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BUILD REPORT: Isotelus Rex — Part 4: The Sprint to the Finish Line
By Pete Smith
May 2014, Page 35
In Part 3 of this series, I had received most of the parts and started work on the chassis. Is this part, I will put together the drive motors, complete the rest of the parts, and assemble the bot. I was on a tight deadline as there was only four weeks to go before the bot’s first event ...

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The Evolution of Attitude
By Troy Mock
May 2014, Page 31
My venture into the three pound Beetleweight class began in 2009 when I was in the eighth grade.

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BUILD REPORT: Spanky Part 2: Modular Weapon Systems
By Mike Jeffries
May 2014, Page 28
With the drive platform done and almost eight pounds to spare, there was a lot of room for the weapon systems.

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BUILD REPORT: New Builders, Beware!
By Andrea Suarez
April 2014, Page 35
Here are some tips to avoid some common pitfalls at your first competition.

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BUILDING TIPS: Balancing a Weapon Bar
By Ray Billings
April 2014, Page 33
I frequently get asked about balancing weapon bars, and figured a simple guide might be helpful.

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Pushing Power: How Strong is Strong Enough?
By Kevin Berry
April 2014, Page 31
This month, we address the other variable: torque. In terms of robot combat, torque is our fancy word for pushing power.

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BUILD REPORT: Spanky Part 1: A Combat Robot Platform
By Mike Jeffries
April 2014, Page 28
Spanky is the newest robotic member of Near Chaos Robotics. Spanky was designed with two events in mind: DragonCon Robot Battles — an open platform Sumo style event; and the Sportsman class at Motorama — an event with a full arena.

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EVENT REPORT: Thunderdome
By Andrea Suarez
March 2014, Page 40
Thunderdome is a new event to South Florida aiming to give builders a venue to compete multiple times a year. Spectators can learn from competitors and come back with a robot of their own.

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PRODUCT REVIEW: Making Tracks
By Pete Smith
March 2014, Page 38
Pololu produces an interesting set of components that allow you to have caterpillar type tracks on your small 250 g to 1 lb combat bots.

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2014 STEM Tech Olympiad
By Andrea Suarez
March 2014, Page 37
We are thrilled to announce the 2014 STEM Tech Olympiad! The event will take place at the Miami Beach Convention Center in South Florida on May 4-6.

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Old School Lathes
By James Baker
March 2014, Page 35
This is not your typical product review. I’m not going to tell you about a brand new product, a cutting edge piece of technology, or a product that will revolutionize the way we all work. I’m not even reviewing a single product. Instead, I am going to look at the subject of old lathes and why you should buy one.

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Don’t Bite Off More Than You Can Chew Part 2: Designing an Asymmetric Weapon
By Andrea Suarez
March 2014, Page 32
Last month, we discussed the design and performance compromises that accompany the use of an asymmetric weapon. If you decide that this design is right for your robot, the next step is to start concocting your weapon.

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BUILD REPORT: Isotelus Rex — Part 3
By Pete Smith
March 2014, Page 28
In Parts 1 and 2 of this series, I showed how I designed my new 12 lb combat robot, and then revised the design so that it would meet the weight restrictions.

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THEN AND NOW: A Decade Later with Alexander Rose
By Kevin Berry
January 2014, Page 44
This is the next installment in our series of articles about famous figures from a decade ago. 2002 ended the popular Comedy Central series, BattleBots™.

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EVENT REPORT: Franklin 2013 — Fall Fun in Philly
By Pete Smith
January 2014, Page 39
The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia (www2.fi.edu) hosted its 7th annual robotic combat event on September 21, 2013. The Institute provides the venue arena and N.E.R.C. (www.nerc.us) organizes the event.

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EVENT REPORT: The Adventures of Scary and Angry Bot
By Matthew Spurk
January 2014, Page 35
Last month, I did a brief report about how my two sons and I built their first "real" combat robots — "Angry Bot" and "Scary." This month, I want to discuss how they did in their matches. You may be a bit surprised by the result.

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PARTS IS PARTS: Product Review: FingerTech Robotics tinyMixer
By Mike Jeffries
January 2014, Page 34
FingerTech Robotics has recently developed and produced a new channel mixer for use on robots in all weight classes.

