Action Photos by Brian Benson; www.bensonpv.com
If your bot has been knocked out early in the
competition, there are still chances to fight again.
There were only a few semi and final matches still
to be decided in the various weight classes and
since each bot is allowed at least 20 minutes
between fights (and allowed to postpone for an
additional 20 if needed), there are often gaps
which need to be filled in order the keep the
crowds entertained. This is where grudge matches
and rumbles come into play. Grudge matches are
where two teams can re-fight previous matches or
two bots that have never met before can prove
who really is the best. A rumble is where all the
bots that were knocked out earlier get into the
arena together for one giant, five minute melee.
There are no prizes for grudges or rumbles, but
they are often some of the best parts of an event.
The pressure is off, so you can just have fun.
Unfortunately, Surgical Strike and Pure Dead
Brilliant were already out and not readily
repairable so we missed out on the fun this year.
Fierce Round House and One Fierce Upper Cut. The first
bot is machined from a solid block of UHMW and has a
tough undercutting blade. We definitely got the worst of
the damage, losing two teeth and having the drum’s axle
start to come out, but Weta had been more aggressive and
that seemed to have swung the judge’s decision in our
favor. Weta was starting to look a little battered and since
we could only fit two teeth to the drum now, it was a little
out of balance. This didn’t matter though against One
Fierce Upper Cut where we switched off flipping each other
over. This was no problem for Weta with its full invertability
and reversible drum but OFUC was virtually helpless when
overturned. Andrew flipped him back once but the second
time he got stuck in a corner and was counted out. Weta
was in the finals in its very first event!
And the Winners Are ...
The fights were completed by early Sunday evening
and we had won a very smart trophy and a couple of Ant
sized ESCs (Figure 8) which had been
donated by Fingertech Robotics
Prizes are always cool, but keep in
mind they’ll have a value far less than
the cost of competing, so don’t enter
with any expectations of ending up
ahead financially. You will, however,
have an experience to remember
which is well worth the cost.
Motorama has become our
favorite event and the one we make
sure we don’t miss each year. It also
makes an ideal first event as the
friendly competition and organizers
will make any newcomer feel right at
home. You might not win any fights
the first year, but if you watch and
learn what works and what doesn’t
you’ll soon be building bots that are
competitive. With a little luck and a
lot of hard work, you might even take
first place. SV
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