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  • Latest Posts

    • Robot Wars 2016
      *Roboteers, stand by... 3... 2... 1... Activate!* I'm quite surprised nobody here has spoken about the current revival of the popular BBC2 program Robot Wars. And with the current competition about to draw to a close with the grand final (on Sunday 28th August at 20:00), I feel now is the time to put that right, and speak of my thoughts on the present series...

      First off, it was obviously going to be a totally different concept to the old format (1998-2001, plus 2003 and 2004). But, the current series has proven itself worthy to fill big boots; it's been superbly entertaining and electrifying, in both dramatic and occasionally comedic fashion. Dara O'Briain seems to have enjoyed himself as the host (he's no Craig Charles, but he's done a fairly decent job anyway), Angela Scaron backs him up in her role as second in command, and it was a delight to hear the wonderful commentary of Jonathon Pierce once again. And of course, mention goes to the three judges (Noel Sharkey, Sethu Vijayakumar and Lucy Rogers) on hand to ensure fair play was enforced, and to judge the competitors on their style, control, damage and aggression.

      The new and improved arena looked a lot bigger than the old one, and definitely a lot more tougher; the spikes, the flame grille, the flipper, and of course, the pit. All four obstacles ready to be unleashed onto any unsuspecting robot unfortunate enough to get too close...

      It was also a thrill to see the house robots back in action too. Distinct lack of Sgt Bash though, but that was quickly tossed aside with the sheer might and brutality of Matilda, Shunt, Deadmetal, and of course, Sir Killalot.

      The competing robots have been quite a mixed bag; from some really good, strong (almost!) and sturdy ones, to the downright ridiculous. One example being that robot made out of MDF. MDF?! I mean, seriously? Don't get me wrong though, I felt sorry for the team that built it (regarding the long hours and weeks they put into building it), but there's a serious lesson to be learned. If you're going to build a robot to take part in such a tough competition, it's always imperative to choose your materials wisely...

      And so, the grand final looms... Who will walk away with the crown of Robot Wars champion for the year? We shall have to wait and see... On my end, it'll be a toss between TR2 and Apollo; both have been very outstanding competitors with their strong 'flipper' weapons. Apollo was certainly a fearless and aggressive piece of work; not content with tearing it's opponents apart, it even had the bravery to flip not one, or two, but three 'house' robots! I'd be even surprised if it even has the guts to try and flip Sir Killalot in the final! As I say though, we shall have to wait and see who will come out on top; it's been a thrilling competition so far, and I for one, can't wait to see the climax.

      Your thoughts?


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    • Chris' workbench
      Have both - Preserved Ironstone shunty-plank like part of http://www.rocks-by-rail.org/   
    • Chris' workbench
      Thanks, Dave. However, the shop might not even make it on to the layout. I might move away from the preserved railway idea and go for an ironstone shunty plank. I've got a few ideas revolving around two simple track plans and am not too sure yet which way to lean.
    • Bargain of the day!
      Same molds used as for my intercity livery one in my first train set!  Price X4 though!
    • Chris' workbench
      Love the shop van Chris. A suggestion. Rather than hide all that detail away,why not use 'Modellers Licence' to the extreme and put a clear roof on it or better still, no roof? Dave
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