“Where we will always be bigger than Big Gun Warship Combat”

PMWC is a 1:72 scale warship club, with members located primarily in and around Northern California.

So why will we always be bigger” than Big Gun?  This quote is just our way to poke fun at a statement made by another local “small scale” combat clubs President; where he was saying our ships were just huge and weighed several hundred pounds.  So gargantuan that you could not easily build or operate them.  They even went as far as to say that because of new technological advances, you didn’t need to build such big ships any longer.  The fact is that we all started with building 1/144 scale ships and then evolved to the larger 1/72 (exactly double the size of the BIG GUN ships); not the other way around.  Instead of having to cram all sorts of gear and as many expensive guns as you could into the smaller scale ships, we actually reduced the number of items and guns that you were “allowed” to install in the ships.  This makes it far easier to maintain and keep your ship operating.  The smaller “Big Gun” ships have major reliability problems, because of all the gear packed into the little hulls.  The other mistaken thought presented by the smaller club is that we only build these massive 12 foot Battleships.  Fact is we primarily build and operate the same size ships that they do, just different ones.  Instead of a 6 foot Battleship in 1/144 with a minimum of 9 guns to stay competative, we build 6 foot Destroyers with a maximum of 3 guns.  Honestly, all this aside; our primary reason for evolving to the larger and to quote George McManus, “obsolete” scale was finer detail on the ship, making them much more presentable and easy to maintain.  It is also much less expensive to build in the larger 1/72 scale.

So while Big Gun 1/144 combat sells themselves as BIG; maybe so, but our ships will always be bigger.  Which in this case is a “GREAT THING”.

On a more serious note, our ships are built from scratch, starting with a set of building plans.  Wood frames are cut and attached to a sub-deck to form the hull shape.  The hull is then sheeted, and stuffing shafts/rudder post installed.  Superstructure is built much the same way.  The internal components are then installed into the ship; motors, pneumatic systems for guns, pumps, batteries, etc.

To enter into combat, warships must have been laid down after October 1906 and completed prior to January 1, 1946.  All ships are painted in authentic color schemes for the time period.  For ships capabilities in combat, we refer to a ships list that tells how fast it is allowed to run (scale speeds), how many guns it receives, the number of rounds of ammunition and the caliber.

Not all ships constructed are warships; several types of auxiliary or merchant type vessels are also built.  Many are used for convoy duties, but other are built and run during maneuvering only events.

Maneuvering events are held at several different locations around the SF. Bay Area, Sacramento and Placer Counties.

Combat events are usually held on several secluded local ponds.


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