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Building Builders
By Matthew Spurk
December 2013, Page 31
This article is a mini build report from my perspective of getting the bots and boys ready for their first event with their own "real" combots at Battle at Maker Faire, which took place on October 5th at the Orlando Mini Maker Faire.

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SPECIAL REPORT: Bot Builder’s Buyer’s Guide
By Mike Jeffries
December 2013, Page 22
Just in time for Christmas shopping, regular contributor Mike Jeffries has assembled a buyer's guide of three vital components for small sized bots.

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THEN AND NOW: Carlo Bertocchini
By Kevin Berry
November 2013, Page 36
When it comes to the glory days of televised robot combat, few competitors can beat Carlo Bertocchini's record.

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EVENT REPORT: DragonCon Robot Micro Battles 2013
By Mike Jeffries
November 2013, Page 33
Here’s how the smaller bots fared at Robot Battles this year. Thirteen Antweights and 15 Beetleweights competed in the Micro Battles event. Both classes had a diverse selection of machines competing for the win.

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EVENT REPORT: DragonCon Robot Battles 2013
By Mike Jeffries
November 2013, Page 30
Robot Battles 47 took place over Labor Day weekend during DragonCon in Atlanta, GA. At DragonCon, Robot Battles consists of two independent events.

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SPECIAL REPORT: Judge Dave’s Guide to Winning
By David Calkins
November 2013, Page 26
Judge Dave (Calkins) is one of the original BattleBots judges, founding RFL member, founder of RoboGames, and co-founder of ComBots. These are his words of wisdom. Ignore them at your peril.

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Robot Combat Gets Savage at HORD 2013
By Tiffany E. Clegg
October 2013, Page 32
Young up and comer, 12 year old Chad Savage from Edinburg Twp., OH took third place in the Ant class at the 2013 HORD (House of Robotic Destruction) tournament held in Brunswick, OH.

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EVENT REPORT: Robot HORDs Return to The Gate
By Chris Olin
October 2013, Page 29
Eleven teams brought a total of five 150 gram Fleaweights, 11 one pound Antweights, and six three pound Beetleweights to compete in three brutal double elimination tournaments.

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National Robotics League Begins Their 6th Year of Combat Competition
By Kevin Berry
October 2013, Page 27
The National Robotics League (NRL) 2013 Championships held in Indianapolis this last May, featured 48 robots built by nearly 200 students from 25 schools across the US.

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BUILD REPORT: The Quest for a Dif ferent Kind of Flipper: Building the Beast
By Zach O’Donnell
October 2013, Page 24
In a recent issue of SERVO, I wrote about scaling up my successful six pound Mantisweight class flipper Threecoil into a 30 pound Sportsman class robot.

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BUILD REPORT: Tanto
By Craig Danby
September 2013, Page 28
For the last 16 years, I have been building and competing in robot combat. You name it, I’ve probably built it — from walkers to brick bots to full power flippers to hydraulic crushers in almost all weight divisions.

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THEN and NOW: A Decade Later With Richard Stuplich
By Kevin Berry
September 2013, Page 31
Richard Stuplich first came to the public’s attention in the final two seasons of BattleBots. His super heavyweight, New Cruelty, was eight wheels and 220 pounds of rock solid battering ram.

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Orangutan Drives Fleaweight
By Zachary Witeof
September 2013, Page 33
One of the challenges when designing a Fleaweight (150 g) robot is finding lightweight components that allow you to squeeze the most out of the limited weight allowance.

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PRODUCT REVIEW: Botbitz 30A ESCs
By Zachary Witeof
September 2013, Page 34
The Banebots BB-12-45 was for many years the most commonly used speed controller in the 12 lb Hobbyweight class of combat robot.

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TIPS FROM THE PITS: Getting Connected
By Pete Smith
August 2013, Page 33
The “magic smoke” from burned out motors and electronic speed controllers (ESCs) is inevitable in combat robotics, and getting those parts replaced quickly can make the difference between working your way through the brackets to the finals and an ignominious forfeit and early exit.

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PRODUCT REVIEW: Snap Hubs
By Pete Smith
August 2013, Page 32
Kitbots and FingerTech Robotics have joined forces to develop a new range of hubs for smaller bots.

