K9 Panel Lights?

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by Kerr Avon, Apr 30, 2006.

  1. Kerr Avon

    Kerr Avon Master Member

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    I'm looking for these lights on the back of the K9 from the recent episode. They don't seem to depress like a button but seem to be just indicator lights. Anyone recognize them or know of a source for them?


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  2. karstva

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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Kerr Avon @ Apr 30 2006, 05:39 PM) [snapback]1235973[/snapback]</div>
    PM me for contact info..I have someone you can talk to on that.
     
  3. Kerr Avon

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    PM sent.
     
  4. kdawg1

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    Are you building a K9 unit? If so could you share some photos of it's construction. I've wanted one of these guys but haven't had much luck with any sort of prints.
     
  5. Kerr Avon

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    Yup. It's going to be my new major project. I'm afraid it'll be much like an R2D2 build, where it's never done. I'm going to work with a fiberglass body and get the body and exterior done first, and then start trying to add items like functional lights, screen on the side, moving head, tail, ears, extendable staser, extending sensor array and maybe even a teletype 'printer' for the tongue.

    It's going to take a while. :D
     
  6. jedilos

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    this has been my second dream project, other than R2-D2. If I could make this 1/2 of my goals will be complete in prop making. any info you have and can share please do.
     
  7. exoray

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    This is actually a project I have wanted to do for MANY years and after the last Dr. Who my interest is renewed 10 fold... I might actually get started on it sooner then later now...

    But, yes it will be a LONG project as I would only do a fully functional one, nothing real hard with the electronics but time intensive never the less...
     
  8. EdgeofNowhere

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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Kerr Avon @ May 1 2006, 09:05 PM) [snapback]1236642[/snapback]</div>

    Was there ever an episode where this was shown as working? I don't remember it.

    Now I want to make one. The question is, which version? Though I think I might try sheet metal instead of fiberglass. Still need accurate dimensions, though.

    And it looks from School Reunion that the lights on the back are indeed buttons
     
  9. gonk27

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    K9's back buttons certainly are real practical buttons. they're all over original series Dr Who props and sets.

    At least I should say they started out as practical buttons, whether they were altered in any way by the Who Crew, I don't know.


    I met Matt Irvine and saw an original K9 a couple of months ago and a made a point of studying the buttons but didn't think to take photos unfortunately. The buttons are similar to the green-lensed ones on the ESB/ROTJ Vader belt, the closest I've found are here:

    http://www.canford.co.uk/commerce/resource...etails/3160.pdf

    However I thought at the time that K9's buttons were slightly longer rectangles than these and the bezels on the dog's ones I think have sloping sides whereas these are straight-sided.



    Jeremy
     
  10. dano

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    The lights come from RS, as you've said they were used quite a lot on the original series and they're used a bit on the new series also.
     
  11. Kerr Avon

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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(EdgeofNowhere @ May 3 2006, 12:58 PM) [snapback]1237656[/snapback]</div>
    Who cares if it didn't? It was obviously a display screen of some sort and it'd be cool if it did. :D
     
  12. RedTwoX

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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Kerr Avon @ May 3 2006, 07:44 PM) [snapback]1237889[/snapback]</div>
    Who cares if it didn't? It was obviously a display screen of some sort and it'd be cool if it did. :D
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    I whole heartedly agree. I've got no problem what so ever with idealized replicas. Go for it.
     
  13. Kerr Avon

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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(dano @ May 3 2006, 05:51 PM) [snapback]1237819[/snapback]</div>
    When Mickey was pushing them trying to wake K9 up, it didn't look like they really depressed to me, they seemed to remain extended to me. Do you mean Radio Shack for RS?
     
  14. jedilos

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    I was just going to ask if RS was radio shack, would make shopping easier

    anyone seen this link? http://www.357.com/chris/k-9.html

    hes has some blueprints here http://www.357.com/chris/k9plans.zip
    he states:

    If you've also built a K-9, R2D2, Dalek or other robot, let me how it turned out.
    Sorry, I don't have any schematics or source code. (My notebooks were lost when I moved.)
    K-9 is NOT for sale. Thanks for all of the offers.

    just thought i'd share, im sure most of you have seen this
     
  15. Kerr Avon

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  16. dano

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    Sorry, I should have clarified.

    http://rswww.com/cgi-bin/bv/rswww/home.do?cacheID=ukie

    Be warned though, they are not cheap. A friend of mine is currently working on his K-9 casts and 2 of the switches alone are nearly £200.


