Brian Benson Jr
Story behind it:
This was my first and biggest bot. How I got started in the
sport before building it can be found
It was originally designed as a middleweight. The plan had been
for a HPA flipper on the wedge part and hammer on the back end.
I started the CAD design on the evaluation version of Rhino 2.0.
We started on the frame and ordered the drive parts. But after
finding that two weapons was not realistic I decided on a
horizontal bar spinner much like Hazard. We got it to the point
that it drove for that May for the
Festival in 2002. After that it pretty much sat in the
cellar while I slowly worked on the CAD. We planned on having it
ready for Battlebots 6.0 but with that cancelled work slowed
again. We weighed what we already had and found that here was no
possible way to make weight in the middleweight class. We
decided on the heavyweight class. Our next goal was the Robot
Club and Grill that December. But with the robot in the same
state as it was last May and the event rapidly approaching it
was decided we would drive out to Robocide. The weapon system
was designed into the already existing frame with a little luck.
And we had an amazing month of work to get the robot done. You
can see how that went
Originally the robot was to be named 2gunz because of the two
weapons. But because it seemed the design was constantly
changing. I named it Consistently Inconsistent.
240lbs with the intended armor. 220lbs without the bottom
About 2 years of designing and building which occurred at the
same time (I don't recommend doing that)
3/4" square mild steel tubing from true value. To mount the
armor we drilled 3/8" holes into the tubing. Then we cut 3/8"
O.D. round hollow tubing to 3/4" lengths. Next they were nickel
silver brazed in and grinded down flat. Weldnuts were then
nickel silver brazed in. This allowed us to screw the armor
directly into the frame but the frame didn't lose any strength,
it actually gained it. However it was very heavy.
1/4" 6061 Aluminum armored the entire frame and gave it
4 foot S7 tool steel bar hardened to 52-55 Rockwell C and is
sharpened on the top and bottom for the leading and railing
edge. Run by a 3" magmotor with a 4:1 reduction using 3vx
v-belts. As the frame was not designed for a the weapon the
blade ended up being 13" up in the air.
2 NPC T64038's with a timing belt reduction to a 3/4" shaft
and 6" wheels. Could carry 300lbs on the robot.
2 Victor 883's on the drive and 2 victor spin controllers for