Another piece of the
set I attempted to make is the "power" unit which, for some reason, isn't
used, nor the power-up sound effect, every time the tunnel "transfers"
someone/something (somebody call continuity ! %^) .
I remember spotting
the model in a "Lost in Space" episode stuck in a cave with a bunch of
other prop pieces, recognizable from other shows. It was about the height
of the actors, so, the actual model is probably about six feet high.
The pictures on this
page are of the structure as it exists today and was made, in the early
seventies, from brass tubing, Ping-Pong balls, pilot light lens, and wheels
'um... borrowed from my brother's car models..
I've STILL not actually
installed the lights, nor fixed the inter-sphere mounts, which are "fancier"
than the ones on the set model. The animation is a "cheat" done in a graphics
package from the statically lit model seen at the left.
From viewing the episodes,
I found the spheres should be translucent, either polypropylene or polyethylene
would do, but, have been unable to find them in quantities LESS than several
This modification has
been put on hold, or, I may completely rebuild with suitable lighting fixtures.