Southeast Attack Squadron (SAS) a Radio Controlled Model Warship Combat Club
WELCOME TO THE S.A.S. WEBSITE
The Southeast Attack Squadron (SAS) is an affiliated chapter of the International Radio Control Warship Combat Club (IRCWCC) and encompasses Florida, Georgia, North & South Carolina (and Alabama and Virginia by adoption). We build 1:144 scale R/C models of WW I and WW II era warships with the main turrets armed with CO2 powered bb-cannons and attempt to sink (yes, SINK!) all the ships in the opposing fleet! (see information at right).
The Captains in S.A.S are a fun (and slightly goofy) group of guys who enjoy being together and our battles are always great fun.
The purpose of this site is to list links, host articles, and otherwise inform, entertain, and (hopefully) attract new interest in our Magnificient Obsession.
If you're interested in our hobby, S.A.S. captains talk regularly via an email listserve to discuss upcoming events and help each other with any building issues (it's a great place for new captains to get help with their first ship). If you'd like to be added to that listserve contact the SAS Webmaster to be added to that list.
RECENT S.A.S. NEWS
The first SAS battle of the season started off interesting from the very start. The growing destroyer fleet from Atlanta came down to battle, and I thought I would share the neat all-in-one package John Jones built to carry his ship and supplies. These destroyers are so small (compared to our battleships) that John was able to purchase a padded rifle case and cut out spaces in the foam to fit all his supplies (see below).
John just plopped it down on a table, pulled out his camp chair, and was ready to go!
2017-3-25: THE BATTLE SEASON IS ON!
Wow! It's warm and the battles have begun! The southeast captains started their 2017 season with a battle in Statesboro, GA. Captains from Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, and Marlyand came togethert to "break their ships in" for the season. Even a fleet of DD's (destroyers) came down from Atlanta to harass the larger battlewagons. The weather was beautiful even if the water was a bit cool (many thanks to Matt for being willing to dive in for ships when necessary), so much that dinner that evening was enjoyed on the restaurant patio. You can see in the pictures below.
2016-12-24: MERRY CHRISTMAS SAS!
It's been another great year SAS! We've had new members join the group, and old veterans return to the hobby. I believe 2017 will be a great year! Following tradition, I try to post something vintage (or at least Navy related) to the site for Christmas each year. This year I found online the picture below (Christopher helped me pick it out) reportedly from Christmas Day 1915 (Royal Navy at a station in Scotland).
I hope it makes us all remember those service men and women today, still far from their families on Christmas Day. Blessings on all of you who serve, or have served, in the armed forces and supporting agencies. Thank you.
2016-10-30: SO MANY BATTLES!
What a fun battle weekend! Thanks to all those captains who drove up to Tennessee to help test out Charley's pond, and boy was it a grand time! We got to hang out and battle with captains we don't see as often, including Tom and Rick from Kansas as well as Rob and Justin from North Carolina.
The afternoons were fine but the mornings were a bit colder than we like (it was a little late in the season to battle in TN, but everyone was eager to try out Charley's new pond). Charley managed to keep his ship running just as lethal as ever while simultaneously being the perfect host (although I am pretty certain his wife should receive much of the applause - there is always a lot behind-the-scenes to hosting, I know). It was wonderful to be able to stay together to work on ships and/or continue the comradarie since the meals were all pondside - grilled braut's for lunch, and smoked, hand-pulled BBQ for dinner (incredibly tasty - I noticed how quiet it got once everyone got a plate, lol). It was a beautiful site and Charley made it all fun. If you missed this "test" battle be certain not to make the next once the 2017 SAS battle schedule gets posted. Thank you Charley (and family)!
2016-9-5: Hurricane Battle!
