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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP16 Aug 2017 12:51 p.m. PST

Cool Diorama…





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Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP16 Aug 2017 3:26 p.m. PST

Lol. Careful though. It looks like the almighty yanks have captured themselves some live aircraft to use against that infernal contraption.



bsrlee16 Aug 2017 6:01 p.m. PST

A lot of 'Steam punk' was very close to actual technology of the 1850-60 period. The British were proposing to use steam 'land trains' in the Crimea and there were a variety of 'almost' inventions in the ACW – the submarine, machine guns, airships – stuff both completely harebrained as well as eventually successful.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP17 Aug 2017 10:42 a.m. PST



tsofian Sponsoring Member of TMP23 Aug 2017 2:38 p.m. PST

The submarine wasn't an almost invention CSS Hunley sank a Union sloop. The Ager Coffee Mill also saw service and there may have been some action involving the Gatling Gun and perhaps the Confederate Williams gun as well.

Lion in the Stars25 Aug 2017 6:15 p.m. PST

Gatling Guns did see some action (mostly with the Cavalry), but they didn't come into their own until the development of fixed-case cartridges.

Civil War-era Gatlings had black powder charges loaded into steel tubes, so after shooting a lot you'd have to collect all the empties, clean them, and reload them in the field. Not impossible, since IIRC the Gatlings used the same loads as the basic rifles, but certainly very time-consuming.

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