Seeing as how there was no fights at all last event, it seems like the Kilo class has died.
Any ideas on how to get it back?
Get Dirk to buy some kitbots drive motors for Roadbug?
Not sure why no one else is building kilobots.
For me, I like the build the wackier bots and the only competition for the last couple years is TA and RB, both power lifters that I don't have any interest in fighting anymore.
I like wacky robots too. The actuated saw bot version of TA was my fave but saw blades were deemed illegal or something? I can't remember. The spinning colson bot was cool too but never got to fight.
I'm also not a fan of typical lifter bots. I think they lack creativity (although I've never seen a lifter that works how TA's works). TA was built the night before an event which explains why it is a simple lifter.
I'll bring back Miner 2049er for a future event.
The rules limit any spinners. Lifty TA abided by the speed limit but then I think we waived the speed limit at the time because cutting robots seemed feasible, but TA was more of a 'kachunk-kachunk' type and trying to regulate cutters seemed hard so we disallowed toothed blades. I think you switched to an abrasive disk, but when that wasn't effective TA morphed into the current design? Seemingly there is no footage of that TA?
I see now that the new SPARC ruleset is even stricter as it specifies an RPM limit instead of the old SFM limit. It does only mention 30lb class so not sure how that applies.
Whatever their reasons are, nobody else is building any. If memory serves correct this is basically how it has been recently:
- no fights
-Samurai vs illegal (spinner) multibot
-Pinhead vs Roadbug
-Roadbug vs Triple action has been the only action for a few events I think. The last time we had more than 2 bots was probably Spectrum 2013.
Mike J (MikeNCR):
On the SPARC rules, there are specific allowances for cutting weapons-
Specific weapons of very low mass or very low moment of inertia (MOI) may be allowed at a higher rpm. The intent of said weapons should NOT be to deliver large kinetic hits. But rather cutting, drilling, scraping, ect.
All weapons operating above the 400 rpm limit MUST be submitted to the event organizer for approval during the registration period.
This allows things like saws and drills. The 10" circular saw on Spanky runs at around 4000rpm and the chainsaw is in the 1000rpm range.