It has been a long time since we have updated these progress
pages so here is a quick account of what has happened after
It has been quite a shock to the system after spending all
our spare time for three months, to suddenly find that you do
not need to rush off and cut, bolt, design, solder and program.
We have been slowly picking up all the things we should have
been doing during the last three months.
We have spent a few hours playing with Jim Struts in the garden,
nothing more than walking about, and have caused more damage
to him than during the battle. The damage is mainly to the triangle
in the leg becoming distorted.
Where the hydraulic oil spilt in August when the reservoir
top came off, we now have a brown patch of dead grass.
Where we constructed Jim Struts
in the garden we now have a mud patch, and so Jim Struts is relegated
to the end of the garden whilst the mud patch has been reseeded
Mud patch in garden where we built Jim Struts. The large
blocks of wood were use to sit Jim on when testing the walking
We took 'Jim Struts' to the 'Rover Model Aircraft Exhibition'
in Oxford for a static stand, where we met some public, but spent
most of the day talking to the other roboteers. The other Robots
which turned up at Oxford are as follows:-
'Killerhurtz' A most excellently engineered robot with a polycarbonate
chassis, with a huge Pneumatic ram driving a formidable hammer.
'Ramesis' with a polyethylene chassis from the ISIS team,
based around the hammer from 'Scarab', last years competitor,
driven by powerful springs and a starter motor for resetting
the hammer system.
'Rumble' with a chassis made of dexion and some very imaginatively
constructed conical wheels made of wood, with large ball bearings
on the outer circumference to allow sideways motion.
'ORAC' with a steel chassis and small push bike wheels with
solid tyres, and castors. From it's barbecuing during the competition
there was very little of the tyres left, most of the electrical
screw terminations insulation had melted into pools of plastic,
and a lot of the steel work inside has had accelerated rusting
where the grease on it had burnt away.
All in All it was an interesting day. Thank you for all those
who helped lift 'Jim Struts' on and off his trolley and into
the back of my van.