Well it turned out to be a fantastic weekend to battle, even if Hurricane Hermine did pass right over the day before! Thirteen S.A.S. captains braved the weather from as far south as Florida and from as far north as Canada in order to join our fun. There were new faces (to SAS) and also new (to the hobby) captains, and several new ships on the water. It was a great time. While holes were counted only for the first battle (we did track all sinks), the teams were divided up among Axis vs Allied lines (one HMS Invincible was considered "captured" and moved over to the Axis side to balance the teams)
There were also awards presented to certain "deserving" captains, Many thanks to Amanda Koehler for making the ceramic awards.
AWARDS AND HONORS
Kitchen Sieve Award (for most holes) - Kevin Plumer (Rivadavia)
Bermuda Triangle Award (most sunk) - Kevin Plumer (Rivadavia)
Black Beard Award (fiercest) - Charley Stephens (SMS Seydlitz)
Bart Purvis Sportsmanship Award - Tim Krakowski
Eye Candy Award (prettiest ship) - Chase Hargraves (HMS Prince of Wales)
Mission Impossible Award - John Jones (USS Sumner)
2016-8-6: LOCAL FUN!
In preparation for the regional Labor Day Leadfest coming up, a group of local captains got together to test new ships in a fun day of battling.
Completely new to the hobby was Wes (who captains the HMS Barham). David Winnette also came out to give his USS Alabama more combat time in only it's second time on the water. He also brought his son, Ethan, awho was able to borrow Stefan's HMS Invincible and join us for the fun. We managed four straight sorties (no patching) and there was plenty of carnage (pumps were constant - good thing batteries can be swapped every sortie now!).
After that the group broke mid-afternoon (it got very hot) for a late lunch at Sub Way to talk about the day - wonderful fun.
2016-6-25: A TOAST TO CAPTAIN KUNISCH!
I have always felt priveledged to have met the wacky, fun, and friendly guys in this hobby. I was saddened to hear that Peter Kunsich, a former member of our Southeast Attack Squadron, passed away this April after a long illness. I put together a little tribute to Peter out of photos from our albums (click on the photo below). I think they clearly show the good-natured spirit in our club.
Thanks for the memories, Peter. Cheers!
2016-5-30: MEMORIAL WEEKEND BATTLE!
What a fun battle weekend! Even with the rain preventing battle Sunday morning (most of the captains still met at Brian Koehler's home for fried chicken until the rain stopped enough to jump over to the battle pond) it was a weekend of shredded balsa, new friends, and fun times. Many thanks to everyone who came and all those who helped (a special thanks to Christopher and Matt for helping with setup chores and also for taking pictures and making the slide show for the banquet). Click on the picture below to see the photo album from the event.
AWARDS AND HONORS
Kitchen Sieve Award (for most holes) - Don Cole (HMS Iron Duke)
Bermuda Triangle Award (most sunk) - Tom Tanner (SMS Ostfriesland)
Black Beard Award (fiercest) - Charley Stephens and Austin Stephens (HMS Vanguards)
Bart Purvis Sportsmanship Award - Brian Koehler
Eye Candy Award (prettiest ship) - Frank Falango (SMS Scharnhorst)
Clark Ward Award for Excellence in Superstructure Design - Matt Buaas (IJN Tako)
Weenie Ram Award - David Ranier (IJN Kumano)
WHAT IS RADIO-CONTROLLED MODEL WARSHIP COMBAT?
R/C Model Warship Combat is a game where 1/144th scale (1 inch = 12 scale feet) model warships from World War I and World War II are fitted with CO2-powered BB cannons and electric bilge pumps, and then battle each other in fleets of Axis vs. Allied ships. The hulls of the ships are sheeted in very thin 1/32" balsa that the bb cannons can penetrate, and once the balsa hull has enough holes in it to let more water in than the bilge pump can handle, it's down to Davy Jone's Locker it goes!
YES! THEY SINK!! (the part we love to watch)
But not to worry! Captains are quickly able to wade out and retrieve their ships.
These models are designed to survive combat, be patched, and return to their team for combat the very next battle (repairs usually take less than an hour). Points are awarded to each team for the damage (holes) they do to the other fleet's ships, with bonuses awarded for any opposing ships that were sunk.