08/26/2006: Dennis W. asked for a photo of my robot with
the lights on. I do not have a good photo yet but attached
is one with my Daughter dancing with the robot like Marta Kristen
did in an old publicity photo and it has the light on but you
can not see all of them.
08/18/2006: My robot is for all purposes done and it only
took me about 9 Months part time and I am also very proud of him.
As stated previously, he is also remote controlled.
He can move around and scare small children. The body and
head rotate, sensors, crown & finger lights move. The
arms also come out at and outward & up angle. He also
talks using the IB9 software with a built in stereo and radio
07/12/2006: This photo shows the state my B9 project is
in so far and for the most part, everything is going well. Especially
when I think that I have only been working on him for about 9
Months part time. Let me start by describing things from
The tread section outline is from Mark Thompson’s plans
but I changed the inner construction using aircraft plywood and
fused the 2 sections together so that I can drive the robot by
remote control using 2 wheel chair motors (the tracks are just
for looks). The radio control unit that I am using was modified
so that the robot accelerates and de-accelerates at a fixed rate
so that the robot will not tip over unless I run him into something.
The side panels I made myself after building my own vacuum
forming machine and I also made the neon backing plate with this
machine. The legs are made using an aircraft box spar construction
that is very strong and light weight and I made the foam bellows
so that if one section gets damaged I can simply slide off the
section needed and repair it. The donut is from Mike Joyce
and is also driven by radio to make the torso turn.
The torso is from Fred Barton. The programming bay is copied
from Craig Reinbrecht and the rear bay is copied from Mark Thompson’s
idea of holding a car radio to drive the voice and neon mouth
light and I have put in a Radio Shack radio link so that the voice
can come from my computer using the IB9 software. The microphone
was formed in my small machine shop using old microphone parts
from where I work and as near as I can tell from old photographs,
it is an exact copy. The chest lights are from Craig and
the large blinking lights are from Dennis Wilbur with a random
solid state driver that I made to drive the lights in a random
pattern like the original used with the old blinker bulbs. The
power pack and wrists are from Bill K & Rod R. I am
waiting for the arm bellows from Vince Roberts so that I can install
the arms and they will move in & out using a pulley and cable
arrangement with a winch type servo. The neon mouth light
is from Craig and the driver is one I designed myself working
very much like the one Craig Reinbrecht suggests.
The collar, radar, neck & brain are all made from scratch
in my small machine shop and everything lights-up and moves under
remote control. The bubble is from Fred Barton.