As I currently lack funds and space to construct a full sized TARDIS, I figured I could do a 1/6th version for a reasonable price. I drew up some plans for myself at full (for my build) scale.
(you might notice the new series sonic that I made in Connor's hand lol) So on payday I was at Michaels with my wife and I found everything I would need to build it. When we got home, I got right to work.. I have a metal ruler with marking on the back for working in 1/6th scale.. so I measured with that (mostly) and cut the pieces as I was ready to use them. After one evening of work, I had this
Another day's worth of work had a little more done
I finished up my weekend working on it, it's still not done but I'd say it's about 70-75% if not more
I still have plenty to do, and yes, I am aware that my phone-door sign isn't accurate, I was working on it and my wife started talking to me and I missed a line.. I'll probably make a new one once the TARDIS is done.
I'll be adding lights to it before much longer but I'm curious how people think I should do the "Police Box" signs.. suggestions are welcome.
That's an interesting way of making the sign boxes light up. Have you tested them out yet to see whether they illuminate in a uniform fashion or with a series of hot spots? Either way, I look forward to seeing the results as I may have to nick your idea!
Actually, no I haven't tested it yet.. but I'll try to in the next day or so and I'll post pics of the results. The lights, I bought at Michaels after last christmas season.. they were supposed to be for lighting small model towns the only drawback is that they're yellow but they were on sale for like $3.00 and you get 50 LEDs in each string so I bought 3 and I'm trying it out on this. The sign boxes look to be lit with yellow sometimes anyway. One of the LED strings went into a 1/350th Titanic I'm building at my wife's request. Finishing that is my next project after the TARDIS is relatively done.
Shia LaBeouf is kind of a nontraditional choice to pilot the TARDIS however.
Indeed - he needs to watch out Shia doesn't pilot it into a truck....
"My pilot's license? That's out back in the Cessna. Or perhaps you're referring to my license to kill. Revoked. Trouble at the Kazakhstan border. I could give you the details but then I'd have to kill you, which I can't do because my license to kill has been revoked."
Loving what's going on here. Great proportions. Shia LaBeouf is kind of a nontraditional choice to pilot the TARDIS however. Who else is in your collection?
Mostly Star Wars figures... a couple of Indy figures too. The main figure I use as a Doctor stand-in is Connor Macleod. Tonight, I'll be buying a David Tennant figure at whona.com they only have the spacesuit one but I can swap the head onto another figure and make him a proper outfit.
I kinda like the LaBeouf figure.. except for the other night when my mother saw the pic in my photobucket account and she calle me to ask how I got an action figure of myself. lol I look nothing.. well, very little like him.
I don't mind at all, if you don't count the lights (that I bought after christmas for whatever random project popped up) I spent just shy of $60.00 if you do count the lights then 64-65 I could have done it for less but I was trying to NOT use Balsa (to the greater extent) as I wanted my TARDIS to be a bit sturdier than Balsa would have (probably) allowed. I have 12 nails total in the thing and have done my best to hide them. The hinges have screws but I don't really mind that. Last night I bought myself a 10th Doctor figure that shipped today, it should arrive fairly soon. Unfortunately, it's the Impossible planet/Satan pit figure so I'm having to buy a new suit for him and thats a pain.. was bidding on a close enough one on ebay but someone outbid me... I am also buying a new body to mount the head on. I made a 1/6th sonic screwdriver some time back from a 3 3/4 Obi-wan Kenobi lightsaber and a wooden dowel. It can be extended or withdrawn
I made some MINOR progress this weekend... my mother-in-law went into the hospital with chest pains and VERY high blood pressure. Like twice the normal level. I DID however get my Doctor figure in the mail today so at least something good happened.
I don't know how much progress I'll make in the next few days but I'll try to get some work done whenever I can.
Do you have a lot of experience in making clothing for figures of this size? I considered making a console room for a couple of figures I have in 1:6 scale after seeing the work that you and some other folk are doing. I have been checking out different sources for clothing. Any ideas there? Sorry to hear about your MIL. Any updates there?
I have a little experience with making clothes for figures in this scale.. I just bought a thing for punching holes in leather so I can make buttons for the clothes I bought a new body to mount the head on and a suit that is close enough (for now anyway). His shoes are another story.
My mother-in-law's lungs were apparently filling with fluid. They put her on a medicine to stop that, I don't know anything more than that yet, but I'm about to go to the Hospital so I suppose I'll find out.
oh.. um, the new body is mainly cause I don't like the looseness of the joints on this one plus he has those gloved hands.. the body will probably be the same height to start with but I may modify it to match his (Tennant's) height.
My mother-in-law is still in the hospital, seems they gave her some dye for an MRI or something and it temporarily shut her kidneys off. She has kidney problems as it is because shes diabetic and doesn't listen to the doctor. She was trying to get my wife to smuggle some chips in to her yesterday. I did more work to the body and got the lights added... no sound and the light at the top is constant instead of flashing, but they work (after much fiddling with it this evening.. I had them working then hooked in the power and bang.. nothing, I had to re-work EVERY connection but it's working now :P).
I took a video that I'm currently uploading to youtube, I'll add the link to that when it's done.
I'm going to buy some THIN strips of wood on friday to make the frames. lol when my wife took that picture I didn't know about the paint. Well, I suspected but hadn't had a second to check. K9... I was going to make him out of sheet plastic like I saw here www.nebula7.com/K9/index.html but since I had leftover wood from the TARDIS I thought... "Why not make a quick one from that first." so I did and I covered it with cardboard from a cereal box. I AM planning to make another K9 from the sheet styrene soon but I kinda dig this one
I bought the suit on Ebay.. the shoes came with it. I DO plan to buy him new shoes when I can find some but until then I'm afraid that its a "live with it" situation... maybe it's after he met Martha and tossed his shoes. Hasn't had time to get new converse yet
I'll post the name of the ebay store when I get home.
Post by chriskingbees on Oct 22, 2008 14:56:28 GMT 1
That is just so cool. It's really worthwhile when the end product lives up to one's expectations. Well done, my son, well done. For what it's worth, that's where my tie usually ends up, if I have to wear one, too What's next, I wonder, from this build stable? KB