I would just love to restore the box back to its all glory again. This is the tardis that I grew up with all those years ago in the days of the classic series.
Its such a shame that the box has been damaged time and time again and the BBC have allowed this to happen. Looking at the picture of the box the sign box appears to have been twisted somehow. Some of the door hinges appear to be missing especially at the bottom as there is a gap between the left corner post and the left hand side door. The lamp housing is missing as well as the police box sign. But worst of all is the base which has been really torn apart.
Post by purpleblancmange on Jun 25, 2008 9:40:10 GMT 1
No, this picture could only have been taken, at latest, two summers ago. I know this because me and a mate took quite large paint samples from various areas of the prop - mainly the rear corner posts (which we can see in this shot) and the wall to the left of the back doors. The paint is still there, so this must have been taken before I got my mitts on it.
Post by purpleblancmange on Jun 25, 2008 11:38:21 GMT 1
Sorry, it's post Dale and Co's restoration. After they delivered it, it got ruined again and the Beeb bods just slapped a load of paint over it to hide the damage - or at least to disguise it a little. This picture is more or less how it looks now, though as I said, I did take several paint samples from it because once you have them, you turn the paint over on to its reverse and you have the original paint colour - perfect for colour matching.
The paint is so thick on it that it actually hides a lot of the detail - like the moulded in texturing that the prop has. If you turn the sample onto its side, you can actually see the different layers of paint, but the great thing is that the bods were not thorough in their painting, instead of sanding off the old, they just painted on top of it. You can see the original colour, plus the pink from The Happiness Patrol in the middle and the newer layers on top of that. If anything, it's the pink paint that binds all the other paints together and has turned it into a sort of rubbery coating - had it not still been there, we'd have not been able to get such large and perfect samples.
As far as I'm aware, the prop is now supposedly in storage, waiting for the day that it will get restored. However, after last year's financial turmoil at the BBC - it looks like this project is dead in the water for now. It's taken 5 plus years to at least rescue the box, a few more years can flow by I guess. We shall see.