For the Series 7 Robot, see The Scrapper.
"Scrapper may not be the fastest robot in the field, but makes up for it in speed and maneuverability"
— Jonathan Pearce

Scrapper was a box-shaped robot entered by Team On-The-Edge (later known as Team Joint Effort) in Series 1. It was given its name because the robot was nearly completely built from scrap that the team captain had around his shop.

It lost to the future Grand Finalist Recyclopse in the Heat Semi-Final after being turned on its side by Recyclopse's pneumatic ram weapon, and after Series 1, its modified chassis was later rebuilt into its successor G.B.H., which was entered into Series 2 and had more success there. The team also fought in Series 3 with Facet.


"Scrapper was built from scrap materials lurking around our workshop! The chassis was built using speed frame. The unit was driven by two independent drive wheels centrally mounted. These were powered by two 60 Watt Motors with gear reductions of 22:1. The power source was two 12v 24amp hour dry fit cells. During the last robot wars event Scrapper did not have to be recharged once! The motors were controlled by logic controlled 12v, 20amp relays. Which resulted in a very reliable drive control. The main problem with Scrapper was the ground clearance, it was too high!!"
— On The Edge team website on Scrapper
Scrapper unpainted

Scrapper, armed with spikes, on a test run

The robot was armed with four vertically mounted spinning saw blades at the front of the machine and two horizontal saw blades at the rear, and had flashing LED eyes on the top part of its chassis. The team joked that the robot worked better in reverse after Scrapper backed its way into the next round in the Trial.

Robot HistoryEdit

Series 1Edit


Scrapper is attacked by the house robots

"We was gonna run on plutonium, but hey, we've had to go with the batteries."
— Mike Smith quips about Scrapper's power source

Scrapper took the Maze route in the Gauntlet, but was pinned by Shunt and Sergeant Bash in the maze and cease was called. However it had covered enough distance to qualify for the Trial, which was a robot version of the game, British Bulldog. Scrapper was having control problems and could only go backwards. Despite this Scrapper was able to navigate around the House Robots and finish the Trial in second place.

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Scrapper is flipped by Recyclopse

In the Arena, it came up against Recyclopse. Recyclopse ignored Scrapper and headed into a CPZ and was attacked by Dead Metal. However Recyclopse escaped and ran out of the CPZ and into Scrapper. Recyclopse rammed Scrapper, flipping it onto its side and eliminating it.


Series 1
The First Wars - UK Championship
Heat Semi-Finals
Heat B, Gauntlet 7.40m (Joint 3rd) Qualified
Heat B, Trial (British Bulldog) Completed (2nd) Qualified
Heat B, Semi-Final vs. Recyclopse Lost


  • Scrapper being constructed
  • Scrapper in the pits
  • Scrapper's Chassis being used for G.B.H.
  • Wins: 0
  • Losses: 1

Series RecordEdit

Series Scrapper Series Record
The First Wars Heat, Arena Semi-Final
The Second Wars Entered with G.B.H.
The Third Wars Entered with Facet
The Fourth Wars Did not enter
The Fifth Wars Did not enter
The Sixth Wars Entered with GBH 2
The Seventh Wars Did not enter
Series 8 Did not enter
Series 9 Did not enter
Series 10 Did not enter


  • Scrapper had five team members, the largest amount of team members in one team at one time.
  • During its Gauntlet run, Jonathan Pearce erroneously referred to Charles Lavery as Ken Toogood.
  • Scrapper's loss to Recyclopse was the first instance of the shortest battle record and quickest immobilisation record.
  • It was also the first competitor robot to be flipped over by a moving weapon.

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