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EVENT REPORT: Robots Battle at the County Fair
By Andrea Suarez
August 2013, Page 29
The Miami-Dade County Fair & Expo brings thrilling rides and mouth-watering food to South Florida each year.

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BUILDER’S TIPS: You Can’t Take It With You: What Tools To Bring
By Mike Jeffries
August 2013, Page 24
I won't be talking about tools that are particularly specialized. If your machine needs any specific equipment for basic maintenance and repairs, those take priority. The following sections will cover tools that are almost universally useful in the pits during an event.

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RESOURCE REVIEW: MFG.com
By Mike Jeffries
July 2013, Page 40
What MFG.com does is provide a location for users to post quote requests for custom fabrication. Once you've posted a quote request, shops from your specified search region (US, North America, Global, or specific national and international locations) will then be able to see your quote request and bid on it.

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PRODUCT REVIEW: HobbyKing HK4B6 Charger
By Pete Smith
July 2013, Page 39
It is convenient to have all four batteries on one charger, and it takes up less space in the pits. It’s also a little cheaper than having four separate chargers, but it could also mean that if it fails you may lose all four at once.

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Then and Now: A Decade Later With Jim Smentowski
By Kevin Berry
July 2013, Page 33
Jim Smentowski is the builder of one of the legendary bots in our sport: Nightmare.

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EVENT REPORT: RoboGames 2013
By Ray Billings
July 2013, Page 35
RoboGames — the largest robotic event in the world (according to Guinness World Records!) — returned to the San Mateo, CA Exposition Center April 19th through 21st.

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BUILD REPORT: The Quest for a Dif ferent Kind of Flipper: Making the Machine
By Zach O’Donnell
July 2013, Page 30
This month, I will discuss the fabrication of some of the parts that made up the flipper assembly in Threecoil.

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TIPS FROM THE PITS: Speeding Up a Motor Change
By Pete Smith
June 2013, Page 38
Half the battle in combat robotics is having your bot repaired completely in time for the next fight. This is the first of a series of short articles detailing some ways to make that just a little bit easier.

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Then and Now: A Decade Later With Brian Nave
By Kevin Berry
June 2013, Page 31
Last month, the Combat Zone started a new series about the “big names” of our sport during the glory years of television coverage. Now, 10 years after the demise of that major coverage, we tracked down some of the most famous names from that era to gain their perspective after robot combat underwent a drastic change in direction.

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EVENT REPORT: FIRST Orlando Regionals
By Collin Berry
June 2013, Page 34
A New Set of Heroes Emerges

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EVENT REPORT: Motorama 2013
By Pete Smith
May 2013, Page 32
Just this February, the Northeast Robotics Club (www.nerc.us) hosted the 11th annual combat event at the 2013 Motorama motorsports extravaganza and custom car show (www.motorama events.com) in Harrisburg, PA.

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Then and Now — A Decade Later With Christian Carlberg
May 2013, Page 30
Last year, the Combat Zone published a series of articles covering the history of the sport by recovering the undocumented, nearly lost information about each of our sport’s major events — past and present. Now, 10 years after the demise of major television coverage, we tracked down some of the most famous names from that era to gain their perspective on what some see as “the glory days” of the sport. Our first victim is competitor and host of “The Builder’s Corner” from the BattleBots™ series.

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BUILD REPORT: The Quest for a Different Kind of Flipper: Inspiration and Early Attempts
By Zach O’Donnell
May 2013, Page 26
I have been building fighting robots for several years, and starting in 2009 I managed to build a 12 pound robot named Scurrie that won several competitions in a row. After some time, I was also successful with a 30 pound shell spinner named Tetanus.

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EVENT REPORT: GCRS 11 — Robots, Birthday Cake, and Off-Road Trucks!
By Andrea Suarez
April 2013, Page 32
GCRS 11 continues its series of events hosted by Jim Smentowski, owner of The Robot Marketplace. The events give Florida Insectweight robot builders a chance to get together for a day of robot battles with some new competitors, as well as to continue some long-fought rivalries!

