Robot’ battles light up a Marlow farm
By Casey Farrar
MARLOW — From the cloud of smoke emerged two gleaming robots — dented, dinged and singed in spots from the firestorm of shots they’d just bombarded each other with.
“When I was a kid there were lots of shows on TV about giant, futuristic robots fighting each other,” Willey said. “I was shocked when I found out, at 30-something, that they still hadn’t come up with giant robots that could fight in real life. So I started this competition.”
The robots are suits of armor fashioned from duct tape-wrapped cardboard, silver insulation, sheet metal and other fire-proof materials.
Contestants — called pilots — dress in armor, under which they wear fire-retardant protective suits used by military pilots, and face off in a 20 foot by 80 foot rectangle.
Each battle consists of two rounds. In the long-range round, pilots are separated by the full 80-foot course, and in the medium-range round they fire at each other from 10 feet apart.
Whoever hits his or her opponent the most times moves on through a single-elimination bracket, working up to the final. Continue reading
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