an extension, and Craig and I (and a
few random good people who passed
by and saw the rush) put Tanto
together, weighed, and passed on
Tanto was the first heavyweight
fight, and I posted a video of that.
Tanto’s forks were made out of
Hardox, and Touro Maximus still made
short work of that. It was curled over
pretty bad, his panel came off, his
batteries flew out (one of them caught
fire), and Tauro Maximus’ batteries
caught fire too. The landing impact
shattered the magnets in one of the
drive motors, and to make matters
worse, UPS lost Craig’s two spare
Craig “JB Welded” the magnets
back in place and he used his
postponement to let the JB Weld dry
overnight. Meanwhile, Team Toad’s
Polar Vortex was up to fight against a
multibot made out of two
middleweights, but a catch happened
— one of the middleweights didn’t
show. It went to a judge’s decision
and the half a multibot won.
It’s been a bit of a haze, so these
events might be a little out of order.
The event was three VERY long days.
When we got back the next morning,
we found the armature for Craig’s
motor had been tweaked and
wouldn’t go back. With no spares, he
was going to forfeit.
When Jim Smentowski from Team
Nightmare and owner of Robot
Marketplace heard he came from the
UK and UPS lost his spares in transit,
Jim did an amazing act and gave him
a spare motor, with the understanding
that after he gets his settlement from
UPS (a month, give or take), he would
pay Jim back. So, I then took the
motor out back with an angle grinder
and took off the back of the shaft.
With that done, we were up to fight
We had the lifting forks rather
than a wedge configured, which was
designed specifically for a robot like
Tanto ... but Tanto is a bit smaller than
a regular heavyweight and kept falling
in between. Tanto was KO’d though by
the pulverizers operated by Fuzzy’s wife
Debbie. He was hit a few times, but
the last hit knocked his power link out
of place. In the UK, robots must have a
removable link whereas here in the US,
we allow that or a master power
switch (from Whyachi or Hella, for
After that, Tanto was out of the
heavyweight tournament, but his
Fairyweight (UK Antweight) Anto was
still in. Craig is an outstanding guy,
and it was a pleasure to meet him.
I’m glad I got to help him out. He said
this was a great event and he would
love to come to the US for another
Our next fight was against a full
body spinner named Shrederator.
Shrederator is the descendant of
Phrizbee from Battlebots 3.0-5.0, and
was also on Robot Wars as “The
Revolutionist” (with an American flag
We set up the wedge which was
made of AR400 (the material they
make the metal targets out of at
shooting ranges). Fuzzy had faced the
super heavyweight cousin of it,
Phrizbee Ultimate, years and years
ago. He had a piece of the shell, and
turned it into a necklace to showboat.
It was a good match, and at the
last second Polar Vortex was able to
flip over Shrederator. It didn’t count as
a KO because there wasn’t enough
time for a countdown, but the judges
gave it to Polar Vortex. That was the
final fight of the second day.
The last day we were going
against Touro Maximus — the same
robot that wrecked Tanto. Robot
events are now run as a modified
double elimination. So, in the finals, if
you came from the winner’s bracket
and you lose, you get to fight again.
Basically, it comes down to everyone
can lose twice.
Before that, we ended up going
against The Big Cheese for another
match (instead of placement matches,
The first time we went against
them, it was over pretty quick. Touro
got a few good hits but Polar Vortex
was able to get underneath him and
lift him against the spike strip.
The heavyweight final was the last
match of the day, and its caused a
pretty heated controversy. During the
match, Fuzzy flipped them, but next to
their pulverizer. They activated the
pulverizer and unflipped. They got in a
few good hits, and Polar Vortex was
stuck on top. The event didn’t call for
an unstick, and it really tore up the
tires and underside of Polar Vortex.
Major controversy happened because
after the match, Touro Maximus took a
late hit onto the back of Polar Vortex.
They got the win by judge’s
decision. We had our closing
ceremony, and Team Toad took
second place. All in all, it was a good
time. It took three hours to pack up
the pits, though.
If any Robot Wars fans have
questions about the event, or if any
other BattleBots fans have questions,
go ahead and ask away! I’ll, of
course, upload matches to You Tube.
The stream was nice because the
camera was in the arena, but it’s also
nice to get a view from right outside
the Lexan. SV
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