James Baker


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Old School Lathes
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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BUILD REPORT: The Great Outdoors: Combat Robots vs. Mother Nature
September 2011, Page 28
Robots fight. We all know this, and it is why we read this section of the magazine. However, where, and when

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PARTS IS PARTS: Mtroniks Viper
March 2011, Page 35
Mtroniks Viper

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BUILD REPORT: Building Combat Arenas: A Guide to Staying Safe
March 2011, Page 28
Combat robots are dangerous; we can all agree about that.

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PARTS IS PARTS: Let’s Roll — Wheels for Combat Robots
September 2010, Page 32
It does not matter how powerful your robot is, if you cannot transfer that power to the floor. Wheels are the single most important part of your robot because without them doing their job properly, the effectiveness of every other capability is reduced.

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Crossfire — From Broken Robot to Breaking Robots
April 2010, Page 28
A veteran of televised robotic combat, the heavyweight robot “Edgehog” was still on frontline service when it entered the 2008 UK live event season.

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Outside the Box
March 2010, Page 34
Project Zoidberg was conceived when a motor delivery for one of our other robots arrived at my teammate’s house, containing a surprising ‘extra’ component. The sender had accidentally packed a pair of Team Delta18V Dewalt ‘power drive’ gear motors. These powerful, drill-based units looked too nice to send back, so a deal was arranged.

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Free Strength
September 2008, Page 28
Fighting robots need to be strong. They also have to fit within a weight limit. This leads to a trade-off between building something capable of taking the forces we impose upon them and the amount of weight we have available for structures.

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Electronize Speed Controllers
October 2008, Page 31
When first venturing into combat robot building, I, like most, began with RC car speed controllers. It quickly became apparent that even the most highly rated controllers were not robust enough to handle the power demands of the 30 lb class.

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Savage - Part 1
October 2008, Page 22
When building a robot for someone else, I always listen to their design brief, put together a concept, and build to that design.