With the resurrection of the show BattleBots™, many of you who’ve been skipping
the Combat Zone section or maybe
weren’t that interested in building a
bot just to have it destroyed, might be
thinking about joining in. This article is
meant to help ease you into the sport
with some tips, clues, and warnings.
First and most important: TV
shows like BattleBots and Robot Wars
may have ended back in the early
2000s, but the sport didn’t die along
with media coverage. In fact, there
are more events worldwide than there
ever were during the “glory days.”
Every continent has events.
Now, this is important. The term
is “combat robot.” The TV show —
great as it is to have it back — doesn’t
hold a monopoly on the sport. To fit
in with the veterans — many of whom
have been participating for 15 years —
do yourself a favor and call it the right
Second — and nearly as
important — do your homework. The
absolute worst way to approach a
club, builder, or FaceBook group is like
this: “Hi. I want to build a BattleBot.
How do I do that?” (Ed. Note: For my
own sanity, I used correct grammar,
spelling, and sentence structure. Most
of these posts aren’t nearly this neatly
The links included here, plus any
search engine will get you to
hundreds of fight videos, build
reports, and articles. (Blatent
Advertisement: Combat Zone has
published articles on building and
fighting bots for nearly 10 years.
There’s an article for almost anything
you can think of somewhere in your
dusty stacks of old issues.)
In fact, the February issue had a
specific parts list in the article
“Today’s Beetle” by yours truly. The
June issue had a great overview called
“The Influence of Combat Robot Kits”
by Nate Franklin.
So, you can do a lot of work
20 BattleBots is Back.
Now What Do I Do?
by Kevin Berry
23 Building Better Bots:
The Power of the
by Russ Barrow
26 Small Bot Masters —
by Brandon Davis
30 BUILD REPORT:
Renewing Old Iron
by Matt Spurk
34 BUILD REPORT:
Battle Hardening the
Inside of Your Bot
by Michael Jeffries
20 SERVO 07.2015
BattleBots is Back.
Now What Do I Do?
● by Kevin Berry
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