Battle Number 5 - Heavyweight Melee Finals!
First to hit me was Do-All, who pushed me into one of the flipper-traps on the side wall, which held me there for a while before I was able to get away, and I started trying to cut into one of the other robots with my metal-cutting saw blades. I stayed out there for a while, afflicting the occasionnal cut or gash into someone, and Do-All was the first one out. I'm not exactly sure what happened to him, but he just stopped moving.
LaMachine and Biohazard were pretty intent on each other, and I kept on both of them, trying to get a couple cuts in here and there and getting between their blood bath. A minute later, Biohazard got a good flip on LaMachine, and overturned him completely. That left just Hercules and Biohazard!
I didn't have much I could do against Biohazard, because he was just too low to the ground for me to scoop underneath, so I mostly just got pushed around, and then he flipped me completely over in one of the corners. The crowd cheered, and everyone assumed it was over, but Hercules' flipper arm is dual purpose, so in a few seonds, I was able to flip back over and get back into the battle. The crowd went crazy!
Biohazard tried again, flipping Hercules over on the other side of the arena, but once again, I was able to flip back onto my wheels! The cheers from the crowd told me they loved it!
Biohazard (probably pretty annoyed at this point) turned around once more and got Hercules on the other side of the arena, and then flipped me into a precarious position near the wall, and it was over. For a second, I thought I could get out, but I was in such a position that I just couldn't quite reach the wall with the flipper arm. I lost the melee, but man, it looked great. This last event made the whole thing worthwhile, seeing my first time entry go head to head with the big boys made me realize that I COULD do this!
|I got a few good cuts into LaMachine before he got flipped over by Biohazard.|
|Biohazard flips Hercules into the corner...|
|...and I flip back onto my wheels and keep coming...|
|...He flips me over again...|
|...and like a good little robot, Hercules gets right back up...|
|Biohazard flips Hercules for the THIRD time|
|Another picture after Biohazard flipped Hercules for the 3rd time.|
|That was it for
Herc. I couldn't get leverage to flip back over that time, my saw blades
were holding me up.
I guess I won't let THAT sort of thing happen again! : )
What a BLAST!
I was 100% built by Jim Smentowski, but there
are several people who helped out at the event and along the road, I
would like to acknowledge them here.
Special Thanks to:
From Left To Right:
Ken Corvino-helped with most of the lifting, transportation and troubleshooting at the event,
Barbara (she wasn't actually part of my team, but was part of the Robot Wars staff, and happened to be Joe's fiance- now wife),
Joe Lovullo-Helped out with the encouragement and setup at the event,
Me- Jim Smentowski-Designer, builder and controller of Hercules, a.k.a. the guy who spent all his money on a crazy idea, and
my wife-Erica, who, besides all the encouragement, helped tremendously along the whole way, and let me use the living room for my robot during the many months leading to the event!
Not pictured is Lydia Greenfield, (who was taking this picture)- she helped out a lot with match info and organizing stuff for me during the event.