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Heat F of Robot Wars: The Sixth Wars was the sixth of twelve heats which determined the Semi-Finalists of Robot Wars: The Sixth Wars. The episode featuring Heat F was originally broadcast on September 23, 2002 on BBC Choice and repeated on December 20, 2002 on BBC Two.


Competing RobotsEdit

NewcomersEdit

Chompalot
Chompalot
Weight 96kg
Dimensions 1.22 x 0.65 x 0.68m
Power 2 x 750W motors
Weapons Hydraulic jaws and rear spike
Strengths Self-righting wings
Weaknesses Inexperienced team
From: Sinfin in Derby
Team Members: Simon Cook, Debs Cook & James Cook

VeteransEdit

13 Black
13 Black
Weight 100kg
Dimensions 1.66 x 0.39 x 0.66m
Power 2 x 750W motors
Weapons 2 x 750mm steel blades
Strengths Speed & weapons
Weaknesses Radio reception
From: Hinckley in Leicestershire
Team Members: John Denny, Richard Morris & Ken Wilson
Demo
Demolition Man
Weight 98kg
Dimensions 1.33 x 0.94 x 0.60m
Power 1050W motor
Weapons Axe, lifting forks and saws
Strengths Powerful weapons
Weaknesses High centre of gravity
From: Southminster in Essex
Team Members: Stephen Thomas, Chris Lord & Damien Smith
Double Trouble
Double Trouble
Weight 100kg
Dimensions 0.96 x 0.26 x 0.80m
Power 2 x 750W motors
Weapons Steel spikes and flywheels
Strengths Agile
Weaknesses Poor response
From: Potter's Bar in Hertfordshire
Team Members: David Johnson & Muthanthan Thangeswaren
Fluffy Series 6
Fluffy
Weight 100kg
Dimensions 1.30 x 0.20 x 0.70m
Power 750W motors
Weapons 20kg spinner
Strengths Powerful weapon & fast
Weaknesses Unreliable response
From: Enfield in Middlesex
Team Members: Peter Holroyd, Peter Johnson & Richard Johnson
Kan-Opener
Kan-Opener
Weight 100kg
Dimensions 1.43 x 0.26 x 1.30m
Power 1.5KW Motor
Weapons Jaw & battering ram
Strengths Invertible & hydraulic jaws
Weaknesses Thin armour
From: West Bromwich in Birmingham
Team Members: Alistair O'Neil, Andy Kane & Tom Kane
Stinger
Stinger (seeded 11th)
Weight 95kg
Dimensions 1.02 x 0.47 x 0.77m
Power 2 x 750W motors
Weapons Hammer, axe & spikes
Strengths Solid construction
Weaknesses Exposed tyres
From: Branston in Lincoln
Team Members: Kevin Scott, Tim Mann & Karl Skinner
Thermidor II S6
Thermidor 2
Weight 100kg
Dimensions 1.00 x 0.36 x 0.87m
Power 750W motor
Weapons Powerful flipper and claws
Strengths Powerful weapons
Weaknesses Easily flipped
From: Costessey in Norwich
Team Members: David Harding, Ian Harvey & Sarah Snowling

Round 1Edit

Chompalot vs Thermidor 2 vs Stinger (11) vs 13 BlackEdit

Stinger vs Thermidor II

Stinger locks up Thermidor 2's wheel (top-left)

Stinger over pit

Stinger spins over the pit

13 Black vs Chompalot

Chompalot grips 13 Black, but cannot cause damage

At the beginning of the battle, Stinger charged towards Thermidor 2 and struck its tyre using its mace. Although Thermidor 2 flipped Stinger in response, this crucial blow had already immobilised Thermidor 2's left-hand drive, rendering it unable to fight. 13 Black then hit the pit release button, and Stinger was lingering dangerously near to the open pit, but drove away just before 13 Black could push it down. Chompalot then grabbed hold of one of 13 Black's discs, holding the robot over the flame pit. However, Chompalot's jaw was still coated in its protective foam, so it could cause no damage.

Chompalot vs Stinger

Chompalot grips Stinger's wheel

"Good weapons work from 9 year-old James Cook at the controls."
— Jonathan Pearce as Chompalot attacks 13 Black and Stinger
Thermidor 2 suicide

Thermidor 2 drives into the pit

Chompalot vs 13Black

13 Black immobilises Chompalot

Chompalot then changed targets and attacked Stinger, gripping its wheel before losing its hold. Thermidor 2's immobility was recognised, and it was counted out by Refbot, although Thermidor 2 still used its flipped to lift Dead Metal. Under pressure from Dead Metal and Sir Killalot, Thermidor 2 suddenly regained full mobility, and drove directly into the pit to save itself from further damage. 13 Black landed another blow on the back of Chompalot, immobilising it.

"For me, Thermidor 2's already been counted out. So whatever you see from that robot now... is irrelevant. It certainly is now."
— Jonathan Pearce as Thermidor 2 throws itself into the pit, just after its fate was sealed by Refbot
13Black vs Chompalot

13 Black bends the jaw of Chompalot

13 Black immobilises Stinger

13 Black immobilises Stinger, while the House Robots place Chompalot on the floor flipper

With Chompalot immobile, 13 Black and Stinger closed in. 13 Black bent the wings and jaws of Chompalot, with the weaponry of Chompalot being crumpled significantly. Soon afterwards, Refbot counted out the beaten Chompalot. The House Robots pushed it onto the floor flipper, but at the same time, 13 Black struck the wheel of Stinger, and immobilised it. However, the floor flipper proceeded to throw Chompalot, and the House Robots placed the beaten Chompalot into the pit, offering the lifeless Stinger a reprieve.

