there was Dr. Inferno.
Then, his son, Dr. Inferno
Jr., took the robot combat world by storm (or, at least,
by surprise). After attending some local student robot combat
events at NTMA,
I learned that most of the students were using a slick little
RRevo kit. My son had just turned 2, so this seemed
like an appropriate father-son project.
amputated Dr. Inferno Jr.'s torso, built up the base kit, found
a Radio Shack Robie Jr. on Craigslist, & mushed it all together
to create the grandson in the prestigious Dr. Inferno family line.
At this time, the base has no skirts--after some test-driving
& tuning, I'll see how topheavy the bot is & devise an
appropriate skirt scheme.
Weight TBD--will probably be around 20 lb, making
it the correct weight for just about no real competition, so he'll
probably be just for demos & for fun. The mechanicals consist
of two little motors with planetary gearboxes, 2 sets of dainty
chains & sprockets, lots of aluminum panels, & a 16-year-old
torso that was apparently fabricated to be far too robust. The
electronics are a pair of 2-channel ESCs, a cost-effective binding
radio, & a pair of modern Lithium batteries.
the extensive red anodized aluminum panels, the electronics found
are an Equals Zero 12.8V 2.2Ah LiFePO4 battery for the drivetrain,
a Thunder Power 18.5V 2.25Ah LiPo battery for the weapons, a pair
of Equals Zero Ragebridge V1 mixing dual ESCs, & a Fingertech
mini power switch for each circuit, all controlled by a Hobby
King HK-TR6A V2 6-channel 2.4GHz radio receiver. Mechanicals include
2 generic PMDC motors with planetary gearboxes, which direct-drive
2 wheels & drive the other 2 wheels via #25 roller chain,
1/4" keyed aluminum frame, & 1/16" aluminum top/bottom
panels. The torso & weapon are anicent historical leftovers
from Dr. Inferno Jr.'s glory days as a star of Comedy Central's
BattleBots. For eyes, I kept it simple: a couple of super bright
white LEDs, a resistor, & a 9V battery hot glued to the skull--leftovers
from some custom pinball machine LED work I did. Under the white
head, the red head has a pair flickering red eyes.
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