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Started by Scarfwearer, May 14, 2009, 03:40 pm

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Scarfwearer

May 14, 2009, 03:40 pm Last Edit: Jul 24, 2020, 12:42 pm by Scarfwearer
This thread is a reference thread to cover the varying appearance of the top sign on the TARDIS.
By all means contribute reference information on this thread, and we will summarize it here in the first posting.

Some of the PDF's are black & white -- these can be adjusted by the print shop to whatever colour you want, or cut into a specific colour of vinyl, etc.

Version (Date)OriginalReproduction (Thumbnail)NotesFont (Closest match)PDF
Original Mark 3 Police Boxmark3signsmall.jpgourmark3.jpgAvenir 95 Black
Keep Calm
PDF (Deck5)
Brachacki Original (1963)brachaki.jpgourbrach1b.jpgAvenir 95 Black
Keep Calm
PDF (Deck5)
ourbrach2.jpgAlternate versionPDF (Thor2015)
Brachacki Altered (1966)brach2.jpgourbrach1b.jpgAvenir 95 Black
Keep Calm
PDF (Deck5)

ourbrach2.jpgAlternate versionPDF (Thor2015)
Newbery (1976)newbery-top.jpgournewbery.jpgGrotesque MT Bold Extended
PDF (Pepsiman98)
PDF (mverta)
Newbery & TYJ in Logopolis (1981)PDF (mverta)
Tom Yardley-Jones (1980)tyj1980.jpgourtyj.jpgGrotesque MT Bold Extended
PDF (Pepsiman98)
PDF (mverta)
Tom Yardley-Jones Mk II (1986)tyjiitop.jpgourtyj.jpgGrotesque MT Bold Extended
PDF (Pepsiman98)
PDF (mverta)
Hudolin TVM (1996)tvmtop1.JPGourtvm.jpgQuebec Serial Black
PDF (Deck5)
Richmond/Thomas (2005)edthomas.jpgourrt.jpgGill Sans
PDF (Bill Rudloff)
Richmond/Thomas (2010)mattsmithtopsign.jpgourrt.jpgGill Sans
PDF (Bill Rudloff)
Arwel Wyn Jones (2018)top-sign.jpg

DoctorWho8

Crispin, can you update the link to http://billrudloff.com/PoliceBoxSign.pdf ?
Bill "the Doctor" Rudloff

Scarfwearer


DoctorWho8

Thank you, sir!
Bill "the Doctor" Rudloff

Rassilons Rod

May 14, 2009, 03:52 pm #4 Last Edit: Feb 03, 2010, 10:30 pm by scarfwearer
This is getting really good :) I was marvelling today at how detailed the Project
Dalek Forum and their plans have got.

I see this forum is moving nicely in that direction :)

Let me see if I can pull the top sign off the Newberry box from one of my grabs :)
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.

Scarfwearer

May 14, 2009, 05:59 pm #5 Last Edit: Feb 03, 2010, 10:30 pm by scarfwearer
Quote from: rassilonsrod on May 14, 2009, 03:52 pmThis is getting really good :) I was marvelling today at how detailed the Project
Dalek Forum and their plans have got.

I see this forum is moving nicely in that direction :)

That's somewhat intentional: we want to arrange that the forum has some static resource content to avoid so many similar questions coming up so often. Hopefully this will make information easier to find for everyone.
We do have some parallels with PDF/DBG, though I think PDF may be more tightly focused than we are.
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Let me see if I can pull the top sign off the Newberry box from one of my grabs :)

Great, thanks!

Crispin

DoctorWho8

May 15, 2009, 12:51 am #6 Last Edit: Feb 03, 2010, 10:31 pm by scarfwearer
PDF of sign box for NST.  http://www.geocities.com/doctorwho8_a/PoliceBoxSign.pdf
Bill Rudloff

Rassilons Rod

May 15, 2009, 06:59 am #7 Last Edit: Feb 03, 2010, 10:31 pm by scarfwearer
Quote from: scarfwearer on May 14, 2009, 05:59 pm
We do have some parallels with PDF/DBG, though I think PDF may be more tightly focused than we are.


Thats certainly true. I noticed a mod comment yesterday about TARDIS's creeping in to their forum...
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.

deck5

Matt Smith 2010 top sign:

mattsmithtopsign.jpg

Scarfwearer

Thanks, I've added this to the table at the start of the topic.

Crispin

DoctorWho8

Quote from: deck5 on Feb 06, 2010, 11:43 pm
Matt Smith 2010 top sign:

mattsmithtopsign.jpg


This the same font as the previous signs for the older New Series boxes, it's just more of a solid white instead of transparent white.  It still lights up when backlit, some it has some translucence.
Bill "the Doctor" Rudloff

deck5

My attempt at a Brachaki top sign, in PDF format (vectorized).  Let me know what you think!

http://quartus.net/nbridges/images/tardis/brachaki.pdf

Scarfwearer

Looks wonderful! Very close to the imagery we have. Any info on fonts, or is it tracing?
I've installed it in the table at the top of the thread, presuming that you'd be happy with that.

Thanks!
Crispin

deck5

Quote from: Scarfwearer on Jul 12, 2010, 09:11 am
Looks wonderful! Very close to the imagery we have. Any info on fonts, or is it tracing?
I've installed it in the table at the top of the thread, presuming that you'd be happy with that.


You're quite welcome; glad to contribute.  It's built from the Mark 3 sign scans posted in the forum a few days back -- with a few of the letter shapes, sizing, and spacing modified as little as possible to conform to the Brachaki sign.

lorisarvendu

Aug 10, 2010, 07:22 pm #14 Last Edit: Aug 10, 2010, 08:52 pm by lorisarvendu
Heh heh, just for completism, my home made Bad Wolf roof sign!

BadWolfRoofSign.jpg

Also, could anyone point me towards a font for the "PUBLIC CALL" part of the Yardley Jones roof sign?  I've just noticed it's some kind of weird stretched font, plus the "P" and the "A" are somewhat "bottom-heavy" for want of a better expression.  I have huge lists of fonts and I don't seem to have anything comparable.