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  • joebrown's Avatar
    Yesterday, 17:24
    Hi All, We're stocking ant and beetle parts at Bristol Bot Builders shop! A few things in the works, feedback welcome :) https://shop.bristolbotbuilders.com/ Some interesting parts to...
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  • Zenith's Avatar
    20th November 2019, 21:42
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxVUhrZpPgs The traditional post-event video is here!
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  • Ocracoke's Avatar
    20th November 2019, 12:57
    A minor update, I've ordered a new set of drive motors for Azriel and gonna see if I can extract and repair the 15.75:1 gearbox from Jibril to put in Azriel tonight. I might yet make a FW event with...
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  • Retroman's Avatar
    19th November 2019, 18:53
    That’s... wow... sounds like damage was minimal at least, good trophy though! And you’re more than welcome to use it, with any luck I’ll be happy enough with it to post a pic or 2 at weekend... ...
    177 replies | 124173 view(s)
  • DaveB's Avatar
    19th November 2019, 13:53
    Thanks both. We certainly learnt an awful lot. The power in some of the spinners is pretty scary,not to mention the air raid siren of doom!
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  • Ocracoke's Avatar
    19th November 2019, 12:42
    Many thanks to everyone! Very much so. The fire was a result of pulling too much current through the radio wires when the main power disconnected. I've still got the crispy wires somewhere...
    177 replies | 124173 view(s)
  • team death's Avatar
    19th November 2019, 07:56
    Great design-very much in the style of the early Robot Wars series where wedge shaped Robots were frowned upon, well done, your Robot has personality, more like this please.
    57 replies | 8012 view(s)
  • Retroman's Avatar
    18th November 2019, 22:14
    Given that the universe is infinite, and God is also infinite... Would you like a toasted teacake? Talkie would be a brilliant personality for this machine, red paint and an led panel would make a...
    57 replies | 8012 view(s)
  • Ocracoke's Avatar
    18th November 2019, 21:56
    Looks very good, well done! Ah, but which version of Talkie are we talking about? Definitely looks like the Series 2 version, just needs a light on it :P
    57 replies | 8012 view(s)
  • James Williams's Avatar
    18th November 2019, 21:33
    First off, kudos to you for your perseverance. I don't think anyone's put in as much effort as you getting to events & suffering mishap after mishap, only to keep on instead of quitting. It was...
    177 replies | 124173 view(s)
  • McMullet's Avatar
    18th November 2019, 21:02
    Looks marvellous! Looks... toasty in fact. :D Great job getting it up and running. Could you fit a polycarb panel to the top with some (decorative) slices of "toast" sticking out? Just cut from...
    57 replies | 8012 view(s)
  • McMullet's Avatar
    18th November 2019, 20:52
    That's quite the year you've had. I think it's a good decision to ease off the driving a bit, it can't be much fun spending so much time in the car for a couple of fights. Great to see Jibril's...
    177 replies | 124173 view(s)
  • McMullet's Avatar
    18th November 2019, 20:45
    Well done on your first event! I was watching the live stream and recognised Landslide when it came up - I won't deny, I had a bad feeling about how it was going to go but you did brilliantly! Very...
    18 replies | 1020 view(s)
  • Zenith's Avatar
    18th November 2019, 19:48
    Battle in the ‘Burgh 2019 NCR Edinburgh, Scotland, 16th of November 2019 When it was confirmed in June 2019 that there was going to be a beetleweight event in the Scottish city of Edinburgh I...
    112 replies | 43223 view(s)
  • Mr Manuva27's Avatar
    18th November 2019, 19:27
    So the robot is pretty much done! I've got a few other minor bits to sort, but there won't be many changes from this between now and Robodojo. LiPos, fuse and LEDs are wired in: Dustpans...
    57 replies | 8012 view(s)
  • Sam_DRT's Avatar
    18th November 2019, 17:03
    Hi Dave, Landslide was a really impressive first time build, it just kept going! HDPE instead of chopping boards and I think it'll be lasting the full 3 minutes with spinners :)
    18 replies | 1020 view(s)
  • Retroman's Avatar
    18th November 2019, 13:37
    Ok... had a couple of hours on the arena over the weekend, aaaaaand disaster... well, maybe that’s a bit dramatic, this quarter pipe is a PITA, but I have a workaround! The problem we have is...
