TRADINNO!! The Biggest Firing Dragon Robot
Saturday 30 November 2013

TRADINNO!! The Biggest Firing Dragon Robot

Tradinno (a combination of tradition and innovation), the dragon is a big robot which can walk and spit fire.

Tradinno walks on four legs and is controlled by a radio remote control. Zollner built the monster to star in Germany's oldest folk play, which currently uses a 35-year-old model that needs four people inside to operate. Zollner calls it “a robot outshining all human actors.”

Tradinno weighs 11 tons and is driven by a 2.0-liter turbo diesel engine. The robot is so massive that Zollner had to specially design a vehicle to transport it.

Zollner said the project began in February 2007, and took its name by combining the words “tradition” and “innovation.”

The body is made from polyurethane and glass. Tradinno also has synthetic veins that are designed to “bleed” more than 21 gallons of stage blood. There is also liquid gas to allow the robot dragon to breathe fire. But despite its massive wings that span 40 feet, Tradinno cannot fly.

Tradinno will star in “Drachenstich,” a 500-year-old folk play that is performed every August in the Bavarian town of Furth im Wald.