Post by chriskingbees on May 18, 2006 16:46:00 GMT 1
Hi All I'm nearly ready to start and have downloaded plans a plenty to get me going. Ideas forming all the time, corner posts, windows, etc and have bought the screwfix lens
After many attempts, Nitromors, spirits of salts and various methods I've found I can get the black bonded paint off with severe emery strip. It opaques the glass a little. The problem is it's too tall. The black bit at the bottom can happily sink into the housing but the top bit is too tall for the dome to sit right. The other links in faq worked but I couldn't navigate to the right item or find how to pay. All suggestions welcome
My phone is below too. It spent it's entire working life in Folkestone grid BR HV station as emergency link to the Electrical Control at Paddock Wood (50 years) so now gets something of a busman's holiday.
This one doesn't really belong but the prop man (Me) for the mini panto by my wife's am dram needed to build a coach and horses to get Cinders to the ball. Cinders goes by this method instead;
I know the colour's wrong, the fonts are wrong, the phone panel is 2006 Tardis and more besides but it is only on stage for a few seconds. It does reveal my leanings toward Met box design though and I doubt there'll be pedantic herberts in the audience like me and dare I say you guys. Many thanks Kingbee (There are other Chris's here so I'll stick with my KB handle to make it easier
Post by chriskingbees on May 19, 2006 14:00:27 GMT 1
Thanks Mark I like the upside down idea it cures the size problem but then of course it would be difficult to install a light fitting. There is a glass specialist in Tonbridge who may be consider cutting the top off but I imagine I'll have to promise no comebacks if the glass breaks. My phone still has the original eyelets on the two core which I really like too. As for Cinders, I'm afraid the rodents have had to pick up their UB40s, but as in panto style the rhyming couplet now goes: Fairy godmother; "Bring me a football, fully blown up" Cinders: "Here's one they're using in this year's world cup" I have supplied a "Vwoorp" take off sound effect too. Let's hope it get's to the right time and place KB
Post by Scarfwearer on May 19, 2006 16:58:33 GMT 1
I think with a screwfix lamp like that, I'd just sacrific a little accuracy and make the top ring a little thicker and the dome on top a little larger so it will cover the entire black part. If you had a little of the black part showing beneath the top ring I don't think anyone would notice. 8-9' in the air people only really see the lamp from a distance anyway - and they've varied a lot, so I think you've got some wiggle room. My box originally had a 1/4" thick top disk (which was actually square), a 4" wide fresnel, bolts sticking up through the top of the top disk and no dome at all. No-one ever said a word...
Post by chriskingbees on May 19, 2006 18:24:11 GMT 1
Thanks for the help I've found a glass man (Glass man?) that says he can cut the lamp with a diamond blade next week, but what a find he is. When he found out what the project is he said he has a photo album of some 50 or so police box images. He's going to look it out for me next week. He actually did find some albums of old buses, phone boxes, lamposts and all sorts (My son is over the moon with all the phone boxes) while I was in his workshop and this little gem was in there. I really feel this guy is on the level and hope to to have to have the pics by next friday. Meanwhile what do you make of this?
Thanks for putting this up, I've never seen a Police Post like this before. Look, it even has the full Box type of lamp housing, as well as the phone panel - which is hung the other way around. Are there any more pictures like this? I'd love to see them.
Any chance that we can save them for future use or are they subject to copyright restrictions?
Post by chriskingbees on May 19, 2006 19:30:12 GMT 1
Hi Purp if I may be so bold All my images are totally copyright free, please feel free to use them, I'm more than happy to see them pop up. I hope this guy comes through next week with others as I really love old pictures as you can probably tell from my other threads. While I'm here it's great to be among the like minded, no I-AM-A-DALEK and diddly-dum type stuff we all have to endure Thanks Kingbee
Post by chriskingbees on May 22, 2006 20:50:48 GMT 1
Hi all On friday I hope to pick up my lamp and the pictures to go with this one. The picture was taken by a guy from Tooting in London and handed on to my glass man to sell or give to whoever he wishes. Glass man's workshop is fantastic for old stuff eg a WWII cranking air raid siren and trim phone connected to BT and miiiiiiiles more. This pic was in an album of phone boxes and I've handed it to my son www.redphonebox.info to post on his sight with all the k1s k2s police boxes etc. Sorry if that sounds like an advert. Anyway this Tooting chap is very well travelled and there's nothing on the back of the pic to give any clues. I will however try to find out if I can contact him on friday when I pick up the gear. I am quietly confident about this, as many of you, like me I'm sure have probably had wild goose chases like this one; A "police" box stripped with two windows on each side, stacking roof, lamp, on a farm at the back by the caravans. A portaloo of course and that was last saturday. The camera stayed in it's case. But still the optomism remains and friday cometh all the same Regards KB hope it AIN'T raining where you are
Does anyone live anywhere near Northwood, Harrow? I mentioned police stations because I learned that there is supposedly some sort of 'police box' outside Northwood police station - a police post, I imagine, but it would be good to know for sure.
