I changed the software a few times. Depending on the version you have, when you first apply power, it will do a self test by blinking all the lights in sequence then go into the flashing routine. The other version jumps right into the flashing routine. Either way, it will always do the same thing when power is applied. Perhaps you are jiggling the battery connection a bit when snapping in the battery? Don't stare at the lights too long, they will hypnotize you!
The circuit uses a microprocessor to blink the lights so it is polarity sensitive. However, I placed reverse polarity protection in the 9V clip harness so it is ok if you get it wrong
You can also run the board with higher voltages if you have to - There is a 5 volt regulator on the board. also, since the micro is socketed, I could program custom light sequences if you like. Think Night Rider, Cylons etc... just about anything you like!
I would love to see pics of the robot when it's done.
Hi guys -
I'm Mechalabs and I make this kit for Culttvman. There is no drilling, soldering etc... required. It is a super simple plug in and apply power affair. Kennetzel's diagram is very close to perfect. The only difference is the pushbutton lights sit behind the clear plastic kit panel, other than that, it is dead on
Since almost everyone has a different plan for powering and turning on the lights, I defaulted to a long lead 9V battery clip (with reverse polarity protection). This way, builders could do what they like.
BTW - The next batch is shipping Monday (2/10) and Culttvman should have them before the end of the week.
If you have any questions, just please email me - this would be best for me and allow me respond the fastest.
Thanks for all the positive comments. I grew up watching LIS and the robot was the reason I started collecting vintage robots in the first place.
Hi! I make the lighting kit posted by Laserman. I will have another batch ready in a week. I was told the first batch sold out in a matter of hours! I finally made something that's popular! I'm on vacation now and it's killing me not being able make more of these right now!!!! B9 has always been my favorite robot and I wanted to make a lighting kit that did him it justice. If anyone wants one, just email me, or visit culttvman. If you want different color lights or any type of customization, just let me know. I could program just about any lighting sequence you like.
I just finished fixing mine a few days ago. I hope this pic helps you see how the arm is designed. As John mentioned, there is a rubber disk in the joint that allows the arm to be positioned and remain in place. If your arm is very tight, be careful not to force anything -you may tear the rubber disk. To get my film moving, I just had to remove it from them the rollers and let it relax a bit. The paper was formed to the rollers and could not be pulled/pushed through the mechanism. I also added a little more tension to the spring on the drive roller.
First of all, I have to say I always liked the cool space scene banner on this forum. It never occured to me it was the same scene from the Alps TV robot! I have been working on my TV robot over the the past few nights and was delighted to see this wonderful scene on the delicate, thin paper I removed from my robot. This leads me into my question; I found two small (about 1/4 inch) tears in the paper space scene in my robot. Since it was so difficult to get this robot apart, I would like to repair these tears before I put him back to together. Does anyone know what would be a good way to effect this repair? I'm flat out of ideas. The paper has to remain flexible so it can bend around the rollers. I'm just stumped.
Thanks in advance for any help you guys can offer. Have a good one!!!!