...for Carlo Bertocchini
The only change is a slightly faster gear ratio. Everything else is just as it was in its last BattleBots outing - including the battle scars.
When I built it (in 1995), nobody had yet thought of spinners (or even lifters). It seemed like it would make a good weapon, (and with a win/loss record of 34/3, it has proven to be the case).
I hate going home with broken parts so I would rather not fight the spinners.
Even though the prize is $10,000, the stakes are a lot lower at this competition than they were at BattleBots. I think I can have some fun. My goal is to see how quickly I can end each battle - no more showboating or dragging out the fight just to make it look good for TV. Look for some 10-second knockouts. The gloves are off.
There are many ways I can think of to promote the sport, and offering a larger prize purse is definitely one of them. Everyone should thank Dave Calkins and ComBots for doing this rather than complaining that they would have done it differently. The weight class being emphasized (heavyweights) is the one I happen to compete in, so I feel lucky. If there was more money (and larger audiences), I think other weight classes could also share in the purse.
Grass roots participation in small competitions may reach a "critical mass". In other words, if the sport becomes big enough without TV, then TV will take an interest.
BioHazard has been sitting in the garage, ready to go, for almost three years.
I built my dream robot. Readers can see details at http://www.robotbooks.com/biohazard.htm Your readers may also be interested in my line of combat robot kits based on BioHazard at http://www.battlekits.com