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Started by sillysparrowness, Oct 20, 2011, 01:47 pm

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sillysparrowness

Thank you all so much for the high praise!   :D

Quote from: type55tardis on Nov 13, 2011, 09:22 am
I hope your going to give us a blog on building your Tardis ,especially the bag of shame bit LoL


Of course I'm going to!

sillysparrowness

Nov 14, 2011, 09:10 pm #61 Last Edit: Nov 15, 2011, 08:34 pm by sillysparrowness
Welcome to the wonderful world of improvising, part 2:
How to build a TARDIS when you are all by yourself and without proper tools, notably how to counter balance while screwing.

#1 hand-support
8holding.jpg

#2 chin-support
8holdingchin.jpg

#3 knee-support
8and that too.jpg

# 4 leg-support
8legsupport.jpg

greatwazoo42

There's something about pic four that smacks of Epic Awesomeness.  Thumbs up on the whole project but that last pic made me smile.   ;D

galacticprobe

Nov 15, 2011, 07:10 am #63 Last Edit: Nov 15, 2011, 07:11 am by galacticprobe
This is a dexterous and well-balanced effort - literally! :o

(If I tried to do something like in that last photo I'd have paramedics outside my front door ready to cart me off in no time! :P)

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

slidin_sidewayz

All by yourself?? Where's your handsome, yet hand tool challenged boyfriend? He must be around, surely?

ehekkert

I guess he's the one making the pictures.  :)
Quotations   It's not how many years you've lived, Will... but how you've lived them.

Someone once told me that time is a predator that stalks us all our lives. But maybe time is also a companion who goes with us on our journey, and reminds us to cherish the moments of our lives... because they will never come again.

We are after all only mortal.

slidin_sidewayz

Nahhh, Astrid has already stated these are stills from her videoing her progress.

Rassilons Rod

Nov 15, 2011, 03:49 pm #67 Last Edit: Nov 15, 2011, 03:59 pm by rassilonsrod
Quote from: greatwazoo42 on Nov 14, 2011, 11:59 pm
There's something about pic four that smacks of Epic Awesomeness.

There's something about that photo that reminds me of Katy Manning and a Dalek! :D

Anyway, you can't be far from the blue paint moment now! Looking forward to that! :)
-Marc

PS. I've been watching your videos on youtube, and in the spirit of your desire to improve your english (which frankly is pretty awesome already), I would just briefly mention that: das Knie auf englisch ist "knee" :)
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.

sillysparrowness

Thank you for the nice comments! And THANK YOU rassilonsrod, huge huge mistake *ashamed* - fixed that immediately!  :o

Yes, exactly, all of the pictures are video stills. (Which is why you see me all the time, not only my build. Huh, and you thought it was out of self-content...)

And the sad truth is that in every relationship I ever had, I was the one handling the tools. And I am, in fact, currently single, which is less sad, because it gives me a lot of time to spend on brilliant things like videoblogging and... building a TARDIS.


sillysparrowness

Here's to the the next great moment: THE POLICE BOX SIGNS!

Like with the door sign, I had the distinct feeling this part shouldn't be hand-painted by myself, because the way I see it, if the door sign and the police box signs look perfect, it will considerately improve the whole build, which, knowing myself, is bound to show a few gaps and visible joints and the like. I'm the person who managed to build a chicken coop without a single right angle after all.

So I had adhesive foils made (the typo is Gill this time) and bought acryllic glass to stick them to.

   9signs1.jpg

There were three persons in the shop and every one of them was particularly keen to make sure I knew how to handle those foils. From what they said I could grasp that sticking adhesive foils on glass was everyones worst nightmare. So I made sure I did what they told me: Moist the glass before sticking the foil on, then you can still move it around a bit.

    9signs2.jpg

Of course, I still managed to ruin the first sign. I still used it (it was 12 Euros per foil after all), but this is the sign that will always go in the back. I mean you have to get really close to see that the foil is ripped in several places, but... yeah, well.

9signs3.jpg

Removing the bubbles was hell, although the moisture really helped a lot, I must say.

My police box signs are almost painfully simple. They are just the acryllic glass bits, framed by L-shaped mouldings. Just a facade...

And then I used white foil for the back, so the letters wouldn't be see-through.

9signs4.jpg

Because for some reason (money, I think), I didn't buy white glass for the windows and signs. I figured it would be easy to sand it. *yeah, think again* 
I had read posts here on the forum about using an orbit sander, so I thought... well, anyway, I screwed up and that's why... the white foil... and stuff... I figured it was enough to ruin one TARDIS window.

9 fail.jpg

deck5

Nov 15, 2011, 09:24 pm #70 Last Edit: Nov 15, 2011, 09:33 pm by deck5
To fog clear acrylic, I found a good method.  Rub down the surface with fine steel wool; rub black shoe polish in, and then wipe off; repeat until it's cloudy enough. You can even try it on the piece you already sanded, it might salvage it!

Here's how it looks:

twotranslucent-nolatches.jpg

sillysparrowness

Huh! Wow. Interesting. BLACK shoe polish, seriously? You do you people come up with these things... ? Ok, I'm going to try it, thanks!  :)

sillysparrowness

And those windows look REALLY cool btw! <3


Rassilons Rod

Nov 15, 2011, 09:58 pm #74 Last Edit: Nov 15, 2011, 10:00 pm by rassilonsrod
Quote from: sillysparrowness on Nov 15, 2011, 08:45 pm
Thank you for the nice comments! And THANK YOU rassilonsrod, huge huge mistake *ashamed* - fixed that immediately!  :o


I wouldn't feel too ashamed about it Astrid, I'm sure it was just a typo :) I know I make a million more (and worse) mistakes when I try to speak German with my Austrian girlfriend ;D

Quote from: sillysparrowness on Nov 15, 2011, 08:45 pm
And the sad truth is that in every relationship I ever had, I was the one handling the tools. And I am, in fact, currently single, which is less sad, because it gives me a lot of time to spend on brilliant things like videoblogging and... building a TARDIS.

<moderators hat on> Guys... Guys... form an orderly queue!! No pushing at the back! </moderator> ;)

-Marc
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.