Crane operator by day, robot craftsman by night, Dmitry Balandin has spent over six months creating a new roommate for his apartment. The Ukrainian Sci-Fi buff was inspired by the hit-series Battlestar Galactica to create a Cylon, but since metal materials would have cost upwards of $3,000 and been difficult to work with inside of his apartment, he opted for plywood and steel screws which only set him back $300. He wanted it to have a human-like appearance and since that would be tricky with wood, he used lifelike joints to give the figure hominid positioning abilities. Balandin’s Wooden Cylon shows off his life-like movements in this photo series- sitting on the couch reading a newspaper, arm wrestling his maker, and boiling water for tea.
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Fascinated with robotics since the 80’s, Dmitry made his dreams a reality two years ago when he began planning his first Cylon, designing and cutting all of the 500+ parts himself. The wooden Cylon weighs 30lbs and stands almost 6’4″ tall. Balandin has improvements in mind, like a radio-controlled motor, but first he will make sure his Cylon is never lonely with a female companion in the works. The Cylon girlfriend will be more complex with over 850 parts as Balandin learns more about the process. I predict seeing a very romantic Cylon photo shoot in the future!