed too, I remember.
Here’s a question for you. Please find me an answer.
The current issue of The Mariner’s Mirror, Vol. 107, No. 2, for May 2021 contains an excellent article on Robert Fulton’s steam warship designs c.1814, sometimes called Fulton the First or Demologos, pages 188-201, by Dr. Andrew J.B. Fagel of Princeton University. Brilliant read! The article stirred a few of the little grey cells, and though a subject vaguely known to me it is one that clearly has some war game potential. My mind, and you’ll like this, Jim, came up with Early Steam Punk possibilities. Hm? Anyway, this clearly is a landmark in American naval technology, so I thought there must be a wargames scale model of the warship manufactured somewhere in the States. I thought either 1/600th, 1/700th, maybe even 1/1200th might turn up. I found information and illustrations of plenty of lovely museum quality craftsman-made models, but nothing else.
Yet, surely there will have been a model of it made in the USA at some stage, the wargames potential against the British blockade demands it. Plenty of ACW ‘blockade- busters’ c.1863 around, so there must be an 1814 ‘Fulton’- same principle. Can anyone help? Where can I find a ‘Fulton’. Or do In have to try to scratch-build one?
Help! Over to you.