the Same-O vs. Tsunami video]
wanted to get in on the new craze of antweight
(1 pound) robots that's been popping up everywhere. However, I
didn't want to spend lots of time and money on it, since my "big"
bots keep me pretty busy...so, inspired by Donald
Hutson's low-budget Incinerator antweight, I picked
up a Killerhurtz Hasbro
BattleBots Custom Series remote control toy & based
this new bot on the toy chassis. After finishing the bot, I was
concerned that I'd decreased its performance by messing around
with the gearbox too much. So, I picked up another of the toys
and built an exact copy (and called it Same-O Inferno),
but without ever opening up the gearboxes. Then I pitted them
against each other--totally evenly matched! Both bots run great
& having 2 makes for some good practicing in the kitchen.
Why the name? It's the simplest, cheapest, weakest, least creative
bot I've ever built. Wedges are lame!
& Same-O debuted at the RoboJoust
Las Vegas Street Fight 3.0 in July 2002. They swept the
7-entry antweight class, both making it to the finals, where I
Konshak drive Lame-O (or was it Same-O?). The judges couldn't
really tell which bot won in the final fight...heck, it was an
informal event, so what's the difference? One way or another,
the bots got 1st & 2nd place.
entered Lame-O Inferno (but not Same-O) in Sozbots
1.2 in Burbank, just 1 week after RoboJoust, and took
4th place in the field of 32 entries! This was a hugely fun event
with some amazing killer bots! Lame-O ended up with 3 wins in
the winners' bracket, taking him to the semi-finals, where Ted
Shimoda's awesome VDD squeaked by in a 14-13 judges' decision.
Down in the losers' bracket, I got 1 more win before getting launched
clear out of the arena by Brian Roe's powerful Light Ballista
pneumatic flipper in a record 13 second shortest match of the
event! See details in the Sozbots
1.2 results page made with the cool BotBash
there were some drop-outs at the Steel
Conflict event, Sozbots let me enter both Lame-O &
Same-O. Lame-O had a 2-2 record, while Same-O bested him, pulling
out a 3-2 score, putting both bots somewhere in the middle of
the pack. Here's the entire
fight ladder--congratulations to Derek Zahn for his amazing
The absolute highlight was the epic struggle between Same-O Inferno
& my buddy Pete
Abrahamson's Tsunami. That was just the best fight ever--he
tore off part after part of my bot, but I kept manhandling him,
shoving him mercilessly, almost getting him out of the arena a
couple of times--the crowd went nuts. Watch Pete's great edit
of the fight on InfernoTV.
nice Sozboys let me enter both bots again in Sozbots 1.4 at BotBash
2002 in August. Lame-O didn't do so hot, losing to Jimmy
Crack Corn, then beating Dr. Humongous before being shredded by
One Fierce Beer Coaster. Same-O fared much better--he swept the
winners' bracket, undefeated, beating Velocibee (KO by push-out),
Tsunami (KO by push-out after getting chewed up, with only 4 seconds
left on the clock), Incinerator (KO by push-out after getting
a little melted), Zebes 3.0 (by tough judge's decision), and Jimmy
Crack Corn (KO by push-out). Jimmy won the losers' bracket &
came back for more, KOing Same-O in the first final, then losing
a tough juges' decision to Same-O for the final. Same-O took home
the 1st place trophy!
hitting the top, I decided that it was time for a new twist, so
I reinvented them. Starting with a fresh pair of BattleBots Custom
Series toys, and using lightweight components from Sozbots and
sponsor Robotic Power Solutions, I managed to whittle each bot
down to 0.5lb. Using an airplane radio & fancy mixing, I now
drive Lame-O with my right hand joytick & Same-O with the
left. Driving 2 bots simultaneously is a trip! The world's first
one-person-driven-multibot fared well at Sozbots 1.5 in San Francisco
on 12/15/02 and survived unscated, ready for Sozbots 1.6 in Los
Angeles on 2/8/03.
first finished bot actually came in at about 0.7lb, so I taped
down some nuts & bolts to add ballast over the wheels for
extra traction. Lame-O Inferno runs off of 4 high-capacity 1.65Ah
AA size NiMH batteries that give him almost 20 minutes of run
time! He's got 2-wheel drive & 2 fixed rear casters to help
him track straight. His weapon is a simple 3-ply [90/0/90] IM7/8552
carbon-epoxy composite panel. It's mounted so it's slightly bent
to provide a very low angle of attack. $22.99 for the toy at K-Mart,
and $2 of miscellaneous hardware makes for one cheeeep bot!
the multibot, I gutted all of the Hasbro electronics & spent
a few bucks on the teeny & powerful Sozbots 2-channel speed
controllers, lightweight Sozbots power switches, teeny weeny GW
R4P FM 72MHz radio receivers, and Robotic Power solutions kicked
in a pair of their swell antpacks. Some fancy mixing on my Futaba
8UAPS and I was ready to drive both bots simultaneously!
sure about much of the tech details--all I did was start with
toy & hack it. 2 important steps to undertake when
coverting a Custom Series toy are to remove the damage sensor
(metal cylinder & wiggly spring at the front of the circuit
board) & to short the 2 pads next to the damage sensor to
trick the bot into thinking that the weapon module is installed.
The carbon fiber scoop is 6" x 6". I had a 12"
x 12" panel that I made for the heck of it several years
ago while conducting research for Boeing.
I cut it into quarters so I have a few spare scoops. It took a
long time, but I finally found a good use for this old panel!
A little work with a dremel, files, and a power drill, and it
was mounted--that's about it...After messing around with the bots,
I noticed that they would almost run upside-down, but the
plastic electronics cover on the rear was sticking up
too high. So, I removed the circuit board cover on the back &
did some dremel & tape work to lower the circuit boards &
make the bots invertible, should they get flipped in battle.
donated by Robotic
Power Solutions. Nuts & bolts & washers &
stuf from Specialty
Tool & Bolt.