I've managed to gather together measurements using the Trench plans and some plans that Mark posted here some time ago but I'm still unsure of certain dimensions. I don't know the width of the steps at the top of the box - they measure 3,3 and 5 inches high. I'd also like to know how wide the police box sign is across to the pillars... Would the Britannia miniatures police box be accurate enough to scale up? I'm completely obsessed with building a 1/4 scale model but I won't do it unless it's perfect Can anyone help me - please!?
Post by Admin account on Jan 22, 2009 17:17:51 GMT 1
take the width of the sign box from the total width of the box including pillars, but not including the base, and divide the remaining measurement by 2, and you have the indent into each pillar before the call box sign starts...
With the roof tiers, take the smaller roof tier from the larger roof tier, and divide by two for the gap either front to back or left to right - it's a square so it matters not which; it'll give you the instep for centreing each tier of the roof.
Again, unfortunately the Trench plans I currently have don't have the sign plinth measurements. Most of the download links on the forum are dead now except for lorisarvendu's which he acknowledges have seen better days. Why are people so cagey about giving out measurements? Don't get me wrong - I'm not being funny about it but I'm very curious about the level of secrecy around certain measurements whether they be from the season 18 box or the met.
I'm just building a 1/4 scale box and I'm obsessed with accuracy - what's the problem?
Post by Admin account on Jan 23, 2009 13:17:41 GMT 1
Probably because the whole kit and caboodle are now copyright BBC, and we don't want our backsides sued and the site shut down.
However, with a quick scan through page two of a thread you've already posted on, I found an active download of the plans, that are clean, crisp and give all the measurements in glorious detail, including the plinth sign and every other measurement! All you need to do is click the site link and wait 20 seconds for the download link to appear...
Thanks Dale! Seems like it was a firewall issue in work because they download perfectly at home!
The Trench plans are a little annoying all the same - they're still missing vital measurements. I think I'll make the model using lorisarvendu's method. I'll blow up the plans to 1/4th scale using a measurement I know for sure and use some dims quoted by Mark for the doors. I'll use Autocad and a CNC machine to cut from Styrene sheet which I will mould. Then the whole box will then be made in fastcast resin - pictures to follow...
I've using the trench plans enlarged to 5th scale (quarter scale is too big) I'd always assumed the Trench plans were drawn to scale but some measurements are off completely. For example, the sign boxes come up as 47 inches instead of 46 - what shall I go for and what measurements should I believe?