Radio Controlled Warship Combat Club (IRCWCC)
With their dockyards nestled in the frozen
tundra of Minnesota, the captains of the Port Polar Bear (associated with the
IRCWCC) build and battle remote
controlled 144th-scale model warships from the First and Second World Wars.
The combat ready models are replicas of historical ships that were launched
between 1906 and 1946. They are armed with one or more BB cannons for offense
and have pumps for defense, and battle each other in shallow ponds across the
country. The cannons shoot holes through the thin (1/32 inch) balsa sides of
their opponents. When the ships take on too much water and the on-board bilge
pump can’t keep up, they sink. After a sink the model is quickly
recovered, patched and ready to battle in another sortie the same day.
It's wet and wild fun!
PPB Fall Battle – September
2022, Ionia, MI. July 11-15. Humans
left to right: Andy, John, Matthew, McCoy, Tyler, Bob, Zach, Mike. Top level
of ships left to right: Vertie, Glorie, Glorie, Glorie, Duca d’Aosta,
Zara, Seydlitz, Kongo, Nagato, Nagato, Nagato, Nagato, Yamato. Bottom level
of ships left to right: Radetzky, Zyrini, Hikawa Maru, Hie Maru, Heian Maru, Hikawa
Maru, Andy’s Freighter, John’s Freighter, Baltacarrier, Bikecarrier, LST, LST, Akizuki. Tyler (Yamato) was the admiral of the Blue Fleet
which won the week by 3000 points along with Bob (Nagato), Andy (Nagato), Matthew
(Nagato), Mike (Seydlitz), McCoy (Zara). Red fleet members were Zach
(Nagato), John (Kongo).
Memorial Weekend Battle Sat/Sun May 28, 29 2022. We hosted our typical 2 day
Memorial Weekend battle. The local regulars in attendance were: Tyler
(Yamato), Andy (Nagato), Bob (John’s Kongo), Zach (Nagato), Peter
(Erin), Mike (Seydlitz), Bryan (Idaho), McCoy (Zara), Addie (Tourville). The
KC regulars came up as well: Tom (Montana), Rick (Jamaica). We had two of the
old regulars show up: Ron, Ryan. And we had two new hopefully-soon-to-be
regulars come to their first battle: Caden, Owen. We were able to do 6
2022 (14th annual) March 19, 20 2022. Mike S Peter (Erin), Mike S (Seydlitz),
Bob (Nagato), Tyler (Tiger), Andy (Nagato). Also in attendance were Mike T
(Scharnhorst), Gerald (on loan Liberte), Dirty (Kongo), Tom P (interwar
proposed Montana), Rick (Jamaica), Ted (VDT and Scheer), Wade (Lutzow). The
attendance was a little lighter than usual. We mixed the teams every battle
and were able to get in 3 complete battles each day. Awards: Best of Class:
6-8 Tom, 5 Mike T, 4 Mike S, 1-3 Rick. Most Feared Allied: Tyler. Most Feared
Axis: Bob. Best of Scale: Mike T (3d printed Scharny). Winning Admiral:
Peter. Losing Admiral: Peter.
Fall battle 2021
PPB Ice Breaker Fall Battle September
11/12, 2021. We had a 2 day event with multiple out of town finds joining us.
Participants were Back row standing left to right: Bob (Nagato), Tyler
(Yamato), Lou (Zach’s Nagato), Brandon (Caio Dulio), Rick (Jamaica),
Andy (Nagato), Mike (Seydlitz), Peter (Erin). Second row: McCoy (Zara), Addie
(Tourville), Tom (Alaska), Matthew (Nagato).
12-16, 2021. The weeklong national event was held in Oakboro, North Carolina.
Multiple Port Polar Bear captains made the trip as follows from left to
right: Tyler (Yamato), McCoy (Zara), Andy (Nagato), Zach (Nagato), Peter
(Erin), Matthew (Nagato), Bob (Nagato), Mike (Seydlitz). Mike, Peter, and
Matthew flew while the rest took 2 vehicles and 25 ships (8 primaries, 4
secondary cruisers, 2 secondary pre-dreads, and 11 convoy ships): Duca d’Aosta, Yamato, Zara,
Nagato, Glorie, Nagato, Erin, Nagato, Glorie, Nagato, Seydlitz, Glorie;
Chitose, LST, LST, Andy’s Freighter, Hikawa Maru, Hie Maru, Heian Maru,
Hikawa Maru, Ryujo, Ryuho, Peter’s Freighter, Radetzky, Zrinyi. The
Axis/Allies roster was scrapped well before Nats and for the first time ever
Nats was a Red vs Blue fleet battle from the onset. Tyler was the Blue Fleet
Admiral and the 7 others were likewise on the Blue Fleet. Control of the
water was in favor of the Blue fleet for the first 3 battles (5k, 400, 9k
point victories) as was the first campaign by 15k. The 4th and
5th fleet battles were won by the Red fleet by about 2k as
was Thursday campaign by 7k. The Blue fleet carried the week by 19,000
For more pictures of
captains from previous battles, click the link: Past Regionals Archive
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