model warship combat
February 10, 2003 4:34 PM   Subscribe

Damn the torpedoes! The Australian Battle Group is a R/C model warship combat club, with emphasis on combat. Great care and devotion is given to design and historical accuracy, and then they shoot holes in each other with working cannon.
posted by steef (13 comments total)
Sites like this only serve to remind me that someone, somewhere, will always have cooler hobbies than I do.

[this is good]
posted by Johnny Assay at 5:10 PM on February 10, 2003

i believe i have discovered a new hobby. bwahhahahaha.
posted by hob at 5:17 PM on February 10, 2003

That is so cool. I'd love to see video of this, anyone find any?
posted by GriffX at 5:24 PM on February 10, 2003

This is one powerful battle group. Do they have submarines with strategic missiles?
posted by azazello at 5:40 PM on February 10, 2003

here is a page of r/c links. you should to be able to find something there.
posted by lampshade at 5:42 PM on February 10, 2003

but the real question is, can I get a shark with a laser attached to it's head?

or tinfins...
posted by badzen at 5:59 PM on February 10, 2003

I'd definitely want an Aegis cruiser or maybe a Los Angeles-class submmarine. Surface warfare with big guns is so mid-20th century.
posted by alumshubby at 6:27 PM on February 10, 2003

From the site:
"The ships are built to withstand sinking. When the ships are recovered and patched (using tissue paper and dope), they are soon ready to fight again."

That's funny. Dope never put me in a fighting mood.
posted by spazzm at 7:39 PM on February 10, 2003

I have a friend who has been doing this stuff in Southern California (as a member of S.C.R.A.P. for years... and his version of the HMS Invincible looks much better than the one at the top of this page. He also makes banjos. He is insane.

alumshubby: subs are really a pain to build- no space for anything.
posted by dogwelder at 7:57 PM on February 10, 2003

Ooh! thanks for giving me linkage, I was talking to my girlfriend about it last week. Seems like a lot of effort to go to when it all gets destroyed (or at least perforated) in just a few minutes.

Used to have a nitro class RC car. tons of fun, and man- you can pump those little buggers up :)
posted by shadow45 at 10:01 PM on February 10, 2003

This is fantastic. As a child I always had fantasies of building a radio controlled plane with guns and bombs and stuff on it. Never got further than drawing it with crayon, mind.
posted by toby\flat2 at 11:02 PM on February 10, 2003

Draining HMS Invincible

posted by gottabefunky at 8:46 AM on February 11, 2003

I've also got a friend that does this, they are the North Texas Battle Group (NTXBG).

These battles are great fun. I've even gotten to pilot a liberty ship in combat before. It's definitely more of a "game" than a simulation. However, most people put a lot of effort into historically accurate models. It's impressive to watch this huge ships cut through a local lake.
posted by betaray at 9:43 AM on February 11, 2003

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