I've always wanted to do a fan video, and I might. In the meantime I've done a bit of a rethink on how to design and construct a 1:8 model and full size prop that is as authentic to a real box as possible while being more practical to build.
The result is derived from taking real dimensions (mostly Crich), scaling them down to fit the door height typical of a tv prop, rounding for practicality in materials and adjusting to give the illusion of solidness and depth (learned that from the Hudolin prop).
Here's a quick comparison (real box, tv props, mine):
As I build the model, I'll also be creating a document for how to construct it. It's mostly basswood and designed to have the fewest cuts possible.
The biggest difference between this and the tv props is the 3-stack roof, panel proportions and 3-strip detail under the lintel signs. I imagine it's also similar to Purple's build only a bit smaller. If anything seems a bit off, I'd say it looks a little narrow overall due to the 6" posts, but setting the doors deeper will counter this on screen.
Post by lespaceplie on Oct 24, 2009 20:33:14 GMT 1
I've modified the plans slightly. Reaching the perfect intersection of realism, practicality and looking right required a modest effort, but the result is worth it.
I started the 1:8 build in basswood today. This model will have one inward opening door and lighting (top lamp and single interior light for the lintels and windows). The base will have some sort of mount in the center - maybe threaded to fit a tripod. This will make forced perspective shots very simple.
Here are some post parts being glued:
In the meantime I'll start the 1:16 polystyrene model - probably finish this one first. That's about as small as I can make one without needing to adjust the dims to fit standard materials. In fact, the only compromise is that the door panels will be slightly shallower.
Building a full-size prop is something that will have to wait. Oddly enough, I have a place to store a Tardis but not to build one.