The Pacific Model Warship Club would like thank several individuals or organizations for contributions they have made, or continue to provide our combat club.  Often we take for granted some of the things that others do for us and PMWC does not want to be one of them.

Dan Rygasewicz:

Since 1984, Dan made more contributions to R/C Combat in Northern California then most would give him credit for.  He “IS” the founding father of Western Warship and built up the club from scratch virtually overnight by himself.  A friend of his asked him to find a “couple others” that might want to pursue this crazy obsession with them and in just a few weeks he had almost a dozen.  From there it grew into two clubs in Northern California, with between 50-60 active and participating members.  Dan was always building ships, making guns or providing just about anything a new member needed to get started in the hobby.  Sad to say we lost Dan in 2015.

Here is a link to a great You-Tube video featuring Dan while he was running his Western Warship Combat Club (Just click on the icon).  He was always such a good sport about the hobby, that he would often dress the part to promote it.

Paul Fleming:

Paul has been more help to all the warship combat clubs on the West Coast, than many people realize.  He was an early member of the innovative NASWCA Combat Club of the early 1980’s.  He then progressed the hobby even more by converting to 1/72 scale and taking many of the best features of the floundering club to form Queen’s Own.  When California was initially interested in making the same move to 1/72 scale in the early 1990’s, Paul was there to help in any way he could.  One of the things that Paul did, that contributes to PMWC to this day is the many ‘kit bashed” outfitting molds he created.  The ships we run today, look far better because of the many detail items Paul made available to everyone.

John “JC” White:

In the late 1980’s, while Western Warship and Task Force 34 were wrestling for control over combat in Northern California; John “JC” White contacted the two groups about forming another group in Southern California.  Eventually the Northern California tug-o-war was over and everyone got down to the business of creating a common set of rules that worked for everyone.  JC eventually coined the phrase “Big Gun” and it has stuck ever since.  He was able to build the South Coast Battle Group into “THE” premier combat club in a matter of a few short months.

He took many gun design’s that Cliff Shaw and John Winters had invented and created/provided drawings everyone could understand and follow, so they could make their own.  He singlehandedly ran the group for many years, built gun systems for new members, provided building plans to those that needed them and was responsible for spreading the “Big Gun” format across the county and into other countries.  This simple paragraph barely covers JC’s contribution to the hobby, where much, much more needs to be written.  Our recognition for JC will be expanded as we get more time.

 Nick Meyers:

Nick is the current owner of the R/C Warship Combat Forum:  The forum brings together combat enthusiasts from around the world and provides them with a centralized resource for information and ideas.  When we were trying to decide what to do about our website and the growing costs to maintain it, as a last resort we contacted Nick for some ideas.  His suggestion provided us with an economical alternative to the popular, but expensive “Go Daddy’s” and “Host Gator’s” that were out there.  While we are an active, growing club; we would have let our site lapse into oblivion had he not suggested our current host.

Cliff Shaw:

Over the years, Cliff provided members with the constant challenge of keeping up with him and the new ideas he was coming up with.  He created new gun designs, innovative electronics including radio modifications, automated pump circuits and more.  Cliff and his wife Betty were dedicated positive influences at every event that they attended.  While Betty did not participate in combat, she did provide some great cooking out of their Motorhome during multi-day events.

John Winters:

John was not an original member of NASWCA, but joined soon after it’s creation in the early eighties.  John worked as a jeweler and he used his knowledge and talents to improve gun designs 10 fold.  His ideas and designs are the basic foundation used in a all Big Guns being built and used to this day.  He was the creator of the “top hat” piston loader, created the rubber”peanut elbow” that advanced barrel designs to unimaginable levels, breach loaders and more.  John deserves much more recognition for his contributions to this hobby, then he receives!

Pat Lowry:

In the early days of WWCC, Pat was the “Most Feared” captain on the water.  For several years, he must have attended just about every event held; maneuvering, gunnery or combat.  Pat always had multiple ships running and usually some of the best ones operating at the time.  His biggest contribution was just being there it a time when competitors were few and hard to find.

