Here’s my completed robot.
I scratch-built everything from
the waist down, plus the sensor rings. I took more than four years
to build him, but it can be done in far less than that. You could
spend anywhere from $10,000 to $15,000 on this project, depending
on materials and features.
Its certainly possible to build the B9 robot
from the classic TV series Lost in Space. All it takes is time,
patience, and some money to play with. My own robot (pictured at left)
is now complete, and Ive gathered some information to help get you
started on your own project:
little history – When Irwin Allen first
conceived the idea for Lost in Space, there was no robot
or Dr. Smith character. It was only after the pilot episode was
shot in early 1965 that he decided to give the Robinsons a mechanical
Rather than incur the expense of designing
and constructing a robot costume from scratch, Allen remembered
that MGM had a perfectly good robot
gathering dust in its prop department. He made a few phone calls,
and within days the Robby costume was
on the 20th Century Fox lot, ready for screen tests.
Despite its proven track record, the
Robby costume was ultimately deemed unsuitable for the role, largely
because he did not fit through the door of the Jupiter 2 without
ducking. Soon afterwords, Robert Kinoshita,
who had created Robby some ten years earlier, was hired to build
a replacement robot. Almost no physical evidence of Robby's days
on the Lost in Space set has survived. However, we now
know that Kinoshita’s robot design from Forbidden Planet
was the original B9 robot and Irwin
Allen’s first choice for Lost in Space.
If you're curious about starting the project, or
just want to know more, The B9 Robot Builders Club is the place to
here for the site.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this April
Fool’s Day hoax.
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here to return to reality
Bermuda Triangle Plans
You can build the robot's
waist, legs, and feet the same way that I did with these templates
& instructions. Contact me for details.