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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Hi Dave,
your last video was July 26, now it is August 10 2020

I feel like I am in suspense, lol 

A few of us here appreciate and enjoy your work, if you get time, please create another video, 


LOL, Thanks @ExAng! I really appreciate your very kind words and for you looking forward to seeing my work.  

I actually have one Video almost ready. I'm currently just about finished with the neck, brain and bubble section on this B9 Robot. The head is controlled by EZIoTiny. I'm just waiting on a few connectors to be delivered by Mouser. After they arrive I can mount the head onto the radar and power it all up. 

Hopefully by this weekend I can publish the video that shows this work. 

Again, thanks for your interest. It means a lot to me and keeps me motivated.
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Good morning Dave,

by the way, I do see all the you machines ( I want to say pinball machines) around you, did you revive them?

any videos on those?

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@EzAng, Actually I've restored quite a few pinball machines over the years. I've done them for other people and myself. In my collection you see sometimes in my videos I only have two left that I've resorted to high end condition.

I love doing that kind of work but when I discovered I could build my childhood robotic dreams with the help if EZ-Robot and Synthiam all my extra time went into this new hobby.
Robot Rebuild Update 8/22/2020.
Here's yet another video of the work I'm doing rebuilding a poor old B9 that was in need of much love. Please enjoy watching my work rebuilding (actually replacing much of) the head section. Neck, Brain and bubble. I'll show how I put it all together, it's components and wiring.
You won't believe how much I can stuff into his little brain! Actually this head section is static except for the sensor ears. Without the cam and crown motor this gave a lot more room in the brain pan to mount all the needed electronic devices and wiring.
Here's the YouTube video:

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Thanks Dave,

What can I say, beyond amazing.

I feel I have been doing small things, I feel I am a real novice after 2 years of knowing nothing.

I watched your video with 2 cups of coffee :-)

You know, between you and Will (fxrtst) - I don't know anyone else on this forum that does these things.

I know there are the InMoov robots but no one does the explanations you do.

If you can, one day list all the supplies you use, from the wire connecter to the relays you use. ( I understand if you don't have time.)

Please keep it up, I learn so many things and products I never hear of.

One thing, I might have missed it, how did you power the unit, with what?

Impressive the build and the number of hardware components and integrations on your build.

How much in:
1) Frame/Chassis/Enclosures 
2) Electronics

It's almost a full time job:)

Can the robot move ? Or the main purpose is to stay put and entertain ?


quote:  Can the robot move ? Or the main purpose is to stay put and entertain ?

Dave has built many B9 robot over the years that move, watch some of his videos.

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Thanks @EzAng for your kind words. They really mean a lot to me. I Didn't know a thing when I started building my robot. This forum and the people on it really helped. There's still a lot of talented builders hanging around. Will (fxrtst) is one of them and was one of my mentors when I first started years ago. I have always wanted to make a list of what goes into these robots but havent found the time and it's an overwhelming task. Maybe Someday when I run out of projects. LOL

@ptp, thanks your you interest. Your nice words are great to hear. I couldn't start to figure the cost of what I've put into the first B9 I built for myself. This second one was sent to me with the frame already intact. I was asked to assemble, restore and upgrade. Just for reference the torso and waist donut would cost around 1500 USD, the treadsection with wheels and treads and hardware would cost around 3000 UDS and Will Hoff's (fxrtst) 100% platinum cure silicone rubber for arms and legs would be around 2500 UDS. The clear acrylic bubble is around 500 UDS, You could build all this yourself for much less. The electronics and motors that make it all run are probably a few thousand more but the sky's the limit according to your budget and skills. My personal robot does not more. You can see him in the video I will post below. This rebuild I'm doing now is mobile and runs on wheelchair motors with RC Control. You can see it in post #20 of this thread or just below. 

As far as a full time job, almost. LOL. This classic B9 robot from the 60's TV Show Lost In Space has been a complete pleasure and privilege to work on. 

Thanks again you guys!

Great video Dave, thanks

Very cool ! that was fun to watch.  Keep it going !:)
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Good morn Dave,  how are you?

one question:

Do you check your email?
LOL @EzAng. Yes I check and I did see your question. Sorry, I've had a busy day with priorities. I'll answer as soon as I can.
ok thanks Dave

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In this video I struggle with bending Dimension Engineering's Sabertooth / Kangaroo X2 to my will. I'm using them to give this B9's radar life. Everything needs to be right to work. Seems like nothing was. Spoiler Alert - everyone lives happily ever after.

I show a lot of detail about how I wire up this section and talk about my mistakes along with how I fixed them. 

LOL. Watch and enjoy!

Good morn Dave,  

most of this video is beyond me, I just build a simple Mr. Metal robot  :-)

The kangaroo and sabretooth part was very informative.

what can I say, another great robot video - keep it coming...

Thanks @EzAng. I'm glad you liked the video. This stuff was beyond me also when I first started. I needed to have this level of control so I had to learn it. Thankfully I had good and talented people here on this forum willing to work with me as I learned. 

Your Mr Metal is a fun project and a great way to start out. Nothing wrong with learning with a simple little guy like him. Maybe it's time to push your limits and upgrade Mr Metal? Take yourself to the next level to what ever interests you the most.
Here's the latest on the B9 Robot from Lost in Space rebuild I've been doing. This is just a sneak peek on the arem I need to rebuild. It's mostly what I have to work with and what lays ahead on this undertaking. More to follow so stay tuned!

Good morning again Dave,

Let's see how you get this broken arm going, best of luck

Thanks EzAng. It's going to be fun. I'm looking forward to this part of the build.