"Chompalot bit off more than it could chew, but a big upset. Thermidor, a very fancied robot, it's in the pit, it's gone out. The winners are 13 Black and Stinger!"
— Craig Charles

Qualified: 13 Black & Stinger

Fluffy vs Kan-Opener vs Double Trouble vs Demolition ManEdit

Fluffy vs Kan-Opener

Fluffy leaves a gash in Kan-Opener's armour

Kan-Opener vs Double Trouble vs Demolition Man

All four robots in close quarters

The battle started off with Kan-Opener running towards Demolition Man and sinking its jaws into it where from then on, the two robots were locked in an embrace. Double Trouble reversed into Kan-Opener, holding it near the CPZ before Fluffy came in and tore a gash in the future Annihilator-champion's side armour twice, which stopped it dead, with Demolition Man also immobile. Kan-Opener took a slam from Double Trouble, which threw sparks using its two discs. Double Trouble took more time to attack the immobile Kan-Opener, pushing it across the arena while throwing more sparks.

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Double Trouble cuts into Kan-Opener

Demolition Man Dropzone

Demolition Man under the Drop Zone's debris

Noticeably, Fluffy's blade made contact with the front of Double Trouble and immediately ceased, leaving Fluffy weaponless, albeit victorious. Kan-Opener was dragged away by Sir Killalot, counted out by Refbot and then thrown by the floor flipper. Meanwhile, Demolition Man was finally counted out by Refbot, having been officially deemed immobile. Double Trouble spun in circles victoriously while Demolition Man was tipped over by Sir Killalot and then taken to The Drop Zone where it had a rubbish bin dropped on it.

"Sorry boys, back to the site!"
— Jonathan Pearce on Demolition Man

Qualified: Fluffy & Double Trouble

Round 2Edit

Fluffy vs Stinger (11)Edit

Fluffy vs Stinger

Fluffy about to momentarily knock-out one of Stinger's motors.

The two robots both started off with trying to get hits on each other and Fluffy managed to hit Stinger a few times before it stopped and moved on only one wheel, this left Stinger in a bad situation and looked like damage had been done to it.

"Stinger is going around in circles, and that's just about it."
— Jonathan Pearce
Stinger vs Fluffy

Stinger comes back into the battle.

Eventually, Stinger got its wheel working again and was back fighting again retaliating by giving Fluffy a few axe blows before Fluffy's disc stopped working and also had problems with its own manoeuvrability. Stinger gave Fluffy a few more axe blows before Fluffy lumbered into the CPZ where it received a heavier hammer-blow from Mr. Psycho. After Fluffy escaped the CPZ, it continued to receive more hammer blows from the seeded robot which immobilised it.
"It looks like a mighty pendulum, and the pendulum in this battle has certainly swung towards Stinger."
— Jonathan Pearce as Stinger's bludgeoning axe rhythmically slams Fluffy

Fluffy then got counted out by Refbot, and placed on the flipper by the house robots where it got thrown across the floor.

Winner: Stinger

13 Black vs Double TroubleEdit

Single Trouble

13 Black rips a disc from Double Trouble

Both robots got their discs up to speed and 13 Black started the more aggressive ramming and slamming Double Trouble before tearing one of Double Trouble's disc off. 13 Black spun itself around at high speed before getting bashed by Double Trouble which only caused more damage to Double Trouble but the impact also stopped one of 13 Black's discs.

"Why did you go near that, Double Trouble! Didn't you hear me!"
— Jonathan Pearce as Double Trouble drives into the high speed spin of 13 Black
Double Trouble vs 13 Black

Double Trouble charges for 13 Black

13 Black spent the rest of the battle chasing Double Trouble around the arena and bumping it a lot more with its disc. The fight ended with both robots still mobile which resulted in a judges decision. The judges awarded the fight on damage to 13 Black.

Winner: 13 Black

FinalEdit

Stinger (11) vs 13 BlackEdit

13 Black vs Stinger

13 Black rips some rubber off Stinger's wheels.

13 Black got its discs up to speed and Stinger started off attempting to hit the discs of the opposition to immobilise them. Stinger managed to land a few hammer-blows on 13 Black but none were that effective. 13 Black came in on Stinger and tore a piece of rubber off one of Stinger's tyres before bashing it into the release button for the spinning disc of doom. Stinger then tried spinning to cause damage to 13 Black but was still struggling to do so and got more bashes from 13 Black to its wheels.

"13 Black, very much on track here."
— Jonathan Pearce on 13 Black's strong start to the heat final
Stinger vs 13 Black

Stinger attacks 13 Black from above

In the last 10 seconds, 13 Black shoved Stinger into the CPZ where it was grabbed by Sir Killalot who nearly got the seeded robot out the arena, but time ran out and it went to the judges, who went in favour of 13 Black.

Heat Winner: 13 Black

"You can keep your Botox injections, and expensive manicures, 'cause there ain't nothing pretty, about Robot Wars!"
— Craig Charles' sign-off


Trivia Edit

  • Thermidor 2 and Stinger met for the second time, after Thermidor 2 flipped Stinger out of the arena in the mayhem in Extreme 1, but this time Stinger qualified and Thermidor 2 did not.
  • Stinger was the second seeded robot to go out in this war and the only one to lose the heat final via the judges.
  • This was Thermidor 2's second consecutive Round 1 departure, as was Kan-Opener's.
  • The Chompalot team had mistakenly left the protective foam on the tip of Chompalot's jaw weapon, for its first round battle.
  • Four robots and teams from this heat would later compete in the rebooted series, with Chompalot, Thermidor 2 and Kan-Opener appearing in Series 8 and Team 13 appearing with Heavy Metal in Series 9.
  • Six of the eight robots in this heat either reached a semi-final or won a side tournament (only Demolition Man and Double Trouble did not).
  • Chompalot and Demolition Man were the only robots in this heat not to fight each other at some point.
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