|Nightmare competed at the August 14-15 1999 BattleBots!|
Nightmare has made it through the 1999 BattleBots event in Long Beach! Here's a little about how it went:
Nightmare weighed in at 202.5 lbs with weapon A (The heavier disk) configuration, so I was prepared to pull off some minor parts to get him down to 200, but it turned out to be unneccesary, as the limit was increased to 210 at the last minute.
Nightmare displayed well for the safety judges, they had no concerns with his safety swich, failsafes, battery connections, wiring, etc. They did, however, show a large concern with the speed of the spinning weapon, and the fact that it takes a considerable time to spin down. Regardless, he made it through and went on to fight.
Unfortunately, after his first match against FrenZy (see below), the safety crew soon determined that Nightmare was just too dangerous for the arena to contain him and the shrapnel of other robots that he would easily generate, so they gave me the following choices:
- Voluntarily drop out of the competition and accept a special award, or
- Reduce the speed of the spinning disc weapon, or
- Reverse the speed of the spinning disc.
Well, of course I wasn't about to take the lazy way out and take the special award, I built this thing to fight, so darn well I better get to! I toyed with the idea of pulsing the motor on and off to reduce the speed, but it was not going to be easy to convince the judges that would work, so in the short time available, I agreed to reverse the direction of the weapon.
Why is this important? Well, with the disc spinning outward and upward, any opponent I hit is forced upward and away, but if I reverse it, The opponent is simply shoved into the ground, and my robot is forced upwards on the leverage of the other robot. Yuck! This was very evident in a later match versus Punjar, where Nightmare threw himself a good 6 feet in the air after hitting Punjar. (it looked great though) As you can imagine, I did not want to reverse the direction, but it was the only way I could compete. (This time)
Anyway, Nightmare went on to fight four total matches, only one in the correct spinning orientation, the first one:
vs. FrenZy - won
vs. Killerhurtz - lost
vs. Malicious Mischief - won
vs. Punjar -lost
Nightmare was suffering from some electrical problems and I was unable to repair him in time for the Robot Rumble.
Click the picture to see the video.
Here's a snapshot of Nightmare hitting 185 lb FrenZy in August '99. This first hit looked the best, and was followed by more, but FrenZy just kept using that hammer arm to push himself back upright, it was cool- CRASH, Flip, correct, CRASH, Flip, correct, and so on until one hit actually tore the titanium hammer arm right off of FrenZy, unfortunately, right afterwards, Nightmare's disc got caught on his own chain, since the motor had shifted due to all the stress from the repeated impacts, and all I had left was my pushing ability, so I pushed him into the spikes at first, then into the arena saws. The crowd loved it, I don't think FrenZy did though...
Here's some of the damage to FrenZy, the robot Nightmare fought in his first round at BattleBots!
Buy The Video of the Long Beach 1999 event from BattleBots!
Nightmare won the "Most Aggressive Robot" award at the August '99 BattleBots!
Thanks to my 1999 sponsor!
Extra Special Thanks go out to my 1999 Sponsors on this robot project!
My local Grainger store has helped out the Nightmare sponsorship by donating MANY of the parts needed to complete this awesome challenge! I could not have done it without these guys! As a matter of fact, with this being my FOURTH robot, I can look back and know that I have used quality Grainger parts in EVERY one of them!
If you don't already know, Grainger is an absolutely fantastic source for robot parts- everything from motors, bearings and wheels, to books, tools, and electrical components! If you have not checked out the Grainger catalog, you are definitely missing out! And there is probably a store near you! Check out their website today!
Thanks to the Pit crew team I had this time at Long Beach Battlebots, August 14-15, 1999! You guys all were a HUGE help to me!
From Left to right: Paul Cornuke (father in law), Roni Katz, Arthur Sanders, ME- Jim Smentowski, and my lovely wife, Erica.
Not pictured is my good friend, Noel Rubin