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    Figured I'd give a little background since I've been posting here lately.

    Got started around 2001, first functional bot was finished in 2002 just in time for Battlebots to get canceled, it ended up never getting used, built a few US ants and finished up a LW for Robogames in 2006 after spending three years heading up the design & building group for a USFirst robotics team.

    Ruiner, LW angled bar spinner-

    After that, I was working on a redesign for Ruiner and built a Hobbyweight robot Apollyon.

    Apollyon currently has a 16-5 record across three versions and two weight classes. Videos are at ... e=view_all

    I ended up deciding to drop Ruiner to the featherweight class as the nearest events ran feathers as their largest class. It was renamed Mr. Self Destruct and was planned to attend an event in October, 2011. The week before the event Mr. Self Destruct self destructed in testing:

    Best I can recall, the wheels at the back resulted in the nose lifting off the ground from the gyro forces and it twisted the chassis and ripped itself apart.

    I started the rebuild in mid december and redesigned the robot. It was also time for a new name that was slightly less prophetic.

    It now competes as Moros and has a 2-2 record. Video can be seen here: ... e=view_all

    I also built a US ant for my girlfriend to drive at Motorama that goes by Kobalos: ... e=view_all

    I have since taken over driving duties as she now has a robot of her own design, Motor City Massacre: ... e=view_all

    My next robot is being built in the coming weeks for the NERC 30lb Sportsman class and Dragon*Con robot battles, both of which outlaw high energy spinning weapons. (Sportsman also outlaws wedges)

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    I have friends in Gastonia, I believe there was an event held in the Museum there soon before I last went.


    The Schiele Musuem!

    Do they still have the monkeys and the 'shoe-horned' excuses to have them as an exhibit at the place?

  3. #3
    They had a mammal exhibit going on, so there were plenty of them there. Only way from the front door to the bot area with no stairs took me right past a bunch early in the morning. They seemed a bit curious about what I was pulling behind me.

    Clash of the Bots is a yearly event at Schiele and I don't see it stopping any time soon. it's been a pretty big hit from what I can tell.

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    Next time I'm over I'll have to make sure it's the same weekend as this event, a BW will fit nicely in hand luggage.

  5. #5
    Dragon Con Robot Battles is next weekend, and after some more tweaking on a few of the robots and a few new builds/rebuilds, the fleet is ready.

    Nyx and Apollyon have been essentially untouched since their post Motorama repairs and upgrades. Gelos (the one with the massive wheels) is a new build from almost entirely scrap parts. Algos has had its wedge freshly sharpened after going undefeated at Clash of the Bots. Klazo has a new, larger, faster drum and some new side rails and wedgelets to match. Reptar is a full rebuild of last years 1lb Dragon Con Robot Micro Battles champion.

  6. #6
    Excellent, good luck. Dragon con is one of those conference still on my todo list. Someday.

  7. #7
    Video from Dragon Con Robot Battles is actively uploading to

    There are 93 videos total and as of posting this 17 have uploaded so they should trickle in all night.

    As a side note, I won the 1, 12 and 30lb class this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNCR View Post

    As a side note, I won the 1, 12 and 30lb class this year.
    Haha, nicely done!

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    I've been working on a new featherweight for my fiance to drive at events. Here's a progress picture-

    Planned attachments are an axe, a hammer, a chainsaw, and a circular saw. Drive is a pair of 18v Dewalts geared for ~10mph and the center of gravity is within an inch of the wheel axles with the hammer attachment, so it should be able to swing fairly well.

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