Here is a short video of my B9 twisting and bowing up and down to some Weird Al music in the background which you may not hear. The other Droids pictured are Monty & Jeff’s Astromechs. Monty’s droid was playing the music!
Wow. What a whirlwind! The 2nd annual Build off has come and gone. We had a few astromechs here and there, a few domes to build, a few B9’s sprinkled here and there and over 35 people showed up with a lot of knowledge to share for both camps. Wayne Orr had worked for 3 long days in my garage before the build off to get his droid ready. By the build off everything was fully functional. Monty’s droid suffered a center foot problem and then a side foot drive lock up so his was out of commission by the time the rain stopped for the droid races but we all managed to have a great time. Watching my B9 robot dance and do the & Twist with the astromechs to a tune from Weird Al was very funny!!! Craig Reinbrecht showed us all how he makes ribs for his vents. Then Bob Greiner shows us how he makes ribs for the collar. Very interesting. You will see this in detail on the DVD.
Charlie Garcia described the state of the build off best by saying there were robot “….Heads, Bubbles, feet, drive motors, tread sections and all sorts of bits and pieces were found scattered all around. In fact the entire house looked like a Robot assembly plant all weekend! It was so cool! There was R2D2 Foot assembly work being done on the dining room table, (complete with hammers, and drive chain assembly) the breakfast bar was where the B9 neck and finger light assembly was discussed, Jerry’s office was where all the wiring and soldering was being done, the garage there was some grinding, filming stage, solvent welding shop, torso hook installation, the kitchen was where the collar and vent rib forming was taking place and the street was blocked off for the Droid Races….there was something going on everywhere. What a riot!” The build off was suppose to end at noon on Sunday but it didn’t actually end until 10:30pm. We continued with additional web chats and tutorials for the B9 and R2 viewers that were still watching and participating. It was a non stop blast!!!!
Here are the Torso Hooks I had made for the build off. These are free for those that are attending and are building a B9. These are made from 2024 Aluminum and are welded so they are sturdy. The underside of the hooks are drilled and tapped for 10-32 so you can secured them to the torso in a clean fashion. However; if you are a purist, you can drill the outside of the hooks and place slotted screws for attachment to the torso; or you could do both. Its the builders choice. These will sell for 50.00 on the B9 board.
Bob Griener has done an excellent PowerPoint presentation for the build off of the Charging circuity of my B9 system as well as an excellent tutorial on how to properly set it up using the listed relays and wiring scheme depending on the battery layout your robot may have. I strongly recommend you follow and use this guide. Bob will go over this design in detail at the build off in a webinar (web seminar).