The Chibi Project episode 21:
Running Time: 10:17
Hosted by: PatrickD and Jekka
Recorded: June 14, 2003
Posted: November 12, 2008
The Beyblade Beystadium was placed on an old picnic table outside Adequate.com's main office. The stadium included two small tops and a launching spinner for each. The stadium itself had a blue arena floor which would spin when the blue controls on the side were pulled out and pushed in.
We started off by letting the tops spin the way the manufacturers intended. The tops had a relatively low RPM. Neither was powerful enough to knock the other out of the stadium. Pulling the levers made the tops spin around the arena more, but had little or no effect on the "battle". The tops were clearly not powerful enough.
To provide more power to the tops, we selected a Dremel MultiPro Cordless 7.2V Model 770 Type 1. It features speeds of either 7,500 RPM or 15,000 RPM...not to mention the popular 0 RPM "OFF" setting.
The white Beyblade top was placed at the end of a small screw attachment. It was firmly connected so that it would spin at the same rate as the rotary tool. We started off spinning the top at a rate of 7,500 RPM. For the competition, we chose a Craftsman Variable Speed Rotary Tool to power the other top.
With the tops mounted on the Dremel and Craftsman tools, it was time to do battle. We increased the Dremel's speed to 15,000 RPM to make the fight fair. Applying a downward pressure, the tops began to leave marks on the stadium floor. This is the first sign of any damage to any pieces.
The white top eventually came off, but the black/grey one kept going. With the white top no longer able to stay connected, the Dremel's attachment was changed to a grinding tool.
The white top was later brought back into service. The grinding attachment was replaced with a drill attachment. The drill spun the top, but also went through the bottom of the top and through the stadium floor. You may also notice damage to the edges of the tops.
After coming to the conclusion that the tops alone were not enough to damage the Beystadium, we changed to a hole cutter on a Black & Decker 3/8" drill. Rather than leaving on only the hole saw for one size of hole, we left on all the hole cutters. The tops and the decorative lighting from the side of the stadium were placed inside. We did not put the spinners inside because they contain metal springs. Once inside, the stadium's lid was closed. The hole cutter was lined up and we started drilling dead-center on the stadium's cover.
Once the center of the drill penetrated the lid, the hole saws came crashing down. The friction from all the spinning saws caused the whole stadium to start spinning at thousands of revolutions per minute.
When the saw was removed, you could see that the top was fairly well dug up. The spinning became so uncontrollable that the entire stadium flew off the table. At this point, the cover flew off and the contents of the stadium went flying.
With the cover gone, we removed the inner hole saws and drilled directly into the Beystadium. The hole was started off-center so that the stadium floor would not spin with the drill.
By the end of the experiment, the bottom of both tops have been worn flat. Both tops have holes through the center. The Beystadium has suffered extreme damage due to the hole cutter. The cover came off, but can be reconnected.
Beyblade tops and the Beystadium were not designed to withstand high rates of speed, downward pressure, and hole cutters. In summary, Beyblade is boring. Beyblade with power tools is fun.
Here are links to the things mentioned in the podcast:
- The Chibi Project on Facebook
- Patrick's Twitter
- The Chibi Project web site
- The Chibi Project Survey
Music in this episode:
"axl k" and "best ever" by K.T.F. Terison - ktfterison.com