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Progress Reports / Re: Mutually Assured Destruction
« on: February 19, 2019, 04:58:53 pm »
Motorama 2018 Event Report

Pretty sure I had more fights at this event than any other Motorama. Everything feels like a blur so I'm just going to do it by bot, and only touch upon the highlights if I feel they're worth mentioning


A last-minute underweight fairyweight did average, and I'm fine with that. It beat two identical wedges by sticking them in the gap between the floor and wall, before meeting its end against two spinners.


The most disappointing of the four. One win (that I didn't feel like I deserved) and two brutal losses for horizontal spinners. Going forward I want to make a new wedge specifically for fighting horizontal spinners that wraps around the front of the bot.


Thunder Child went through 8-2 to get 4th place. Some highlights included having one of its wolverine claws torn in half by Weta, and surviving a lucky encounter against Squishy after choosing the wrong attachment. It was stopped in its tracks after a bad solder joint in its Fingertech switched knocked it out during a violent match against Mondo Bizarro.


My first featherweight got the worst possible draw- fighting three of the most violent horizontal spinners.
It had two good fights against Rum Ham XXX and Beam, but the damage it sustained in its second fight took its toll. Running on 3/4 of the drive made it an easy target for Hyperpolarized. It got an easy win against Rum Ham XXX in the losers bracket after his weapon wouldn't spin up, before barely surviving against Beam again. Wing Attack Plan R came home with 4th place, higher than good bots like Crippling Depression and Huge.

Progress Reports / Re: Mutually Assured Destruction
« on: February 04, 2019, 12:40:39 pm »

The new wedge is done and all that's left is wiring.

Progress Reports / Re: Mutually Assured Destruction
« on: January 29, 2019, 04:33:56 pm »

Almost there. Alex just needs to put the new wedge together and wire it up. The lipos are in the mail too.

Progress Reports / Re: Mutually Assured Destruction
« on: January 23, 2019, 10:48:16 am »
With that chassis design it would be real nice to have waterjet access. Do ya have all the off the shelf parts ready to go in it yet?

The parts are in the mail right now.

Progress Reports / Re: Mutually Assured Destruction
« on: January 22, 2019, 10:19:16 pm »
Alex has been helping me with the 30. I've posted pictures here:

There is quite a bit of work to be done, but it will be completed before Motorama.

Progress Reports / Re: Team Brain Damage
« on: December 21, 2018, 01:51:39 pm »
Really excited to see your new featherweight. Alex is helping me with a 30 so we might finally get to fight each other.

UK/Europe / Bugglebots
« on: December 13, 2018, 11:53:51 am »
A beetleweight web series based in the UK. Trailer here:


Tyler from Captain Doom and I were there. There were a few Battlebots/Robot Wars veterans, too.

Progress Reports / Re: Mutually Assured Destruction
« on: November 04, 2018, 04:08:15 pm »
I did not, but that one might belong to Dylan McCarthy.

Progress Reports / Re: Mutually Assured Destruction
« on: October 24, 2018, 09:09:36 pm »
Franklin Institute 2018 Event Report

Before we begin, let's review the changes to the bots prior to the event:

Slim Pickens

-Smaller diameter wheels (1.75" instead of 2")
-Pistol grip radio (Flysky GT3B)

Thunder Child

-New motor mounting brackets to protect the gearbox and motor can from separating.
-Switch to the Servocity gearmotors
-Pistol grip radio

If you would like to follow along, here is the playlist of all my fights:


Fight 1: vs Firearrow

Going into the fight I was extremely nervous- Dylan is an excellent driver and he added some extra long forks for fight me. Unfortunately for him, the forks gave him a disadvantage- I could easily escape from him if he got under me. It wen the distance and I got the decision

Fight 2: vs Rainbow Kitty

I didn't see the bots first fight, but from what I heard Rainbow Kitty was fast and well-driven by a 6-year-old girl. During the fight I was able to outdrive her, and got her stuck in the kickplate. I freed her though, and won the judges' decision.

Fight 3: vs Revy

Slim Pickens's new wedge was designed especially for fighting Saifu kits. I easily slipped under his drum and he never got a good bite on me.

Fight 4 (final): vs Foiled

Foiled beat me at Motorama earlier this year in a really close decision. Going into the fight I was eager to see how the new wedge would do against horizontals. I didn't have any issues, and bullied him around until he lost half of his drive and did the thing. Slim Pickens gets first place for the first time in two years.


Fight 1: vs Quicksand

I swapped to the wolverine claws for this fight- his wedge was lower than mine and I didn't want to take any chances. He got under me a few times, but I ended up high-centering him on some debris. I left him there to get the win. Sorry Ian :/

Fight 2: vs Foiled Again

I switched to the anti-horizontal configuration and bullied him around for the full two minutes. Not much to say about it.

