Having survived the Motorama 'Flu, we decided to finally unload the BotMobile, but seeing as though a large percentage of our stuff was in the car, this seemed like an opportune time to do some spring cleaning in the Build Space. Hit Back after viewing an image.
Clouds of dust, and bags of swarf later, and we have a fairly presentable Build Space. It won't win any Better Homes and Gardens prizes, but we have room to maneouver again, so we can finally unpack the car.
This poorly-lit shot shows we also shovelled half a hundredweight of chips off of Milly into trash bags, noticing as we did that a number of the mounting bolts were loose, so we took the opportunity to tighten things up a bit.
Seeing as though we have some time left, we decided to see what parts we could scavenge from our retired featherweight Formidable Fustigator 2.0. It weas still running at the end of it's second match at Motorama (losing by Judges' Decision) so hopefully this means everything is in working order. You can see here on the top panel that Gloomy was able to make a number of decent cuts - let's hope he missed the insides!
With the top off and stowed, it looks at first glance that wiring is where the majority of damage is - the two battery packs are in fine shape, so we set about untangling the spaghetti on the left to check the rest out.
This is one of the weapon motors: the aluminium spacer the gear sat on cracked, and the label on the can has rubbed off, because a wire got pulled under the can ...
... Specifically the negative lead for the rear DeWalt. Note also the nick on the bottom-left corner of the motor mount from Gloomy's saw blade - who says saw blades are inoffensive?!
Time to go through the traditional "Which Parts Survived?" routine. Here we're testing the DeWalts, and they all seem to run fine, both forwards and backwards. We also tested the Victor 883s, and they all worked just fine too. Lastly we verified the weapon motors and ESCs were okay, and indeed they were.
Hurray! All the expensive bits are intact, which is good, because we need to do some testing with those motors later on this week ... meanwhile, it's off to get tidied up for dinner; as we go through the week, we'll check out the other 'bots we took to Motorama.