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Thread: If there was there was an event for lightweights, middleweights or both.

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    I might have asked this question before on there or on Facebook, even lightweights & middleweights aren't as popular it's just someone at work may ask me about it.

    If a robot wars fan or roboteer (new or old) who is a small percentage of people who just as much loved the lightweights & middleweights as much as the heavyweights & featherweights end up setting a live lightweight championship for example & it was only for once a year tournament. would anybody who compete in antweight, beetleweight, featherweight & heavyweight live events compete in a lightweight or even middleweight event even only competing once a year?

    I do Apologise to make everyone bored taking about lightweights & middleweights. Like I said someone may ask me at work or even a Asperger's group that I go to may find hard to understand why lightweights & middleweights aren't so popular. I know few friends who have a different level of Asperger's syndrome so understanding why these weight classes aren't so popular. & I would rather ask because I can understand what everyone here are saying & can break the in information down so my friends at my Asperger's group to understand.

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    If you want a lightweight Championship youll probably end up with aload of featherweight clusters.

    If you cant understand why we dont run these classes anymore, think about this. Imagine if there was a weight category for 1kg, 2kg, 3kg, ect all the way up to 100 kg. There would be more classes than roboteers, and most of them so similar to each other they simply arnt worth it. Same situation really.
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    It all started with the 80-100kg class of heavies. That was the TV show.
    Feathers came forward due the ease of starting one.
    Take cheap batterydrills, a decent RX/TX and some chopping/particle/mulitplex board and you have the makings of the basic featherweight.

    For lightweights, you'll have to look at heavier duty batterytools, and those don't in the flavor "cheap" or even "affordable for drastic changes".
    Starting a drivetrain from scratch isn't given to every starter, and even with the right knowledge and tools it never will be called cheap.

    Otherwise you get into the realm of electric wheelchairs or mobility scooters, and those are more suited for middleweights and low power heavies.

    In short, The historical popular classes became popular because there isn't any overlap in used parts except RX/TX.
    Antweights, featherweights and heavies are so widely spread in weight that it is obvious why.

    Any class added in between is just diluting the playing field.

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    Very well put - don't dilute the playing field. This is still a problem in the US, where featherweights have virtually died out and builders have migrated to either the insect classes or heavyweights, with a small number of lightweight and middleweight bots going to one competition a year.

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