there was Dr. Inferno.
Then, his son, Dr. Inferno
Jr., took the robot combat world by storm (or, at least,
by surprise). After attending some local student robot combat
events at NTMA,
I learned that most of the students were using a slick little
RRevo kit. My son had just turned 2, so this seemed
like an appropriate father-son project.
amputated Dr. Inferno Jr.'s torso, built up the base kit, found
a Radio Shack Robie Jr. on Craigslist, & mushed it all together
to create the grandson in the prestigious Dr. Inferno family line.
The bot is a bit top- & front-heavy, so I designed 20 (TWENTY!)
different front forks, with limited upward travel, to prevent
faceplants. He's now adequately stable & a veritable Swiss
Army knife of modlarity.
Inferno ]|[ has appeared at GoEngineer's "Shape Your World
2017" event, SolidWorks World 2017, & various schools
& daycares in Orange County, CA. More recently, he was on
display at the BattleBots 2019 taping & has been spotted in
holiday disguise at Halloween & Christmas the last few years.
Weight around 27 lb, making it the correct weight
for just about no real competition, so he'll probably be just
for demos & for fun. The mechanicals consist of two little
motors with planetary gearboxes, 2 sets of dainty chains &
sprockets, lots of aluminum panels, & a 16-year-old torso
that was apparently fabricated to be far too robust. The electronics
are a pair of 2-channel ESCs, a cost-effective binding radio,
& a pair of modern Lithium batteries.
the extensive red anodized aluminum panels, the electronics found
are an Equals Zero 12.8V 2.2Ah LiFePO4 battery for the drivetrain,
a Thunder Power 18.5V 2.25Ah LiPo battery for the weapons, a pair
of Equals Zero Ragebridge V1 mixing dual ESCs, & a Fingertech
mini power switch for each circuit, all controlled by a Hobby
King HK-TR6A V2 6-channel 2.4GHz radio receiver. Mechanicals include
2 generic PMDC motors with planetary gearboxes, which direct-drive
2 wheels & drive the other 2 wheels via #25 roller chain,
1/4" keyed aluminum frame, & 1/16" aluminum top/bottom
panels. The front accepts 7 scoop/fork/ramp tines, for extreme
customization options. The torso & weapon are anicent historical
leftovers from Dr. Inferno Jr.'s glory days as a star of Comedy
Central's BattleBots. For eyes, I kept it simple: a couple of
super bright white LEDs, a resistor, & a 9V battery hot glued
to the skull--leftovers from some custom pinball machine LED work
I did. Under the white head, the red head has a pair of flickering
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