Ooh, I remember trimphones - my parents had one; the starlings used to imitate it. I heard that their glowing dials were discovered to be deadly (on the telephones, that is, not the starlings) and they were all buried in a pit somewhere, but that's probably a myth.
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Post by chriskingbees on May 27, 2006 18:27:51 GMT 1
Hi All Well the glass man is dragging his feet as expected but I'm not. As Mrs KB watches James Mason and co. descend to the centre of the earth I start my descent into insanity. Inspired by TG's superb thread I've started the stacks. All screwed and glued but not filled . An inauspicious start maybe but a start all the same Thanks KB
Post by chriskingbees on May 30, 2006 21:52:00 GMT 1
Hi All Whilst in B&Q today Mrs KB had a bit of a brainwave. Ballcocks, I here you say (Sorry, couldn't resist) for the dome assembly. I know the wood's a bit deep for the top bit but it was all I had to hand and I wanted to try out my new electric jigsaw
Post by chriskingbees on May 31, 2006 19:14:49 GMT 1
Hi All Been enthusiastic today and started on the slopy bit. It's of course a bit gappy but all screwheads are countersunk and will be filled as will all joins and gaps. I have a supply of epoxy resin and am tempted by TG's black goo. I'll see how the fill goes first. Have already hired costain's to lift it into place, well me my son and the two big guys down the road KB
Post by chriskingbees on Jun 1, 2006 9:49:14 GMT 1
Hi All Right, I'm heading in met box direction using doc neal drawing as much as I can, however plans are all in imperial and wood comes in metric now so dimensions are as close as I can manage. Mrs KB kindly donated chopping board but I had to buy her a new one in marble style (See pic). That dalek pic is actually signed if you look close and I was thinking of ebaying it for the animal rescue charity I fund raise for. It seems to me the three criteria for this project are; Time; I've got that at the moment Space; A shed's got to go to accomadate it Money; Can be found by using existing things (Chopping boards etc) and maybe selling some rare dapol stuff I've got in the loft on ebay Many thanks for support by the way KB
Post by chriskingbees on Jun 1, 2006 16:07:37 GMT 1
>:(HI All A good day just became a very bad day After removing all the black paint we cut the top off the lens all OK. I routed the top wood groove and it sat quite nicely. 2 hours later this happened for no reason. I think I need a decent lens. Help! I can't get the marine store link to take me to the lens.TG's direct link in solar lens thread says it doesn't exist and I need a lens to continue. All help welcome as I knew this would be sticky. Many thanks KB
Post by chriskingbees on Jun 1, 2006 17:26:42 GMT 1
Hi again I found this wonderful gizmo indoors called a telephone and rang marinestore. A lovely lady answered and called me back twice and between us and using TG's info we managed to find what we were looking for. It will arrive in the middle of next week. A bad day just became a lot better
Ah, so you'll get a real marine thing. Nice. I've got one of those Screwfix lenses and I vaguely wondered what would happen if I cut the top off it... now I know...
About Northwood - I've just browsed the Metropolitan Police website and under 'Hillingdon' there's a picture of Northwood police station - with what looks like a bit of a police POST showing at the very edge of the picture.
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I managed to find my lens on eBay. If you want to look there, I'd suggest searching for "marine lamp" (and try searching for anything else that you can think people may call these - people often don't know what they're selling so they don't use the right words).
How the hell did this happen?! Spontaneous fresnel fragmentation?
Actually I was going to make a comment about rubbing it too hard, then I thought better of it because it sounded a bit rude. Glad you've ordered a replacement though - and a "better" one by the sounds of it.
Things are looking great with the build so far, and you've chosen a good set of plans. Looks like there's going to be a number of Purple TARDIS replicas out there now.