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SHIP AND BOAT MODELS FOR BOOTLEGGER WARS AT SEA
And Pulp Fiction, Gangster, & Horror Skirmish/Role Playing Games of All Kinds

Rum Runners

TVAG proudly welcomes the ship models of Mr. Bob First to our family of service and product providers!

Specializing in over-sized 25mm pieces, particularly Pre-Dreadnought Cruisers and Battleships, Bob has produced a collection of models designed for 28mm war games of the Rum Runner Wars of Prohibition, as well as any other good gaming use buyers may wish to put them to.

Being models of smaller vessels, types commonly pressed into service by the bootleggers, these are quite manageable for the table top, and considerably less expensive than some others. These original models are each "one-of-a-kind" and come as shown in their accompanying photos, ready for immediate play.

Bootleggers ashore used small private craft to run out into International Waters where the freighters, schooners, and other working ships hung out on Rum Row where they bought whatever they wanted, loaded up, and dashed back to shore. These small and increasingly fast "Contact Boats" (or "Blacks" in naval parlance) were the prey of the US Coast Guard, local police, and Prohibition Agents who in the early days relied on converted WW I Sub-Chasers for the hunt. As time passed, simple speedboats gave way to tricked out vessels, purpose built with aircraft engines, and even armor plating! This cat-and-mouse game off America's East and Gulf Coasts ran for 14 years in an ever escalating war of wits and firepower.

Ready for delivery now, the models below--and more by demand--will be joined by a set of eponymous rules now under development. In the meantime, gamers may use any rules of their choice for actions between rival gangs, police, Coast Guard, and more. Besides your own Gangster and Police figures, don't forget the excellent US Navy/Coast Guard figures offered by Bob Murch's 28mm "Pulp Figures" as "American Adventurers Abroad ," and the Tramp Steamer Crews/Sea Going Bootleggers as part of his "Savage Seas" range.

Similarly, Brigade Games Miniatures offer several packs of 28mm Merchant Marine Crews and extra weapons who also make formidable Rum Runners!


PLEASE NOTE:

All models are made of solid pine, fully painted, and detailed with full color printed textures. Unless otherwise described, holds do not open, superstructures are solid, and roofs/decks are not removable. Some come with light weaponry, as indicated in their descriptions. When shipped, masts, funnels, ventilators, etc, are first removed and packed with the model to avoid breakage, and may easily be replaced when received.

Models will be shipped by the buyer's choice of USPS Priority or First Class Mail, thus postage added to the purchase price when using the site's Shopping Cart might be sufficient, or more may be required. Buyers will be contacted by E-mail and informed of the expense of both choices. Any Postage due may be paid directly to TVAG@att.net via PayPal, or by invoice to you via the same service, as you prefer. All models will be insured via USPS when possible, the cost of which will be added to that of postage.


Contact Boats/"Blacks" Currently Available


RR-001

7" x 2", with open Cabin, and capable of carrying 8 passengers/illegal aliens/crew, or enough booze to make a man rich after only a few runs--and worth the risk of interception by the Coast Guard!

$12.00


Bow On
Stern View, Cabin Interior


RR-002
7" x 2", with open Cabin, with more deck space, but still capable of carrying 6 passengers/crew for loading and unloading.
$11.00


Starboard Forward Quarter
As She Might Be Armed


RR-003

7" x 2", with open Cabin, and still more deck space for cargoes. Four passengers/crew can be carried here.
$10.00


Stern View Cabin Interior
As She Might Be Armed


RR-004
6.75" x 1.75", solid Cabin, inboard space for at least five figures (on 3/4" bases), and built for speed.

$10.00


Starboard Forward Quarter


RR-009
Product Name

$10.00


Port Stern Quarter


Denizens of Rum Row Currently Available

RRT-001
Trawler/Smuggler

Small commercial boat that can make a lot more money for its owners hauling in booze from Canada or the Caribbean than fish. She's 16.5" long, 3.25" on the beam, and 2.88" from waterline to top of wheelhouse. A type that might be seen on the Great Lakes making from Canada to Detroit.


Port Stern Quarter
Starboard Quarter Forward
As She Might Be Armed

$50.00


RRT-002
Coastal Freighter

15" long, 3.25" on the beam, and 3.225" from waterline to top of wheelhouse. Surprisingly respectable looking--but anything could be going on aboard her....


Starboard Quarter
As She Might Be Armed
Deck View

SOLD!


RRT-004
Coastal Freighter

16" long, 3.25" on the beam, and 2.25" from waterline to top of wheelhouse.


Starboard Broadside
Starboard Quarter Forward
As She Might Be Armed

SOLD!


US Coast Guard Sub-Chasers Currently Available

RRP-001
Sub-Chaser #1

18.5" X 2.62" X 2.5", this vessel is a dart originally aimed at running down U-Boats in the Great War, and soon relegated to running down other prey. She comes armed with a 12-pdr (3") gun, and a Lewis MG as potent persuaders to "Heave To!"


Starboard Quarter
Bow On View
Deck View

SOLD! 4/8/17


RRP-002
Sub-Chaser #1

18.5" long, 2.62" on the beam, and 2.37" from waterline to top of wheelhouse, she also comes armed with a 12-pdr, but with a 20mm gun for her secondary "persuader."


Starboard Quarter
Overhead View

SOLD!


ADDITIONAL WEAPONS & MORE ARE RIGHT HERE!

... And at the best prices on the Web from Houstons's Naval Guns & Fittings at TVAG. Hop over and see what you can add to protect yourself from Liquor Pirates and "Go-Through-Men" more dangerous--and even numerous--than the Lawmen in your wake.


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