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R/C Tank Combat

Moors Marderes

Battle #1 Summary

by Neil Rochford

Let them eat Shark

The teams were decided by whoever stood nearest to whoever at the time. In Team "Head Hunters" were :- Aaron Lee controlling the Jeep (SV012), Neil Rochford controlling the leopard (T051) and Tony Andrew controlling the Marder (T068). In Team "Paperless Office" were Phil Palmer controlling the Locust (T055) and Pete Arundel not really in control of the Valentine (T073) and Claire Andrew made a fine camera girl.

This battle introduced a new life form , The "Land Shark". The idea was to send the shark towards and eventually into the enemy camp, a hit on the dorsal fin was awarded with 250 points and the right to redirect the shark into the direction of the enemy base. This was managed few times as it was discovered that the shark liked to travel in a long sweeping arc to the right and therefore required redirecting quite often. It didnt really matter a great deal how many points would have been awarded to the team who successfully sent the shark into their opponents base because it was never going to happen ... and it didn't. The shark spent most of its battle pushing the barricades slowly across the site (and a bit to the right).

Almost all Assets started the battle in fine form. The Valentine still basking in its victory's from the last battle. The Locust steady and reliable trundles on to its next kill. The Jeep like an excitable teenager with too much energy. The Leopard now with its motors set in low gear was driving at half its usual speed but chugged along without a flaw. Only the Marder entered the battle with problems, its elevate servo developed a mind of its own and had to be removed and replaced with a wooden wedge to provide lift to the marker, this did nothing to help the tanks killing rate ... staying at zero for the whole event. Ten minutes into the battle the Valentine, much celebrated as finally becoming a mobile tank, reached the common state known as the curse of the sabertooth, without drive control T073 returned to its more familiar function as a field artillery. Manned by (a very short) nurse Nelly, Unfortunate Eric, (hiding behind Pete's legs) and also Albert Tacklbotom (so that's where he went).

The battle was played out for the whole hour with onlookers safely passing by, along the roadside high above our heads.

Offical Scores for Moors Marderes Battle #1
Team Asset Operator Hits
Head Hunters T051 Neil Rochford 8 9 0 0 0 250 2,000 2,500 0.556
  T068 Tony Andrew 6 0 0 0 0 250 1,500 250 0.143
  SV012 Aaron Lee 0 0 6 0 0 250 0 1,750 1.000
TOTAL 14 9 6 0 0 750 3,500 4,500 0.563
Paperless Office T055 Phil Palmer 5 6 0 0 0 0 1,250 1,500 0.545
  T073 Pete Arundel 4 8 0 0 0 0 1,000 2,000 0.667
TOTAL 9 14 0 0 0 0 2,250 3,500 0.609

Asset Type Net Points
SV012 Willy Jeep 1,750
T073 Valentine XI 1,000
T051 Leopard 500
T055 Locust M22 250
T068 Marder III Ausf N -1,250
Operator Net Points
Aaron Lee 1,750
Pete Arundel 1,000
Neil Rochford 500
Phil Palmer 250
Tony Andrew -1,250