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Pendulum is a British featherweight robot which competed in the 2018 King of Bots UK International Championships. Built by Andy Russell, it entered one of the Tag Team battles held during the final day of the competition, paired alongside Cobalt, which both robots won. Andy Russell also entered the main championship with his undercutter spinner Telekinesis.

DesignEdit

Pendulum is a four-wheel drive, black and silver robot, armored with single-piece aluminium billets around the wheels and equipped with a 3.2kg TOOLOX eggbeater spinner. The spinner rotates at 6,000rpm, and is capable of flipping and causing severe damage to its opponents.

Robot HistoryEdit

King of Bots UK 2018Edit

Forge Master Strix Cobalt Pendulum

Pendulum (bottom-left) waits as Cobalt dices with Forge Master and Strix

Strix vs Pendulum

Pendulum briefly drives up the wedge of Strix

Pendulum vs Hedgebot

A slam from Pendulum ruptures Hedgebot's gas supply

Pendulum flipped

Pendulum is flipped over while battling Impact

Pendulum competed in one of three Tag Team battles held alongside the main 2018 UK International Championships, paired with the vertical crusher Cobalt. The duo faced three other pairings – Conker 3 and Forge Master, The Claw and Hedgebot, and Strix and Impact – with Cobalt starting the battle first. Pendulum reversed into position in its corner, and waited for some time before it was simultaneously nudged by Cobalt and Strix. Immediately, it spun its eggbeater up and drove around the side of Strix, only to end up driving up the white and black machine’s flipper. Reversing, Pendulum circled round and bumped into Forge Master, before slamming into the front of Hedgebot, rupturing the pneumatics system inside Thomas Walland’s machine. It darted across the arena and proceeded to attack Impact, only to get thrown upside down and be forced to self-right using its eggbeater. As Impact retreated to tag Conker 3, Pendulum reversed and threw Hedgebot upwards with a powerful slam, immobilizing Hedgebot in the process.

Pendulum flips Hedgebot Impact pushes Conker 3

Pendulum throws Hedgebot upwards, while Impact pushes Conker 3

Pendulum vs Impact

Pendulum flips Impact over against the side wall

Pendulum vs Conker 3

Pendulum is launched into the air after driving into Conker 3's eggbeater

Pendulum eggbeater damage

The damage inflicted to Pendulum's eggbeater spinner

Pendulum hit the side of Hedgebot again, before spinning and flipping Impact over against the wall. With Impact unable to self-right, Pendulum next attempted to line up an attack on Conker 3, but was thrown across the arena when the two robots’ eggbeaters made contact with each other. Landing on its wheels and with its eggbeater partially ripped off, Pendulum spun round in circles and backed into the wall as Cobalt re-joined the battle to take its place. Pendulum played very little part in the remainder of the battle; Forge Master briefly pushed Cobalt into Pendulum as the latter two robots duelled, but all three of the remaining robots would survive to a Judges’ decision. The decision ruled in favor of Cobalt and Pendulum, making them the winners of the Tag Team battle.

ResultsEdit

PENDULUM - RESULTS
King of Bots UK 2018 (Insomnia 63)
Tag Team
Paired with Cobalt
Tag Team vs. Conker 3 & Forge Master, The Claw & Hedgebot, Strix & Impact Won

Wins/LossesEdit

  • Wins: 1
  • Losses: 0

Outside King of BotsEdit

Telekinesis with Pendulum

Pendulum (background) with Telekinesis

First built in 2016, Pendulum achieved considerable success in its first year of combat, initially reaching the quarter-finals of that year’s FRA Featherweight International Championships. At Insomnia 58 later the same year, it also performed well, achieving three victories by the end of the event, including one where it threw Tormenta 3 out of the arena.[1] Pendulum remains an active competitor at live events under Andy Russell’s ownership, often attending alongside Telekinesis.

ReferencesEdit

  1. http://www.fightingrobots.co.uk/threads/13260-pendulum-fw-beater
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