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parts that eliminated all the
Ten years ago, he decided to
throw his hat into the ring. “The very
first kit consisted of a 75 MHz Hitec
Ranger III radio, two Tamiya HP
gearboxes with plastic sport tires, a
Scorpion ESC, and a 7.4V LiPo battery.
(Materials were up to the builder.)
There was still a lot of work to be
done, but at least the builder knew
they weren’t wasting money on parts
that may not work well together.
“Over the years, the hobby store
parts were replaced one at a time by
custom designed Finger Tech parts:
Spark motors, tinyESCs, Lite Hubs, and
custom “Viper” chassis and armor.
This year, we released the
new Viper V2 kit that
incorporates things we
learned over the five years
of V1 sales. Stronger
chassis and armor to deal with today’s
deadlier spinners, Snap wheels and
hubs, quick disconnect terminal blocks
and motor wires for people who
aren’t adept at soldering (even if you
are, it’s nice not to have to do it
during an event!), and optional lifter
and spinner add-ons for builders who
want to upgrade their robots from the
basic wedge design.”
Over the years, Pete has seen a
positive change in the sport, as he
states, ”The original Viper kit sold to
around 200 builders. I like to think
that means that 200 new builders
were able to join and compete in
combat robot events around the
country. At our local SCRC Kilobots
events, I used to watch as new
builders would be discouraged
because their robot did poorly. Now
with the Viper kit, they can be
competitive right out of the gate. This
has led to a higher builder retention
rate, and the Viper can be used as a
stepping stone to new designs.”
Zachary Lytle of Team
Misfit is selling a kit of his
own design through
Finger Tech Robotics. Running
a party service called “Bot
Bash” where kids of all ages
can drive robots, he got a lot
of parents and children
asking how to get started.
This led to Zachary
writing a SERVO article in the
October 2012 issue detailing
step-by-step instructions on
how to make a simple
wedge Antweight (1 lb)
robot. He followed up with a
second article in the April
The RRevo kit.
Photo courtesy of RRevo.com.
Zachary Lytle with a young builder holding
both of the kits he designed.
Photo courtesy of Zachary Lytle.
Kurtis Wanner with Viper kits (from left to right): Kitbot, a modified
Viper kit; Lift; and Spin. Photo courtesy of Kurtis Wanner.