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!
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.
Six members attended a battle at the Star Brand Ranch on Saturday. We had a fun time sailing, shooting, BS’ing, planning, and checking out Hank Mill’s Yamato battleship and Michel’s new Go lo transport.
The weather started out tolerable and ended up beautiful, sunny and calm. It was overall a pleasant afternoon. The pond was very useable. The breeze made for rough seas, but it calmed down to almost glassy. The weeds had been blown off to one side and caused no problems. The dock needed only minor adjustment. More on the dock later. The john boat was available but was not made ready.