Battleday March 10, 2012 at AAF Museum Danville, VA
The TFA Modification
12 tankers on Friday and 22 on Saturday came for the event sponsored by the Museum. Battles were fast paced with new vigor with the 'TFA' (Tamiya Front Armor) modification to the IR sensor. The modification was a simple modification of rotating the reflective mirror 45 degrees in the unit to set the defensive faces at the cardinal points of the tank rather than at 45 degrees. We found this type of setup more realistic and better for battle, resembling the thicker frontal armor better. Fan shots were significantly reduced by using the modification. Since a front facing tank gun also had defense from the detector, fan shots were not as viable except for blocking a shot (lag shot). Many more battles were close in as the TFA mod required tanks to get closer in for a frontal shot to hit. Sniping at a distance was less effective against aware opponents as while their gun is facing your direction they were harder to hit. Long shots were still possible when catching a skewed tank not facing you.
We had truck recovery battles, repawn battles, wingman and deathmatch battles. One battle was the kids versus the adults. It was fun and people had good spirits at the ease of the games and flexibility of the operating staff.
Hooben Elefant makes appearance
The Hooben model has made the Elefant accessible to modelers and is a welcome addition to the filed.
More Leopards showed up! Two Leo 1's, one Leo 2 and a Black Eagle. A cold war T55 was also present. The quick modern tanks got the interest of several kids and a couple of adult 'kids' that are making their decision to buy a Leo and make one.
Benches were full of tanks (more than the people driving them).
The Hooben 16th scale RC model ran very well with no breakdowns. Scale speed was 30mph, very close to actual stats.
Heavies go at it in Fierce battle between King Tiger and KV-2
Black Eagle is always a favorite with the kids - Cool and Fast
Zrinyi I waits for battle to start
T55 gaurds the 'bowling alley'
Black Eagle cleans up in village