Junkyard Queen was a German robot that competed in German Robot Wars. Junkyard Queen was eliminated in the final round of its heat, but appeared in the Grand Final, losing the 5th place play-off to Not Perfect. In said Grand Final, the robot was picked up by Mr. Psycho, which then cornered too quickly and toppled over. This made the unlikely Junkyard Queen the first of two robots to defeat the mighty 750kg House Robot, albeit accidentally (the second robot, Firestorm, intentionally flipped it over).
Although Frank Fietzek was the only team member, he was assisted throughout the series by Dirk Ferachen from the Golem team, despite the two robots battling each other in the first round of the championship.
Junkyard Queen is a white box-shaped invertible two-wheeled robot, decorated with a black circle on top. Its weaponry at the front consisted of two lifters, with a bludgeoner in-between. The rear end of the robot was also armed with a drill. Junkyard Queen's armour was strong, and its tyres were durable in spite of being exposed, but the robot had a high ground clearance and lacked pushing power.
In order to qualify for the German series of Robot Wars, all German competitors were required to attend an inspection run by Derek Foxwell in May 2002, to receive safety advice, and pointers with the build. Frank Fietzek attended the event despite not having a working robot yet, and as German Robot Wars had less applicants than the number of spaces for competitors, Junkyard Queen was automatically accepted for the German series. Frank Fietzek started building the robot only after he had been accepted as a participant in the series.
- "after finally the OK for England was given, the project starts: few parts and a basic idea (rather simple - from both sides mobile bot, wheelchair motors, rotating weights front and rear as a weapon - no pneumatics, but I'm a little too sensitive in the short time) --- I go now first to the junkyard to find parts ..."
- — Frank Fietzek on starting the build process of Junkyard Queen after attending the auditions (translated from German)
Robot History Edit
Junkyard Queen suffered from control problems during its eliminator, showing only fits and spurts of life. It spent the early part of the battle being shoved around by Golem; however it turned the tables later in the battle, pushing Golem, who had lost a wheel earlier in the battle. It was this late fight back that earned Junkyard Queen the judges’ vote over Ansgar’s Revenge, which was eliminated.
In Junkyard Queen’s second fight, it fought Son of Armageddon, to potentially earn a place in the Grand Final.
Junkyard Queen was flipped onto its side very early on, balanced on its broad wheel by the lifter. Although Junkyard Queen could turn on the spot by running its wheels, it could not bring itself down with the arena wall in the way, and was counted out by Refbot. Junkyard Queen then took punishment from the House Robots, first having its tyres shredded by Matilda, then being placed on the Drop Zone, and finally being pitted, eliminating it from the competition.
Junkyard Queen made a final appearance in the play-off for fifth to eighth positions. In reality, Junkyard Queen was guaranteed at least sixth position, as Golem and Hydrotec withdrew before the battle began.
Junkyard Queen was pushed against the arena wall by its opponent Not Perfect, before breaking down over the flame pit, at the same time getting stuck by its bludgeoner to Not Perfect. Mr. Psycho broke the stalemate by picking them both up, causing Not Perfect to fall, but keeping hold of Junkyard Queen. Due to turning too quickly, Mr. Psycho. overbalanced and toppled over, the first of two times it would be defeated. The immobilised Junkyard Queen was then pushed onto the Drop Zone by Refbot, where the chassis of defeated competitor Golem was dropped onto it, although Golem largely missed its target, only striking Junkyard Queen's wheel. Defeated, Junkyard Queen finished sixth overall in the series.
|JUNKYARD QUEEN - RESULTS|
|German Robot Wars|
|Heat A, Eliminator||vs. Ansgar's Revenge, Golem||Qualified|
|Heat A, Final||vs. Son of Armageddon||Lost|
|Grand Final, Losers Melee||vs. Not Perfect||Lost|
|NOTE: Golem and Hydrotec were also due to take part in this battle, but both were forced to withdraw due to damage taken in previous battles.|
- Wins: 1
- Losses: 2
|Main Series||Junkyard Queen Series Record|
|German Robot Wars||Sixth Place|
Outside Robot WarsEdit
Junkyard Queen attended the Dutch Robot Games, early in 2003, its only appearance outside of the TV show. However, across its two fights, Junkyard Queen hardly worked, only travelling about five metres in the entire event. Junkyard Queen was subsequently retired.
- "The JUNKYARD QUEEN still exists, but in Holland she did not make a very splendid picture and in two fights she drove a total of about five metres - well, that's not the youngest anymore."
- — Junkyard Queen website on its live appearance (translated from German)
Frank Fietzek also built an antweight robot named Jupper, a 148g sit-and-spin invertible design using the same black and white colours of Junkyard Queen. It fought at an event in Rijswijk with reasonable success, winning two or three fights within the losers' bracket.
- Due to the nature of the German Robot Wars format, Junkyard Queen is the only robot to officially place sixth in a series.
- ↑ http://web.archive.org/web/20040904163730/http://www.f-fietzek.de:80/bots/countdown/20.html
- ↑ http://web.archive.org/web/20040904163819/http://www.f-fietzek.de:80/bots/index.html