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Battlers get preferred parking in the pit area, with multi-colored parking citations issued by the Cromwell to all violators.
Will and Steve discuss some logistics, while Marty relaxes with one of his favorite drinks during the lunch break.

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Steve shows Max how the Cromwell performs with some high-speed moves. Earlier, the Cromwell and T34 met in the first "tank drag race" with the Cromwell winning by a length over a 50 foot course. Both tanks were running at about the same speed using EV Warriors @ 24v with an RS80D controller, but the T34 went off its line which gave the Cromwell the victory.
The Cromwell sports some sponsor logos and the "Risk Leader" flag indicating that Steve takes more risks than any other battler. Over the winter break, the Cromwell was painted a different color, but no major changes were made to it's systems.

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The Tiger's latest turret layout was designed to make everything easily accessible. The CO2 bottle can be disconnected using a quick connect, after the system has been bled to prevent o-ring problems. A straight-line copper pipe magazine with hopper feeds paintballs reliably, while a door-lock actuator pulls the trigger. The marker can be removed by loosening a single hose clamp.
The C6C worked flawlessly all day in the Goer, replacing a 27Mhz 2-channel receiver simply by moving two servo cables. The C6C circuit interprets the signals from the wireless receiver and drives the servos accordingly. In this case, two servos operate 4 switches configured to control motor direction as an on-off speed control. Simple, cheap, but very effective.

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The KV-1 uses a Tri-Pact speed control for on-off control of EV Warriors running @ 12v. The signals from the low-power servo switches are mixed by the diode circuit and then used to control the 4 high-power relays which control the direction of each motor. In this case, the controller is mounted on a custom PCB, but it can also be easily wired together as separate components (which allows the relays to be located closer to the motors to reduce the high-power wire runs).
The StuG uses an Anvilus SSR Motor Controller to provide proportional speed control for 250 watt scooter motors @ 24v. The Anvilus controller mixes the receiver signals, actuates 4 relays to control motor direction and 2 SSRs to control motor speed. A nice clean wire layout comes from years of experience working as an electrician, with plenty of fuses to ensure safe operation.

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Paul, John and Will are ready for battle (even if John can't button his vest properly). But, before the battle could begin, Rick would drop out off the other team and Paul would be sent packing to the other side with his KV-1.

John's Response: AARP requires all jackets to be buttoned as pictured in order to receive 10% discounts at Wawa.

Tony's Panzer IV has been thoroughly tested and is ready for battle. This is the first year that Tony will campaign the Panzer by himself.

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