    Basically if you're ever researching into BBC props, the 2 companies whose names crop up over and over again for off the shelf components are the above company, and EMA in Shepperton studios. EMA doesn't have it's own website, you have to write and ask for a catalouge, although any company who supplies Plastruct will be a help.

    I believe that the buttons on the K-9 prop are also the same used as the insignia badges on the Imperial officer suits in Star Wars.
     
  17. jedicouncil

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    I agree. The MSN club is THE place to check out K9 details. They have some excellent plans that are more accurate than those published in an old issue of Doctor Who Monthly.

    Radio Spares is the place where I got my buttons and the handle grips used to pick him up.

    I live in the States and used their global export site (http://www.rs-export.com/cgi-bin/bv/home/Home.jsp?cacheID=gxie). In case you're interested search for part 221-320 on their site. Those are supposed to be the same handles as the original prop used. For the buttons I used some manufactured by EAO. Search for 2485239.

    Hope this helps,
    Bob


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  18. Kerr Avon

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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(jedicouncil @ May 4 2006, 07:55 PM) [snapback]1238555[/snapback]</div>
    Absolutely. Good spotting there. I also saw the two pieces I think are used for the large red indicator lights when I was glancing through the site this morning. I'll find it and post the part number, it looks like what was used to me.

    Edit:

    http://www.rs-export.com/cgi-bin/bv/home/H...sp?cacheID=gxie

    Part 664-109
     
  19. dano

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    I believe the handle grips are now discontinued, my friend has a few of them spare as he used to work for beeb fx and got access to the original casts, so he stocked up on a few relevant parts. The problem is ( budget wise ) that on the original K-9 a couple of the buttons when depressed would stay in a down postition, whilst others would spring back up. He was telling me all about this a couple of days back, but to be completely honest, I really do not like the k-9 prop so I didn't pay much attention.
     
  20. exoray

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    Just and FYI about RS (the company suggested for parts) due to legal Trademark issues they won't send a catalog to the US but you should be able to order parts from them via the website without issues...

    They do however have an American operating company and they said this company "should" be able to cross reference and supply most RS parts for us on the other side of the pond...

    ALLIED ELECTRONICS INC
     
  21. jedicouncil

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    I downloaded the Allied catalog but could not find the exact buttons and handles I wanted. I also checked places like Digi-Key and NewarkInOne but they didn't have them either. In the end I said 'the heck with it' and just ordered them from RS. :)

    I've wanted to build the mutt since I first saw him back in the early 80's on PBS TV but have never got around to it. I'm nearly finished with the fiberglass work on the body and just started fiberglassing the head. I've recently got the itch to play/build robots using PC microcontrollers so this is a good opportunity to blend both interests into one.
     
  22. Kerr Avon

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  23. amigaman

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    I started a quick build to take to dragon Con. I found some cheep lights at All Electronics that will work for this build.

    See my progress here:

    http://www.astromechbuilder.com/mechloader...de/K9/K9+Build/

    I realize I took some shortcuts with the under leg detailing but Ionly have a few weeks to complete this project. I want to have it built so my son will have something to operate while I control my R2D2.

    Andy
     
  24. amigaman

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    <div class='quotetop'>(jedicouncil @ May 6 2006, 07:09 PM) [snapback]1239671[/snapback]</div>
    All Electronics has 1" square buttons that look like a great match for
    the control panel:

    http://www.allelectronics.com/matrix/illum...ushbuttons.html

    at less than $4 each it looks like a great deal.

    Andy

    Check out my K9 build here:

    http://www.astromechbuilder.com/mechloader...9+Build/Day+12/
     
  25. amigaman

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    <div class='quotetop'>(amigaman @ Aug 21 2006, 02:54 PM) [snapback]1304566[/snapback]</div>
    All Electronics has 1" square buttons that look like a great match for
    the control panel:

    http://www.allelectronics.com/matrix/illum...ushbuttons.html

    at less than $4 each it looks like a great deal.

    Andy

    Check out my K9 build here:

    http://www.astromechbuilder.com/mechloader...9+Build/Day+12/
    [/b][/quote]



    I got a lot of great comments on the buttons/lights at DC. Money well spent.
     
  26. Kerr Avon

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    I saw it at DragonCon, looked like he got a lot of attention.
     
  27. amigaman

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    Reciently while watching K9 unleashed I saw the lights flashing. I did this with mine using a pic flasher board with just a random pattern. Does anyone know if there is a specific patern they follow. Also do the 2 large red lights actually light up and if so do they flash?

    Andy
     

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