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Entomechanical Combat

industrial gladiatorial contest
 
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Begin with a standard construction backhoe. Remove front bucket, add controls so the two arms move independently of each other. Attach heavy steel pincers onto ends of arms. Remove rear bucket and replace with jackhammer attachment. Change configuration of back "arm" so that rather than going down and away from crew compartment, it goes up and over, like the tail on an angry scorpion. Weld thick steel plate around crew compartment so no one gets hurt. You now have a giant mechanized scorpion capable of grasping and lifting fairly large objects and then pulzerizing them with the jackhammer tail. Build Six. Paint three red, three blue, and let the games begin.
Mungo, Feb 03 2004

PowerLoader http://www.makion.n...eling/power_loader/
Sort of like this? [phlogiston, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 06 2004]

SRL http://www.srl.org/
[oxen crossing, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 06 2004]

JCB Racing http://www.experien....uk/Muddy-Fun/BSBM/
[kropotkin, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 06 2004]

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       I like. But somebody is going to get hurt.
swamilad, Feb 03 2004
  

       And two teams of football players unleased on each other with only some plastic protecting their heads from caving in aren't?
Almafeta, Feb 03 2004
  

       Remove the jackhammer, make it a contest to tip the others over. Much safer, if the drivers are properly strapped in.
RobertKidney, Feb 04 2004
  

       Which part of this idea made you think it was supposed to be safe?
azmatsci, Feb 04 2004
  

       Mayhem. Bun. Winner. [+]
Letsbuildafort, Feb 04 2004
  

       //Which part of this idea made you think it was supposed to be safe//   

       What makes you think any of the ideas here are supposed to be safe?
Mr Burns, Feb 04 2004
  

       Hey, I'd pay to see it. Definitely an improvement on "Survivor All-Stars".
dagonet, Feb 04 2004
  

       Brings to mind Sigourney Weaver's epic Caterpillar-clad battle with mummy-alien. This would be lots of fun. A tempered steel + from me.
phlogiston, Feb 04 2004
  

       *ding*
"Your meatloaf is done!"
k_sra, Feb 04 2004
  

       What, no explosive custard launcher?
GenYus, Feb 04 2004
  

       No attempt to mimic human form ala Alien II. Humans, not RC - this is not SRL. A player is knocked out when his machine can no longer move, not when the operator has been killed. The main targets (which should not be armored) are tires, engine, hydraulics, etc. So there is no real incentive to go after an opposing operator.   

       Maximizing tell a vision audience (revenue) would involve pretaping and staging the event, sort of like professional wrestling.   

       If you think this is unsafe, go find a pacifier.
Mungo, Feb 04 2004
  

       Hey, all I said was, well baked by SRL. Just my humble opinion. You didn't have to delete my anno. It was not off topic or abusive. Maybe wrong, but that's no crime. Don't make a habit of that (anno deletion, especially the critical ones), if you want to stick around.   

       Please note, I did not mfd this, or even bone it, for that matter. Just trying to provide some prior art, and let you and others be the judge.
oxen crossing, Feb 04 2004
  

       Thx, oxen. That link rocks.
RayfordSteele, Feb 04 2004
  

       Reserve me a blue one. Watch out [humanbean].
silverstormer, Feb 04 2004
  

       I wanna bun humanbean's anno, but I'll just bun the idea instead. Welcome to the bakery. (WTAGIPBAN)
krelnik, Feb 04 2004
  

       Rayford, yeah, especially the videos. The 2x4 launcher with the volume loud, if you have a subwoofer on your computer, is pretty cool.
oxen crossing, Feb 05 2004
  

       For the chaos factor I'd add a paint sprayer with my rival's colors loaded. For art a set of flaming tennis balls on chains to swing around. Loud speakers with the voices of opponents mothers tisk tisking. I'm not sure I agree with [robertkidney] on the speed issue. it could become part of the appeal the slow movement. like the deadly miss judgements of David Brent on "The Office" the slowness makes it...just...hurt...that...much...more.   

       A baked good for you me laddie!
DadManWalking, Feb 05 2004
  

       That wasn't me.
RobertKidney, Feb 05 2004
  

       If you made them remote controlled this would solve the safety problem. But then this would just be giant Robot Wars......   

       I would definately like to see it, but who is going to throw down $100-250K to build a bot.
SystemAdmin, Feb 05 2004
  

       I keep reading this as ecumenical combat
theircompetitor, Feb 05 2004
  

       This would make the most bitchin' cage match! Or suit up the drivers as divers and run exhaust and air intake from the surface and do it under water! (Things are always weirder under water)   

       Televise it for charity, of course
pleasefondleme, Feb 06 2004
  

       I think cost could be held reasonably low, under 10k apiece. Buy everything used, and then do the mods yourself. If a backhoe doesn't work too well, no big deal as it is about to be destroyed anyway. Television revenue should cover costs. Sorry, Ox. Now I know that 'delete' means delete! My bad.
Mungo, Feb 06 2004
  

       Ecumenical combat...   

       "in this corner, our challenger, he put the Docs back in Orthodox and invented the rope-a-pope, Alexei II!" "And in this corner: weighing in at 131 pounds, he wears the chrome of Rome, our flyweight champion: Pope John Paul II!"
RayfordSteele, Feb 06 2004
  

       That's OK, Mungo. Have to learn somehow. By the way, the re-format option for your hard drive? It means what it says too. Look out for that one.
oxen crossing, Feb 06 2004
  

       Fifty quatloos on the red team!
bungston, Feb 06 2004
  

       See also "Life Stinks", the alright-I-s'pose-but-pisspoor-compared-to-back-when-he-was-really-funny Mel Brooks film, whose finale is a duel between two diggers, Ray Harryhausen-style.
friendlyfire, Feb 07 2004
  
      
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