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Thud was a tracked robot that competed in the Super Showdown competition, part of the Grudge Match special in Robot Wars: The Second Wars. It lost its Super Showdown qualifier to Siren.

Team Thud would later enter Series 3 of Robot Wars with Atlas, which was defeated in the first round.

DesignEdit

ThudInside

Thud without its shell

Thud was a large, tank-like robot using tracks as its means of locomotion, powered by a 12V starter motor and mainly built out of scrap and donated parts. Its weapons were a large circular saw mounted on an arm - which Team Thud referred to as a 'chainsaw' on their website - and a rear spike. However, Thud's saw failed to work at all before its only battle, which combined with its slow speed and turning circle greatly hampered its performance in the Super Heavyweight Championship.

Qualification Edit

Thud rehearsals

Thud at the Series 2 rehearsals

Thud, like with many superheavyweights, intended to compete in the main competition of Series 2 as a heavyweight. Though it did not qualify for the main competition it was entered into the Super Heavyweight Championship instead, despite being narrowly lighter than some of the Heavyweight entrants.

Robot HistoryEdit

Series 2Edit

Siren vs thud

Siren collides with Thud

After failing to compete in the main series after experiencing problems with its circular saw, Thud was entered into the Super Showdown, and was due to fight Siren and Roter Osche in its qualifier battle. Even then, it still encountered problems - the starting cord for its circular saw broke, rendering it disabled before the battle began. Thud began the battle by turning round and moving towards Siren with its inactive saw, only to turn away. Unseen on the broadcast Grudge Match special, however, it was then attacked by Sergeant Bash, whose jolt caused its left-hand track to lose drive and leave Thud spinning in the middle of the arena. Sergeant Bash was about to attack Thud again when Roter Osche smashed through the arena wall and into a television camera, causing the battle to be stopped immediately. As Thud had lost drive to one side at that point, Siren was declared the winner, while Thud was eliminated from the Super Heavyweight Championship.

ResultsEdit

THUD - RESULTS
Series 2
Super Heavyweight Championship
Lost
Qualifier vs. Siren, Roter Osche Lost

Wins/LossesEdit

  • Wins: 0
  • Losses: 1

Series RecordEdit

Series Thud Series Record
The First Wars Did not enter
The Second Wars Super Showdown, Qualifier
The Third Wars Entered with Atlas
The Fourth Wars Did not enter
The Fifth Wars Did not enter
The Sixth Wars Did not enter
The Seventh Wars Did not enter
Series 8 Did not enter
Series 9 Did not enter
Series 10 Did not enter

TriviaEdit

  • At 84kg, Thud was just over half the weight of the heaviest super heavyweight competitor Roter Osche, which it fought in its Super Showdown qualifier.

External LinksEdit

Team Thud's webpage on Robot Wars 1998 (archived)

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