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{{robot
 
{{robot
 
|robot_name=Topbot
 
|robot_name=Topbot
|image=[[File:Topbot.png|200px]]
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|image=[[File:Topbot_Crop.png|200px]]
|caption=Topbot
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|caption=Topbot, with its disc at floor level
 
|series=7
 
|series=7
 
|team=Team Monad
 
|team=Team Monad
 
|team_members=Benny Karstel<br/>Andrew Karstel
 
|team_members=Benny Karstel<br/>Andrew Karstel
 
|other_entries=[[Monad]]<br/> <small>(Series 5)</small><br/>[[4x4]]<br/> <small>(Series 6)</small>
 
|other_entries=[[Monad]]<br/> <small>(Series 5)</small><br/>[[4x4]]<br/> <small>(Series 6)</small>
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|from=Clondalkin, Dublin
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|stats=Topbot stats.png
 
|weight=99kg
 
|weight=99kg
 
|dimensions=0.27m x 1.15m x 0.93m
 
|dimensions=0.27m x 1.15m x 0.93m
 
|clearance=
 
|clearance=
|power=3 x 750W electric motors
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|drive=3x 750W electric motors
 
|weapons=Spinning disc
 
|weapons=Spinning disc
 
}}
 
}}
'''Topbot''' was a robot that competed in [[Series 7]] of ''[[Robot Wars]]''. It came from Team Monad, and was the third robot from the Dublin-based team. Topbot lost in the first round of its heat after the disc broke off, and also lost its qualifier battle in the [[Third World Championship]], where it represented the Republic of Ireland.
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'''Topbot''' was a robot that competed in [[Series 7]] of ''[[Robot Wars]]''. It came from Team Monad, and was the third robot from the Dublin-based team, after [[Monad]] and [[4x4]]. Topbot lost in the first round of its heat after the disc broke off, and also lost its qualifier battle in the [[Third World Championship]] to [[Crushtacean]], where it represented the Republic of Ireland.
 
Team Monad previously competed in [[Series 5]] with [[Monad]] and in [[Series 6]] with [[4x4]], both of which also failed to win a battle.
 
   
 
==Design==
 
==Design==
 
[[File:Topbot.jpg|thumb|left|Topbot enters the arena inverted]]
 
[[File:Topbot.jpg|thumb|left|Topbot enters the arena inverted]]
Topbot's weapon was a horizontal spinning disc that was 64cm wide and weighed 30 kilograms, made from steel and aluminum with two hardened teeth. The body had four wheels on top and bottom, making it an invertible robot, and it had a low ground clearance. It was one of the many robots over the weight limit, so there were many small holes drilled in the top and sides of its bodywork to fit the constraints. The disc made the robot quite top-heavy, but made up for it in its power; it smashed the arena wall in its World Championship qualifier battle.
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Topbot's weapon was a horizontal spinning disc that was 64cm wide and weighed 30 kilograms, made from steel and aluminium with two hardened teeth. The body had four wheels on top and bottom, making it an invertible robot, and it had a low ground clearance. It was one of the many robots over the weight limit, so there were many small holes drilled in the top and sides of its bodywork to fit the constraints. The disc made the robot quite top-heavy, but made up for it in its power; it smashed the arena wall in its World Championship qualifier battle.
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Although Topbot could run inverted and use its disc in either orientation, Topbot's default configuration sees its disc at floor level, evidenced by the robot's name being written on the front of Topbot, which only reads correctly if the robot is not inverted. This essentially made Topbot one of the pioneers of the 'undercutter' spinner, used by Topbot and future undercutters such as [[PP3D]] to target the exposed wheels underneath most robots.
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==The Team==
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[[File:TopBotTeam.jpg|thumb|Team Monad with Topbot]]
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Topbot was entered by Team Monad, a two-man team consisting of captain Bernard "Benny" Karstel and teammate Andrew Karstel. The team were based in Clondalkin in Dublin, the same region that [[Team Nemesis]] were based. This made Topbot the only Irish machine in the Seventh Wars. Team Monad had previously entered the Fifth Wars with [[Monad]], and the Sixth Wars with [[4x4]], with no success.
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Unfortunately, Benny Karstel later died in 2006<ref>Private correspondence with Peter Redmond</ref>.
   
