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1/6 Newbery Tardis Build

Started by Osiran, Jul 24, 2020, 01:06 pm

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Osiran

Here we go, I've made a start on my Newbery box. So far I've completed the base and walls with inserts to start giving them some depth.

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"There's no point in being grown up if you can't be childish sometimes". The 4th Doctor

Osiran

Jul 24, 2020, 05:01 pm #1 Last Edit: Jul 24, 2020, 05:14 pm by Osiran
The front and door are now on. The very basic roof is unglued at this point.......it's just there to get the walls square.

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And now I start to build up the depth on the sides a bit more.

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And when that's dry, more still.

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"There's no point in being grown up if you can't be childish sometimes". The 4th Doctor

Osiran

Jul 25, 2020, 11:19 am #2 Last Edit: Jul 25, 2020, 11:33 am by Osiran
The text boxes and door centre strips are now on. The text will go straight onto these blocks and a frame will go on top.

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Note, that I made a mistake and glued the centre strip on the side with a gap at the top, when it should be at the bottom. I corrected this last night. Old habits die hard, as on the earlier boxes we have those strips at the top above the windows. On this Newbery box the door almost reaches the text box, which I think is one of the things that give this version that stumpy look.
"There's no point in being grown up if you can't be childish sometimes". The 4th Doctor

Osiran

Jul 26, 2020, 01:04 pm #3 Last Edit: Jul 26, 2020, 04:08 pm by Osiran
As you can see, the roof is now done. On this one I have decided that the roof will be removable (a bit like a cookee jar). On my 65 build the roof is glued, but the door is hinged....more below on this. On my 74 build the roof and door are glued. Which I regretted when a window pane fell inside during weathering and I had to get the roof off!

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Here is the roof again with a styrene base for the lamp platform and plenty of Milliput. At this point I mostly use plastic for the trim and fine detail.

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Referrng to my comments above. When I built the 65 Tardis I spent a lot of time hinging the door so it can open and close, and I also gave it a proper flashing light by wiring it with LED/switch box etc. Personally I've found this a bit of waste of time. I only ever switch the lamp on to show a friend and I only open the door to switch on the lamp. So when I built the 74 version I didn't bother.

That said, I plan at some point to build the 60s movie Tardis with lighting in both the lamp and text board. But first I plan to build the 80s version and maybe the box from the 90s TV movie too.


Now it's sanded and test fitted.

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"There's no point in being grown up if you can't be childish sometimes". The 4th Doctor

Osiran

Aug 05, 2020, 03:12 pm #4 Last Edit: Aug 05, 2020, 03:14 pm by Osiran
While I'm waiting for some styrene quadrant to arrive, I've been working on the lamp. The platform block that the lamp sits on is wood covered in plasticard. The brown specks are there because the Tardis is now textured. More of this in my next post.

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The fresnel lens was made from clear buttons sanded a bit flatter with the centre part made from a slightly bigger disc of clear acrylic that I bought from ebay. I had to round this off a bit with a nail file.

"There's no point in being grown up if you can't be childish sometimes". The 4th Doctor

russellsuthern

That's a clever way to make a great looking fresnel.

Russell

Osiran

Quote from: russellsuthern on Aug 05, 2020, 03:56 pmThat's a clever way to make a great looking fresnel.

Russell

Thanks Russell, appreciated.

Dave
"There's no point in being grown up if you can't be childish sometimes". The 4th Doctor

Osiran

Aug 07, 2020, 01:57 pm #7 Last Edit: Aug 07, 2020, 02:02 pm by Osiran
I have completed the quadrant in the angles of the corner posts and added the strips at the bottom of each side. This was all done in styrene. The model also now has feet that give it some ground clearance.

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As you can see the model now has texture which gives it that frosty look. I use different things for texture, depending how the original looks. In this case I applied 'Cast 'a Coat', which is actually for model tanks to give then a texture of cast steel. I don't even know if they make it anymore, as I have had it for about 20 years.

