06/29/02 - MVI Story & Growing POP Pics:
Let me start off by saying, that the robot: MAGNUM VI is a TEAM RV bot, but Kenneth Peek is the builder/owner.
Kenneth and I met at the May 2001 BattleBots event. He was the Machinist/Driver for Team Redneck Robots, of Alabama Slammer fame. It didn't take long to figure out we had a lot in common, so we really hit it off. We stayed in constant contact after the event, and he even made some parts for the second revision of Village Idiot before the November 2001 competition!
On a family trip (My wife Angie, and our two girls: Kaylee and Alyssa) down to Alabama to visit Kenneth and his wife Charis, Kenneth and I agreed that it would be cool to eventually build a robot together. I just don't think that either of us thought it would be this soon!
So it should come as no surprise that when I had the initial doodles on notebook paper for MVI, that the first person I called to talk about the idea was Kenneth. I was thrilled that he wanted to build the robot together! As time went by, it became increasingly apparent that it would not be very practical for us to actually build the robot "together". So there was an unspoken agreement, that Kenneth would build and own MAGNUM VI with whatever help I could give, and I would stick to building/owning Village Idiot with whatever help HE could give (Kenneth has been a HUGE help with the revision 3 build of Village Idiot!).
The plans for the robot have evolved into something more original than the first drawings. At it's very core, the robot will still have rotary impact discs as it's weapon, but Kenneth's ideas for the robot have dramatically changed how the robot will look and function (for the BETTER, of course!). Every time I talk to Kenneth, I seem to learn something new. He is a brilliant Machinist and Engineer, and I consider myself BLESSED to have him on the team with this robot! An interesting factoid about Kenneth: There are parts on the International Space Station that Kenneth MADE on his machine in Huntsville, AL! Angie and I both consider ourselves lucky to have met Kenneth and Charis. At the time I am typing this, we are looking forward to meeting their new baby boy Abram next week!
With that being said, the build diary for MAGNUM VI is going to be a difficult one for a few reasons:
The point is, don't look for the same level of detail in the build reports for the big robot, as you have seen with Village Idiot. That's not to say you will not see a LOT of the robot here, it's just that it would be very difficult all things considered for BOTH of us to document the build process as thoroughly as I have in the past. Kenneth and I both feel that "TOP SECRET" is lame though. We both agree that in the past, we were no more excited seeing a bot we didn't know anything about at a competition, than a bot that we had followed the build process online. Build reports ROCK! So rest assured, that as the robot is built you will see the progress, just not with a microscope... ;)
The saw Kenneth is using in MVI is the Husqvarna 3120XP. Check their website for the vitals: http://www.usa.husqvarna.com/Folder_263/node533.asp?id=29
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