    35 replies | 8581 view(s)
  • Retroman's Avatar
    18th November 2019, 13:23
    A minor fire? It’s admirable how you simply take it all in your stride, but that is some immense mileage :uhoh: If it helps the workload, you are more than welcome to use my arena for BotFest once...
    177 replies | 124173 view(s)
  • DaveB's Avatar
    18th November 2019, 10:13
    So on Saturday we took Landslide to compete in our first event at the Battle in the 'burgh in Edinburgh. Whilst my better half was enjoying the sights the kids and I spent the whole day at the event...
    18 replies | 1020 view(s)
  • Ocracoke's Avatar
    17th November 2019, 23:58
    With the end of the year coming up with only one, perhaps two events left for me, here is a round-up of Team Kaizen's performance for the last year. Jibril has easily been the most active robot...
    177 replies | 124173 view(s)
  • Dan-27's Avatar
    17th November 2019, 22:05
    Hello. I'm looking to take the plunge into brushless drive. I think I've sussed the motor gearbox combination I want, I'm looking at mating a 1400kv DYS BE1806 motor to a 22mm 500 rpm gearbox. My...
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  • Pinski1's Avatar
    15th November 2019, 22:53
    Pinski1 replied to a thread Melty Brain in Heavyweights
    Not a minimum speed but there is a trade off. The faster you spin the more energy you store and can then deal out. However the faster you spin the less time you have to try and speed up and slow down...
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  • Ocracoke's Avatar
    15th November 2019, 10:36
    Sounds like good progress, can't wait to see what the arena and Nessie will look like when they are finished.
    35 replies | 8581 view(s)
  • Retroman's Avatar
    15th November 2019, 10:23
    Nessie; so far so terrible, the unusual design is making it difficult to balance, and it vibrates like mad. On a separate note, the walking test bed almost works, we may have it in one piece by...
    35 replies | 8581 view(s)
  • Retroman's Avatar
    15th November 2019, 10:00
    Retroman replied to a thread Melty Brain in Heavyweights
    I'm not sure if it counts but http://www.fightingrobots.co.uk/threads/12049-the-figure-8-rule-for-melty-brain-spinners knightrous mentions a 2 wheel melty being capable of 100rpm translation, a...
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  • Retroman's Avatar
    15th November 2019, 09:51
    It is stunning... looks fantastic, and the theme is clever too. I can appreciate the level of detail, the illuminated exit sign is genius. If it drives as good as it looks you should have a good...
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  • Prophet Of Doom's Avatar
    14th November 2019, 21:22
    Prophet Of Doom replied to a thread Melty Brain in Heavyweights
    Is there a minimum rotation speed for a Melty brain?
    10 replies | 4489 view(s)
  • Prophet Of Doom's Avatar
    14th November 2019, 20:39
    Prophet Of Doom replied to a thread Shell Spinner in Heavyweights
    Is there a minimum rotation speed for a Melty brain?
    8 replies | 2837 view(s)
  • Zenith's Avatar
    14th November 2019, 19:15
    Thanks! I wouldn't go as far as calling myself an artist - I just know I like messing around with the stuff :p
    112 replies | 43223 view(s)
  • McMullet's Avatar
    14th November 2019, 11:32
    Bravo sir. I hope it drives well and the event is successful, but regardless of functionality you are a true artist when it comes to bending HDPE!
    112 replies | 43223 view(s)
  • McMullet's Avatar
    14th November 2019, 11:26
    McMullet replied to a thread Get Shrekt in Build Diaries
    That is an impressive set of damage photos! It's great to see all the little incremental changes you've made to make GS the monster it is today. Hopefully see you at Robodojo in a couple of weeks...
    18 replies | 5402 view(s)
  • Zenith's Avatar
    13th November 2019, 21:56
    Head for the Exit - Build Report Part 2 Now the base of the chassis was finished, time to address the more finicky type of stuff. I started with the weapon arm. It's a rather prominent...
    112 replies | 43223 view(s)
  • Maxamuslead's Avatar
    13th November 2019, 19:57
    Maxamuslead replied to a thread Get Shrekt in Build Diaries
    hmmmm i wonder what be replacing it..............
