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{{quote|Oh way out, man, it's got holograms!|[[Jonathan Pearce]] as Roobarb entered the arena in Series 6}}
 
{{quote|Oh way out, man, it's got holograms!|[[Jonathan Pearce]] as Roobarb entered the arena in Series 6}}
 
'''Roobarb''' was a robot that competed in Series 6 and 7 of ''[[Robot Wars]]'', as well as the [[Robot Wars Extreme: Series 2/New Blood Championship|New Blood Championship]] in the second series of [[Robot Wars Extreme: Series 2|''Robot Wars Extreme'']]. It was eliminated in the first round of Series 6, allowing it to compete in the New Blood Championship, where it reached its Heat Final. Roobarb entered Series 7 with a strong opening performance, before being eliminated in the second round by [[Tiberius|Tiberius 3]].
 
'''Roobarb''' was a robot that competed in Series 6 and 7 of ''[[Robot Wars]]'', as well as the [[Robot Wars Extreme: Series 2/New Blood Championship|New Blood Championship]] in the second series of [[Robot Wars Extreme: Series 2|''Robot Wars Extreme'']]. It was eliminated in the first round of Series 6, allowing it to compete in the New Blood Championship, where it reached its Heat Final. Roobarb entered Series 7 with a strong opening performance, before being eliminated in the second round by [[Tiberius|Tiberius 3]].
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{{quote|We are a team of three printers from Twickenham, Middlesex who had been talking for two years about building a robot for Robot Wars, and finally got it together to actually do it. The three of us have little electronics or engineering experience, but we do have a great deal of enthusiasm, and by asking questions to people who have the required skills and learning from them, we have been able to undertake this project.|Team Roobarb website}}
   
 
==Design==
 
==Design==
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===Etymology===
 
===Etymology===
 
The name Roobarb was likely inspired by the animated children's show [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roobarb ''Roobarb''], often known as ''Roobarb and Custard''. This, in turn, is derived from the vegetable rhubarb, which Jonathan Pearce referenced on the TV show.
 
The name Roobarb was likely inspired by the animated children's show [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roobarb ''Roobarb''], often known as ''Roobarb and Custard''. This, in turn, is derived from the vegetable rhubarb, which Jonathan Pearce referenced on the TV show.
 
==The Team==
 
[[File:TeamRoobarb.jpg|thumb|left|Team Roobarb in Extreme 2]]
 
{{quote|We are a team of three printers from Twickenham, Middlesex who had been talking for two years about building a robot for Robot Wars, and finally got it together to actually do it. The three of us have little electronics or engineering experience, but we do have a great deal of enthusiasm, and by asking questions to people who have the required skills and learning from them, we have been able to undertake this project.|Team Roobarb website}}
 
Team Roobarb consisted of team captain Joshua Pinto, Lee Simpson, who drove the robot, and weapons operator Mark McIntyre. However, Mark McIntyre was absent for Series 7, so Joshua Pinto controlled the weapons in his place for that series.
 
   
 
==Qualification==
 
==Qualification==
[[File:Unpainted roobarb1.jpg|thumb|Roobarb at the time of Series 5]]
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[[File:Unpainted roobarb1.jpg|thumb|left|Roobarb at the time of Series 5]]
 
The original version of Roobarb was never seen on television, after failing to qualify for Series 5, but did fight at live events. It was decorated with holograms, and had a flipper, but was lower, being more of a dome wedge shape. After the Series 5 qualifiers, this version fought at four live events before being rebuilt, the last being Brighton Model World in February 2002.
 
The original version of Roobarb was never seen on television, after failing to qualify for Series 5, but did fight at live events. It was decorated with holograms, and had a flipper, but was lower, being more of a dome wedge shape. After the Series 5 qualifiers, this version fought at four live events before being rebuilt, the last being Brighton Model World in February 2002.
 
