The time had come for us
to return to Peoria, and for
Phantom II to avenge its
predecessor. In a stroke of
“randomness,” we again drew
the vertical terror of k-too in
the first round.
At CIRC the prior year,
one weapon-to-weapon hit
with k-too annihilated our
entire weapon and most of
our frame. This year, we used
our throw-away aluminum bar
knowing that k-too’s weapon would
most likely destroy whichever weapon
we used against it.
The first hit sent both bots flying.
Phantom II body-slammed into the
wall and flipped over, while k-too did
a full barrel roll and landed (to my
annoyance) on its wheels. We got a
chance to show off our inverted
driving (unique for an overhead
spinner), but could not self-right on
the wall. k-too smelled blood and took
a chunk out of our weapon bar,
simultaneously stacking Phantom II on
the wall just in time for the pit to
open under it. Not exactly revenge,
but we were pleased to survive the
fight relatively unscathed and to show
that our inverted driving was (slightly)
useful in competition.
Our second fight was against
Honorable Mention, which was a
hammerbot made from the retired k-too frame that destroyed our first bot.
One might think that an overhead bar
spinner is particularly well matched
against a hammer, but we learned at
HORD to be prepared for any
situation, and fixed some extra top
armor and a printed belt guard to our
bot. In this fight, we got our first
chance to do some real damage.
After pulling off a frame member
and taking a small chunk from HM’s
AR400 hammerhead, Phantom II took
after its namesake and violently
ejected its weapon.
It turns out the flats we had
ground in the weapon shaft were not
enough to retain the weapon shaft,
which had worked its way out of the
frame. We managed to shove HM
around and win by a judge’s decision,
at which point we ground deeper
notches and applied green Loctite to
the weapon shaft to ensure it would
stay in place.
Our next bracket draw was Icky
Mouse: the horrifying souped-up Weta
kit. Arguably more dangerous to us
than k-too due to its wide impact
profile (and sheer energy), this bot
made us nervous. Unfortunately, Icky
Mouse had to forfeit the match due
to a loss of magic smoke.
I would be lying if I said I wasn’t
relieved, because I think Icky Mouse
would’ve ended our bot. However, we
always love a good fight and look
forward to being annihilated by
David’s bots next year.
Our fight versus From the Tops of
Skyscrapers was exactly the fight we
had been hoping Phantom II could
manage when we built it.
Despite some gyro-dancing, we
got to really show what our
weapon could do. Ricky is
also a good friend of ours
and a very active driver, so
this was probably my
personal favorite fight of the
Next up, we were
against the uniqueness that
was King Googly. Being from
the same builder as the
infamous Krave Monster, we
knew not to underestimate this bot or
its driver’s ability to put opponents
into the pit.
We went with the more stable,
more reliable solid steel bar for this
fight, and shamefully enjoyed
vandalizing the piece of art that King
Googly was. This was probably our
most destructive fight of the event,
and I fully expect KG to return as an
indestructible Weirdbot in 2018.
After performing a wheelectomy
on Boomzilla and squeezing past
Catalpa on a slim judge’s decision, the
tournament final was upon us.
Naturally, k-too was our final boss of
This fight actually became quite
delayed; k-too had damaged its
drivetrain and had to revert to
This repair was intensive, but we
refused to win an event by forfeit, so
the crowd was blessed with a
program of Krave Monster grudge
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k-too actually bent our hardened 4130 steel blade.
Time for S7, I guess.
Peg Leg Sky Shark!