Just a short visit as I will be taking up full time employment in Abu Dhabi soon.
Futher Console and filming developments:-
The time panel is now nearing completion - just the handbrake and another date indicator to install. The clocks and switch panel have been fitted.
I ended up getting the GPO type switches from the USA as nothing was available here! The brass blanking panel was milled to accept the switches and then jig drilled.
Filming is going ahead this coming week - so the set is nearly comlete now just the dado rails, floorcovering and wall lights to fit.
Another view of the console room - trying to keep with the Edwardian / Victorian feel
The twisted TARDIS door posts have been replaced and the old ones were shortened and used as the door frame for the set so that the TARDIS doors could also be reused - not sure if I like that or not yet!
Post by armadillozenith on Oct 2, 2006 3:46:58 GMT 1
That's really smart Bill, the smallish blue-glowing column gives a nice 'cosy' feel along with the woodstain and brass.
I like the idea of the console(s) being virtual interfaces to the actual TARDIS workings, in that things could LOOK however the Doctor wants them to...
This console room will look something between an upper middle class parlour and an old pub I reckon (compliment).
The fan film sounds splendid, if your production values for the set are the standard.
Glad you're finding the bits you need. I love stuff like that. I've got lots from old record players and TV's, vacuum cleaners, charity shops and roadside oddments (bits that fall off vehicles I guess!) Kiddie toys can be a cheap source of electronic sound-and-light effects. Industrial estates and building sites often have unwanted bits left lying on waste heaps. B&Q here have 'reduced price' bins, all sorts of stuff knocked down sometimes for £1's or only 10p. Brass nozzles etc. High Street economy shops can have cheap hardware or domestic items adaptable as TARDIS technology too!
This week I mean to get my 2005-6 console structure started, in timber, based on my earlier polystyrene mock-up to assess the shape.
Bill, what a fantastic looking build there - I really like this as it's such an interesting twist on what's gone before. I'm sure your production crew are going to enjoy filming on that set! Keep us all posted on the film if you can.
The "bronze" bars are in fact aluminium drawer handles, a la B & Q. 96mm fixing centres and then sprayed with antique gold Plasticote.
The drawer handles are £9.99 for 6, not only good but cheap too! (necessity being the mother of invention!)
The larger bars around the console are also from B & Q, wardrobe rails and fittings unfortunately not quite so cheap!
It's not too obvious from the photos as they were taken with flash but all the lights flash, the central column lights up and is surrounded by sequencing LEDs, and some of the meters work. The electronics is all housed in the pedestal and operates off 12V (except for the bankers light which is 240V, another B & Q acquisition!) I have mislaid the photo of the internals but when I find it I'll post it.
Flash rates are adjustable with the black knobs abd the swtches all turn something on or off. All the alarm and indicator lights are operational and can be made to come on steady or flash as required.
Glad you all like it, I am waiting for the cast reaction at the moment as filming has slipped to the last week of October now.