Mike, Rob, Carl, Richard, Hope all of you found your way here to continue this conversation. First off Mike - holy crap! $50 cannon!!! And I'm looking at Rob's post of that 3D Nassau. You guys are so far ahead with this! I haven't searched this forum to see how advanced 3D printed has impacted the hobby and what has been shared. Will do later today. Revive Big Guns? Being a realist - right now this COVID thing will trash everything. I live in free Florida where we don't buy into it. But too many people do. So revive? I would think more along the lines of how to plan to grow the hobby after COVID. So what has been published on this rcwarshipcombat site about these printed cannon and ships? Driving cost and modeling skills down is the biggest way to kick this great hobby back into gear. $1500 for a battleship is simply too much for most. I fly a used high tech DJI Mavic Pro drone with VR goggles for half that. So important to get that cost in the $500 area. Share, share, share about 3D printing, files, models, whatever. I see $245 for a 8.7 x 8.7 x 9.8" printer on Amazon. Is that a big enough printer for a battleship? What materials, etc? TimMc On Dec 5, 2020, at 8:50 AM, Mike <email@example.com> wrote: Tim We have had quite a revolution in guns. Some new members have developed ways to make an Indiana without a lathe. With the help of longtime members adding to it with 3d printing we have a great magazine and bearing system with no wabble and a half inch lower. A 5" magazine complete Indiana can be made for less than $50. We have other guns developed too. 2 inch x 3 inch canister guns for Texas and Agincourt fully armed. How do we start a revival of the hobby? Where can we have a community forum to share ideas, help newbies and have non active veterans share stories, history and wisdom? Mike On Dec 5, 2020, at 10:03 AM, Rob Wood firstname.lastname@example.org <BigGunsModelWarshipemail@example.com> wrote: Greetings from WWCC! WWCC is alive and well - it's just the webmaster who should be slapped awake. We were still discussing the 2020 calendar when the pandemic hit. Update: We stayed alive for years, even without a pond, by building our own portable pond and hauling it around to Maker Faire events. When the flagship Maker Faire organization went under, we moved our operations to an RV resort near Sacramento, CA (Lake Minden). Meanwhile, we continued looking for a pond of our own, closer to the San Francisco Bay Area. We finally found one: A piece of land with a year-round pond just outside the city limits of Watsonville, CA. One of our members (Joe Moore) decided to buy it, so the club now has a home of our own. Lots of developments over the years. Probably the biggest has been the advent of 3D printing. One of our members has gone pretty far with the technology, and is able to print entire ships, guns and all. The latest is an entry-level fixed-gun Nassau, which means 7/32" caliber guns. The magazines hold 100 rounds or so. It will fire 3 turrets or 6 barrels in a salvo. Have to try to fire to port and starboard somewhat evenly to avoid listing, but this is an entry level, simple to maintain and battle warship with dual rudders, turns on a dime, allowed 2 pumps, only has one servo (rudders), and all-electronic firing. Jeff has also 3D printed an Alabama, superstructure and all, although that one has to be assembled in chunks. Fast forward to December, 2020: With the pandemic ranging, death toll rising, etc., we still can't create a calendar for 2021, but hopefully the vaccines coming online will get us back on track.