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Other than that I use three things. For a light texture, stripple on PVA glue with an old stiff brush and splotch on baking powder. Thicker, PVA glue with model railway sand. Thickest of all, PVA glue with tea leaves from a torn tea bag. This last one is what I used on my Hartnell Tardis.

Next job will be door fittings and starting the painting.



"There's no point in being grown up if you can't be childish sometimes". The 4th Doctor

Osiran

Aug 08, 2020, 03:28 pm #8 Last Edit: Aug 08, 2020, 03:32 pm by Osiran
So I started the painting last night and everything is dry. I have to say I found this the most challenging box so far to work out the colour. I know the exact colour of any Tardis is an open debate, but this is the worst so far for me. In the ref pics it goes from dark navy blue to bright ultramarine to a blue grey like the colour of a rain cloud.

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The other thing I have to take into account is the weathering. I use grey acrylic washes (black is too harsh) and pigment for this. Any wash will change the base colour, so if for example you want blue grey, it's got to be painted more blue. Because paint it blue grey and then add a grey wash and you will have.....yes, a grey Tardis.

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Here is a close up just to show the texture painted. Note, how different the colour looks close up in the same light. The picture was taken on the same spot two minutes after the photos above.

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"There's no point in being grown up if you can't be childish sometimes". The 4th Doctor

Osiran

Aug 10, 2020, 04:21 pm #9 Last Edit: Aug 15, 2020, 04:05 pm by Osiran
Last night I completed the weathering process. So I gave it a dark grey wash. To apply a wash I soak a flat brush in water and put a small amount of acrylic paint on the wet brush. You then splotch very watery acrylic paint on every surface. Next use a damp cloth to wipe off the paint. You are aiming to leave the paint in the corners and around the edges, with the centre of each flat area pretty clean. If you want the effect of streaked grime, you need to drag the cloth in a downward motion. Work on a small area at a time, as the paint dries fast (being mostly water). When this is dry I use sandpaper to scuff some random areas, and if I want actual chipping (which I don't on this, but see my 74 box)  I scrape the paint off with craft knife.

"There's no point in being grown up if you can't be childish sometimes". The 4th Doctor

Osiran

Aug 10, 2020, 04:22 pm #10 Last Edit: Aug 10, 2020, 04:24 pm by Osiran
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The next part is to build the lamp housing and make the windows.
"There's no point in being grown up if you can't be childish sometimes". The 4th Doctor

Volpone

I wonder if anyone's ever done a replica where they added weathering of the time they had the..."Happy Birthday"(?) message in chalk on the door and you could still see where it was for a bit. 
"My dear Litefoot, I've got a lantern and a pair of waders, and possibly the most fearsome piece of hand artillery in all England. What could possibly go wrong?"
-The Doctor.

Osiran

Here are the final photos of the model which I completed this morning.
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The windows were made from my usual 'milk bottle' plastic. I use this because is smooth inside, pebbled on the outside (given us both types we need) it is free....oh, and it saves me recycling it. It is of course painted.

The lamp housing was made from two plastic discs and a cabochon (flattened half sphere used in jewellery making) which I got from ebay.

And here it is with my other models. I hope you like it.

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I'll be doing an 80s Tardis and 90s movie version in the same scale probably later this year.

Cheers
Dave
"There's no point in being grown up if you can't be childish sometimes". The 4th Doctor

Osiran

Quote from: Volpone on Aug 11, 2020, 01:56 pmI wonder if anyone's ever done a replica where they added weathering of the time they had the..."Happy Birthday"(?) message in chalk on the door and you could still see where it was for a bit. 

Don't tempt me. And if the lamp ever falls off I will just replace it with a miniature toilet roll instead of repairing it.

"There's no point in being grown up if you can't be childish sometimes". The 4th Doctor

alextheyellowthing

I'm going to steal that idea for the fresnel. I tried to turn my hand drill in to a improvised turning machin and sculpted glue sticks with mixed resulte.