Fight 3: vs Clank

Back to the wolverine claws. I charged head first into his weapon multiple times, but he did get a hit on my wheelguards. It was a win for me after I dominated for most of the fight.

Fight 4: vs Devastating Moment

Feel free to show this fight to someone who says "WhY dOnT tHeY uSe WhEeLgUaRdS". One hit on my wheelguards bent them in and took out half of my drive. They got bent back after DM hit me another time with like 30 seconds left in the fight, but it wasn't enough.

Fight 5: vs Mondo Bizarro

I had to wait at least an hour or so before this fight. Mondo Bizarro had to fight two other fights to get up to my part of the losers' bracket. For this match, he took off the wheelguards so I had less area to get under. Unfortunately for him, my strategy is always to go directly into the weapon. I made him do a few somersaults and after a while he stopped working. Another win for me.

Fight 6: vs Squishy

If I won this fight, I was guaranteed to make the top 3. Squishy was different from last year, as it could now swap between an undercutter and a vertical drum. I ended up going with the wedge and he chose the undercutter. He stopped working towards the end, but got saved by the bell. I'm now guaranteed top 3 with Thunder Child once again.

Fight 7: Devastating moment (again)

DM previously got defeated by Silent Spring in the winners bracket final, and went into the fight without a working weapon (thanks Jamison!). It was an easy win.

Fight 8: vs Silent Spring (final)

First final with Thunder Child in a while, and it was a great way to end the event (this was the last fight of the event before everyone packed up and went home). Jamison used a disc especially for me. This was actually its inaugural fight, and I was honored. I was doing well up until the last 30 or so seconds, when the wedge got torn off. All of the screws were either taken off completely or sheared. The judges took a while to decide, and even asked to look at the damage to the bot. They gave the win to Silent Spring.


Not much to say about it. Went 0-2 due to drive issues and doing the thing. I didn't expect it to do well, and I was right.

Looking forward to SWORD next month, and my main focus is getting Thunder Child some new wedge mounts. It's clear that the UHMW ones aren't holding up anymore.

I'm also pretty happy about the switch to the pistol grip radio. It's definitely a keeper.

Event Results / Re: Bot Blast 2018
« on: August 28, 2018, 08:07:40 pm »
Thank you Rob

Progress Reports / Re: Mutually Assured Destruction
« on: July 17, 2018, 09:36:13 pm »
Would you look at that, a new(ish) bot.

Meet Slim Pickens v5.5. The frame is a single piece of UHMW machined by Alex horne. It features a 2mm thick wedge, also bent by Alex. I'm very excited to see how it performs. This is my first "legit" build and I'm really happy with how well it came out.

Progress Reports / Re: Mutually Assured Destruction
« on: June 09, 2018, 10:02:53 pm »
I'm rebuilding Slim Pickens for Bot Blast

Unibody UHMW frame, 2mm wedge. Surprisingly underweight too.

Thunder Child is getting some modifications for fighting D2 kits, but I'm keeping them secret until I get them done.

Progress Reports / Re: Team Thrasher / Sunny Robotics
« on: May 07, 2018, 11:42:10 am »
Thanks for the build report.

Bummer you didn't do well at Robogames but hopefully you'll do well later this year.

Progress Reports / Re: Mutually Assured Destruction
« on: February 23, 2018, 12:49:55 pm »

I brought 4 bots to this event:
Slim Pickens
Thunder Child
Not Another Wedge Bot


vs Scooter

Going into this fight I was really nervous- his disc had a good amount of reach, and I was scared that he was going to chop my wheels off even if I used the UHMW attachment. I managed to control him during the entire fight and win the decision, despite losing almost all of my wheels. After the fight, my dad and I replaced two gearmotors.

vs Deathbell

Not much to say about this one. I had some sort of ESC issues and I was going much slower than the previous fight.

vs Demise

Demise ended up using the wedge attachment and I had the same issues as before. Denise ends with 1-2 like last year.

Slim Pickens:

vs Foiled!

I beat Foiled! in a grudge match last year, but I was still pretty nervous. Alex's bot is good at resisting attacks from wedges because of its ingenious use of an airfoil in its weapon. The fight was really close, and the judges had to inspect my bot for damage (there was none, except for some scratches on the wedge. They gave it to Foiled!, which I suspect was mostly due to the fact that he flipped me over.

vs Taco Annihilator

This fight never happened- Taco Annihilator had to forfeit because it had problems with its removable link.

vs Speed Wedge 1

Andrea is a good friend of mine, and I was excited to fight her for the first time. For the next few fights, I swapped to the anti-wedge forks. I knew my forks could outreach hers, but I was also nervous about her being able to outpush me. However, I ended up dominating the fight and moved onto the next round.

