Updated: May 18, 2009
ROBOT B-9 MINI DIORAMA (GEMINI MODEL BUILD-UP STUDIOS)
AURORA LOST IN SPACE ROBOT WITH CUSTOM FIBER OPTIC LIGHTING
By - GEMINI MODEL BUILD-UP STUDIOS
I was contacted several weeks ago by a new client who wanted
a Lost In Space Robot model with working lights. He wanted
as many working features as possible but had no lighting kit.
He asked me what I could come up with on my own. I suggested
a fully operational chest plate and, after some thought and
research, I built the prototype which is shown above.
The Robot kit I had on hand was from the Polar Lights Dr. Smith
and B9 so I used that one. It was built as all of my projects
with ALL seam lines eliminated. The model was painted in
automotive laquers, acrylics and transparent paints. The arms
were modified and pulled into the torso section to make a
more realistic pose.
I planned to use both blinking LEDs and Fiber Optic strands of
different diameters. The first step was to take a micro drill
bit in a pin vise and drill holes in the 12 small lights in the
bottom of the chest plate. After this step, the 2 larger lights
were drilled in the 2 large chest lights. These were enlarged
and cleaned up with a miniature bead reamer.
When all the holes were drilled in their proper locations, the
model was painted. The ends of the fiber optic strands were
"mushroomed" at the ends with a miniature heat gun. When the
torso section was completely painted and clear coated, the
strands in the 12 smaller lights were fed through, attached
from the back and secured in groups of 4 with heat shrink
I used 3 blinking LEDs housed in the bottom of the base to
operate the fiber optics. These all blink at different rates
giving the appearance of the 12 small lights blinking in a
random pattern as on the full sized Robot in the series.
I used larger diameter Fiber Optic strands for the large 2
blinking chest lights. Each strand was attached to a separate
blinking LED with heat shrink tubing and fed through the
bottom of the base. This also gives the appearance of each
light blinking at random.
Three (3) strands were attached to the top of the "brain"
inside the bubble and the ends were tinted orange. These blink
(MORE LIGHTING INSIDE THE BUBBLE WILL BE ADDED IN FUTURE PROJECTS!!)
Finally, a flashing orange LED was put inside the torso to make
the chest light blink slowly. This realistically simulates the
Robot speaking. The clear voice plate piece was "frosted" before
The model runs on a single 9 volt battery which is housed on a
clip under the base.
This model has no visible power switch. It is run on a magnetic
reed switch. The lights operate when a small magnet is held close
to the location of the switch. In this case, the switch is attached
to the bottom of the base near the rear. When the magnet is placed
at the rear of the base, the voice box flashes and the chest lights
blink giving a very realistic appearance.
COST OF PROJECT - $275.00 (Model is not included in build-up cost)
I hope you enjoy the photos. If you would like this or a similar
project built, please visit the website at www.geminibuildupstudios.com
or Email to Az6603@aol.com with any comments or question.
THANK YOU - GEMINI MODEL BUILD-UP STUDIOS