Charlie McMackins:

Charlie only ran a ship once or twice in all the years he was a part of Queen’s Own, WWCC and Central California Combat Club.  What Charlie provided to everyone was an enthusiasm about the Navy and the ships we ran.  He had a library of Naval books, second to none.  When you wanted to build a specific ship, he was great at finding a set of plans for you.  When a trade took place and someone needed a ship run from Sacramento to San Jose or even to Washington State, Charlie was happy to provide the transportation.  Another positive influence to the club for many years, that is sorely missed since his passing.

Tom Attwood:

Tom was a member of WWCC during the early days of California R/C Combat in the 1980’s and was one of the first members to transition to 1/72 scale in the 1990’s.  He was very active for several years until jobs and moves got in the way.  He had recently moved back into the area, still had his warships and was ready to start playing again until health got in the way.  Through the years Tom was always a big supporter of what we did and was looking forward to participating again.  Several members got a chance to visit with him while on our way to a Combat Event in the Bay Area in 2013.  Sadly we lost Tom just a couple weeks after that.  The RM Scirocco was his 1/72 Combat Warship and is still being operated by family members still in the club today.

Rob Wood:

Believe it or not, but the truth that most people are not aware of is that if it wasn’t for Rob; PMWC never would have been formed.  It’s no secret that there’s a tremendous amount of bad blood between Western Warship Convoy Club and Pacific Model Warship.  If Rob had not taken his excessive measures to “CRUSH” 1/72 scale combat in Northern California; this club and all it’s members WOULD BE a part of WWCC, likely all using the Penitencia Park pond site in San Jose, California.  All combat members would be playing both scales and all combat formats as part of the same club.  PMWC can’t thank Rob enough for all that special treatment he provided us, which gave us the incentive to go out on our own and form this club.  To gain more insight into possibly why Rob treats some people so special, there is a great article you might want to read.  Just click on the following link:  NDE Stories


Hobby shops are becoming few and far between.  If you’re lucky enough to still have one located fairly local to you, consider yourself better off than most communities anymore.  Hobby Town in Rocklin, California has always been willing to help the local clubs in the area, and for us it has been a big help to our club.  They have always been receptive to posting our event notices prominently in their front window.    Even more important than that is just being available when you need some last minute item that you can’t get anywhere else.  If you still have a hobby shop local to you, do what “you” can to help support them.


We were a bit skeptical about getting involved with one of the many Maker Fair’s taking place around the country.  For years Western Warship had put on a “show” for the many attendee’s of the San Mateo Maker Faire.  We were really not interested in providing free entertainment with our warships by running war games on a bathtub sized pool.  As it turned out, this local Mini Maker Faire was a perfect fit for us to display our ships and explain what it is we do.  We were surprised by the number of people looking for a hands on hobby, and our warships turned out to be a perfect fit for them.  We really appreciate everything that the Rocklin Mini Maker Fair team provided to us; especially Monica Nitz, with the Rocklin Parks and Recreation Department.  We plan to be back again, if they will have us.

Home Depot- Auburn, CA:

Painting large warships using 3/4 oz. bottles of Hobby paint can get expensive.  Many hobbyists cut this cost by getting shaker cans of paint with colors that “closely match” the authentic World War II warship paints we need.  Getting the color “close” wasn’t working for many of our members any longer, so we needed to find a better alternative.  PMWC was fortunate to get their hands on some paint chip charts for many of the navies camouflage paints from World War II.  They were then taken into the local Home Depot in Auburn, California; more times than I can count to have them “perfectly” color match these paint chips for us.  The paint codes are then provided to members in other areas, where they go into their local Home Depot and have the same paint mixed for their project.  The result of all this is much better looking ships, with paint that is much more economical to purchase.  For the larger ships you can purchase a full quart, but we are finding that the “tester” pints are perfect for ships up to 5 and 6 feet long.  The staff at their paint counter have always taken the time to help us to make sure the mix was just right.  Thank you Home Depot- Auburn.

Jeff Beck:

Just a bit off topic; but sitting back listening to Jeff play on ZZ Tops, Rough Boys… he deserves a little recognition for his stellar lead guitar performance on that song.  If you close your eyes, kick back and just listen to his guitar, it is an unbelievably great performance.  While Rob “WWCC” Wood might suggest a little LSD to really enjoy this one, I say none is needed!.  Spectacular performance Jeff!  I was lucky enough to see him play this song live in Murphy’s, California with ZZ Top last year.   Hope they tour together again soon.