Back again... having posted about the (re)build of my police box... I've dug out the panels for the Tardis console and having constructed a new base I've assembled the old panels one last time before they have a refurb....
The three closest panels are actually glass back painted and are designed to be the main panels to face the Camera and are back lit. The other three panels are hardboard surface painted.
The original console was buit in anout 1990 as the production was early 1991, this was a sort of Star Trek _TNG inspiration as well as anything else that took my fancy. Always wanted the Tardis to be a lot more Hi Tec than it ever has appeared on screen, so the glass panelling was the easiest was to achieve.
The old controls were back painted and enhanced with adhesive stickers and other bits and pieces of printed and borrowed graphs etc.
The new hexagons have been designed in their entirety on computer and each will be printed as one piece and stuck to the under surface for the glass panels and upper surface for the panels made of wood.
I've decided (At the moment) to stick with the black and rather than silver hexagons and going to try for black with a white border. we shall see how that looks.... soon
To give you a taster of how the redesign is going:
This is the old panel (sorry the is is a bit dark- but it is supposed to be back lit). Controls on bottom row extreme left and right are stabilisers. In the Centre bottom row is the exterior door control which is conveniently surrounded by exterior atmospheric readouts.
Here is the new door control with atmospheric readouts
The hexagon has 7.5 cm sides just to give an idea of scale.
On the old panel middle row the left hand larger hexagon is space time co-ordinates.... its new form hexagon sides are 13cm
On the old panel middle row the right hand larger hexagon is dematerialisation controls... and in its new form
This one is a bit Star Trek having the three slide controls (very transporter), however Pertwee always used a combination of three levers to dematerialise so I feel I can get away with it ;D
As for the central column (time rotor) its a tall acrylic tube a local builders merchant sells some great stuff meant for those tunnel green houses. The column will contain a rather nice futuristic lamp from Ikea which is all clear plastic, white halogen lights and silver rods, and is going to be enhanced with an amount of white festive lights which flash randomly. The inner workings of the column will not in reality move, however with a bit of post production trickery we are intending to add a movement to it.
Just in case you missed the pictures in the console room thread, the finished console is designed to be added via chromakey to this...
I don't have any recent pics of the panels backlit, will try to turn out some of the old photos, but they are in the loft.
I should have power to the console after the weekend. and hopefully the new panels completed then too however more progress today:
The innards of the central colum ( an Ikea lamp) yet to have flashing light added but it ir reminiscent of the Masters central column from Time Monster
The next pic is the perspex outer shell. This is flexible clear plexi the type used for green houses, it is anout 2mm thick and comes on a roll its about 125cm tall and naturally forms a tube brilliant and cost me £15 from a local builders merchant. But as its just some plastic a link just in case you are interested i213.photobucket.com/albums/cc41/vortexvp/Picture118.jpg
The console and central column assembled no power as yet
Close up of the column
Panels and painting are the next order of the day but busy the next two evenings life always gets in the way of fun...
I've decided that there is too much empty space in the time column. There is not enough structure to wrap and hide flashing white lights in.
I've just ordered 3 in number 60mm OD acrylic tubes, which will be positioned at equal distances around the internal workings. I'm thinking these could be lit with halogen mini spots from underneath or just have a load of twinkling lights on the interior...
Also ordere a 15mm OFD tube to replace the current one which is made from thin acetate rolled into a tube.
And a 20mm OD tube cut into 100mm lengths to attatch as neccesary.
Trying to decide if I need to add colour to the whole thing. love the clear plastic, but as its going to be lit internally with white light... we can't use green light as we are chromakeying the console onto the model... did think about two sets of internal light one blue one red to indiacte time travel into past or future but its not required in the script... and it may not show up when the console is lit for filming....
Hmmm.... Doesn't a halogen put out a lot of heat? Will the acrylic be able to withstand that? If you are looking for an alternative. Luxeon LEDs are pretty bright and don't put out any heat at all really (nominal I should say).
Post by geminitimelord on Oct 2, 2008 14:42:14 GMT 1
Very nice console, yea it looks very TNG Star Trek but Who Cares. Pardon the pun.
Your Rotor design looks awesome too.
Jaren, if you are still reading this thread im curious. Any idea where one would get some LED light fixtures here in the States? I have never noticed any at Lowes or Home Depot but then I have not yet gone looking for sign box solutions as of yet.
I am loving the console, not too sure about the black immediately but its looking stunning. I'm more a traditionalist myself, with physical handles and levers to pull and press and turn etc so I am not at all interested in the flat panels, more contemporary Master TARDIS if you ask me but it is still a stunning piece of work.
I look forward to further developments on the central column, since yes, it does look a little plain and I look forward to the updated picture when your order comes through.
Keep us posted and we look forward to seeing these final fan films online
I have deliberately built this version of the console so that I canbuild a different set of panels and with minimum effort transform this version into an alternative... will keep you posted on that...
I did consider a drastic rethink on design when I saw Jarods gorgeous hi tec build but have been persuaded to stick with the enhanced version of this design.. It is a deliberate move away from levers and switches as the McGann console (with the exception of the central column) is my least favourite console.... everyone is entitled to their own opinion ;D
It may look a bit more like the Masters Tardis, but hey compare the Davison, Baker McCoy console to the Original... Worlds apart technology wise. Silver painted under the glass wouldn't have such a striking effect visually...
So I just Changed the Desk Top setting to "sleek".. its much better than the "Leopard"
Actually someone has to do that, design the console for the Leopard default...
Amazing work on the backlit panels! Watch out or Karsten will steal all your ideas. I seem to remember his console seeming a bit blank.... Just kidding Kartst Seriously Amazing work here Vortex. How did you mask it to get that effect? The definition between the control and the surrounding black area is stunning.
To be honest this is all a bit low tec... these are the old panels and are simply created using glas panels (make sure you use toughened glass) they are painted on the reverse with black emulsion (several coats were required to achieve a totally opaque finish. Then carfully remove the masking tape which created the hexagonal shapes.
Using various adhesive stickers, coloured insulation tape and the odd bit of colour printing using clip art etc etc the buttons and displays were made within the hexagons. Then the rear of the panel was given a very light spray with silver paint, so you cant see through it but some light cam pass through. In certain areas I removed some of the stickers and tape after the silver spray and replaced with slightly smaller buttons so you get a highlight around the buttons... Then its just some 60watt lamps behind...
The new control panels are designed in computer and printed on ordinary xerox paper which will allow an amount of light to shine through.