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I've been into robots since I was bought a Radio Shack 'Armatron' by my parents when I was about 8. I still have it.

At school I was into RC Cars, and eventually went to Reading Uni to study Cybernetics. Robots wars - however small - seems to be my ideal hobby!

I first saw the Antweights back in 2014, when Gary (BeligerAnt) was doing a demo at Brighton Model World, about two weeks before AWS43. I couldn't make it to an event until AWS46, when I came with my wife, 3 kids, my best mate from school, who I'd press-ganged into making an Antweight! Working until 3am, I made something that fitted into this:

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(raided for components since!)

We also cam with another antweight called 'Doddle', made from a hot chocolate tin and an old helicopter board (there was no reverse!)
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In total, we lost all but one fight, but had a blast.

Since then, one of my sons and I have bought a 3D printer (prusa), and love it. I've even done a demo at my sons school. I've spent far too much money. :lol:

So, one of my ideas is to have a side swiping action on a bot. Enter SlapDragon:

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[Picture of it in real life to follow]

To be continued/edited...
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New robot: 'Exterminator'. Will (hopefully!) appear at AWS50

After my youngest son (7) helped to make 'FlyingScotsman' for his older brother to drive last time, he was really keen on making one for himself this time (with some help!) I started off a design on the iPad, and he modified and started to get the hang of using the app (we use 123D for iPad).

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And here it is in ABS!:
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Ooh nice, good to see some more attempts at geared drive! Though I'm concerned that it doesn't look like it is invertible or able to self right?
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Hmm, when we thought of the design, I was thinking the flipper would double as a srimech, but having made it, you're right, we have a problem. I'm still thinking of armour, so we'll see if we can come up with something!
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In my first attempt at a robot I had the same problem and my answer was to stick an enormous fin on the flipper. As such though, it doesnt entirely fit in the 4 inch cube, so maybe thats not such a good solution haha

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looks pretty good. :)
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I love the overall aesthetic and design.
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We had a delivery from Lakeland today. My youngest son imagined the box as an arena, and a few minutes later:

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:D
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That is awesome :D .
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Not quite up to mr hibberd's standard (yet), but 3D printed an adapter so I can experiment with pneumatics!

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And here's a video of it working. It doesn't actually suck back in after firing as it appears to in the video - that's because I recorded it with the GIF like 'boomerang' app.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B9rR9 ... 2tSVmNHZzg

I would need to 3D print a different plunger to make it connect to a flipper.
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