Many moons ago, the discovery of Sketch-up by one of the board members (please remind me who ???) brought TARDIS building to a new level, making the planning and design part of a box construction a little easier.
If you've not used (or heard of it), you can get a free version from the Google Sketch-up website.
If you have made yourself a virtual representation of your proposed box, how about sharing?
The original idea proposed by Demat was to have everybodies TARDIS/police box together so variations and and design differences could be appreciated.
If you have a sketch-up model and want to be included, drop me an e-mail with your sketch up model attached.
Maybe this could help any future TARDIS Re-builder's decide how they want their build to go?
I've uploaded mine to Google 3D Warehouse. Am proud to say it was the first TARDIS on there, although now there are three pages of the things. Would be pleased to be part of any virtual get together that happens.
I wonder if the virtual TARDIS get together could, once complete, be uploaded to the 3d warehouse as a 'Tardis Rebuilders Tardises' model? Perhaps placed in a suitably doctor who street scene (Logopolis' Barnet bypass perhaps...?!) Then we could all walk around them. I'd love to see more of your Police Box model. The only other person I know who has done one is Demat...
I don't use Sketch-up for my virtual work, but a now defunct program called Infini-D. I'm using this program on my iMac and it suits all my 3D needs. The thing I like best is the fact that it allows me to use (realistic) textures made in Photoshop. Before I started my half scale build, I made this:
Post by Dematerialiser on Jan 21, 2007 10:20:45 GMT 1
Nice to see that you're bringing peoples Tardises and Police Boxes together (sorry, as you know I had planned to have a go at this but, apart from Sketchup, I haven't had a better program to use until very recently - and I still need to learn it ;-) ) Good to see yours alongside Manta's at last!
one of the board members (please remind me who ???)
I think that might have been me As a 3d novice I found (and still do find) Sketchup a really intuitive and simple tool, and I found it ideal for modelling tardises as there's a lot of simple shapes in them, and you can type in the dimensions of everything to get those all-important rebuilder dimensions accurate (but you know all this already! ;))
Anyway, I've emailed you my Sketchup model - hope you can use it ok.
To anyone who's interested in sketchup - I used my sketchup model to make 2d plans and all of the dims for the woodwork, and it's enabled me to quickly and accurately generate measurements for all kinds of things, including the signage. For example, I modelled the fresnel lens for my lamp to the measurements of the lens, and then made all of the lamp housing in 3d around it. The thing is, you can quickly forget about having to 'learn 3d' and get on with the business of Tardises!
Marcel - nice model there! If you can export it as a 3DS file I think Sketchup can import that file type. Oh, and you can get a free full version (version 6) of sketchup from sketchup.google.com/download.html (might be useful for you too Zebaroth - although I would say that if you're making a fan film, Sketchup doesn't really do photorealistic rendering - it tends to render things in only a few colours and it's textures are limited, but it's easily good enough for most rebuilders!)
"Gosh, that takes me back. Or forward. That's the trouble with time travel; you can never remember."
I finally finished my Sketch-up TARDIS ;D. I tried exporting from Infini-D and importing in Sketch-up, but unfortunately I ended up with a lot of uneditable triangles :-/. I therefore decided to start from scratch in Sketch-up. Interesting experiment, but I think I stick to Infini-D. I found Sketch-up not as easy to use as advertised (maybe it's just me ???). Still, I did the best I could and came up with this:
If you think it's good enough to add to your collection of Tardises, let me know and i'll mail you the file :P.