Battle Number 1 - Getting Blended by Blendo!
After the shock
set in, we franticly tried to make some last minute modifications
to Hercules to prepare him for Blendo. I knew the cutting blades
would do no good against him, so I added on my hammer attachment
that I was going to use to try to slow him down. I rolled Hercules
into the arena with a heavy heart, thinking that I may need
to find a wheelbarrow to pick up the pieces afterwards.
The whole thing lasted about 30 seconds. Blendo sat across the arena, spinning at what seemed like a million miles an hour, and I decided that my strategy of hitting him with the hammer just wasn't going to work. The only way to get him would be to take one hit from him, wait for him to slow down and try to flip him over. So, I went in for my first hit.
The first impact sent one of my 2 pound stainless steel armor plates flying into the arena plexiglass wall, and left a 4 inch gash and a dent from the other side. Had the wall been lower or less durable, someone surely would have been decapitated. Unfortunately, the impact did not slow Blendo down much, so I had to get hit again.
I moved in and the second hit caught me on the right side corner, and picked up my 169 pound robot and threw him into the arena wall. The impact warped the side of the case and pinched the motor wires on one side, which in turn shorted out my Vantec speed control. That was all she wrote, Hercules was dead. I had no control or movement. I rolled him away afterwards thinking that perhaps this whole thing was a bad idea....That was pretty much it for Saturday.
To get Hercules back into the battles, I needed to get another speed controller, and with the weekend and location (not to mention the $500+ price tag), I had no idea what I was going to do.
day, Blendo destroyed yet another robot (Punjar), which only
was able to land one hit that completely destroyed Punjar, and
he never made it back. After beating up Hercules and Punjar,
Blendo was asked to leave the competition with a special achievement
award, due to safety concerns with the audience.
|I decided to remove Hercules' saw blades against Blendo and add a hammer on the back, also I added a spatula-like attachment for the front of the lifting arm to be able to scoop underneath Blendo better.|
|Here we go, off to fight Blendo!|
|Here's Blendo, waiting in line in front of us. Note the extension cord used for the power drill they use to start the gas engine on Blendo.|
|This is the best picture I've seen for this match, (Special thanks to Andrew Lindsay for this awesome shot), you can actually see that Hercules was scooping under Blendo, it was during this impact that one of the steel plates I had on the front of Herc was ripped off, and seeing parts of my robot flying across the arena frightened me enough to back off... what I should have done was keep pushing, oh well...|
|Here is a another shot of the first moment of impact. This impact sheared off one of Hercules' front steel armor plates and sent it flying into the arena wall!|
|Here is a quick shot before Blendo hit me the second time. I was totally lined up wrong, Don't know what I was thinking here!|
|Another shot right before the second impact from Blendo. Jamie Hyneman is a very efficient robot driver.|
|After getting hit from Blendo, Hercules ended up on the side of the arena, motionless.|
Here is the gash left in Hercules' side panel from Blendo's blades. (That's 1/8 inch thick Aluminum!)
|A picture of the totally burned out Vantec speed control caused by the impact from Blendo. (sigh)|
|Back to the pit for some more repairs...|