Beautiful weather allowed for a nice afternoon of battling. Four warships hit the water, with the first major combat sortie of Justin’s newly designed 3d printed Deutschland class pocket battleship.
We got an early start to avoid the heat and ended up with 4 warships hitting the water during our August battle. No sinks this month, but Richelieu gave it a valiant effort. After sustaining a large hole in her armor just below the waterline, the Richelieu lost radio power and was dead in the water. Her pump, fortunately, was on a seperate battery. The pump was able to keep the Richelieu afloat just long enough for the Bismarck to do her best impression of a tugboat and assist in pushing the Richelieu back to shore.
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Members of the North Texas Battle Group and the Texas Naval Brigade gathered for our monthly battle at McInnish Park. Unfortunately, high winds and rough pond conditions made for difficult sailing.
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Beautiful weather and pond conditions allowed for a fun day at the pond during our April battle! A couple of the fast gunners of the Texas Naval Brigade, Chris and Brian, joined with the North Texas Battle Group to participate in a joint day of fast gun and big gun warship combat.
The day was primarily focused on shakedown cruises and sea trials to prepare many of the ships for our monthly battles ahead. Two new ships hit the water for sea trials, including Justin’s Deutschland pocket battleship and Fred’s Giulio Cesare! In total we had 7 warships hit the water throughout the day.
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Thanks to everyone who attended March’s build session. Lots of exciting things are happening! Mike N. demonstrated how to bend steel tubes for cannon barrels. Michele sailed his U-Boat. Justin’s 3D printed Deutschland pocket battleship was looked over and given the green light.
The tube-bending demonstration was recorded, so look for that video to be uploaded in the future!
NTXBG now has a Discord server to allow discussion, file sharing, and video conferencing with members. With our shift back to monthly battles, we are planning to experiment with various virtual/video meetings and build sessions. Join our Discord so you can participate!
With a couple of new members joining the ranks, the NTXBG hosted a build session at the Dallas Maker Space. Mike N, Mike D, Jerry, Justin, Fred, and Wes were in attendance working on a variety of projects.
Fred marked out the waterline and calculated his penetrable area for one of his new fiberglass hulls. Justin continued progress on his 3d printed Surcouf submarine, focusing on a 3d printed integrated canon design and drive belts. Mike N, Mike D, Jerry, and Wes worked on various projects including the new canister gun design and canon testing.
It was a highly productive get together with several visitors stopping by to ask questions and learn more. As with all good NTXBG events, we concluded with food, drink, and camaraderie – this time at a nearby pizza joint called Zoli’s.
Following a hiatus on club activities due to Coronavirus, the NTXBG has now resumed normal monthly meetings and events!
Check our list of upcoming events for more information.
Ahoy and avast, Happy New Year Battlers!
As this year’s club CO, I look forward to a fun year with many battles. The other club officers will be selected at the club meeting this Saturday. Be there or you will be assigned a position!
Our next event is a club meeting at noon this Saturday, 12 Jan. We can discuss unbelievable new technologies, brag about our battles, tell fun stories, have a good lunch and enjoy the fellowship of our club members and guests. Everyone is invited, especially family members. Bring a guest if you want to.
The following members met at Genghis Grill next to Town East Mall: Wes Wynne, Michel Langlais, Jerry Ethridge, Mike Newel and Don Payne. We discussed NABGO, club business, Mike’s progress with a new design turret and we had a great lunch. I hope everyone knows these meetings are open to everyone and can be a lot of fun.