Mike Loewen's B9 Project


   Okay, so I'm a Science Fiction nut. I must have some 2000 paperbacks at home, overflowing my living room. I grew up watching all the standard shows on TV: The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, Supercar, Fireball XL5, Stingray, Thunderbirds, UFO, My Favorite Martian, Star Trek. Then, there were the Irwin Allen spectaculars: Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Time Tunnel, Land of the Giants and Lost in Space. Robots have always fascinated me, especially Robby from Forbidden Planet and B9 from Lost in Space. I never dreamed that the resources would eventually exist for ordinary Joes to actually build one of these mechanical men, but it's happened. Thanks to the members of the B9 Robot Builders Club and their web site, I've taken the plunge and started my own personal B9.

   My robot is progressing slowly but surely, and I've collected a lot of parts. I opted for an already cast fiberglass torso. I am planning to go the pipe insulation and plywood route for the legs, and will be building the tread sections from aluminum. I'll be building the brain, collar and radar section. What I'm really looking forward to is the electronics and automation. I'd like to see if I can make most of this contraption move.

Construction Progress
Building the Torso    I started with a basic fiberglass torso right out of the mold. I've been splitting my time between various parts of the robot, but so far, I have most of the holes cut and a few of the parts fitted. Check out the Torso page for progress shots.

Last updated on Thursday, February 02, 2006

The Torso
Building the Radar Section    I opted to build a plexiglass radar section, with a hollow top section. So far, the radar section is finished except for the ears and priming/painting. See the Radar page for progress shots.

Last updated on Thursday, February 02, 2006

Radar Section
Building the Brain    I made the brain out of aluminum, and yes, I cut out all the little shapes by hand. See the Brain page for progress shots.

Last updated on Thursday, February 02, 2006

Aluminum Brain
Building the Collar    The collar is the standard collection of 108 heat formed ribs, with milled top and bottom plates which have their own alignment slots. See the Collar page for progress shots.

Last updated on Sunday, May 25, 2008

Acrylic Collar
Resin Earposts    I'm making the ear posts out of resin, which I'll drill out to install a right angle gear mechanism. Molding and casting is brand new to me, so this should be interesting.

Last updated on Thursday, February 02, 2006

Resin Earposts
Home Mad Powerpack    Sure, I could have bought a resin frame, or even a completed powerpack but what fun is that? Here's my version of the powerpack with an acrylic frame and home made circuit board.

Last updated on Sunday, December 13, 2009

Powerpack
Building the Treadsection    I'm building the treadsection from aluminum, but instead of welding it (which I'm not equipped to do), it's fastened together with bolts, blind rivets and epoxy. See the Treadsection page for progress shots.

Last updated on Thursday, February 02, 2006

Aluminum Treadsection
Schematics    Here are some of the schematic diagrams for the homebrew eletronics in my robot, as well as LED light bulb replacements.

Last updated on Thursday, February 02, 2006

Electronics
Parts    This section contains photos of some of the other Parts that I've collected or manufactured, that don't have their own page, yet.

Last updated on Thursday, February 02, 2006

Parts
Blue Sky Rmablings    Various back-of-the-napkin thoughts and ramblings about future directions and features for my B9. Last updated on Tuesday, April 13, 2004
Blue Sky Ramblings
Site Updates    Site updates as of Sunday, December 13, 2009
Site Updates

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