 
==Robot History==
 
==Robot History==
 
===Series 7===
 
===Series 7===
[[File:Topbot_vs_R.O.C.S._vs_Raging_Knightmare_vs_The_Executioner.JPG|thumb|left|Topbot loses its disc]]
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Topbot received a reasonable draw in Round 1 of the Seventh Wars, against veterans [[Raging Knightmare]], as well as [[R.O.C.S.]] and [[The Executioner]].
Topbot received a reasonable draw in Round 1 of the Seventh Wars, against veterans [[Raging Knightmare]], as well as [[R.O.C.S.]] and [[The Executioner]]. In the opening seconds, it spun around in circles to ward off attacks whilst the disc gained speed. It then charged into the fray, hacking at the rear of R.O.C.S., but a sudden impact with The Executioner's vertical spinning weapon caused Topbot's spinning disc to detach and fly across the arena floor.
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[[File:Topbot attacks rocs.jpg|thumb|left|Topbot attacks R.O.C.S. with its disc]]
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[[File:Topbot vs R.O.C.S. vs Raging Knightmare vs The Executioner.JPG|thumb|Topbot loses its disc]]
 
[[File:Topbot_pit.jpg|thumb|Topbot dangerously skirts along the lip of the pit]]
 
[[File:Topbot_pit.jpg|thumb|Topbot dangerously skirts along the lip of the pit]]
Topbot drove around the arena erratically, almost falling in the pit with a wheel hanging over the edge. Topbot then drove into [[Mr. Psycho]]'s CPZ and was cornered. The House Robot hit Topbot with his hammer, and rather comically, his head fell off. Topbot appeared to break down towards the end of the fight and was pushed by Raging Knightmare onto the flame pit as the time expired and the match went to a [[judges]]' decision, who eliminated Topbot from the competition.
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In the opening seconds, it spun around in circles to ward off attacks whilst the disc gained speed. It then charged into the fray, hacking at the rear of R.O.C.S., but a sudden impact with The Executioner's vertical spinning weapon caused Topbot's spinning disc to detach and fly across the arena floor. Topbot drove around the arena erratically, almost falling in the pit with a wheel hanging over the edge. Topbot then drove into [[Mr. Psycho]]'s CPZ and was cornered. The House Robot hit Topbot with his hammer, and rather comically, his head fell off. Topbot appeared to break down towards the end of the fight and was pushed by Raging Knightmare onto the flame pit as the time expired at the end of the five-minute battle. The match went to a [[judges]]' decision, who voted in favour of R.O.C.S. and Raging Knightmare, eliminating Topbot in the first round.
   
[[File:Topbotwc3.jpg|thumb|left|Topbot takes a lump out of the arena wall]]
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Topbot returned for the Third World Championship, fighting against the South African [[Crushtacean]] in its qualifier battle, which was broadcast as part of [[Robot Wars: The Seventh Wars/Heat G|Heat G]].
Topbot returned for the Third World Championship, fighting against the South African [[Crushtacean]] in its qualifier, which was broadcast as part of [[Robot Wars: The Seventh Wars/Heat G|Heat G]]. This time, Topbot entered the arena with its disc face up. Topbot tried to spin up in circles to allow its disc to gain speed, but Crushtacean covered the distance between the pair quickly and prevented Topbot from spinning, shoving it into a CPZ.[[File:Crushtacean vs Topbot.jpg|thumb|Topbot is pitted by Crushtacean]] Topbot escaped, attacking the side of Crushtacean. Topbot slammed into the arena wall, cracking pieces of it before being seized by the crab-like robot and shoved away. Crushtacean pushed Topbot into the pit release, before shoving it down the pit and eliminating it from the competition.
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[[File:CrushtaceanPinsTopbot.jpg|thumb|left|Crustacean pins Topbot against the top arena wall]]
{{Quote|Topbot, more like Flopbot!|[[Craig Charles]] on Topbot's loss.}}
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[[File:Topbotwc3.jpg|thumb|Topbot takes a lump out of the arena wall]]
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[[File:Crushtacean vs Topbot.jpg|thumb|Topbot is pitted by Crushtacean]]
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This time, Topbot entered the arena with its disc face up. Topbot tried to spin up in circles to allow its disc to gain speed, but Crushtacean covered the distance between the pair quickly and prevented Topbot from spinning, shoving it into a CPZ. Topbot escaped, attacking the side of Crushtacean. Topbot slammed into the arena wall, cracking pieces of it before being seized by the crab-like robot and shoved away. Crushtacean pushed Topbot into the pit release, before shoving it down the pit and eliminating it from the competition.
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{{Quote|Topbot, more like Flopbot!|[[Craig Charles]] on Topbot's loss}}
   
