Another update, the wall bug got me and I had to keep assembling and even painted 1 coat. Need to fill screw-head holes and do the dreaded routering. The wall is assembled separately so I can push it in and out and remove to do more work on. Some rain is predicted tomorrow so I might take it out and do some more work. Hopefully work and children permitting I can aim for 1 wall a fortnight.
I'm searching the shelves for the right rounded centre divider, unfortunately there are standard timber differences throughout the world. In Australia standard timber trims are 10mm thinner than the UK, so I may have to get larger ones and get them cut on a timber yard saw and then a bevel cut into them. The centre piece for the door trim will be a standard Mushroom stop (T - section type trim) attached to the centre edge of the left door. The one that is on the wall above may come off or go to the back of the TARDIS. I'm trying to establish the type of rounded edge on the centre pieces by pouring over many actual prop pics.
If anyone could advise what they used I would be grateful.
2 walls down!! And I've routed them, found it harder getting the edges square after routing than actually using the router. I've got a new plan for my windows, I'm going for thick clear perspex with a frosted film on the inside, I am then going to screw the window bars onto this from the back as perspex can be drilled. Hopefully this will work.
Should only be a couple of weeks to go now!! My sons 4th birthday is in 3 weeks so it will be good to have it finished for his party...
The walls aren't that hard really, just glued and screwed from behind, making sure to alternate and spread out the screws to avoid the timber opening up, then some water tight gum into the joints and many coats of paint. I'll probably put another 2 coats on all the walls nice and thick. The doors on the other hand need more pre-planning as you have to deduct some mm for the hinges, and a join in the centre which is traditionally 5 mm in say double wardrobes for example, anyway thats why I'm doing the doors last so I can practice on the other non sighted walls.
I have to heartily congratulate you on the progress - I don't know how I keep missing your updates... probably the fact that I only check out the most recent posts - things are easily missed this way.
Anyway, the build is looking very plush in deed. As for your window plan, it follows what the later props did; screwing the "H" frame in through the perspex, the earlier ones were just glued to the surface which plainly was never a good idea.
Here's a question for you, what are you going to do for the two lower window panes? The BBC's ones have a secondary outer pane using textured shower door plastic, but I've looked around and can't find any. Got any ideas, what about you Chris (Rowand) - did you find any of this stuff for your builds?
It's reassuring to know that I'm on the right track when a solution to a problem was solved the same way by the BBC prop makers. I was thinking of using a silicon ring around the inner edge of the lower panes to hold some outer perspex. The problem with this little window is that the texturing is larger than say a simple Flourescent light cover, I may contact a local perspex supplier and see if it can be made or come in larger "textured dents". Judging by photos and screen grabs from the series these "textured dents" appear to be 10mm round, normal fluro light covers are 5mm.
Thats my current thoughts anyway.
Cheers - Shane
PS heres another photo to give us hope for the future of continued Who Fandom....
Post by chris rowand on Mar 6, 2008 13:10:31 GMT 1
As for the window panes , I never did get that sorted. I tried to source pebbled perspex, but to no avail. I would still consider casting them in clear resin as some members have with their windows. If anyone has some ideas for textured perspex let us all know please!
Well when fixing the panes in, the BBC used super glue too - if you check out the BBC WHO episode page for The Idiot's Lantern, then click on the Gallery, then the image of Tennant in the doorway, you can clearly see this, specially since the lower pane has been knocked out during the assembly.
The pane is also textured very much like an orange peel... I've been on the phone to a supplier and he's sending me a sample for approval, so I'll let you all know how it turns out.
EDIT: Now my post doesn't quite make sense after you've edited yours, Chris. Oh well.
Chris and Pruple I think I may have worked out the pebbled glass. I've found a 5mm thick piece of glass with light pebbling. It doesn't come in perspex but I think this glass would be good, it could still be siliconed in or stuck on with fibreglass resin ( love this stuff since using it to set my light struts in place).
This glass can be cut to size, 16 panels for A$55.00 - about 27 pounds.