Google is my friend
I begin almost every new project the same way, by searching Google. I learned how to lay tile and install a cement mud shower pan through its magic. So for the K-9 project, a Google search quickly revealed several sets of plans.
- Special Effects Vol III. This set of plans is part of a 1980 article from the original creators/operators of K-9.
- Lespacelie.com. There’s not much else on this site except for these custom plans.
- Andrew Schwartz on Astromech Builder. Great photos, plans and even PDF to CAD rendering.
With the plans from Special Effects in hand, I fired up Google’s free Sketchup app and started work designing the base. It took me a few hours of playing to learn the tool and get something usable… but the model was a big help when it came to cutting the materials.