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August 2016

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Denise: A Quick and Easy Fairyweight
By Nate Franklin
August 2016, Page 24
Building a 150 gram robot for competition.

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Thirty Pound Under Cutter “Glasgow Kiss” Post-Event Analysis and Improvements
By Andrew Smith
August 2016, Page 26
The lifecycle of a combat robot is a never ending process of refinement and innovation.

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Motorama 2016 — Teeth and Consequences
By Pete Smith
August 2016, Page 30
Results from the 2016 SCRC Motorama 2016 combat robot tournament.

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THE FUTURE IS BRUSHLESS Using Open Source Drone Firmware for Robot Drivetrains
By Charles Guan
August 2016, Page 33
A critical decision in combat robot design is the choice of drivetrain in your battling bot. Here’s why to consider going brushless.

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FingerTech Viper Kit
By Andrew Burghgraef
August 2016, Page 36
The Viper kit from FingerTech Robotics is probably the most beginner friendly way of getting into the combat robot hobby.

July 2016

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CATAPULT: From Toys ‘R Us to Team Whyachi
By Brandon Young
July 2016, Page 20
Discover how CATAPULT — the largest robot in the Bone Dead Robotics fleet – went from a rehabbed toy to a full on combat Mantisweight competitor.

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What I Learned at BattleBots
By Brandon Davis
July 2016, Page 24
Explore the more fuzzy aspects of the BattleBots’ experience.

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Kilobots XXXII
By Travis Schmidt
July 2016, Page 26
Results from the 2016 SCRC Kilobots XXXII combat robot tournament.

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It’s All About the Benjamins Or No Bucks No Bots
By Matthew Spurk
July 2016, Page 28
The hardest part of getting into combat robots is knowing where to start. This article doesn’t go into what to buy, but more about where to spend your money.

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Coils of War
By Pete Smith
July 2016, Page 30
Hardening a motor for the combat arena.

June 2016

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BUILD REPORT: Thirty Pound Under Cutter “Glasgow Kiss:” The Build
By Andrew Smith
June 2016, Page 20
Part 2 of a three part series covering the initial design, build, and post event analysis for future design changes.

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Low Speed Performance in Sensorless Brushless Motors: The VESC
By Russ Barrow
June 2016, Page 24
With the development and release of a new ESC called the VESC, the problem of fine control at lower speeds appears to be solved.

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Steel Age: Rise of the D2
By Mark Elam
June 2016, Page 28
Robogames: Beetleweight division shake-up.

May 2016

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Morrigan: 30 lb Flail Spinner
By Mike Jeffries
May 2016, Page 16
See what all went into the design of this two-weapon 30 pounder.

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EVENT REPORT: Franklin 2015
By Pete Smith
May 2016, Page 20
Coverage of the Franklin Institute 2015 event.

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In Memoriam: Lee Reherman
May 2016, Page 22
Lee Reherman — better known to many as American Gladiator, ‘Hawk’ — died February 29th in California. He was 49.

April 2016

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Wheel Guards:  Maximum Exposure
By Mike Jeffries
April 2016, Page 14
Wheel protection is an often debated subject in the robot combat world. Let's take a close-up look.

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HORD 2015: Con on the Cob
By Chris Olin
April 2016, Page 18
Action report and results.

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Heavyweight Propulsion —  A Trio of Power
By Mark Elam
April 2016, Page 20
Of all that are out there, three motors have often found themselves the cream of the crop for combat robot drivetrains. But how do they stack up against each other on the large-scale bot circuit?

March 2016

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The Epochs of Robot Combat
By Mark Elam
March 2016, Page 20
For over 20 years, the spectacle of robotic combat has entertained audiences of all kinds.

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RoboWars Australia:  Grinding Off the Rust
By Steven Martin
March 2016, Page 24
2015 was one of the best years for robot combat in Australia. RoboWars reached new people all across Australia and revitalized builders young and old.

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Robot Wars Returns! — From a Decade in Storage to the Modern Arena
By James Baker
March 2016, Page 26
Can I realistically get a working robot into the studio for the first day of filming? Maybe... Let's investigate the options.

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The Top Ten Reasons to Compete at RoboGames
March 2016, Page 30
David Calkins — the driving force behind RoboGames — gives his 10 best reasons to compete ... or at least show up for the fun!

February 2016

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Thirty Pound Under Cutter “Glasgow Kiss:” The Design
By Andrew Smith
February 2016, Page 18
This three-part series will cover the initial design, build, and post event analysis for future design changes of Team Rolling Thunder’s latest creation — Glasgow Kiss.

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Dragon Con Robot Battles and Robot Micro Battles 2015
By Mike Jeffries
February 2016, Page 24
The action for 2015 started with a special exhibition match between Trey Roski and Greg Munson, the founders of BattleBots.

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Small Bot Masters — Charles Guan
By Brandon Davis
February 2016, Page 29
Charles Guan — One of “The Chosen” — the happy and exalted few selected to bring a robot to the new BattleBots that was televised last year.

January 2016

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PARTS IS PARTS: The Combat Zone Guide to Beetleweight Weapons
By Kevin Berry
January 2016, Page 20
A rundown of all your favorite beetleweight destroyers.

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PARTS IS PARTS: Common Drive System Configurations
By Mike Jeffries
January 2016, Page 24
Over the years, a wide range of drive system configurations have been attempted; some with a great deal more success than others.