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    Power/failsafe LED

    Even though I shouldnt get involved here, I *will* say something (semi-)practical:
    IMHO, itd be a bad idea to use a white LED. Itd be hard(er) to tell from a reflection of the arena lighting. Other...
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    Powering up weapons

    Not that Im yet at the stage of having a heavyweight to fit it in to, but Id strongly approve. It might be wise to have it externally visible that its activated, though - the distinction between a...
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    Powering up weapons

    I approve, Babeth. (Not that Im really in a position to have an opinion just yet.)

    I can see that people need different initialization sequences, and writing it down would be a good thing,...
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    I really want to see this episode

    Argh. (I still owe someone a freebie DVD, too.) Thanks for the reminder - Ill try to chase people up. Really do nudge me in a month, though - Im badly snowed under at the moment and theres a good...
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    Power/failsafe LED

    But is the thread really dead, or has its power light just failed? :)

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    South East FRA Region Meeting

    FWIW (if Ive not yet been excommunicated for not yet having built anything; components... I have components... and an overdraft...) Im able to drive again, so Im no longer begging accessible...
  7. Thread: Axe mechanism

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    Axe mechanism

    If I can have an intuitive stab at what Johns saying (to see if Ive got the gist):

    With a pneumatic axe, the amount of energy imparted to the weapon before impact is independent of its weight...
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    Roaming Robots, Winter Tour

    For those of us interested plebs who cant make it (and who rant at excessive length on the subject - okay, thats just me), could I ask someone to give us the gist of this kind of discussion? Itd be...
  9. Thread: Tanto 2

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    Tanto 2

    Woohoo. Ive learnt something about robots!

    (Another eight years and I might have learnt enough to get around to building one...)

    :)

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  10. Thread: Tanto 2

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    Tanto 2

    I thought it was one of these things (the excavators, not nuclear power plants) which was the inspiration for Nightmare? Under 100kg, of course.

    Its probably a bit harder to knock the wheels off...
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    South East FRA Region Meeting

    Ive just got back from surgery (which is why Ive not been ranting about things - miss me?) so Im afraid Im in non-driving mode again. Basically that means that somewhere accessible by train in the...
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    Would Jumping qualify as walking

    Actually, Ive been wondering about aiming at 200kg and sticking one big ram on the bottom (see some of MITs work in dynamic balance in the 1980s). Since the CO2 weight doesnt count, you end up...
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    Team Whyachis New Bot

    ...which at least confirms that its the spinner energy which is being used for the flipper (rather than a secondary CO2 cylinder like, IIRC, ROTAS).

    Interesting, but it puts a lot of force on...
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    FRA World Championships

    Ere.

    http://www.fightingrobots.co.uk/rules.htmhttp://www.fightingrobots.co.uk/rules.htm

    Flames arent allowed. ( :) )

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    South East FRA Region Meeting

    Given how little relaxation time I have at the moment, that sounds like a nice evening. Oh well. Glad it was enjoyed by the people who *could* make it, and sorry to be antisocial.


    Next time,...
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    South East FRA Region Meeting

    So... whatd I miss?

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    South East FRA Region Meeting

    After all that, it looks like Im not going to cope, Im afraid. Have fun, though, and Ill try to make it to the next gathering (possibly even with some semblance of a robot to justify my existence). ...
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    South East FRA Region Meeting

    As the time is approaching... are people on for this, or would it just be Karoline (and David) and me?

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    South East FRA Region Meeting

    Sounds (provisionally) good to me. Ill see
    if I can get there a) on time, and b) without
    going a circuitous route this time.

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    Why-Not and Y-Pout

    So can Why-Not and Y-Pout. (And ripping, and shredding, and...) :)

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  21. Thread: Armour

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    Armour

    :-)

    Going back a bit, why would you want to harden the wood? Surely its never going to be as hard as the metal, and you want it to be strong, not hard, to support the back - otherwise the first...
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    South East FRA Region Meeting

    FWIW, my arm has now recovered sufficiently that I can drive, so (although Londons still fine) dont feel constrained on my account.

    Sometime soon Im going to have to actually get building, so I...
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    Why-Not and Y-Pout

    Sorry MC - was that directed at me? Id not meant to imply that I was angry with you; as I said, Id not have been able to afford them anyway, and my comments were meant to indicate wistfulness, not...
  24. Thread: FRA Rules

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    FRA Rules

    I presume http://www.fightingrobots.co.uk/rules.htmhttp://www.fightingrobots.co.uk/rules.htm is current?

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  25. Thread: Armour

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    Armour

    :-) That would explain why the bloke on Discovery H&L said what Ive got here is some industrial cyanoacrylate (slop, slop, stick fingers together). I remember dope from something (other than...
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