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PARTS IS PARTS: Product Review: FingerTech Robotics Power Switch
By Mike Jeffries
April 2013, Page 30
For as long as I can remember, there hasn’t been a power switch designed for the 150 g to 3 lb combat robot classes that is readily available.

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Is This the Future of Combat Robotics?
By Pete Smith
April 2013, Page 29
There have been whisperings and rumors of a revolutionary new drive system for over a year now, but details have been hard to come by until our photographer got a picture at a recent late night test session in a barn in rural Pennsylvania. Our contact (who wished to remain anonymous) could give us only a few details of what she called “hoverbots.”

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BUILD REPORT: Mini Bot Hockey Bots — Part 3
By Pete Smith
April 2013, Page 26
In Part 2 of this series, I discussed how I made the chassis and drive train. In this part, I will show you how I wired the bots and set up the transmitter and receiver.

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Building a Large Scrolling Display — Part 2
By Pete Smith
March 2013, Page 32
Buoyed up by my success in getting one panel to work, I decided to add a second panel to increase the impact of the display and to make it a little easier to read.

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PARTS IS PARTS: Product Review: OrangeRx T-SIX 2.4 GHz Transmitter
By Pete Smith
March 2013, Page 30
The OrangeRx range of 2.4 GHz spread spectrum DSM2 receivers (available from HobbyKing) has proved to be very useful in combat robotics over the last couple of years as they provide a cheaper alternative to the Spektrum receivers required by the popular DX6e and DX6i transmitters.

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BUILD REPORT: Mini Bot Hockey Bots — Part 2
By Pete Smith
March 2013, Page 26
In Part 1 of this series, I covered the design of a new mini bot.

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Building a Large Scrolling Display
By Pete Smith
February 2013, Page 43
Ioften attend shows where I’m either demonstrating combat robots and bot hockey, or as a sponsor providing prizes of Kitbots products. In order to inform the public about the event or the products, I have several banners to hang up on the walls, plus I also hand out business cards and information sheets when I have the time. It would be useful, however, to have a more eye-catching and informative way of passing on the information.

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PARTS IS PARTS: Prototype Testing: FingerTech Robotics Mini-Spark
By Mike Jeffries
February 2013, Page 41
In the 150 g weight class, there are only a few options for drive systems.

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PARTS IS PARTS: Product Beta Test: RageBridge from Equals Zero Designs
By Mike Jeffries
February 2013, Page 39
Iwas lucky enough to get a chance recently to test the new RageBridge dual channel brushed DC motor controller from Equals Zero Designs (e0designs.com).

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EVENT REPORT: PennBots — The Second Annual Battle at Yellow Breeches
By Dave Graham
February 2013, Page 36
PennBots — the Robot Club of Pennsylvania — hosted their Second Annual Fall Fling on November 17, 2012 at the Yellow Breeches Middle School in Boiling Springs, PA.

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BUILD REPORT: Mini Bot Hockey Bots — Part 1
By Pete Smith
February 2013, Page 33
Playing bot hockey is great fun, and it’s a big hit with the crowds at events. I have my own full team of 15 lb class bots.

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BUILD REPORT: Keres: 150 g Fighting Robot
By Mike Jeffries
February 2013, Page 30
Keres was built to test some prototype Mini-Spark gearboxes from FingerTech Robotics.

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Mecha-Mayhem Moves to Cleveland
By Dave Graham
January 2013, Page 33
The fall of 2012 posed a challenge for the members and supporters of the Chicago Robotic Combat Association (CRCA).

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EVENT REPORT: Seattle Bot Brawl
By Doug Brown
January 2013, Page 30
October in Seattle brought cool temperatures, wind, and rain outside. However, inside the Seattle Center Armory, the competition was heating up at the 2012 Seattle Bot Brawl.

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The History of Robot Combat: Robot Combat in Brazil
By Morgan Berry
December 2012, Page 34
In recent years, robot combat has expanded to have a large international following. Countries all over the world have adapted the sport in unique ways.

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Building the Atlanta Insect Arena
By Mike Jeffries
December 2012, Page 29
Every year at Dragon*Con in Atlanta, GA, they host two robot combat events. On Sunday, it’s Robot Micro Battles, with one and three pound robots facing off.

