Post by Scarfwearer on Sept 17, 2009 8:30:38 GMT 1
Welcome! No you're definitely not alone... Smashing looking console - it's nice to see a McGann console on the way. There are a couple in the archives here, but no others ongoing that I know of.
Most of us create a photobucket account and link to the photos there so they can appear right in your postings. I haven't managed to find out what Facebook's policy is on hotlinking to photos hosted there, but normally only a photo hosting site like photobucket or imageshack will let you do that.
Post by vortexsurfer on Oct 6, 2009 18:53:58 GMT 1
No, sadly that measurement is not recorded in the book. The inner hexagon on mine has edges of 13 cm (5 inches) and the diameter is 15 cm (6 inches) edge to edge. However I must tell you that this is based on nothing except what looked right to me at the time!!!
The book does gives the width of the whole console as 52 inches and the base of each panel as 30 inches. Since the bottom of my panels are 14.5 inches then if you times it all by 2.143 you should be at least close!
It all depends on how accurate you want it to be. In my case it's more how I would personally have built the console for the movie than producing an exact replica.
Post by vortexsurfer on Oct 6, 2009 19:09:51 GMT 1
I really am at my wit's end on how to make the dials that display the destination on my console. I want something that will spin on a pivot that's bracketed to the back of the panel and have six or eight sides about 7x3cm. I just can't work out the best way to build/source that something!
would you happen to have a measurement for the inner hexagon?
You can measure directly off the diagrams. There are two diagrams and in both cases the top of the hexagon works out at 22". The side of a regular hexagon is always half its maximum width, so the top edge of the console panel should be 11". The bottom edge is listed as 30", and the total console wdith is 60" (5 feet) on the diagrams. It looks like they hadn't quite decided how to do the extra shelf when the drawings were made, as the actual console is slightly different. You can use the TBF console calculator to figure out other interesting numbers for the panels.
i'm just looking for a rough dimension. I'll have to mock something up until it looks right too! close enough is fine, i'll be doing my own version so the panels... but the width and height will be the same as the movie, although the base will be different.
there has to be candy or chocolate box or something that might be about that size..
Better start a new thread of my own I suppose... but to answer the question, the console was built as the stage set for the second Dimensions on Tyne convention, way back in 2002. Gawd, that was AGES ago!
maybe you can give me an opinion on an idea i had for the time rotor.
i want something that would move up and down and be self contained. meaning I want to do without the top part of the McGann console and have it all sit within the console itself. I was thinking of using a threaded rod and three spokes arranged in a triangle and then using 6 incandescent tube lights (like what would go into a library style lamp) and arranging them on the spokes, three up and three down. the down facing bulbs would be just above the surface of the console when the rotor is in the up position.
if i can find bulbs long enough, it would give me the right visual look for the console. i was thinking i could put them on a dimmer switch and keep them low and also dust the bulbs with black spray pant to make it look darkened and gritty.
mainly i want to use the console for filming and photos, but i also want the feel to be dark and sort of spooky so i thought the plain white lights would match the feel i was going for.
Last Edit: Oct 9, 2009 15:55:56 GMT 1 by metrosonus
Oi! I just went to walmart on lunch... looks like incandescent bulbs don't come in sizes of more than a few inches. I'll have to figure something out with fluorescents. I recall Crispin had a good write up on the matter..
Post by vortexsurfer on Oct 29, 2009 18:31:40 GMT 1
Went to the Blackpool Exhibition yesterday - one last pilgrimage before it closes for good on the 11th Nov. The replica console there was really impressive - kudos if the person who made it is on this forum! Just a shame it had the annoying 'Do Not Touch' sign. One aspect that really inspired me was that the joins between the panels were covered with metal strips like those you edge stairs with. I was never quite happy with the rather rough joins on mine so did similar today.
Also finally fitted the conputer screen and finished the side panel that I've been meaning to do for ages