Almost the real thing

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Almost the real thing

Postby knuckles » Thu Oct 26, 2006 1:51 am

Check this out, these guys are serious, RC Battleships that fire ball bearings at competitior ships. They actualy sink.

http://www.ausbg.org/index.html

Makes a rule book and dice seem insufficient somehow :cry:
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Postby Sgt. Brassones » Thu Oct 26, 2006 4:33 am

Those guys are insane. I wanna play! I wanna play!
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Postby Aramanthus » Thu Oct 26, 2006 11:35 pm

I've read about that thing for years! I'd love to participate! Of course first I'd want to watch several major engagements. Those are such cool toys for us fans of Naval warfare!
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Postby Locutus9956 » Fri Oct 27, 2006 9:33 am

that is so damn cool. I want one :D
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Postby Chernobyl » Fri Oct 27, 2006 6:08 pm

a buddy of mine used to do this...its not a cheap hobby by any means. a LOT of money goes into each one. and they you throw it away and sink it.

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Postby DM » Fri Oct 27, 2006 9:11 pm

a buddy of mine used to do this...its not a cheap hobby by any means. a LOT of money goes into each one. and they you throw it away and sink it.
JUST like the real thing then (I've been involved in sinking four decommissioned real ones so far)
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Postby Wulf Corbett » Fri Oct 27, 2006 10:32 pm

DM wrote:JUST like the real thing then (I've been involved in sinking four decommissioned real ones so far)
Not by live firing, I assume?

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Postby knuckles » Sat Oct 28, 2006 1:12 am

Chernobyl wrote:a buddy of mine used to do this...its not a cheap hobby by any means. a LOT of money goes into each one. and they you throw it away and sink it.

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Not quite, they are actually fibreglass hulls with large sections cutaway, these sections are then overlayed with balsa wood, once the firing begins the BBs chipaway at the balsa and eventually the ship leaks and sinks. There is a hatch in the deck that floats off (but is attached by line), under the hatch is a little bouy with more line attached to the ship. the bouy floats to the surface and after the battle the owner wades out and collects his investment and replaces the balsa ready to fight again another day. Sure the set up costs are high but it does not take a lot of expense to ready for battle again. I think there is a vid link on th site that shows how they do it.
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Postby DM » Sat Oct 28, 2006 8:31 am

Yes Wulf, live firing :)
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Postby Wulf Corbett » Sat Oct 28, 2006 5:26 pm

DM wrote:Yes Wulf, live firing :)
Where? How much oils and other pollutants were dumped into the sea for this evenings entertainment?

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Postby DM » Sat Oct 28, 2006 5:32 pm

None - the environmental cleanup carried out on the hulks before they are towed out is phenomenal.

The USN sinks at least 6 a YEAR (often that many in one exercise, such as the annual "RIMPAC" exercise es off Hawaii)! Google on "SINKEX" and you'll see some impressive stuff.
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Postby Jellicoe » Sat Oct 28, 2006 6:10 pm

And to create artifical reefs. Same with old airframes, a large number of A-6s ended up and the bottom of the sea off Florida. Now that was a nice plane.
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Postby Chernobyl » Sat Oct 28, 2006 10:37 pm

http://navysite.de/ships/lsd32.htm

Speigel grove, a lage ship sunk to be an artifical reef. landed improperly, but a hurricane later righted it.
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