Neon & Back Plate

One of the most sensitive area on the b9 robot is the neon and the backplate it rests upon. Until recently there hasnt been very many choices for a builder to select. There have been some from Fred Barton (See black backplate. This was patterned after the stunt robot). There have been a few that have been of a custom design like Doug Hines (See the grey backplate. He still makes them upon request but is not an approved vendor at this time) and then there were those made by Dewey. Dewey doesnt make them or sell them anymore (see the white back plate). Your only other alternative has been to make your own or modify those identified above.
Not until recently has a new back plate been made available to the group. It is the one made by David Huber. When it first came out it would only fit Dennis Wilbur’s neon. So if you had a neon from Craig you were out of luck. Recently I had the oppourtunity to work with David and Richie to remedy that. The result was a neon plate that could hold a 16 or 12 row neon from Craig that was outstanding and had a new twist to it. David’s neon has more prominent extrusion at the top plate that just happens to fit the TX2000’s neon music synchronizer.

Below is Dave’s backplate for Craig’s 16 row neon before and after. This plate fits the club standard torso as well as the replica torso. I used a black silicon to adhere the neon to the back plate. One additional note – make sure you trim the backplate as high as possible for the dial lights to pass through. If you dont the excess flashing will prevent the teeth light buttons from being depressed.

And here you can see how it looks with and without the neon installed.

Buttons, Lights and Knobs

Ok, we all know that “Blinky” has a few buttons, lights and knobs. We all have our buttons, lights and knobs to deal with…….their blinking …. and their flashing all the time at me……THIER FLASHING AND BEEPING AT ME…..I CAN’T STAND IT ANYMORE…(ok, think cool thoughts…….the flashing and beeping are going away now………..ohmmmmmmmmm…) OK so much for my reenactment of Bill Shatner on the bridge of Apha Beta Moon base in Airplane II playing a commander of a moon base that has gone slightly askew (who played the captain of the USS Enterprise on Star Trek). I guess irony can be pretty ironic….
Anyhow; back at the farm, Craig Reinbrecht was kind enough to change his design and manufacture ring process for his bezel and buttons to produce a very nice, laser cut product with the correct font for the buttons that match the font used on the Hero robot in the series. It is awesome!
Well, I thought that since he was so kind to make that change that I should reciprocate so I created a functional button backer plate and pressure bar that works on any torso and is designed to use the buttons that were used on the replica robot that Mike sells.
If you attend the May 2008 B9 Build Off in Texas, this is what each B9 builder will get for free. This mounts behind Craig’s bezel. You will use the 2 screws that came with Craig’s Bezel and screw them through the torso into the backer plate and then you will place the pressure plates inside the torso ansd screw the supplied screws to create a sandwich effect. Be careful not to over tighten the plate as you could crack your torso. Make sure you trim the bottom of the neon backplate that is nearest to the Dial Lights. If it is not trimmed closely it will interfere with the button backer plate and prevent pushing the buttons. The switches can be obtained from Mouser. The part number is 633-215kkw016b1jb-r0.
When you insert the switches and the bezel this is what it looks like when finished: