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  1. #331
    Ocracoke's Avatar
    Team Kaizen

    I guess, perhaps I was reading it a bit too literally. Anyway, proof of mobility video ahoy!

    Team Kaizen - Build Diary for all the robots

    AW: Amai, Ikari, Lafiel, Osu, Ramu
    BW: Shu!, The Honey Badger
    FW: Azriel
    MW: Jibril, Kaizen

  2. #332
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    Team Kaizen

    New motor has arrived and I am glad to say that The Honey Badger 4.1.1 is now reassembled! Weighs about 1.3kg so may add in some more armour onto the robot. I'll be putting together a build review video later on this weekend.
    Team Kaizen - Build Diary for all the robots

    AW: Amai, Ikari, Lafiel, Osu, Ramu
    BW: Shu!, The Honey Badger
    FW: Azriel
    MW: Jibril, Kaizen

  3. #333
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    Team Kaizen

    So... yeah... two BW events, not a single win between them. Here is how the story goes.

    The Honey Badger 4.1.1 - BBB Beetle Champs in Bristol
    Prior to this event, I had to rush to get the new replacement motor installed. I had intended on putting a scraper on the bottom but was out of time so I ended up going to the event with effectivelythe same robot as Rampage minus the wheel guards. Nevertheless, the new motors were a boon and work nicely enough. I had to recycle a old controller because house moving meant my OrangeRX controller was not with me.

    The Honey Badger vs Night Fury vs Tentamo no mae
    It just had to be Night Fury, didn't it? Tentamo didn't worry me so much but Night Fury did. The Honey Badger did OK in this if a little uncontrollable at times but then it got caught facing Night Fury head on and ripped the front. A second attempt and a massive gouge next to my speed controller appeared along with a missing wheel.

    Tentamo then pushed me broad side on which took the tyre off the other wheel and rendered The Honey Badger immobile.

    It took a lot of sellotape, soldering and melting of plastic to get the motor reconnected and the wheel reassembled but I had it back together in time for its fight against Igor.

    The Honey Badger vs Igor
    Igor is a grabber/control robot that seemed to be having a hard time getting hold of the Badger but on 3, 2, 1 the Badger lurched forwards, jumped Igor and the wheel promptly fell off. Still mobile technically as it was able to move on the other wheel and the remnants of the spokes on the damaged wheel and it became a very much more technical fight. Had I'd been able to get under Igor and got a good flip in, I would have hoped to have won the fight but as it was, no.

    The Honey Badger 4.1.2 - Scouse Showdown
    This was the first event I was invited to be a judge at so I was quite chuffed to be there (thanks Ben!). I brought The Honey Badger along for a Judge's whiteboard fight and spent about 20 minutes replacing the wheels with the Fingertech wheels that BBB sell. It was a bit fiddly without the right twist key too but I got the new wheels on. I also helped Dave Weston get the arena up and down... damn that was heavy.

    The Honey Badger vs Slav King vs Darren
    From my perspective, the fightwas very brief. Slav King, a drum spinner, hit the Badger and the wheels flew off. It looks like the grub screws on both sides need a touch of blue threadlock to keep them on and not unwind. I won't lie, I was a little deflated by that, especially when I've seen other robots use the same wheels in the same event against spinners but at this point, I was just happy to get the Badger back in the arena.

    With the house move still ongoing, I am not sure I'll be able to have The Honey Badger 4.2 built before Rapture. I want to dedicate time to Jibril, Azriel, the ants and even the BotFest arena. Also, it is Team Kaizen's 5 year anniversary and I want to celebrate that somehow.
    Team Kaizen - Build Diary for all the robots

    AW: Amai, Ikari, Lafiel, Osu, Ramu
    BW: Shu!, The Honey Badger
    FW: Azriel
    MW: Jibril, Kaizen

  4. #334
    Any update on the BotFest 4 video?
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  5. #335
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    Team Kaizen

    The BotFest 4 video has been delayed for a long while, I do admit. When I viewed the footage from the event, the audio source defaulted to my laptop rather than the camera so you can hear me and the other roboteers nattering away whilst the fight is going on which obviously isn't good.

