only won in the final after getting
through Kobalos’ rear armor and
removing both his wheels.
The main event for the
Beetleweights and heavier bots got
underway on Saturday.
The fights started around noon
and continued with only a short
break for lunch until about 6.00 pm.
They restarted the next morning
with the last finals held around
4 pm on Sunday.
Twenty one bots fought it out
in the 3 lb Beetleweights. A
heavily modified RC toy Chobham
(Figure 2) had a good run. Strong
competitor Mr. Croup (Figure 3)
struggled with reliability as did
Weta, God of Ugly Things (Figure
4) after its tough match against
Skim (Figure 5).
The dark horse of the weight
class was long-time competitor The
Revenge of Doctor Super Brain
(Figure 6). This year, it was back
with a titanium body and lifter
mechanism. It survived a loss in
the first round to Traumatizer
(Figure 7), then fought its way
back up through the losers brackets
to dominate super tough wedge
Shame Spiral in two finals to
take first place.
Last year’s 12 lb Hobbyweights
Champion Cataclysm was not
entered this year but a couple of
new drumbots, Upchuck (Figure 8)
and Wardrums, and seasoned
veterans Zandor, Fiasco, and
Apollyon (Figure 9) helped make up
a strong field.
Upchuck looked powerful until
it met Fiasco. A single blow from
Fiasco's blade revealed Upchuck’s
Achilles heel. Its top and bottom
panels were only retained by a few
screws and it was these panels that
maintained the squareness and
integrity of the chassis. The impact
placed so much strain on the screws
that they failed, and this allowed
the chassis to “lozenge” with
spectacular results (Figure 10).
Apollyon had a straight run
through the winners brackets before
meeting and beating Zandor in the
The 15 lb BotsIQ high school
class was dominated by the very
effective drum bot Pixie (Figure 11)
which overcame all opposition to
win by beating KV in the finals.
The Sportsman class was
dominated again by pneumatic
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