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Found - Two Mark 5 Police Boxes

Started by starcross, Feb 26, 2010, 07:09 pm

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peted

invaluable reference pics for the mark3. Love the coat hooks - shame the table is missing in the interior shots, but you can see the supports where it would have been. Also interesting to see different door handle types.

herr döktor

About a million years ago, when Doctor Who Weekly started, there was an article in that very magazine about the POLICE BOX, which mentioned, in passing, a retired copper that bought five of 'em for £10 each when they were scrapped, with the rationale that 'Those Americans will buy anything!'

I wonder if it was true...

ironageman

Oh, I remember that article - 'The Death of the Tardis'. I'd guess that they were police posts rather than boxes, if there was any truth in it.
leonard cohen  1934-2016  standing by the window where the light is strong

Scarfwearer

Here's a link from the archives...

[ref topic=115]Death of a TARDIS[/ref]

Crispin

TG

I passed the Mk3's today and they've painted one blue!
nice to see that in true TARDIS builder style the left the ladder in front of it  :)

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an undercoat perhaps?

Teppic


DoctorWho8

They may have discovered a need to patch a spot after they painted it, but haven't gotten 'round to repainting that bit.
Bill "the Doctor" Rudloff

starcross

Hello everyone,

Its been a while for these boxes, so its time for an update. At least one box has been restored and painted up.
One box has had at least the exterior completed. It included a new set of paint inside and out, but also new top signs,
and a new telephone sign.

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The Original Signs in the Mark 3 boxes have been sold off separately. However replica perspex signs can be bought in their shop now.   
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The Price for the boxes has increased I think. It was 12,000 in the beginning, but now is as high as 18,000! Its starting to seem like the only pictures we may see of this Box are from the reclamation yard. I'd still like to see it end up in a museum like Avoncroft or the Kent Police Museum.
Only time will tell where they will end up however.

Here is a question, can anyone identify the lighting fixture used in these boxes?
As far as I know the Mark 2s and the Glasgow boxes had used a pendant hanging Bayonet light socket.
This looks much more modern so it may still be around and in use somewhere.
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Original Size Image Location

Also on the subject of the hardware; I noticed from the photos that the window latch is also used to hold the first air section of the cabinet closed as well. I know in one thread or another this latch has been identified. Not sure if the window hingest themselves had been however.

Cheers.

mordrogyn

Jun 19, 2010, 11:50 am #38 Last Edit: Jun 19, 2010, 11:52 am by mordrogyn
That almost loks like one of those ceiling lights that has the heater built in (usually around the outside of the unit with the bulb in the middle)
(http://i50.tinypic.com/20kan9v.jpg)

galacticprobe

Jun 19, 2010, 01:42 pm #39 Last Edit: Jun 19, 2010, 01:42 pm by galacticprobe
Quote from: starcross on Jun 19, 2010, 07:29 am

The Original Signs in the Mark 3 boxes have been sold off separately. However replica perspex signs can be bought in their shop now.  
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Just curious, but what are they asking for the replica signs?

Dino.
"What's wrong with being childish?! I like being childish." -3rd Doctor, "Terror of the Autons"

Rassilons Rod

In the cities in the streets there's a tension you can feel,
The breaking strain is fast approaching, guns and riots.
Politicians gamble and lie to save their skins,
And the press get fed the scapegoats,
Public Enema Number One.

starcross

Jun 19, 2010, 06:14 pm #41 Last Edit: Jun 19, 2010, 06:15 pm by starcross
Quote from: galacticprobe on Jun 19, 2010, 01:42 pm

Just curious, but what are they asking for the replica signs?

Dino.


According to their website:
"APPROX DIMENSIONS:
LENGTH: 30" INCHES (765mm)
HEIGHT: 4" INCHES (100mm)
THICKNESS: 50mm

PRICE: £35.00 EACH
UK MAINLAND DELIVERY £8.00
Some uk postcodes may incur a small delivery surcharge.
Worldwide delivery service also available. "

Although I think they mean the thickness is 5mm or 3/16" because a 5cm thick sign would be a bit much I think.

The replica signs are actually well done, however I find the font a bit chunky compared with the originals. However only people who have had their own signs made up can say if £35 is reasonable for the quality.

Given that these are accurate for real police boxes, they would probably be unsuitable for most of the Tardis replicas I think.

starcross

Quote from: mordrogyn on Jun 19, 2010, 11:50 am
That almost looks like one of those ceiling lights that has the heater built in (usually around the outside of the unit with the bulb in the middle)


Well spotted! That is exactly what it appears to be, a light heater unit.
I had never seen one before so I thought it might have been a circular florescent.
However a bit of research and I turned up a nearly identical modern unit.

It is a Goldair Light & Heat unit, if you look at the Police box unit the heater coil is just visible in white.

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mordrogyn

yep, that's EXACTLY what I meant
(http://i50.tinypic.com/20kan9v.jpg)

geminitimelord

my signs were about $80 US and the perspex was another $60 or so i think so 35 quid each isnt bad if you dont want to take the hassle and make you own.