This type of vehicle is representative of the “heavy weapon” that is sometimes held by a community (or a wealthy Farmer). It is obviously derived from a pre-collapse tractor, and has moderate cross-country capability. Its main purpose is to transport a Heavy Machine Gun and provide the firepower necessary to fend off raiders.
“The Rich Five” are the aristocratic familes of the Kentucky Free State and are renowned for their conspicuous consumption.
The above photo was taken at “Grand Central Station”, in New Manhattan. It shows a few members of the Carswell family and their “Rolling Thunderbolt” – a private railcar used to travel between New Manhattan and Louisville. As can be seen, current fashions take inspiration from the 1940′s and 1950′s
The Rich 5 will often use “Thunderbolts” because road travel is too uncomfortable and often too slow. Road travel between New Manhattan and Louisville can often take 4 or 5 hours, but a “Thunderbolt” is built for speed and luxurious comfort. Its top speed is in excess of 150 kph – cutting the journey down to just over one hour. Incidentally, the name is given to this railcar because it uses the same engine/power plant as the KFS Air Force P-47 replicas.
Crew: 3 (Driver and 2 stewards)
Passengers: 10 (could carry 40 in emergency)
Max Speed: 150kph
The various Armed Forces of the Kentucky Free State are notorious for their bureaucratic infighting and lack of mutual trust. Because of these problems, the KFS River Patrol finds it necessary to operate its own Air Force: a tiny squadron of 6 ultralight amphibians, known as “Defiants”. These are “Wing in Ground Effect” vehicles: hybrid boat/planes designed to cruise at a height of 3 metres above the surface of the river (although they can make “hops” to an altitude of 30 metres).
The unimpressive specifications are due to the the political power of the “real” KFS Air Force – which will not allow any other Service to operate vehicles that can fly above 100 feet. These aircraft are not (officially) permitted to carry bombs but – even so – they are CHEAP and perform several useful functions for the River Patrol: reconnaissance, survey, artillery direction and liaison/communications.
The “Bullets and Bluegrass” module mentions that the troops of Fort Bundy should have modern means to cross the Ohio River. But they don’t.
The above picture is one of the River Patrol assets that should be assigned to garrisons like Fort Bundy. It’s a small landing craft, capable of ferrying up to 32 troops, or 1 jeep or 1 pickup truck or approximately 2.5 tons of cargo.
real-world source of picture is Nigeria. This is one of the units that protect the various pipelines and shipping docks that lie within Niger Delta – and conducts a continuous low-level war with MEND insurgents (Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta)
KFS corruption ensures that these vessels are usually found performing services that the Five Families find more profitable than ferrying a platoon of troops.
These little craft are adequate patrol vessels and well-suited for “collecting taxes” (extortion) and ensuring that the Five Families have access to contraband goods.
As can be seen from the picture, they are well-armed (sometimes with up to 3 Heavy machine Guns or HMG/mortar combos) and have a shallow draft (approximately 0.7m when fully-loaded)
Note: this vessel is constructed from wood and (thin) steel. It has no armour. Therefore, the crews often pile sandbags around the wheelhouse and weapon stations
|Hull Type:||mono hull|
|Power:||Twin 225 hp|
|Propulsion:||Outboards (30″ shaft)|
|Fuel/Duration:||200 gallons/5 hours|
|Top Speed:||42 mph in “light ship” mode. As slow as 10 mph when fully loaded|
On Death Day, there were very few people who knew how to build vehicles that were designed to be drawn by animals. However, by the 22nd century, the Cartwright’s art has been redefined.
The picture above shows a flexible delivery vehicle. it is drawn by 1 horse/pony (or 1 mutant ‘Grunt’, or 2 men, or 3 dogs). When fully loaded it can carry a payload of up to 350kg.
This is an unofficial military variant (used by most KFS units) but similar vehicles can be found throughout North America and might be used by anyone.
This is from another Morrow Project fansite . The graphics etcetera are the work of Owen E Oulton and are used with his permission (and my thanks/admiration).
The Atlantis Project did not have as many resources as the main Morrow Project – and could not afford different designs for their equivalent of the Scientific-One and MARS-ONE vehicles.
Therefore, they chose the “Atlantis-One” – based on a prototype design of the Science-One. However, this Command Vehicle has different “trailer” options; this choice depends on whether it is primarily intended as a scientific, paramilitary, logistics or reconstruction asset.
ALSO NOTE: this vehicle can operate with more than one trailer (up to 4, in fact)
The Atlantis-One vehicle was originally conceived as a diesel/electric hybrid; it was later converted to fusion power. In AP service, ‘trailer’ units have powered tracks and carry their own batteries (but only the tractor unit has an integral power plant). Most trailers have auxiliary drive controls which can be used when operating in reverse – or to move the trailer when it is detached for independent service.
CREW: 6 (tractor) – crew of trailer varies
LENGTH: 7.5m (tractor) plus 7.5m (each trailer) : each trailer can accomodate a standard 20 foot ISO container
GROUND CLEARANCE: 1m
TURNING RADIUS: 7.5m (add approximately 2 m for each trailer after the first)
MAX ROAD SPEED: 75 kph
WATER SPEED: N/A (vehicle is not amphibious, but can be sealed and function underwater at speeds of up to 15kph)
VERTICAL OBSTACLE: 1.5m
ARMOR CLASS: 1100
Cavalry vehicle: V-300 with 90mm gun
Background: the “Bullets & Bluegrass” module states that every KFS Infantry Regiment includes a troop of cavalry, which is equipped with sixteen V300s. The following is an attempt to provide a standard TO&E for this unit. This is largely because KFS cavalry is the type of unit most likely to be encountered by the Morrow Project.
The KFS has never seen the need for a complex military doctrine, but it has always been clear on the role of the Cavalry. Each Infantry Regiment is assigned a Cavalry Troop – to provide a highly mobile, heavily armed, quick reaction force. Reconnaissance was originally secondary, but recent events have made it clear that the cavalry needs to expand its capabilities.
Assigned to support the KFS fleet of APCs , the V-300 Recovery Vehicle is designed to retrieve/tow its APC counterpart and is equipped with a powered A-frame crane..
The Recovery Vehicle is as mobile as the parent vehicle and is fully amphibious with no need for preparation for fording or swimming. The tires are radial tubeless and can be outfitted with run-flat inserts and a central tire inflation system.
It carries one 7.62 machinegun.
The MARS-ONE description mentions that it carries 2 motorcycles. I assume that they are dirtbikes – to be used for recon and liaison duties. However, these vehicles are not described.
The following is an attempt to rectify this omission: the MP Electric motorcycle
This is a real-world dirtbike. It’s manufactured by Zero Motorcycles of California and uses several components that were originally designed for mountain bikes (in fact, this machine could be described as an electrically-powered mountain bike)
Weight: 140 pounds (63.5 kg)
Max speed: 50mph (80.5 kph)
The performance of this bike is equivalent to a 125cc dirtbike.
A single charge of the battery will give a range of 40 miles, but the battery packs can be ‘hotswapped’ in mere seconds and fully recharge in about three hours.