The very first build of
the Great Pumpkin was as a 60 pound lightweight. It was, quite
honestly, little more than a joke to be honest. It was a bit of
creativity on my part, coupled with a desire to change things up a bit
in the combat robotics world. This was meant to put on a show, and the
crowd loved it!
While this was an
unblievably fun project to build, and very entertaining for the crowd,
this met with some negative feedback from my fellow builders. In the
one and only match where the inflatable pumpkin worked, the opponent
got tangled up in the shredded pumpkin. Now I personally didn't have a
problem with this - in fact I expected to lose even while building
this. But we won the match, because quite simply we outpushed the other
guy. The outcry afterwards was that I had specificaly used an
entanglement device. I never intended to win by entangling, heck I
never intended to win period. But rather than really make an issue of
it I just never bothered to try something like it again. Everyone wants
creativity, unless of course it involves something outside the
Yes, this still pisses me off. I finished that event with a hard
plastic pumpkin instead of the inflatable one. After a couple of events
I simply gave the robot away.
At one of the ComBots
Cup events, the turnout in the heavyweight class
was sort of small. As I looked through my piles of parts in the garage,
I realized that I had enough extras sitting around to come up with
another heavyweight class bot. I also had some extra plastic pumpkins,
Great Pumpkin was reborn.
The frame started out as
one of the twisted broken frames from Mortician. While the weapon
support was bad, the basic center section of the frame where the motors
and batteries sit was still fairly straight, so I just added on the big
wedge up front and called it good. In this very first build, the robot
only weighed 135 pounds, so it was giving away a lot of weight to fight
in the 220 pound category!
I really wouldn't have
had an issue of dropping this bot off the roster when it was no longer
needed to fill the bracket, but my team mate Rick decided to put some
more time into development on this guy, and it has turned into a much
more effective competitor over the years.
Additions have included
a much heavier front wedge, and a flame thrower system!
This has turned into a fairly
effective heavyweight, and one that is tough enough to play a role in
how the weight class plays out. We'll probably continue development on
this one, at least as long as we can still find the plastic pumpkins!