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believe there were other shorts
in our admittedly shoddy
However, about a minute
into the fight, the weapon
spun to life and the drive
decided to work, making this
our first opportunity to
showcase this robot in working
Excited, I went for a
weapon-to-wedge hit, throwing
sparks off the titanium and
sending the opponent
careening into the wall. This
didn’t last long, however, as it
was now our turn to eat the
arena wall. This hit pulled the weapon
shaft out of its anchoring hub, taking
the upper support plate with it.
This hit also left us stacked on the
arena buffers, causing our loss by KO.
Despite this being the historic first
fight in which we hit an opponent
twice, we had work to do before CIRC
Phantom II’s first performance
could be described as lackluster, but
not awful. An even 2-2 record tied us
for 5th out of 16 Beetles at the event.
While this was definitely an
improvement on the first version, we
were ready to shoot for loftier goals.
The first order of business was to
address the basic functionality of the
bot. Some internal short had
managed to damage one side of the
spare Scorpion Mini, so we decided to
abandon onboard mixing entirely and
swap over to Finger Tech tinyESCs for
This change was accompanied by
modding a cheap left-handed
HobbyKing transmitter for direct tank
control, as this was the setup I had
learned on when I drove for six years
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The team and the bots at the end of HORD.
Inverted driving is useful, but in this case only for
Phantom II’s armor and weapons, in their modular glory.
Phantom II posing with From the Tops of Skyscrapers (RIcky Matsko, 2017).