Radio controlled tanks stuck in tall grass
The first clash between Belgian and Dutch paintballtanks took place
saturday on Belgian ground. The tall grass in Lichtaart proved to be
an unexpected difficulty.
Student Sam from Lichtaart met some Dutch tankbuilders at www.rctankcombat.com.
Sam's Russian tank and the german tank of the Dutch ex-soldier and
Leopard tank mechanic fought the first Belgium-Holland battle.
The rules: both vehicles are equipped with environmentally friendly
paintballs and they need to hit each other 4 times whithin the hour.
Some more Dutch and British tanks were expected saturday, but they had
to cancel the very last moment. The trend was set in the United
Sam and Marc used the first battle to take care of teething problems
of their tanks.
The tracks did not always stay in place and also the paintball feed to
the marker sometimes failed. Also the grass was a bit too tall on
several places to allow good manouvring of the tanks.
But in spite of all trouble both tank admirers had a good time. Marc
was happy to battle with Sam on Belgian ground, because it is illegal
to fight paintball battles on private property in The Netherlands.
The big clash will take place on May 17 and 18. Three Brits, A Greek,
A Belgian, two Dutchmen and a few fans will gather behind the goat
farm in Lichtaart for the first continental paintball clash. Perhaps
the battlefield will be extended then. And the grass mown a bit more.