Resurrection - Another Full Sized Lost In Space B9 Robot coming to life

Dave Schulpius

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There is no control yet in this robot. However with the upgrades I'm planning for this robot, Synthiam ARC and the EZB are going to be center stage.

I was asked by a fellow Lost In Space and B9 Robot fan to help him rebuild his B9 Robot. He bought it a few years ago and was a bit overwhelmed in getting this poor old robot put together and working. I agreed to try to help and give it a try. I couldn't bring myself to see an old B9 Robot left to exist in boxes and never see the light of day again.

Hopefully this is the first of many videos documenting my journey rebuilding an old friend and a hero of my childhood.

Hopefully in a few months I can have him blinking, flashing and rattling off sound clips. Please enjoy this first of many video to come  where I first see what I have to work with as I unpack and discover. LOL.

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PRO
USA
#114  
Dave,
  The arms working is a big accomplishment. I am sure you will come up with some special movements for them.
That fan is very fortunate to have you available to work on that robot.
That is great you can interact with the B9 Club and cast.
Enjoy your BBQ, you deserve it.
Steve S
#115  
Thanks Steve! I'm looking forward to seeing this project go out the door. I've got so much other stuff I want to get to. However I've completely enjoyed doing this rebuild. I'm honored the owner trusted me with his old  Bubble-headed Booby back. 

As far as animations go, I'm hoping I can come up with a satisfactory combination of voice, movements and emotions. This is not one of my strong areas. It's hard to make a reproduction with restrictions look and act like an old friend and hero from childhood.
#116   — Edited
I'm finally ready to start programing the robot arm and the rest of him with ARC to bring him to life! Right now I only have basic moves scripted.

Everything is working great now but I had some issues to work out. The rubber skin droops, puckers and it bunches up when the arm goes in and out.

I show here in this video how I solve this problem. Enjoy!

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#117  
always great going Dave

We are definitely make servo City rich, lol

EzAng
#118  
Thanks EzAng. Ya, I've sent them a ton of money over the years. They do have an amazing assortment of building supplies that are well thought out and quality made.
PRO
USA
#119  
Dave,
You are great at working things out, to make then run smooth.
Very clever fixes.
Steve S
#121  
Awesome job as usual Dave! Great to see that you are still at it....
#122   — Edited
Hi Rex, old friend! Yes, still at it. Having more fun with all this then a human should have.

Are you working at all on any of your robots? Anything new?
#123  
Trying to find the time....
Working on a large bot this time...Quester 2.0

I keep turning to your videos for Inspiration! You are the Bot Master.
PRO
USA
#124   — Edited
...good fix with the rod for the arms getting stuck!!
#125  
@Rgordon, Rex, you're too kind. Questor 2.0 is a great name for a robot. Post some pics if you can. I'd love to see it. 

Thanks @Fxrtst, Will. The sliding rod really turned out good and does the trick. I liked a little bit of "sag" in the arms. It had the same look that the robot had back in the show when Bill May had his arms in there and puppeting the robot. However if there is a lot of sag then the arm bunch up underneath as the arm goes in.
#126  
If you've been following this B9 Robot from Lost In Space build you know it started as a box of space junk. Two and a half years later I can finally say he's ready to go home to his owner. In this vid I'll show how he turned out and some of what he can do. Enjoy.

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#127  
Wow Dave, that looks great. You really have these down. What did you use for the voice?
#128  
Wow, it came out awesome. Can imagaine the fun at any party. Great job.
#129  
Thanks my friends. I appreacheate the nice things you said. Parties are a blast with him running in the background. 

Perry_S, For the robot's voice I used pre recorded sounds clips that the original actor, Dick Tufeld did years ago before he passed away. A little trivia about Dick, He also did the voice for Tony the Tiger in the Kellogg Cork Flakes commercials back in the day. As far as the clips of the different actors and robots my B9 does impressions of I recorded them from Lost In Space Blue rays, and other sound clips I had and found on the internet. I then cleaned them up and resampled them in the sound program Audacity.
United Kingdom
#130  
Truly Amazing work as always Dave!!
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#132  
Dave,
  Amazing how you turned that into an awesome robot.  I like how there was an option for RC control for safe maneuvering.
Great video and it shows your work that was accomplished.
Thanks for sharing.
Steve S
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USA
#133  
Well, what can I say, as always, you are "the" B9 robot builder, great job!

EzAng