Suitcase Nuke is a 30
pound class bot built specifically to
compete at the Motorama 2014 event held in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
This annual event has always been the super bowl of the 30 pound class,
and everyone I have ever talked to who had been to the event has always
raved about how much fun they had. Since there weren't any local events
for me in 2014 (Robogames was on haitus this year) I decided to take
the plunge and travel east to compete. And I was glad that I did!
This event was a blast, and was held at the Pennsylvania Farm Show
Complex. Motorama itself is a huge show, almost indescribably huge, and
the robot event tags along for the ride. This is one of the longest
running combat robot events in the country, run by the Northeast
Robotics Club or NERC. Details on this and other eastern U.S. events
can be found at the NERC website
Suitcase Nuke, like virtually all new robots, had more than a few issues
that kept it from reaching its full potential. It now sits in my
garage, relatively battle ready, but needing some major upgrades to be
a factor in the weight class. It was a fun build though, and I suspect
at some point I will put some time back into it to make it the slayer
it was meant to be.