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    Not in a miserable way, but in terms of other weight classes becoming spinners and bricks. I want to build a lifter but doesn't really seem much point if spinners are becoming wide spread at the live events and we're not allowed to snag the blades and bind them up.

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    I realise I'm adding this reply as someone who has just posted a build diary of what amounts to a ram bot with no active weapon, but I still think active weapons are worth doing for a few reasons. For one, I don't plan on keeping the bot without an active weapon forever, but its a 'cheap' test platform to see that works against spinners and what doesn't particularly when you have never fought them before. Likewise, not every fight or event is going to have spinners in it and a load of ram bots / wedges pushing each other is only going to be slightly less dull than if every fight was spinner vs wedge.

    I think there are probably lots of designs that could beat spinners as evidenced across all the weight categories. Wasn't it Rory's lifter than won the gladiator battle at the last FW championships for example? Variety is the spice of life and all that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daveimi View Post
    Not in a miserable way, but in terms of other weight classes becoming spinners and bricks.
    Yet a flipper is a Featherweight champ and Heavyweight champ form the same team.

    there is only three arenas in the UK which can contant spinners.

    Robot Wars (only class one arena IIRC)

    Extreme Robots has a Class two arena IIRC which the spinners a limited in power

    Robochallenge class 2F (featherweights only) which Neon (Ellis's featherweight) couldn't run a full power due to having similer enengy in its bar to a "low yeild heavyweight" spinner

    so yeah there is plenty of reason to build non spinner active weapons, one being that you can go to way more events.

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    OK that's cool. Sorry for sounding fed up. I'm going to build a lecky lifter with an arm a bit like a rubbish Mini Mighty Mouse lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daveimi View Post
    Not in a miserable way, but in terms of other weight classes becoming spinners and bricks. I want to build a lifter but doesn't really seem much point if spinners are becoming wide spread at the live events and we're not allowed to snag the blades and bind them up.
    *cough*


    electric lifters 4 lyf

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    Quote Originally Posted by HereticBlue View Post
    electric lifters 4 lyf

    Didn't your heavyweight have a spinner ? XD

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    Your required to have an active weapon to be accepted for Robot Wars.

    And that weapon needs to be extremely unique and incomparable to other entries - thus overhead flywheel is pretty unique
    My 3 loves - Rugby, Racing, and Robotics.

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    true, shame they don't (probably cost related) run a longer series thus allowing for more bots to enter.

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    Adam would it be poss to see your robot with the lid off? Curious to see how your lifter mech works if that's ok.

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