Teletran - forgive me if I don't give out specific details on the lenses, as I'm still on the look-out for some more to finish (!) my build. Suffice to say there are two different types, each approx 4" in diameter...
Marc - which glued bits do you mean? Nothing more done on the central column, unfortunately.
I did some work last night on one of the meters. Following a screenshot of the "PRESSURE" gauge as closely as possible, I used Maya and Photoshop to create a black and white backing for the meter display. Quite pleased with it - pictures later.
You can also see the custom scale on the back of the "PRESSURE" gauge.
Really pleased with the overall dimensions. The pieces seem to fit in well with the sizes I worked out for the other panel.
Got a feeling that the aluminium rings are the wrong size for the type of lamp I need to use for this panel. This one uses the shallower style of lamp which would make the rings about 0.25 inches bigger. Might have to get some more made up.
The panel will look wider than it should towards the top edge, as the area between the rulers also includes the area for the raised edging.
The angle of the radiation meter will depend on the angle the panels sit at. Thinking about it, I can use Scarfwearer's calculator to determine what this will be... Could be handy.
The main piece I'm missing for this (the radiation meter will be custom built) is a rotary switch for the upper left corner. This seems to be some kind of headlight or indicator switch from a car, but it's tricky finding the right one.
Yes - you can see the switch pretty clearly on that last one. Not sure it's actually lighting up, though - but it is pretty brightly lit.
Crispin - thanks for the link to the metal-working page. As for the panel - yes it was in a bit of a state. The internal bits of the radiation meter have fallen through; the centre meter has a smashed face; and the right-hand meter has been removed (for Mind Robber ?) and not replaced.
I can imagine this panel being pretty weak towards the right hand side due to the two meters being pushed through from the back. I can't remember if the meter was re-instated for Ambassadors - I have a feeling it was - but between Ambassadors and Inferno the panel is mostly covered by the metal plate. Maybe for re-inforcement as much as anything else.
Last Edit: Sept 16, 2009 10:27:00 GMT 1 by celation
Also note that at this stage one of the flags is missing from the time rotor and one of the rings seems to be broken, not quite as bad as in inferno. Also some of the switch levers seem to be missing from the panel nearest the doctor, the grill of which seems to have been repainted or replaced.
I wonder if the raised gage in the previous picture is just a way of replacing it without removing the panel.
I suppose you could take the normal precautions against an atomic blast. Sticky tape on the windows and that sort of thing.
Post by Rassilons Rod on Sept 16, 2009 18:56:12 GMT 1
If I remember my research correctly...
Yes the right hand meter was moved for Mind Robber (and the hole was covered with a circular cover) but this is from War Games so it was returned (although as I type this I suspect you mean that it wasn't reattached underneath).
Yes the glass is definitely cracked, but as a point of interest, its also where the water drips when the timelords break down the TARDIS' defenses.
Teletrans pic shows the extent of how bad the console was getting. but it started pretty early. By the Aztecs, one of the LARGE knobs off the large faders was on one of the long stick levers...
All of which actually that makes me all the more excited to see this project complete. I don't think its possible to see all the original panels in good shape in any episodes...
And this one too. If you look at the rotor, there is a black dot on one of the uprights that holds the paddles together. My first thought is a screw. Should make such a build stronger I would have thought (as long as the screw doesn't split the plastic on the way in.
Not entirely sure how to read it, though - if you see what I mean. Does the 12" diameter represent the hole, or the column, for example?
These measurements are definitely different in places from the early console. There's no way that the outer edge could measure 46". It's 44" at a push...
No reason to think that the central section would have changed, though.
The 12 in. radius give a 24 in. diameter hole. Therefore the maximum size the rotor could be is 23 in, in diameter. I think there is about a 1 in. gap around the column and the center hole, so in reality the column would be 22 in. in diameter. The 15 in. radius is from the center of the hole to the outside midpoint of each collar above the panels. And yes, as we debated over at TARDIS Builders with Purple, the original TARDIS console panels were smaller than the Pertwee Console onwards. So this schematic could actually help someone building consoles used from 1971 to 1982. Bill Rudloff
Hmmm... I have an over eager son, I may have to make them childproof! lol I may have to rig up a momentary button though instead. What I wanted to do (the theme of the console is victorian) is have sort of a lever on a gear, that when pulled down, activates the time rotor. when the tardis lands, the lever pops up and the time rotor stops. hmmmm.
brilliant build though! you've given me loads of neat little ideas!
Well after saying the switches were fairly solid, my son wandered up to me the other day, saying "oops" and handed me a red lever. Ah well - these things happen. Easily fixed.
No true updates, other than to say I have now bought two more large black lever knobs, and two more (beautiful!) meters. This now brings my meter count to five - all correct - which is handy as one was pretty rusty.
So now I have pretty much all the components I need - just not the space or the time to build it at the moment. (A TARDIS build lacking space and time - always amuses me! ;D)
Things should get better on this front in the new year. We're due to get a proper shed, and as other projects disappear, the time should be freed up. The crazy thing is, even a 10' by 10' shed leaves very little room around a console 7' in diameter!
To be on schedule, I really should complete another panel by the end of this year, but that's not going to happen. That means two panels next year in order to be finished by the 50th anniversary!