( Hawker Typhoon- British Ground attack aircraft WW2 )
60lb Bot for combat
Drive: 1- 24v DeWalt modified with Dustin brush holders per
side on high geared 2:1 to 3.5" Colsons
Control: IFI 32 with two Victor ESCs
Power Source: 2- 12volt 3000mah Battlepacks in series
Armor: 1/2" 6061 AL milled walls sides, 1" Al milled
rear & .071 6-4 Ti Top, Bottom and Wedge
Weapon: 250psi Pneumatic rammer powered by CO2 thru Palmer
After spending 18 months researching, collecting parts including
a Bridgeport Mill and South Bend Lathe,
Team Tank Buster (Don F. Shiver),
was inspired by the Steel Conflict Competion.
Typhoon only 80% done entered combat untested,
August 23-25, 2002
First round loss was against Herr
Gepounden judges decission.
Learned: Radio needs to be moved
Second Round win against Little
Learned: Last minute mods help, added bolts to wedge to catch
Third Round loss against Low Blow
Learned: Judges deduct points for freeing other bot.
Typhoon entered into
battle without the front wheels powered and no weapon. It performed above expectations
and validated its design concepts.
Big Thank You to Gil my father inlaw for helping to finish
enough for the event.
August 31, 2002
Team Tank Buster is now completing Typhoon getting it ready
for Battle Bots 6.0. I need to now reconsider the .071 Ti it was purchased to
meet BB Pneumatics standards for 5.0 of minimum .0625" Ti or Steel around
Air Tanks. The new rule sets it at .0925" which will be to heavy for a
full top and bottom sheet, adding to the area around the tank only adds to the
overall thickness, there is an existing .025" gap between the tank and
bots base and top.