Battlebots Las Vegas 1999
Well Team S.L.A.M recently went
to the second battlebots competition.
This event was held for just
Gigabots weighing up to 210 lbs. And a new class Terabots weighing up to
488 lbs. Oh Boy we are finally getting enough weight to put in lots
of armor and powerful motors , engines and lots of battery's. The weapons
are bigger and the machines are meaner.
This event will be broadcast
on Pay Per View on January 29, 2000.
Lets get to the pictures
Blunt force trauma
This baby rotates a flame cut saw
blade. Watch your ankles!
The drive unit...
The saw blade is driven by a starter
motor by means of a rubber cone. Sort of a carnie wheel arrangement. Like
an amusement ride.
Abattoir aka Blue Thunder.
This rotating weapon weighs a 100
lbs It's basically a piece of 6 inch wide bar stock that's about
6 foot long mounted to a automobile rim. When this thing is spun up it
could ruin your whole day.
This robot is powered buy a chain
saw motor driving a hydraulic pump. The drive wheels are powered
by hydraulic motors. The weapon is powered by two hydraulic rams.
A little sharpning of the hydraulic
claw weapon. All in the name of peace of course. (Ya Right).
AS you can see there's the Stihl
chain saw engine that drives the hydraulic pump. Team S.L.A.M voted for
this robot for best engineering.
I really liked this robot. It showed
a lot of design skills.
I believe that Team Sinister had
the only walker this time. This is also an excellent piece of engineering.
It has this Death blossom attack mode that you just have to see to believe.
This is scary stuff.
Mark Setrakian inadvertently triggers
the OMINOUS FADE TO BLACK STEALTH MODE and Team Sinister almost blinks
out of existence.
We'll it's either that or I should
have let the capacitors recharge in the flash unit of my camera (you make
Robot Street fight