 
==Results==
 
==Results==
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{{Show|Series 7}}
 
{{Show|Series 7}}
 
{{Competition|The Seventh Wars - UK Championship|Heat, Round 1}}
 
{{Competition|The Seventh Wars - UK Championship|Heat, Round 1}}
{{Battle|[[Robot Wars: The Seventh Wars/Heat N|Heat N]], Round 1|[[Raging Knightmare]], [[R.O.C.S.]], [[The Executioner]]|Eliminated}}
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{{Battle|[[Robot Wars: The Seventh Wars/Heat N|Heat N, Round 1]]|[[Raging Knightmare]], [[R.O.C.S.]], [[The Executioner]]|Eliminated}}
 
{{Competition|[[The Third World Championship]]|Representing Republic of Ireland, Qualifier}}
 
{{Competition|[[The Third World Championship]]|Representing Republic of Ireland, Qualifier}}
{{Battle|Qualifier|[[Crushtacean]] (RSA)|Lost}}
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{{Battle|[[Robot Wars: The Seventh Wars/World Championship Qualifiers|Qualifier]]|[[Crushtacean]] (RSA)|Lost}}
 
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===Wins/Losses===
 
===Wins/Losses===
<gallery type="slideshow">
 
TopBotTeam.jpg|Team Monad with Topbot
 
TopbotPits.jpg|Topbot, without its top armour, in the pits
 
Topbot HD.png|Topbot after Series 7
 
</gallery>
 
 
*Wins: 0
 
*Wins: 0
 
*Losses: 2
 
*Losses: 2
   
 
==Series Record==
 
==Series Record==
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[[File:TopbotPits.jpg|thumb|Topbot, without its top armour, in the pits]]
 
{{Series Record|Topbot|Did not enter|Did not enter|Did not enter|Did not enter|Entered with [[Monad]]|Entered with [[4x4]]|'''Heat, Round 1'''}}
 
{{Series Record|Topbot|Did not enter|Did not enter|Did not enter|Did not enter|Entered with [[Monad]]|Entered with [[4x4]]|'''Heat, Round 1'''}}
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==Outside Robot Wars==
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[[File:Topbot HD.png|thumb|left|Topbot after Series 7]]
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After Series 7, Topbot was maintained, and intended to enter various live events, but the ban on spinning weapons across live events prevented Topbot from competing. As a result, Team Monad would compete on the live circuit with 4x4 instead.
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As of 2018, Topbot is still intact, but retired.
   
 
==Trivia==
 
==Trivia==
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[[File:Topbot S7.png|thumb|Official Series 7 photo]]
 
*Topbot was the only robot from either part of Ireland to feature in Series 7.
 
*Topbot was the only robot from either part of Ireland to feature in Series 7.
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*Topbot was the first competitor in ''Robot Wars'' designed primarily to be an undercutter spinner.
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==References==
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<references/>
   
 
{{Series 7 Competitors}}
 
{{Series 7 Competitors}}
 
[[Category:UK Series competitors]]
 
[[Category:UK Series competitors]]
[[Category:World Championship competitors]]
 
 
[[Category:Robots with multiple appearances without winning a battle]]
 
[[Category:Robots with multiple appearances without winning a battle]]
 
[[Category:Robots with Horizontal Flywheels]]
 
[[Category:Robots with Horizontal Flywheels]]

Revision as of 14:29, March 19, 2020

Topbot was a robot that competed in Series 7 of Robot Wars. It came from Team Monad, and was the third robot from the Dublin-based team, after Monad and 4x4. Topbot lost in the first round of its heat after the disc broke off, and also lost its qualifier battle in the Third World Championship to Crushtacean, where it represented the Republic of Ireland.

Design

Topbot

Topbot enters the arena inverted

Topbot's weapon was a horizontal spinning disc that was 64cm wide and weighed 30 kilograms, made from steel and aluminium with two hardened teeth. The body had four wheels on top and bottom, making it an invertible robot, and it had a low ground clearance. It was one of the many robots over the weight limit, so there were many small holes drilled in the top and sides of its bodywork to fit the constraints. The disc made the robot quite top-heavy, but made up for it in its power; it smashed the arena wall in its World Championship qualifier battle.

