Team Radicus has a NEW 'bot: Steel Stiletto; and a new driver to go with it. Top Gear has The Stig, but Team Radicus has The SGGS!
Team Radicus: So, how did your first robot go?
SGGS: Well TR, I can build a computer, and wire a house, but I found neither one helped me with a robot! But with a lot of help from Team Radicus, and a lot of electrical tape, I was able to finally get it moving.
TR: Before you started, what do you know of robot design?
SGGS: Is that anything like shoe design?
TR: Ah, maybe with less heel and more electrons.
SGGS: Clearly you haven't seen my shoe closet TR.
TR: Perhaps not. So about the bots, what was toughtest?
SGGS: Well, I think the fact that it is NOT at all like working on a computer - which is actually what I'd expected. And, while I can do household wiring, fix a loo, and build a PC, I have never been mechanical. So this is a foray into an entirely new area for me.
TR: So, there are a number of components that must be new to you: receivers, ESCs, batteries, etc.
SGGS: Actually I'm dynamite with AA batteries.
TR: How about LiPo batteries?
SGGS: I've never had liposuction TR.
TR: Getting back to the subject.... starting with mechanics: what did you find easy or difficult with the mechanics of CC3 which you're modifying into Steel Stilletto?
SGGS: I found the motors themselves the easiest to understand and wire. THe convulted cabilng to extend and jump voltage between 2 ESCs, 2 batteries which I had to combine for total power, and a Battery Eliminator thrown in for added confusion, was the tougest bit. But I've made a lot of notes and drawings, and intend to take it apart and put it back together several more times so I'm more familiar with it.
TR: Are you taking this bot to Motorama?
SGGS: I intend to take it, and take Motorama; there will only be slight remnants of dust leftover from the bots that go against Steel Stiletto. I am, after all, related to The Stig.
TR: Any words of wisdom for your opponents?
SGGS: You can run but you can't hide. The arena is only so big ...