vs Fun Sized

Fun Size was a scary drum bot that I was really nervous about fighting. It lost its drum in the previous fight and could not be repaired in time, so it had a wedge attached to it. I had no problem bullying it around, and then stuck it in the gap between the wall and floor

vs Recharge

Recharge had previously won SWORD Fights in the fall with some great driving, so I knew I had to do my best to outdrive him. It was close, but I got the win.

vs Hercules

At this point I thought my run was over. Hercules was a well driven lifter that went undefeated last year. I was worried that his lifting plate would get under my forks, but I ended up pushing him around with ease.

vs The Highlander

The Highlander had just come off of a lucky win against Vile Ant, despite being reduced to pieces. Its builder ended up putting it back together, but its flipper wasn't working at all. It was an easy win.

vs Physique Black

Ian's bots are always tough. Unfortunately, I had to use my postponement for this fight because my drive did not work before the fight. I got it fixed with seconds to spare, and ended up losing. I got hit a few times, and then tapped out. Both drive motors came out of their mounting holes because I didn't have enough time to let the loctite dry.

Slim Pickens goes 5-2 for join 5th place with Angry Accountant

Thunder Child:

vs Meili

Meili beat me last year after one of my drive motors got unplugged. This year I was determined to get revenge. I box rushed him and knocked him around until he lost half of his drive and tapped out.

vs Just A Wedge

I was dreading fighting a D2 kit. For the past 2 events, Thunder Child's only losses were to D2 kits, and I knew Chad was an excellent driver. It went the full 3 minutes and the judges spent a really long time deciding. I won by one point, which I think was because I flipped him over a few times.

vs Silent Spring

There was a joke on the facebook group about how two builders with bots that have interchangeable weapons would end up having a stand-off before a fight. This actually happened. We spent a good three minutes swapping attachments. Eventually he used the horizontal and I used the wedge. It went alright for the first half minute or so, but then he flipped me over and got some good hits on my wedge. I ended up getting flipped back over, but I lost half of my drive. I tapped out when I got high-centered on my warped wedge.

vs Nitro Hornet

Dylan is definitely a solid builder, and probably one of my biggest "rivals" in the sport. I opted for the D2 wolverine claws this time. I ended up losing half of my drive during the fight, and was ready to tap out. However, Nitro Hornet got hung up on some debris, and was counted out. After repairing the damage from this fight, I realized I was out of spare motors. I knew that I had to be careful in my next fights.

vs Jason's Revenge

Jason Vasquez is one of the best insect builders (in my humble opinion) in the west coast. I had seen videos of his bots in action before, and his drum spinner was fierce. I went with the claws again, and was able to stop his drum (what I believe happened was the drum axle got screwed too far into the chassis). I was able to high-center him on the arena wall and get the win

vs Project Darkness

After the previous fight, my wolverine claws were chewed up and not flush with the ground at all. If I wanted to have any chance against Ian, I would need to get under him. Thankfully, someone brought a portable belt sander to the event. I spent a good few minutes grinding them down until I felt they were sharp enough. During the fight I got under him almost every time. I was doing well until I got stuck on the wall. Ian allowed me to knock the bot down, but it stopped working. I took it back to the pits and it started working again- I'm still not exactly sure what the problem was.

Thunder Child goes 4-2, placing joint fifth alongside Weta

Not Another Wedge Bot:

vs Odin

For most of the fight I got under him and was doing pretty well. However, I ended up losing power so I tapped. I had thought it was my removable link getting sucked up into its drum, but there was actually an electrical connection inside the bot that came loose.

vs Attrition

Attrition had just been sent to the losers bracket after its own drum exploded. However, Jamo brought a spare and was ready to go. About a minute into the fight, I ended up stopping his drum. He was still able to get under me, and ended up pinning me up against the wall.

Not Another Wedge Bot goes 0-2

Speed Wedge 30:

vs megatRON

Ian let me drive it for this match. I ended up taking Jamo to a close judges' decision, which I'm really proud of- especially for a bot I had only driven for less than a minute in the test box. Despite losing, I was really proud of my performance in that fight.

Plans for future events

-Slim Pickens will probably get redesigned so I'm less likely to lose gearboxes.

- Thunder Child will get a longer middle wedglets and a longer hex bolt for mounting attachments. I might switch to thinner lock nuts, too.

-Denise may be retired if Demise retires, because Denise can only exist if Demise does.

Progress Reports / Re: Mutually Assured Destruction
« on: February 11, 2018, 07:32:04 pm »
All of the bots are ready for Motorama. The 12lb bot Alex helped me put together will be given to me at the event.

The newest build (Denise 3) sports a Markforged Onyx frame (thank Jerome!) with a shock mounted wedge that can be swapped for a plow depending on the opponent.

See everyone on Friday

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