WOW!!! For a first attempt that is very impressive!!! I love the colour of the wood stain you chose. Very clean and crisp lines, I like it. I just hope that mine will look half that good when I get a chance at it. Good luck on your controls.
actaully it's knda donald ducked as I had to stencil it using two stencils, one for the seal and one for the circle surrounding it . Needless to say I got the outer circle out of position!
There is another version of the seal without the outside circle on the console centered under the bankers lamp. It is my intention to make that area less cluttered as a place where manuals and papers can be placed - script necessitates this
Post by Scarfwearer on Aug 13, 2006 23:28:47 GMT 1
Looking very nice! It's a nice piece of furniture, quite apart from being a console.
Charity shops sometimes have odd things which might be useful. I don't know whether there are still amateur radio rallys, but they may be another place to look - they used to have stalls with stuff for sale.
Sorry been out for a couple of days - along with a Dalek that's giving me some gyp at the moment!!
Anyway, had a bit of luck with some old fashioned radio test equipment from a vintage radio site - relatively cheap too, got a couple of nice looking panels to fit, just waiting for them to arrive. I'll let you know how it goes when they are fitted
Got the electronics up now too - well on the breadboard! have yet to migrate it to the console.
I plan to make most of the meters work - the smaller ones are all 200v FSD so not too much of a problem but the large central meter on the left panel is 5 kV FSD - funnily enough I do have a 240 to 5000v transformer.......
The large surface mount ammeter on the right panel is marked 200A but in common with a lot of control instrumentation is actually 5A FSD.
I shall have to do something about the base of the Hoover dust colllector - oops I mean the central column to make it look more integral, but the pulsing blue light effect doesn't look too shabby!
It is also getting a ring of 9 LED's around the base that will flash in sequence around the base inside the body of the central column - work in progress!
Various lights will flash and I have a hotel desk bell to fit to get the "ting" when arrived at destination!
A couple of patch panels with interconnecting wires are also in progress, along with a computer keyboard and display for one panel.
What I do need is 2 or 3 small ships clocks to fit on the time panel not more than 3" (75mm) diameter - these are proving difficult to find!
A full scale set is on the cards - time and cash permitting!
On a different note - if I do this again I will make it a little larger, so that a 19" rack will fit in the console base allowing me to install 19" racks to a) look technical and b) to house the electronics to make it all work!!
Bill - I love you console, it looks absolutely fabulous!!! What plans are you using? I will be working on a console myself, as soon as my TARDIS is completed. This is so much fun and making new friends - even better!!
Cheers mate, Jon
P.S. - Are those TARDIS doors in the backgound in early pics of your console?
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The build is a prop for a fan film currently in production and expected to take up to a year to complete - 6 full episodes.
Consequently yes that is a TARDIS parked aginst the wall, it has been used several times now but I have problems with the corner posts warping.
It has even been in the local (Exeter) paper!
The prop building gets a bit time consuming as I have high standards and am trying to keep to a reasonable budget!
I also have 2 New Series Daleks under construction at the moment.
As to plans, I'm making it up as I go along, The size is about the same as the major dimensions of the McGann console but five sides - just to be different as the consoles tend to be personalised to each Doctor.
Eventually I expect to complete a set of the TARDIS interior - keeping with the victorian / Edwardian style with a bit of CGI thrown in for good measure - I suffer from the same problem that the 2005 series did - lack of headroom so a false roof will be CGI'd onto the set.
I have put up some photos of the TARDIS under the shell section titled Bill's TARDIS ;D