down in flames [Updated October 2003]  

 2003 WBC Report  

 2004 Status: pending 2004 GM commitment

Daniel Hoffman, NC

2003 Champion

2nd: Steve Caler, PA

3rd: Peter Perla, VA

4th: Roger Taylor, VA

5th: Ed Karpowicz, DC

6th: Chris LeFevre, AZ

Event History
1999    Roger Taylor     21
2000    Mike Lam     30
2001    Mike Lam     24
2002    Andy Lewis     32
2003    Daniel Hoffman     36


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 Laurels
Rank Name

From

Last
Total
 1. Michael Lam

CA

01
70
 2. Roger Taylor

VA

03
63
 3. Ed Karpowicz

DC

03
42
 4. Dan Hoffman

NC

03
30
 5. Andy Lewis

DE

02
30
 6. Steve Caler

PA

03
24
 7. Kris Weinschenker

PA

02
21
 8. Rich Phares

VA

02
21
 9. Bill Alderman

VA

01
21
10. Andy Maly

MD

00
16
11. Peter Perla

VA

03
12
12. Chris LeFevre

AZ

03
12
13. Geoge Young

VT

00
12
14. Michael Nagel

NJ

99
12
15. Winston Forrest

VA

00
  8
16. Charles Eastman

VA

02
  6
17. Chris Janiec

PA

99
  6
18. John Ellsworth

IL

00
  4
19. Roy Gibson

MD

02
  3
20. Jim Gutt

AZ

99
  3

Past Winners

Roger Taylor - VA
1999

Mike Lam - CA
2000-2001

Andy Lewis - DE
2002
 


Down in Flames ...

A record 36 players flew pre-determined aircraft in three preliminary rounds of two dogfights each, from which the top eight players advanced using a modified double-elimination system. Aircraft used this year were all from Zero!:

Round 1 2 elements A6M2 vs. 2 elements Hurricane IIB
Round 2 2 elements A6M2 vs. 2 elements F4F Wildcat
Round 3 2 elements P-40B vs. 1 element Ki-27 + 1 element Ki-43-I

Unfortunately for him, Stan Buck had to withdraw, allowing 9th-seeded Steve Caler to advance in his place.

The quarterfinals were a test of thinking skills as two elements of Ki-27s faced one element each of I-15bis and I-16 Type 10s, as all leader's had zero burst ratings. Three of the higher seeds, Chris LeFevre (#1), Tim Hall (#3), and Ed Karpowicz (#4), fell; only Roger Taylor (#2) advanced , and he did so by defeating Mike Nagel.

The semifinals pitted one element each of A5M (Claude) and A6M2s against one element each of P-40Cs and P-35As. Dan Hoffman narrowly defeated Peter Perla, 14-to-12, while Caler beat ex-champion Taylor, 14-to-9, to set up one of the closest finals in the 5-year history of this event.

The finals consisted of two elements of J2M5s (Jack) vs. two elements of F4U-4 Corsairs. The first game ended in a 7-7 tie. After switching aircraft for game 2, Steve took a very early 5-0 lead when his first element's leader blew up one of Daniel's F4Us wingman even before Daniel had a chance to play a card. Already down 5-0, Daniel slowly fought back and by the end of turn 3, the score was 5-4. By the end of turn 4, Daniel took a slight 9-7 lead. Starting turn 6, it was knotted at 12-all. On Steve's last play, he tried to finish off Daniel's crippled aircraft but failed. Overtime loomed but on Daniel's last play, he shot down Steve's crippled leader for a 15-12 win!

Every participant received a sealed pack of two aircraft elements from the GMs. Some packs contained rare cards (in full color) not normally included in the DIF series such as the Hawker Typhoon 1B, the La-5FN, or the MC-200; others included more common types. In addition, all eight quarterfinalists got to keep their Soviet aircraft, all four semifinalists kept their P-35s and A5Ms, and the two finalists took home all their aircraft. Special thanks go to Martin Scott (artist for the Zero! play deck and the Full Throttle cards in C&H), who made this possible.

 GM      Michael Lam  [1st Year]   NA
    mike_lam@mindspring.com   NA

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