    18 replies | 5402 view(s)
  • Albear's Avatar
    13th November 2019, 17:55
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  • mrsam's Avatar
    13th November 2019, 08:02
    mrsam replied to a thread Get Shrekt in Build Diaries
    *Blows away cobwebs* Been a long time since I posted here, having just returned from a very successful Cheltenham event I thought I’d give a quick update of where Get Shrekt is currently and...
    18 replies | 5402 view(s)
  • RogueTwoRobots's Avatar
    13th November 2019, 00:50
    Good luck! Sounds like you've got a good handle on things for your first build and look forward to seeing it at Edinburgh. I haven't done a scratch built beetle for about four years and mine is...
    14 replies | 3665 view(s)
  • team death's Avatar
    12th November 2019, 17:04
    Yes it will be interesting to see them. Cheers
    6 replies | 610 view(s)
  • Albear's Avatar
    12th November 2019, 12:58
    Hi Colin! I have some very light aluminium split rims from an old go cart that are almost the same size and shape as your wheel guards! would you like me to post a picture of them if your interested?
    6 replies | 610 view(s)
  • Ocracoke's Avatar
    12th November 2019, 11:24
    That was what I meant by overdrawing. Given the motor mentioned, it is likely to be quite low draw anyway, good to know. Plotting intensifies :D
    6 replies | 332 view(s)
  • Shakey's Avatar
    12th November 2019, 07:34
    All of my spinners run 180 or 210 mah batteries and can complete multiple fights. 180mah is enough capacity and normally enough draw except for larger spinners may struggle with current PLAs...
    6 replies | 332 view(s)
  • Roboteernat's Avatar
    11th November 2019, 23:47
    Extreme Robots Cheltenham post event review... This sums it up... https://youtu.be/GIQn8pab8Vc Then https://youtu.be/KCkmIyC6v00
    105 replies | 28747 view(s)
  • McMullet's Avatar
    11th November 2019, 23:31
    Looks great! My understanding is that PLA+ is tougher in the formal engineering sense, but then "tougher than normal PLA" leaves a lot of room to not really be very tough...
    6 replies | 332 view(s)
  • 5upercrab's Avatar
    11th November 2019, 23:13
    Cheers folks, yes the render mode is rather fun. This is about as good looking as it will ever get. Downhill from here! Just using normal PLA. If I get strength issues with PLA I will probably buy...
    6 replies | 332 view(s)
  • McMullet's Avatar
    10th November 2019, 22:46
    If they're normal Argos drill motors the gearboxes are single speed, so no worries there! I've found going in a straight line at low speed a challenge too, I think basically what happens is that the...
    57 replies | 8012 view(s)
  • Ocracoke's Avatar
    10th November 2019, 21:20
    Extreme S.T.E.M - Jibril, The Honey Badger and Ikari The S.T.E.M event was interesting. Nice laid back atmosphere but it was getting a bit confusing over which fight was due when. Anyway, the main...
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  • Ocracoke's Avatar
    10th November 2019, 20:22
    Jibril does pull as well under low acceleration as well. Think Azriel does as well. I would try driving it on a piece of plywood or something to see what happens then. Uneven contact along the...
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  • Ocracoke's Avatar
    10th November 2019, 20:19
    For spinners, you want the higher capacity or you run the risk of overdrawing the battery or running out during the fight. Looks damn nice, can't wait to see it at the next event.
    6 replies | 332 view(s)
  • Ocracoke's Avatar
    10th November 2019, 20:16
    Ocracoke replied to a thread Arena hazards? in Antweights
    I guess they were trying to make it more grungy for Series 3 at the time but with all the palaver with the production at the time, things had to change in Series 4.
    11 replies | 766 view(s)
  • Mr Manuva27's Avatar
    10th November 2019, 20:14
    Wheels are now secure! I bit the bullet and bought a pillar drill from Screwfix, some 120mm trolley wheels and some 3/8th bolts from a Land Rover Defender. A quick blowtorch and heat press later,...
    57 replies | 8012 view(s)
  • team death's Avatar
    10th November 2019, 19:32
    Piece De Resistance I have done a major re work on this Robot this week. changing all the sprockets and chain drive system to the drill direct drive through the gearboxes which I achieved...
    6 replies | 610 view(s)
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