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Burntwood brothers set to feature on Robot Wars with giant spinner weapon

By Carl Jackson | Burntwood | Entertainment | Published: | Last Updated:

A team featuring two Staffordshire brothers is set to appear on Robot Wars boasting one of the biggest weapons to ever feature on the series.

Apex has a four-foot spinning blade which rotates at speeds in excess of 200mph.

The £3,000-plus robot is the creation of Burntwood brothers Chris and Craig Danby, Sam Price from Shrewsbury and Jack Tweedy from Kent.

The 109kg machine is an improved version of one which only appeared briefly on the last series where it was eliminated by a robot called Pulsar having suffered issues with its motor.

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Chris, who is the team captain, said: "It has been a long-road development for the last year.

"In terms of cost you are talking about £3,000 to £3,500.

"Last time I didn't take into account the force of the spinner weapon so when it hit Pulsar the motor pretty much separated. It was just very, very fragile.

"But we have improved things this time and it is much more reliable.

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Apex

"The bar spinner is the biggest ever to compete in Robot Wars."

The menacing looking spinner is painted gold and weights 37kg.

The team has two at their disposal which are interchangeable, one shaped like a bar and one shaped like a guitar.

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The chassis is made out of Hardox which is typically used for the bucket scoops of a digger.

Team Apex will feature on the BBC Two show on Sunday at 8pm.

Chris said: "Robot Wars is crazy, it is a very, very different experience to what I'm used to.

"We do a lot of events but not all of them are filmed for TV.

"But they feature a lot of the same teams as you see on the show.

"The atmosphere is fantastic and the arena and the house robots are just amazing."

Carl Jackson

By Carl Jackson
Reporter - @cjackson_star

Senior reporter for Staffordshire and Walsall.

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