Well after a few months of research, lots of Illustrator line drawings, measurements, material sourcing etc etc ...
Our builds have begun, yes I said builds 2 in fact, 2 Dr Who fans making one TARDIS each helping each other out with the much needed second set of hands.
Builds will be in stages as follows: Stage 1 - Sign boxes, roof, poles and base. All primed, painted glued and screwed. Stage 2 - Walls - these will be attached to the poles from the inside edge. All materials will be external grade timber including 18mm Ply and treated pine.
Paint colour - Colorbond Deep Ocean (formerly mountain blue) with a darker blue dry rollered over the surface this should allow some of the under blue to show through and give a multi blue effect.
Here are the first lot of photo's. Started with the signs, got the dimensions sorted printed a test POLICE BOX section and started painting. The final shots are of 5 of the sign boxes, on the phone cam unfortunately but you all get the picture of what the colour/build is like.
Nothing more just oil based primer and 2-3 coats of Solar Guard paint, suppode to last 10 years + under all conditions. Once the paint cures it is quite hard and sealed, I'll load up a close up of a painted edge soon.
Today .... Perspex POLICE BOX signs were ready and picked up, image linked shows 4 painted light boxes and 4 raw ones (weather hasn't agreed to do the oil based primer this week, so the first 4 got their acrylic outer coats) I'm about to try one of the painted boxes with a portable light .. just to check how cool it looks. My 3 year old son is talking up about putting things in the TARDIS to make it go, starting with a LED Sonic Screwdriver --- I've trained him well...
Last Edit: Aug 31, 2007 10:46:18 GMT 1 by nesshane
Cool signs. I am up to my sign stage now - was yours just a case of going to a sign makers and getting some cut out of sticky back plastic? How best is it you think I should approach mine - and if you did the latter, what font did you pick ... I have my sights set on Century font (?) Is there a Tardis font out there?
The signs were taken to a sign company from a Outlined Illustrator file they were then created from laser cut vinyl and stuck onto white perspex. This can all be done by the sign makers including cutting the perspex to the right size (this is ordered by them from acrylic manufacturers). The sticker is on the outside however , though it is my final plan to get a clear perspex sheet laid over the top, sealing it from the weather. Even though the vinyl sticker is outdoor rated and is industry standard for external sign. As for the font I used a pdf supplied on this sight by Bill "the Doctor" Rudloff. Troll through some old posts on thsi forum and you should find it.
Have made some nice progress since my last post. I have constructed the roofs and bases, painted Gardman lights and even wired one up with a 12 volt pond light, surrounded by a basic water tight garden light, drilled this into the lantern base and added a christmas flasher switch to the mix and the effect looks great. These TARDISES we are all building have to have water tight operational lights on top something I'm sure the real production team achieve in digital effects.
Any way light photo's are attached and hopefully tomorrow I'll attach some photo's of the roof/base and light boxes.
Last Edit: Aug 31, 2007 10:44:38 GMT 1 by nesshane
Another day another update this time with light boxes set up and roof resting on top. Next stage is priming and painting of the roof and bases, then start on the poles, which I've decided to use solid poles with the detail routed out judging by the combined weight of the roof and light boxes the structure is going to need this.
Last Edit: Aug 31, 2007 10:40:09 GMT 1 by nesshane
More updates- I've been busy painting and sealing the roof section. Even assembled the roof/light boxes inside to dry nicely. There's a photo of my 3 yr old son who thinks it "Looks good daddy". Hopefully have another update later today.....
Shane, very good progress there and some great pictures, but could you do us all a favour and either re-size them so they're smaller and fit the board size properly or better still you could turn them into thumbnails?
To thumbnail them, go into your Photobucket account, then under each image will be a little box, tick it by clicking in it, then scroll down to the bottom of your album page and click "Generate HTML Code." This will then give you a new link that you can then copy and paste into your message here on TR2.
I only ask that you do this to make the forum nicer to look at without us all having to scroll left to right to see your great progress, plus not everyone has broadband and at this size, it takes quite a while to load up the page with those images on.
Been quiet since the Sylvester McCoy photo's, Ive been sourcing final pole materials and other bits and pieces. Found a supplier of the TARDIS handles today, ended up being a restoration antiques place, the local hardware chain (Bunnings) didn't have 15mm handles for the right door. I'll update with photo's soon including my sign I had made.
Here's the image of my sign I mentioned minutes ago.
It is basically a vinyl laser cut sticker that has a replica Stainless Steel appearance. This is stuck onto black 2mm perspex type sheet. I toyed with the idea of getting real stainless steel engraved with the correct fonts however this was going to be 10 times the cost.
Next update will be the painting of the base and poles. I'm thinking of assembling the phone hatch door reducing it by 3 mm each side to allow for opening and hinges.
hey mate, nice work for sure. I have been away for a tad bit of time, but I have been trying to get caught up on everyones work... I must say what I have seen so far is quite impressive. Keep up the good work. I am very excited for you.