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Happy New Year from the Combat Zone
By Kevin Berry
December 2012, Page 28
Grit your teeth, readers. It's what you've come to expect in December issues of magazines — the dreaded year-end retrospective.

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BUILD REPORT: Finding a Happy Balance
By Pete Smith
December 2012, Page 26
Today's Beetles and Ants have drums and beater bars that can spin in excess of 20,000 rpm.

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BotBlast Turns Five
By Dave Graham
November 2012, Page 31
Top fighting robot enthusiasts converged on Columbia Mall in Bloomsburg, PA, on Saturday, July 21, 2012 to celebrate the fifth anniversary of BotBlast.

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PARTS IS PARTS: MicroLux Miter/ Cut-off Saw Review
November 2012, Page 34
REVIEW: MicroLux Miter/Cut-Off Saw

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BUILD REPORT: Algos: Who Needs MOI When You’ve Got Angular Velocity?
By Mike Jeffries
November 2012, Page 28
After competing for a year with a two-wheel drive wedge named Kobalos, I decided to retire that robot and move on to something with an active weapon.

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The History of Robot Combat: Robot Battles at Dragon*Con
By Morgan Berry
October 2012, Page 38
Robot Battles at Dragon*Con in Atlanta, GA is one of the oldest robot combat events.

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Clash of the Bots 3
By Andrea Suarez
October 2012, Page 35
Motorama Carolina Combat Robotics hosted its third Clash of the Bots on July 14 at the Schiele Museum of Natural History.

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BUILD REPORT: Testing the Prototype: Klazo — My 1 lb Drumbot From Kitbots.com
By Mike Jeffries
October 2012, Page 32
Irecently built and tested one of the prototype 1 lb drumbot kits from Kitbots.com as part of the development process, prior to the kit moving to production.

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BUILD REPORT: Siafu: An Army of Ants — Part 4
By Pete Smith
September 2012, Page 30
In this final part of my Army of Ants series, I will describe how I made the drum for Siafu and completed the rest of the bot build.

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PEOPLE OF BOTS: PAGE 76 Did Jim Smentowski Pass the Torch?
By Dave Graham
August 2012, Page 38
The SFL Robot Riot is an open Insect class fighting robot event conducted in conjunction with the STEM Tech Olympiad 2012 at the Miami Convention Center.

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PEOPLE OF BOTS: Meet the Robot Riot Teams
By Andrea Suarez
August 2012, Page 36
The first annual Robot Riot attracted 38 robots to Miami Beach from Puerto Rico, Minnesota, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, and Florida. Competitors ranged from 13-60 years of age, including five teams that fought their first robot at this event.

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PEOPLE OF BOTS: Puerto Rican Pride at the South Florida Robot Riot
By Dave Graham
August 2012, Page 35
Puerto Rican pride was in the house at the South Florida (SFL) Robot Riot as students in grades 7-12 from the Central Visual Arts School in San Juan, Puerto Rico made their presence known through both their music and fighting robot skills.

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Bring Back the Pogs
By Dave Graham
August 2012, Page 33
I've been involved in combat robotics for a number of years as both a competitor and an event organizer. One of the things I really enjoy about the sport is the variety of mementos created by the innovative minds of robot enthusiasts.

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The History of Robot Combat: Motorama
By Morgan Berry
August 2012, Page 31
Motorama was born around the same time as many other robot combat events: shortly after the end of BattleBots.

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BUILD REPORT: Siafu: An Army of Ants — Part 3
By Pete Smith
August 2012, Page 28
In this part, I will show how the parts were manufactured, provide a list of the other parts used, and how they went together to make a drivable chassis.

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The History of Robot Combat: RoboGames
By Morgan Berry
July 2012, Page 45
After the ending of BattleBots in 2003, a void was left in the world of robot combat competitions.

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BUILD REPORT: Siafu: an Army of Ants — Part 2
By Pete Smith
July 2012, Page 30
In Part 2, I will detail the design of the drive motor mounts, the hubs and wheels, the drum and its mountings, and the design of the front wedge profile.

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BUILD REPORT: Horses for Courses
By Pete Smith
July 2012, Page 28
Combat robotics is — in many ways — a game of Rock-Paper- Scissors. If everything else is equal, a brick will beat a spinner; a flipper will beat a brick; and a spinner will beat a flipper.

