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R/C Tank Combat

1st Battle of Britain

Battle #1 Summary

Scenario - Raise The Flag
The objective of the battle was to use the vehicle's weight to drive over three designated targets and (flip) raise the flag. 100 mission points are awarded for each flag raised and 500 points if all 3 flags simultaneously display the same team colours.

Team Selection
The teams were organized as follows:

Red Team
Neil Rochford (Leopard)

Blue Team
Pete Arundel (Locust), Phil Guy (Hetzer)

Battle Summary
by Neil Rochford
The battle started with the Leopard making a quick dash to the centre of the battle field, as the two blue team tanks formed a classic pincer movement. The Leopard and Locust fired a few long range shots to no avail and moved in closer. While the Locust fired shots that hit the Leopard but failed to burst any paint, the Leopard raised a red flag. The Hetzer sat near the far flag ready to shoot the Leopard. Being the faster tank, the Leopard positioned itself just to the side of the Hetzer and scored one hit, flipped the flag and withdrew, only to find itself face to face with the Locust. With both tanks firing at point blank, the Leopard ran round the side and fired a shot into the side of the US lightweight. Low on ammo the Leopard raised the last flag, fired a volley of remaining shots into the Locust, sending it back to base. The Leopard reversed back to base with the Hetzer in hot pursuit. At this point safely in home base it was noticed that the Leopard had not only lost a wheel but also couldn't fire and was out of the battle.

When the Locust returned to battle and after raising a blue flag, it was found to be out of useable control and deemed out, only the Hetzer could still move, but in the wet thick mud it was decided that an early end was to be declared.

To The Victor The Spoils
by Pete Arundel
Yes, the first battle in blighty took place today. And Neil won. Not only did he supply ALL the tanks and other battlefield kit, but he also comprehensively thrashed Phil and myself. I was going to take a photograph of the winner, but to be honest Neil was radiating an air of such smugness that I just couldn't bring myself to do it.

Much, I think was learned. Firstly, friction drive for tracks is probably unsuitable for use in the damp, slimey conditions of our green and pleasant land. Secondly, all mechanical systems need to be beefed up and tested, re- tested and then you have to plan on them failing at some point in the day. Thirdly, suspension is highly desirable if we're going to keep on using farmland populated by cloven-hoofed beasties.

I'd like to end with a big thank-you to Neil who built everything, organised everything and even provided a child waving bananas to assist in navigation. Despite the hitches, breakdowns and slipperyness of the terrain it was a great deal of fun.

The red team raised two flags earning 100 points each then all three simultaneously earning an additional 500 points. The Blue team raised one flag earning 100 points and had many opportunities to raise more when the Leopard was out of action, but strangely didn't want to!

Offical Scores for 1st Battle of Britain Battle #1
Team Asset Operator Hits
Blue Team T027 Phil Guy 0 0 0 0 0 50 0 50 1.000
  T055 Pete Arundel 2 0 0 0 0 50 500 50 0.091
TOTAL 2 0 0 0 0 100 500 100 0.167
Red Team T051 Neil Rochford 0 2 0 0 0 700 0 1,200 1.000
TOTAL 0 2 0 0 0 700 0 1,200 1.000

Asset Type Net Points
T051 Leopard 1,200
T027 JgPz 38(t) Hetzer 50
T055 Locust M22 -450
Operator Net Points
Neil Rochford 1,200
Phil Guy 50
Pete Arundel -450