May Battle Report

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.

Several ships hit the water, but were promptly swamped by the heavy seas. The DKM Admiral Scheer suffered the worst fate and sank without a float deploying. The next several hours were spent searching for and recovering recovering her.

So the day ended with the pond winning out over the axis and allies without a single shot being fired in anger. We look forward to seeing you next month!

April Battle Report

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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March Build Session Report

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!

November Build Session Report

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.

February 2015 After Action Report

All Hands:
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.

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