{{quote|The first Roobarb had had its day and a new design was needed, we had to address the main problems; Gearbox breaking from motors, Size & Weight, Regulator Freezing, Speed. We all had various ideas on how to improve the new robot and set about implementing them. Keep the robot as small as we can (we have some big gearboxes to deal with), extra power, 36v instead of 24v and a lighter shell.|Team Roobarb website on redesigning Roobarb<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/20040806085547fw_/http://www.teamroobarb.co.uk/roobarb_2.htm]</ref>}}
 
{{quote|The first Roobarb had had its day and a new design was needed, we had to address the main problems; Gearbox breaking from motors, Size & Weight, Regulator Freezing, Speed. We all had various ideas on how to improve the new robot and set about implementing them. Keep the robot as small as we can (we have some big gearboxes to deal with), extra power, 36v instead of 24v and a lighter shell.|Team Roobarb website on redesigning Roobarb<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/20040806085547fw_/http://www.teamroobarb.co.uk/roobarb_2.htm]</ref>}}
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{{quote|Could be fruitful, unless Roobarb's a cowardly custard!|Jonathan Pearce as Roobarb enters the arena}}
 
{{quote|Could be fruitful, unless Roobarb's a cowardly custard!|Jonathan Pearce as Roobarb enters the arena}}
 
Roobarb participated in the New Blood Competition of Extreme Series 2, it was in the first battle of the first heat, and went up against [[Terror Turtle]] and [[Mute]] in its first round match.
 
Roobarb participated in the New Blood Competition of Extreme Series 2, it was in the first battle of the first heat, and went up against [[Terror Turtle]] and [[Mute]] in its first round match.
{{Dialogue a-b-a|Philippa Forrester|...but are you nervous? I mean, it's all new, it's New Blood!|Joshua Pinto|Um, it's good to be nervous, keeps you on your toes!|Okay, so embracing the nerves here, the Roobarb team.|Pre-Round 1 interview}}
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{{Quote|Embracing the nerves here, the Roobarb team.|Philippa Forrester}}
 
[[File:NewBloodARound1.1.1.jpg|thumb|Roobarb flips Terror Turtle]]
 
[[File:NewBloodARound1.1.1.jpg|thumb|Roobarb flips Terror Turtle]]
 
Roobarb started by driving straight at Terror Turtle. Mute also drove at Terror Turtle and pushed it. Roobarb tried to flip Terror Turtle, but missed. Mute also tried getting under Terror Turtle, but when it turned, Terror Turtle slipped off and Mute missed its flip as well. Mute got at the side of Terror Turtle and pushed it, and Roobarb got under the front of Terror Turtle, flipping it clean over with one flip. Terror Turtle was left immobilised as it couldn't self-right. It was then flipped towards [[Dead Metal|Dead Metal's]] CPZ by Mute, but Roobarb swiftly self-righted. It drove under one of Dead Metal's claws, but quickly reversed and opened the pit. Mute tried to get under it, but drove at it at the wrong angle, so failed to get under it, and missed another flip.
 
Roobarb started by driving straight at Terror Turtle. Mute also drove at Terror Turtle and pushed it. Roobarb tried to flip Terror Turtle, but missed. Mute also tried getting under Terror Turtle, but when it turned, Terror Turtle slipped off and Mute missed its flip as well. Mute got at the side of Terror Turtle and pushed it, and Roobarb got under the front of Terror Turtle, flipping it clean over with one flip. Terror Turtle was left immobilised as it couldn't self-right. It was then flipped towards [[Dead Metal|Dead Metal's]] CPZ by Mute, but Roobarb swiftly self-righted. It drove under one of Dead Metal's claws, but quickly reversed and opened the pit. Mute tried to get under it, but drove at it at the wrong angle, so failed to get under it, and missed another flip.
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Roobarb DRG.jpg|Roobarb at the Dutch Robo Games in 2001 as Silver Fish
 
Roobarb DRG.jpg|Roobarb at the Dutch Robo Games in 2001 as Silver Fish
 
Tornado weird wedge|Tornado battles Roobarb at a live event
 
Tornado weird wedge|Tornado battles Roobarb at a live event
RoobarbConstruction.jpg|Roobarb 2 during construction
 
 
RoobarbInternals.png|The internals of Roobarb at a live event
 
RoobarbInternals.png|The internals of Roobarb at a live event
 
Roooobarb.jpg|Roobarb at a live event
 
Roooobarb.jpg|Roobarb at a live event
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