FIGURE 2. Gnarly Pirate.
Tripolar; a new 12 lb overhead bar
spinner Gnarly Pirate (Figure 2); an
improved Grande Tambor (Figure
3); and the first major competition
for the new Kitbots ( www.kitbots.
com) 3 lb wedge kit Trilobite
All the weight classes were the
traditional double elimination,
except for the Sportsman class
which was round robin.
Nine 1 lb Antweights took
part with brick Amatol and wedge
Antelope vying with drum bot
Poco Tambor for dominance, with
Antelope taking the win in the
There was a strong field of 3 lb
Beetleweights, including three Weta
kits, a couple of BattleBots toy-based wedges, and a few other
drumbots and wedges. The
undoubted star was Grande Tambor.
The weight of the massive drum
had been reduced somewhat, but
that weight had been put to good
use to improve the wheel hubs and
to add Weta style side armor. The
bot could always mete out big hits
but now it could also survive them
Most opponents had some
big air time before tapping out.
Only Trilobite proved able to stand
up to the drum. Its novel UHMW
and titanium wedge design
worked perfectly to prevent big
hits, and its power was enough to
get the best of any pushing
matches. Trilobite won the first
encounter early in the day and
repeated the result in the finals to
get first place.
The 12 lb Hobbyweights started
with a bang with blade spinners
Surgical Strike and Gnarly Pirate
meeting in one of the first matches.
Surgical Strike took the worst of the
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