Well, less than a minute Googling came up with this:
Extruded Acrylic Rod and Tube
*** Clear extruded acrylic rod and tube offers an economical where surface finish and optical clarity are less important. Extruded acrylic rod is also available in a range of fluorescent, transparent and solid colours.
Clear Rod Diameters: Ranging from 2mm to 50mm in clear Rod Lengths: Standard 2000mm for all diameters Tube Diameters: Ranging from 45mm to 500mm outside diameters with varying wall thicknesses Tube Lengths: Standard 2030mm ***
I went (online) to Ridout plastics here in the states and asked for a "custom cylindrical acrylic display case". I wanted 22-23" diameter to fit the full sized console, but the closest they could do was 24". I made it work. It was expensive - 11-1200 dollars, I think, but I did this last after I had already put a lot of effort into the rest of the project. I didn't want to spend that kind of money until I was really sure.
My backup plan was to use a thin sheet of plastic - the stuff that really wobbles and can be rolled up quite small - and wrap it twice around as a cylinder then either use small bolts or rivets to hold it together. Lots of small holes and fishing line might even work there, as might a clear adhesive. The double wrap would avoid having it wanting to teardrop at the join. I haven't sourced a 12'7"x3' piece of thin plastic sheet though. A 24" diameter plastic plate for the top would not be too hard to get, I think. If you look at some shots of the console on the show, there's a quite obvious seam on the side of the column, so this would be perfectly authentic...
There's a list of 'other consoles' on my website with links to other console builder's websites, so you may be able to contact some of them directly for other suggestions.
Right, cheers lads, I'll put some quote requests in places and see what I come up with.
I did consider putting together something along the lines of the Superannuation Services ads that Tom did in the late 90s, where the central column doesn't have a top but does have different sized tubing on the inside.
Oh, does anyone know who built that? and if they are about to ask questions? Because I've always rather liked that console, especially the walls. Found still pictures of the thing, and also have a copy of the interview they did with Tom about the ad, uncut, so that's useful.
Also, does anyone have any recommendations for a motor to use for the central column up'n'down mechanism? I will be counter-weighting the cam for it, so it doesn't put too much strain on the motor. This mechanism will also be seperate from the rest of the console, so if repairs are required, open up the console and drag out the mechanism as a whole.etc.
Dose the thing have to go up&down I am on a fixed income and can't afored the parts to make it move so i used a set of xmas lights contorble blink but the shell is from an old vacume it looks rael nice turned on
Oh hello! I thought i recognised my name there for thread starter - when did I change to davidnagel? but i'm still logging in as thebestwebwizard hmm... ah well...
Hiya zebaroth, no the thing doesn't HAVE to go up and down, its entirely up to you what it does, but its nice to see authenticity when it does!
At the moment, I am contimplating getting an old but still functioning car wiper motor and connecting a shaft and counterweight/pulley system to it (if you find my other thread, David's Console there is a diagram of what I intend to do) and also a picture of the Longleat console insides - showing exactly what I intend, but lord knows if it tried the counter-weighting pulley system.
Like yourself, I am low on cash and at the moment anything practical is a long way out of the window... down the street and over the hills in fact. But if I do get going on a console, K9 or TARDIS then for the console I am definately starting with the whole 'up and down' thing.
All the best! Get some pictures when you can, go to photobucket and register and share your work with us!!!