    What I think I can do is mute the video and add in some music (I purchased a lot of music for the BotFest videos) but that requires me to be able to sit down for while and actually edit the thing.
    Team Kaizen - Build Diary for all the robots

    AW: Amai, Ikari, Lafiel, Osu, Ramu
    BW: Shu!, The Honey Badger
    FW: Azriel
    MW: Jibril, Kaizen

  6. #336
    Ocracoke's Avatar
    Team Kaizen

    Moving house is a royal pain. I have, however, managed to dig out Azriel and Jibril for the upcoming event at Portsmouth. We also played "fit the Middleweight in the Smart car" game. If the side arms are taken off, it fits but the axe has seized up and the battery wire has broken a connection. The Featherweight *looks* OK but I can't try as the transmitter has broken in storage as well. I need to invest in a new transmitter + carry case.

    Will update on the video now that my personal rig is up and running again.
    Team Kaizen - Build Diary for all the robots

    AW: Amai, Ikari, Lafiel, Osu, Ramu
    BW: Shu!, The Honey Badger
    FW: Azriel
    MW: Jibril, Kaizen

  7. #337
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    Team Kaizen

    OK, so I've got a second transmitter which I've managed to bind Azriel to and that works fine. Batteries all charged and is good to go. In typical fashion however, Jibril is being the problem child. I got the wiring soldered back up but must have done a dodgy solder somewhere as when powered on, it started to turn on and then sparked with a bang.

    I really hope the speed controllers et al are OK. I'll find out when I dig out the entire wiring loom tonight.
    Team Kaizen - Build Diary for all the robots

    AW: Amai, Ikari, Lafiel, Osu, Ramu
    BW: Shu!, The Honey Badger
    FW: Azriel
    MW: Jibril, Kaizen

  8. #338
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    Team Kaizen

    Extreme Robots Portsmouth 2022

    So for this year, I am no longer running solo as I've got a friend, Dan, on board with the wholer roboteering thing. We drove down to Portsmouth and got to the event with plenty of time to spare. The event changes are rather exciting, I'd be interested to see where these go. The only bug bear I have is with the FW changes as they've now been made a permenant pre-show feature which seems to start an hour before the main show. In of itself, that isn't bad but as I'll explain later, that I find to be a problem.

    Azriel took part in both Saturday FW melees. There are now three different melees, depending on the wepaon severity. Since Azriel has a blunt axe, it went into the "weakest" melees for both. Dan drove first and for a first time roboteer (beyond a AW he put together), did quite well I thought. Ended up being flipped up and over and not enough power in the axe to self right meant it was game over.

    Second melee, I drove. Azriel was feeling the fall out from the first melee as once again, electrical issues in the circuitry meant that for part of the fight, ultimately resulting in a technical immbolisation, it was running on one wheel.

    Jibril 2.0 arrived at the event needing some minor surgery. We realigned a drive wheel so it would mesh better with the pinion gear from the motor and I padded out the axe motor with a couple of washers sellotaped in so it wouldn't lose mesh with the axe gearbox. That seemed to work quite nicely. Tech checked fine, it was all ready to go.

    Got into the loading pen with Raphael, Backflip and Audacious, powered on fine... and then nothing. No movement whatsoever. The announcer then announces Jibril entering the arena only to be followed by "Annnd its broken down" with a subsequent "awwww" by the audience. You can imagine how I felt, especially given all the issues with the last version breaking down.

    Subsequent testing seems to indicate that I've somehow killed a RageBrdge 2 ESC. I need to swap it out with a known good ESC to validate this but what really bugs me is the the VEX speed controller indicates it is getting a signal but no power overall. With only two weeks to go until Guildford 2022, this is not something I needed right now (who does?). Ultimiately, I came away from Portsmouth 2022 feeling quite deflated and convinced Jibril is cursed in some manner. It was still a great event and glad I went to see everyone.

    If I can't figure out why Jibril isn't working, that only leaves Azriel for Guildford at least and since they've been regulated to a pre-show event only, I am really struggling to find a reason to go to Guildford. I know FW only events exist (RoboDojo being the main one) but their schedule just doesn't work with my commitments.

    I've also committed myself going to Robots Live in Stoke in July of this year, specifically because a) it is the closest "big" event to Merseyside this year and b) I've invited someone to the show because I want them to understand what I do and why I do it. I'll feel awful if I only bring Azriel to the show because as good as that robot is, it is just one part of the overall Team Kaizen.

    I'll be restructing the robot line up in a few days so I know what I am focusing on.
    Team Kaizen - Build Diary for all the robots

    AW: Amai, Ikari, Lafiel, Osu, Ramu
    BW: Shu!, The Honey Badger
    FW: Azriel
    MW: Jibril, Kaizen

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