Comments and General Information:
Big Boned was the massive overhaul of the robot Junk.
Unlike Junk which I primarily constructed myself, Just Big Boned was the
collective effort of my dad and I (the frame was mostly his work). Its
frame, made out of steel, was actually soldered together in places. The
gears rarely stayed aligned and its scoop, which was attached to a kick-stand
that held the robot up prior to the match, actually hurt its balance and
torque. We had only an analog scale to measure weight. It read 25 grams
overweight. We figured we might be able to shave the weight off or get
away with the extra heaviness at the contest. It turns out it weighed
over 100 grams too heavy. It was denied competition at PDXBot.01. In practice
matches at the event, it both lost to a Mark I kit and RAM,
the then Seattle champion. I consider the robot a complete failure.
A fun side note: I bought its gears off an eBay auction from a company that did nothing
but sell Lego gears. They were a steal in price. The robot, orginally
named Junk, was renamed for its weight problems.
Components and Parts:
(only new servos were purchased)
kick-stand just didn't work
- 100 grams
- Bad metal
choice (stainless steal)
Botboard 1 board from Mark I kit