Hardie panels are not much heavier than regular house siding... certainly lighter than some of the plywood panels out there, and yes they do make them in 8'x4' panels, with different patterns, though there are some that look plain or you could even flip them over as the backs are plain....
I was only thinking of it as a solution to some of the problems people seem to be having with exterior boxes. Which for the record is what I will be building....
I am actually half considering the idea of cladding the frame with the stuff (there are panels with pronounce wood grain style patterning), it would certainly weather proof the box, I just don't know how feasible it would be
I'm going to ask a newb question because i haven't yet begun my physical build let alone gotten that far along that I am working on the roof, but here goes...
has anyone considered trying to use Hardie Panels for the roof? or infact any part where plywood would be used, either instead of or on top of.
For those unaware James Hardie manufactures a number of "siding" products for houses in the USA which are in essence concrete fibre. While brittle and a pain in the ass to use once up is actually quite resiliant to the weather and warping...
Well... unfortunately with Christmas getting so close I decided I would be better off waiting till the new year to start my build, however here are some shots from the sketch-up model i made from my plans, and yes I know the color is a bit if anyone knows the number for the right color I'll change it.
I think the weather cap is a little flat also
And because I was really bored.... here is a shot from INSIDE my box
Yes it has the same style as the outside of the box, and it is my intention to build it that way, the lock isn't exactly right and I couldn't work out how to do the cord on the phone, but still...
(A.K.A. Mordaunt's TARDIS, but that name was taken here)
Well, if only the weather would stay dry for long enough I would actually begin the build!
It will be a full size build of the NST, at least the original NST, not too sure about that new one yet, but those are just minor cosmetic changes anyway.
My plans have been complete for some time now, and before money was a factor in starting it, now, not so much. However it will end up being an outside box, though and here is where it gets tricky, one that I will want to be able to dismantle and move should we move house again (you never know)
Here in sunny old Texas it is hot, and dry for most of the year, but when it rains IT RAINS, so making sure that the box is weather proof will be interesting, though I do have some ideas as to how to do that.
The time frame for this build is: As long as it takes and money will allow. lol
For now while I wait for the weather and the ground to dry up. I have uploaded my google sketchup model to the 3D warehouse.
Though I have voted and put mine in the "Real, in the planning stages" section, I will be starting the physical build of my NST within the next month (2 tops) and yes I will be posting LOTS of photos, as I go along
Well i have 1 major problem with the new prop as I believe I said elsewhere, the Fresnel lens and the 2005 weather cap just don't look right together. Either bring back the 2005 Parisian lantern looks or redesign the lamp housing, it looks like it was just thrown together.
Apart from that it looks pretty much the same to me. Hard to tell if the windows are smaller or just look that way with the white framing and lack of internal light.
Well a quick glance at TARDIS builders cleared that up for me lol
Last Edit: Jul 22, 2009 23:24:57 GMT 1 by mordrogyn
Well I was concerned that they were gonna make massive changes on the outside of the series 5 TARDIS and that i would prefer that over the series 1 thru 4 general appearance, and so have been waiting to start my build until I saw it, and here it is!
All in all its pretty much the same, while gaining the white window frames of William Hartnell's tardis and the reappearance of the St Johns ambulance badge. The lamp now also holds a Fresnel lens, which I think looks a little goofy with the old series 4 cap on it, but it may grow on me.
Last Edit: Jul 20, 2009 17:39:28 GMT 1 by mordrogyn
"how can you be ringing? You're not even a real phone!" to quote Christopher Eccleston.
The body is clearly wooden, and quite simple The bells from an alarm clock. The ear piece, looking at it (and if you can find one that looks similat) a cut down salt shaker (as bad as that sounds) The Mouth piece, erm how about an egg cup?
lol The ideas I come up with in my desperate attempts to recreate something ;P
Last Edit: Aug 26, 2008 19:55:58 GMT 1 by mordrogyn
I'm working on plans for two different boxes, well actually I am working on transferring my existing plans from paper to the computer when a thought struck me....
I had based both of them on the same sized base (52") I know the new series box is wider, but hadn't thought about it when I was drawing up my plans, however I now realise it's got to be bigger for it to look right.
I am looking at expanding it by almost 6" to 58" Can anyone tell me what the actual base size for the new box is so that I know I at least have that bit right (ish)?
Last Edit: Aug 22, 2008 22:17:12 GMT 1 by mordrogyn