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Video Prop. Small Robot "P.E.R.I"

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During the late 80s there was a TV show called "Jason Of Star Command" and he had a little robot that helped him out of trouble. This is an altered copy I made of it: Its' for use in a video I am working on. I changed the color from washed-out blue to red and changed the name from W.1.K.1. to P.E.R.I. The robot walked and "Flew" via fishing line. This model was not made to walk but it can be "flown" by stringing transparent fishing line through the tiny tubes glued to its sides. The original had a flashing LED eye and so does this one... But THIS one has a flashing Blue/Red LED I pulled from a cheap dollar store toy. It is 4 1/2 inches long and 2 1/4 inches tall and wide.  I am also building a series accurate W.1.K.1. and will be posting the build pics in about three days.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Gelfling610 months ago
Ah, the days of old.. Jason Of Star Command, was actually a spin-off of the 1977 saturday morning show, "Space Academy", (missing some key points, but reference http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Academy ), which besides the original cast robot, PEEPO (I always thought it was BEEPO ?) also had W1K1 (Wiki).. the walking method isn't too hard.. a simple dual crank to the top of the legs, and a thin oval to the center for the legs to ride up, rotate, and down on. some of the old wind-up walking toys used to use this method for making them walk on the "U"-style feet, without catching each-other. Well done!!!
arthurdent (author) 10 months ago
I will be trying that on a future small robot. For this purpose, the walking wasn't necessary. Thanks for the comment!