2009 Tangler @ Engler
AKA Operation Scharny Shield
Itís funny how the weatherman always gets it wrong the week
before our battles. Early in the week the forecast was for 80ís and sunny with
little chance of rain. The day we left the forecast changed to 70ís with a
50/50 chance of rain. Itís not a regional if it does not rain, stupid rain. I
always hope for a forecast of rain before a battle, that way it will be sunny.
We broke for lunch and patched before the rubber match battle #3. Since some of the captains did not have a 3rd set of batteries they were allowed to use one set for the 1st sortie and another for the 2nd without penalty. This way each battery would have 3 sorties on it. This battle ended up being 3 sorties so the batteries were stressed to the fullest. Operation Scharny Shield was at its peak. Both ships went down, Peterís with very heavy damage. Mark got the Daly Double sinking Tom twice, again. Tom totaled up 5 sinks in one day. Scores were: Washington 59-6-31, Barham 47-4-11, We Vee 75-7-25 sink x2, Tiger 28-7-17, SLC 10-0-0, The Bike 33-9-4 vs TMGBC 98-14-51 sink, Scharny 68-4-12 sink, VDT 33-6-20, Derflinger (T) 46-2-1, Derflinger (K) 33-3-10, Lutzow 23-2-4 sink. An Allied victory 10,685-9,745. After the battle we sat around and talked about casements and looked at the casement ships that were at the battle. This discussion went on until John Bruder reminded us we needed to eat. We packed up and headed back to the hotel and out to the Warehouse BBQ and their all you can eat buffet.
Sunday was our Region 1 vs the World battle. Peter, Tyler
& I always battle against each other and like to team up when we get out of
town. Fleets were: Region 1 Washington, We Vee, SLC, TMGBC, Derflinger (T)
& Derflinger (K) vs The World Lutzow, Barham, Tiger, Scharny, VDT & The
Bike. Operation Scharny Shield was now split in two. Tyler & I decided to
take down their shield first. We chased Johnís Scharny around the pond and put
here down with some heavy damage. Then we started after the other John but had
a hard time playing with his Barham. Man those little QEís are hard to sink,
maybe I should get one. Inbetween chasing the Johnís we stopped by the ďMark
& TomĒ show to toss a few shots at Mark. In the 2nd sortie we
started to play with the Barham again but could not get a lot of quality shots
into him. So we went back to the Mark & Tom show. This time things were
going better for Tom. Mark was chasing his haymaker and taking some holes for
his trouble. Tom sank again but Mark was in pretty bad shape. Seems TMGBC is
not only a shield but always has some bit. Peter hit Markís port bow with a few
triple salvoes and made two nasty holes in his bow. A little prop washing from
The first battle went very quickly and we started getting
ready for the 2nd battle. Several spectators stopped by and we
handed out some flyers hopping to find a new prospect for Kevin to turn into a
battler. The Region 1 fleet selected Randy as the next target. But he was an
elusive target. We spent most of the battle chasing him around and taking more
shots then we gave. Heíd run far enough from shore where weíd give up and find
someone else to play with until he came back. At one pass the
The 3rd battle would match up the same fleets,
doing a lot of the same battling. No one sank in the first sortie but there
were a couple getting close. Markís VDT took a beating at the end of sortie one
but made it off 5. Early in the 2nd sortie Tyler & I were
chasing the Scharny and he collided head on with the Tiger. You could try a
hundred times and not get the two ships to slam into each other bow to bow. The
hit was so hard it knocked Randyís pump out of commission and he sank.
We packed up and headed back to the hotel and out to the Chinese Buffet for dinner. John told us all that he knows nothing about things that he canít tell us about. We learned there are no dead aliens at Area 51, just live ones that clean the place at night. After dinner several captains came by the room to watch the battling video we had taken during the weekend. Turns out Sethís mom is pretty good with a video camera.
Randy & John B. came out to the pond Monday morning to watch the first sortie and say goodbye before their long trip home. John S changed his ship to the brand new Westfalen. The little pig boat stole the trips from the Scharny and a gear from Bobís box to get on the water, after a little delay to start the battle. With the two missing ships we split up the fleets so Mark & Tom could shoot at each other and Tyler & I could sink Kevin. We had several good runs with our guns early in the battle. Kevin lost control of his rudder and became harder to hit on his out of control five. We pumped a few more bbs into him and had him close to sunk near the end of the sortie but he made it to fight another day. Kevin soldered a new connector on a spare servo and made it back in for the 2nd sortie. Just as we headed down to the pond a police car pulled into the parking lot. We gave the officer some safety glasses and he watched the battle. All of us worried he was sent out from some complaint or would shut us down. Turns out he was just driving by and wanted to see what was going on. He was interested in the ships and took a flyer home. Maybe weíve hooked another one. Tyler and I started the prebattle maneuvering waiting for Kevin to call battle. When he did the shoots started flying. He soon found the bottom of the pond. Jim rammed his low and pointy Lutzow stern into TMGBC and got stuck in the balsa as Peter tried to bring the sinking BC into shore. I started to chase after Tom with the last of my sidemounts. I got target lock and vapor lock at the same time and sank as I was shooting the We Vee. The battle wound down and we pulled the ships out of the water. The gear was packed up, the last goodbyes were said and that was the end of the Operation Scharny Shield, a success measured by any means. Scores were: Washington 34-2-14 sink, SLC 6-1-1, Derflinger(T) 39-3-11, Westfalen 20-5-25, Lutzow 17-1-15 vs Derflinger(K) 63-12-44 sink, TMGBC 54-5-23, VDT 20-3-6, The Bike 11-3-2, We Vee 59-5-5.
Best of Class awards went to: Class 6 Bob H., Class 5 John B., Class 4 Kevin K., Class 3 Rick W. Most Feared went to Mark R and Best of Scale went to Kevin K.