Rc Combat Robots
RC Combat Robots have captured the imagination of RC enthusiasts of all ages. With movies such as Robot Jox and Transformers breaking box-office records, more than a handful have turned to the RC combat robots' world. With robot fighting culture picking up speed, RC combat robots are finding a place in all kinds of toy and hobby stores around the world today.
The world of RC combat robots has something for everyone. If you are an experienced enthusiast who's looking for serious competition, then the action and mayhem will entice you. If you are someone who's into RC robots and likes the idea of fighting with friends and family, in the backyard, then RC combat robots are for you too. If you are someone who's just looking for something different to do with their RC hobby, then stand in line because RC combat robots are a fantastic way of being different.
Picking your RC combat robots will depend on the kind of use you are planning to put them in. If you are looking at competition, then a heavy duty robot that is, either, built at home from scratch or bought in a store, is the best way to go. Most combatants are extremely experienced hobbyists who prefer building their robots from scratch.
All spare and structural parts are available in any hobby store and you need to plan your robot out before you head out there. Most RC combat robots have a few features in common - a weapon, solid body armour and a powerful motor.
The first is obvious - if you want to win a fight, you need to have a good, strong weapon. Standard RC combat robots come with basic weapons like spears, spikes, sword-like or spinning blades and the like. These standard weapons are enough if you want to fight in the backyard, but in a competition, they can mean the difference between celebrating a win and spending hours on repair.
If you've spent days or months making your RC combat robots, you don't want someone else tearing them apart and ruining your hard work. So make sure that you upgrade those weapons and make them truly powerful.
The armour is the next most important aspects in the world of RC combat robots. Unless you've built in a 60mm cannon into your robot, chances are, you will take hits. And if you do, your robot needs to be able to take those hits. Most RC combat robots come with metal bodies. This means that they can take the average weapon hit quite well. However, if there are sharp weapons, you might find your armour pierced.
The strength of the armour is actually a tough choice in RC combat robots. If you want really strong armour, you will need a really powerful motor to run your RC combat robot. That brings us to the motor-bit. The motor isn't just there to get your Robot to the ring, it is also there to maneuver around during battle.
If your motor is too weak, your robot will not be able to move too much. It needs to be able to move quickly enough to get into position to get a shot off. It also needs to be able to move out of the way, and miss those lethal hits.
Heavy armour will mean that the motor needs to be powerful, meaning large-size. This is not always possible because most competitions have size and weight restrictions to determine the categories in which people, with similar robots, can compete.
Whether you are building your RC combat robots at home or buying them directly from the store in a Ready-to-Run (RTR), almost RTR or kit format, they need to be able to do what they are built for - fight. So these three categories need to be taken care of.
There are numerous clubs that give you the opportunity to learn how to build RC combat robots and run them properly. Trained instructors will guide you through the entire process. If you aren't near such a club, you can always resort to books like "Combat Robots: Complete" or "Combat Robots: Weapons", both written by RC combat robots' specialist, Chris Hannold. Not only do you learn how to build these monsters, you also learn how to prepare for competition, how to fight and other tactics that can be used in battle.
Building RC combat robots is hard work and fighting with them is even harder. The prospect of having to rebuild a damaged robot or simply looking at your month's labour fall apart is very cruel. However, it is part of the thrill that has drawn people to the sport every year. So take your time and get your bearings right because once you enter, you won't want to leave the world of RC combat robots.