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Started by KIT-KAT, Apr 29, 2020, 08:47 am

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Hi I was wondering what could be used for various parts of k.9 eg. His little screen on the side, his tail and things like that
No, not the mind probe!

tony baker

I've ordered an android tablet for my screen. I have some footage of Tom Baker that I want to play on it, and some photos.

For the tail, I have an extending back scratcher with the end pulled off. Havent yet made the loop for the end of it, but am also keeping my eyes open for something suitable.

The rubber base of the tail is a steering rack boot to fit a Subaru Leone. The ebay listing I bought from, described it as "Kelpro Steering Rack Boot SRB-048 fits Subaru fits Subaru Leone 1600, 1800".

Have had problems finding an acceptable neck tubing in the correct size. In desperation, I've ordered an item that is very pleasing to look at, but is a little smaller in width. Not arrived yet, so I can't advise whether it's a good choice.

I cheated with my 'computer' panel on the back. There are good plans, but I doubted my ability to make one good enough, so I ordered a kit from Mooncrest Models. You get everything needed to make a completed assembly.


Mooncrest models is what you need


Apr 29, 2020, 11:05 am #3 Last Edit: Apr 29, 2020, 11:07 am by russellsuthern
This is a good question. One that I myself have been pondering quite a bit recently!

I guess it's the usual trade off between accuracy & cost.

Sometimes it can be quite expensive to source 100% accurate bits.
I like the challenge of making my builds as cheaply as I can &, although I try to make my builds look as good as possible, I don't sweat too much over 100% accuracy, as look as it looks recognizable & not too shoddy!

I'm still on the body building part at the moment, so I'm not yet thinking about the appendages, but I am looking forward to seeing what I can come up with!

I'll document everything in my thread, but if I find anything really nifty, I will probably post it on this thread too...

The part I think I'm going to have most trouble with is making the ears look good.

We shall see...



Ps: I shall be keeping an eye on this thread in case anyone comes up with any cool ideas I can pinch!!

Pps:  Tony:  Any chance of seeing some photos of your K-9 build?
I'd be very interested!  Thanks!!


This thread now amuses me immensely, thinking of it as a real-life forum like classic Camaro or Moog synthesizer enthusiasts have:  "Hey everyone, I've got a Mk 1 chassis I'm restoring.  Does anyone know if the bolt holes for the drive assembly on a Mk3 will line up or am I going to have to drill new ones?  I think I've found an original wiring harness on eBay but I'm wondering if an aftermarket one would be a better choice." 
"My dear Litefoot, I've got a lantern and a pair of waders, and possibly the most fearsome piece of hand artillery in all England. What could possibly go wrong?"
-The Doctor.


Apr 29, 2020, 02:08 pm #5 Last Edit: Apr 29, 2020, 02:16 pm by lespaceplie
The aluminum handles are sold out at the moment but might be restocked:



Those handles look great!

I might check out mt local DIY store to see if they have something similar...




Apr 29, 2020, 05:32 pm #7 Last Edit: Apr 29, 2020, 05:49 pm by Darren
I got a box of those handles from eBay - 20 of the things and I only needed three haha! But they look pretty much identical to the original and the box they came in looked like it was from the 70's so figure they may actually be the same handle
Well, of course I'm being childish! There's no point being grown-up if you can't be childish sometimes.


Apr 29, 2020, 05:50 pm #8 Last Edit: Apr 29, 2020, 06:03 pm by rassilonsrod
Here's my mutt - totally different to how I got him about ten years ago
Well, of course I'm being childish! There's no point being grown-up if you can't be childish sometimes.


That's a great K-9!!
I love his ears, the 5 bars on the eye & the black bumpers, which I prefer to the grey ones.

I hope mine ends up looking half this good!



I was wondering if anyone had any idea what to use for k9s TV screen? And even the size of the thing! There doesn't appear to be measurements for it on the plans I'm using
No, not the mind probe!


I think the TPE version uses a butter tub lid?
Kind Regards,



That's what I'm going to use.