Although Topbot could run inverted and use its disc in either orientation, Topbot's default configuration sees its disc at floor level, evidenced by the robot's name being written on the front of Topbot, which only reads correctly if the robot is not inverted. This essentially made Topbot one of the pioneers of the 'undercutter' spinner, used by Topbot and future undercutters such as PP3D to target the exposed wheels underneath most robots.

The Team

TopBotTeam

Team Monad with Topbot

Topbot was entered by Team Monad, a two-man team consisting of captain Bernard "Benny" Karstel and teammate Andrew Karstel. The team were based in Clondalkin in Dublin, the same region that Team Nemesis were based. This made Topbot the only Irish machine in the Seventh Wars. Team Monad had previously entered the Fifth Wars with Monad, and the Sixth Wars with 4x4, with no success.

Unfortunately, Benny Karstel later died in 2006[1].

Robot History

Series 7

Topbot received a reasonable draw in Round 1 of the Seventh Wars, against veterans Raging Knightmare, as well as R.O.C.S. and The Executioner.

Topbot attacks rocs

Topbot attacks R.O.C.S. with its disc

Topbot vs R.O.C.S. vs Raging Knightmare vs The Executioner

Topbot loses its disc

Topbot pit

Topbot dangerously skirts along the lip of the pit

In the opening seconds, it spun around in circles to ward off attacks whilst the disc gained speed. It then charged into the fray, hacking at the rear of R.O.C.S., but a sudden impact with The Executioner's vertical spinning weapon caused Topbot's spinning disc to detach and fly across the arena floor. Topbot drove around the arena erratically, almost falling in the pit with a wheel hanging over the edge. Topbot then drove into Mr. Psycho's CPZ and was cornered. The House Robot hit Topbot with his hammer, and rather comically, his head fell off. Topbot appeared to break down towards the end of the fight and was pushed by Raging Knightmare onto the flame pit as the time expired at the end of the five-minute battle. The match went to a judges' decision, who voted in favour of R.O.C.S. and Raging Knightmare, eliminating Topbot in the first round.

Topbot returned for the Third World Championship, fighting against the South African Crushtacean in its qualifier battle, which was broadcast as part of Heat G.

CrushtaceanPinsTopbot

Crustacean pins Topbot against the top arena wall

Topbotwc3

Topbot takes a lump out of the arena wall

Crushtacean vs Topbot

Topbot is pitted by Crushtacean

This time, Topbot entered the arena with its disc face up. Topbot tried to spin up in circles to allow its disc to gain speed, but Crushtacean covered the distance between the pair quickly and prevented Topbot from spinning, shoving it into a CPZ. Topbot escaped, attacking the side of Crushtacean. Topbot slammed into the arena wall, cracking pieces of it before being seized by the crab-like robot and shoved away. Crushtacean pushed Topbot into the pit release, before shoving it down the pit and eliminating it from the competition.

"Topbot, more like Flopbot!"
Craig Charles on Topbot's loss

Results

TOPBOT - RESULTS
Series 7
The Seventh Wars - UK Championship
Heat, Round 1
Heat N, Round 1 vs. Raging Knightmare, R.O.C.S., The Executioner Eliminated
The Third World Championship
Representing Republic of Ireland, Qualifier
Qualifier vs. Crushtacean (RSA) Lost

Wins/Losses

  • Wins: 0
  • Losses: 2

Series Record

TopbotPits

Topbot, without its top armour, in the pits

Series Topbot Series Record
The First Wars Did not enter
The Second Wars Did not enter
The Third Wars Did not enter
The Fourth Wars Did not enter
The Fifth Wars Entered with Monad
The Sixth Wars Entered with 4x4
The Seventh Wars Heat, Round 1
Series 8 Did not enter
Series 9 Did not enter
Series 10 Did not enter

Outside Robot Wars

Topbot HD

Topbot after Series 7

After Series 7, Topbot was maintained, and intended to enter various live events, but the ban on spinning weapons across live events prevented Topbot from competing. As a result, Team Monad would compete on the live circuit with 4x4 instead.

As of 2018, Topbot is still intact, but retired.

Trivia

Topbot S7

Official Series 7 photo

  • Topbot was the only robot from either part of Ireland to feature in Series 7.
  • Topbot was the first competitor in Robot Wars designed primarily to be an undercutter spinner.

References

  1. Private correspondence with Peter Redmond
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