started my Lost in Space robot project in 1998, no one had published
dimensions for the legs. So, armed with studio blueprints of the
treads and a fiberglass torso, I worked out measurements for plywood
frames to cover with foam pipe insulation, a waist plate, and the
"donut" frame. Click here to
see a diagram.
As the months went by, many people
wrote to ask if I had templates they could buy for the legs I built.
Finally, Mark Leslie offered
to work with me and draw a set of templates, and I wrote an illustrated
instruction manual. The result was the Bermuda
Triangle robot construction package.
Many people have built the lower half
of the robot for less than $200 using
the templates and instructions that Mark and I created. The templates
were developed by studying photos of the original robot, the studio
blueprints, and Dave Painters excellent drawings. More than
just blueprints, these full-size templates spell out exactly what
pieces to cut out to construct your robot.
In January 2007
Mark and I finished revising each template sheet to make them more
accurate than ever. All dimensions now match the B9 Club standard
blueprints so you can make the most accurate parts possible. Changes
to each sheet are noted below, and the instruction booklet also
got some needed edits.
Our set of five
templates comes on 26" x 36" paper. The eight-page
instruction manual includes a materials list and comes as
an Adobe Acrobat file so you can print your own copies and zoom
in on the photos. I also send along the wheel dimensions and instructions
for making inexpensive treads and creating a textured finish.
If you’re interested in a set
of plans for everything from the waist to the treads, drop
me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org
and Ill answer any questions
you might have.