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EVENT REPORT: Gulf Coast Robot Sports Completes its 10th Event
By Andrea Suarez
June 2012, Page 42
January 2012 marked the 10th South Florida Insectweight combat event from Gulf Coast Robot Sports (GCRS).

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EVENT REPORT: Havoc at Harrisburg University — The 2nd Annual Downtown Dogfight
By Dave Graham
June 2012, Page 37
Robotic enthusiasts with brainy and brawny bots converged on Harrisburg University in March to compete in multiple events at the 2nd Annual Downtown Dogfight.

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A Decade of Robot Fighting
By Andrea Suarez
June 2012, Page 49
The box is locked, the lights are on ... it’s robot fighting time!

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The History of Robot Combat: Rise of the Insects — Part 2
By Morgan Berry
June 2012, Page 48
In the April issue of SERVO, we told the story of the development of the Antweight class in the United States. This month, we’ll discuss their larger counterparts: the Beetleweights.

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INTERVIEW: Tool City Robobots Leverages Combat for Learning
By Chris Olin
June 2012, Page 45
For the past six years, middle and high school students from across Crawford County, PA have been building ever-increasing powerful 15 pound combat robots to compete in the annual Tool City Robobots competition hosted by the Crawford County School District and National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA) of North West Pennsylvania.

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EVENT REPORT: Happy 10th Birthday for Motorama – Motorama 2012
By Pete Smith
June 2012, Page 34
This February 17th–19th, the Northeast Robotics Club (www.nerc.us) hosted the 10th annual combat event at the Motorama Motorsports Extravaganza and Custom Car Show in Harrisburg, PA.

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BUILD REPORT: Siafu and the Army of Ants — Part 1
By Pete Smith
June 2012, Page 32
I decided my first serious Ant would be a drum bot.

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TGIF at Motorama
By Dave Graham
May 2012, Page 32
President’s Day weekend in Harrisburg, PA means only one thing: Motorama!

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Product Review: Spektrum DX5e 2.4 GHz Transmitter
By Pete Smith
May 2012, Page 31
The 2.4 GHz spread spectrum transmitters and receivers have transformed the R/C market.

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PARTS IS PARTS: Product Review
By Pete Smith
May 2012, Page 30
Product Review: Turnigy Simplex 1 - 4 Cell LiPo/ LiFe AC/DC Charger.

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The History of Robot Combat: The Rise of the Insects — Part 1
By Morgan Berry
April 2012, Page 35
This article was difficult to put together, to say the least. Once again, the robot combat builders haven’t proven to be the most diligent record keepers (with one notable exception).

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BUILD REPORT: Nyx, Sportsman, and Dragon*Con 30 lb Bot — Part 2
By Mike Jeffries
April 2012, Page 32
With a fresh pile of parts and Motorama just over a month away, I got a quick jump on assembling Nyx.

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PARTS IS PARTS: Making Wheels Round
By Mike Jeffries
March 2012, Page 38
There are a decent number of ready to use wheels available today for robots of all sizes, and one of the most popular for small robots is the Lite Flite foam wheel. They’re cheap, tough, and come in a wide range of sizes.

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The History of Robot Combat: Life After BattleBots
By Morgan Berry
March 2012, Page 39
After the cancellation of Comedy Central’s BattleBots in late 2002, many in the building world felt lost.

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BUILD REPORT: Antweight
By Mike Jeffries
March 2012, Page 35
Motor City Massacre

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BUILD REPORT: Nyx, Sportsman, and Dragon*Con 30 lb Bot — Part 1
By Mike Jeffries
March 2012, Page 36
During the summer, I built a second Antweight for my teammate to drive, and we took all but Moros, my 30 lb bar spinner, to Dragon*Con Robot Battles.

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BUILD REPORT: Shaka v.3 — Part 1:
By Thomas Kenney
March 2012, Page 30
Design Goals and Methodology

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EVENT REPORT: PennBots – The Battle at Yellow Breeches
By Dave Graham
February 2012, Page 34
PennBots — the Robot Club of Pennsylvania — hosted their Fall Fling on November 19, 2011 at the Yellow Breeches Middle School in Boiling Springs, PA.