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R/C Tank Combat
Event Reportby John Pittelli
On Saturday we held our fall battle courtesy of Joe's family friends in Gettysburg. It was a glorious fall day,cloudy with chance of rain with occasional sun, perfect tank weather. Here are a few pics of the group and Joe's new vehicle, the X2.
I would post some video but for some reason I only have sound with a dark screen when I download it to my computer. Very bizarre. So I guess we'll have to rely on Steve Tyng's footage aboard the Cromwell.
We had 4 half hour engagements, all involving blowing open the door to the casino, getting the gold,( a fairly good size rock),and carrying it back to base on the tank. I'll let Frank fill in the details, but I will mention that the quick loading ammo hatch on the Comet made a very handy gold carrier. Twice.
But of course something did have to go amiss, it would not be a battle otherwise. After the first hour of battling, I switched in a new set of batteries. The tank would not move. Tried another set, same problem. After some testing, thanks to Frank, believe it or not my heavy duty connectors were not allowing power to reach the motors. A new set seemingly solved the problem, except that it happened again near the end of the 3rd half hour. Further expert testing, jiggling the wires around, showed that the couplings needed some tension to maintain the connection. It's possible that the new connectors purchased may have slight enough differences from the originals and allows the contacts to separate inside the housing.
All in all it was a great day.