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Started by museumdave, Oct 20, 2011, 03:26 pm

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museumdave

Nov 06, 2013, 02:53 pm #540 Last Edit: Nov 06, 2013, 06:15 pm by museumdave
Greetings all

So had an interesting time getting the console out of the attic down the busiest highway in the country and put back together.
It came apart and down stairs in about 2 hours.  It took nearly that long to load it into a borrowed pick up truck.  It was FULL too. Really should have rented a small van.truckload.jpg
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Putting it back together was a bit of a challenge too.
The console was not built to be travelled and I would have done a few of the pieces differently If I had been thinking I was going to be taking it apart and putting it back together repeatedly. But it worked okay.

I did something during reassemble to break the rotor workings. ::)  I do hope it can be fixed with out too much trouble.

The console was generally well received by convention goers.  It was photographed a fare bit.  
Got to meet some great builders and some cool people.

I was able to set up the console with the center column at its full height (ya for tall ceilings)
Some good things happened for the console too.  I had thought some time ago that the best way to mount the panels to the ribs would be by having the panels supported from behind with a batten that mounts to the ribs. This would mean NOT needing to drill holes through the acrylic panels- which are prone to cracking,  But at the time the panels were in place and kind of , well ' good enough for now' if you know what I mean.

I will now have the chance to rework that.

I was also able to stand back ( really back and get a better perspective on the build, and what bits are less to scale.
let me show you what I mean.1459198_10153466092520711_708260032_n.jpg

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compare that with the actual console and a thing or two jump out at you.

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The camera angles are a bit off, but it still gives you a sense.  I knew that the larger isolation ring was a makeshift thing, but it really is too thick and not nearly wide enough.  My larger of the 3 tri-lobs is rather too big, but over all not too bad I think

any how.  At present the console pieces are in our shed.  We are going to take some time to clean things in the attic and take some time to reinstall better.  

Thanks for looking

M.D.
"I could retire and be the curator of this place,"  the 11th doctor or maybe the 12th?

superrichi1a

Wow great stuff! Nice to see the console with some more space, that pic of the full rotor is really impressive! Yours also stands up really well to the original, it puts me in mind of how it was in 2005 when everything was still organised (in a disorganised-looking way!) all the lights still worked giving an impressive glow, and there was no general damage or deterioration. But they look like family, for lack of a better word!
Scale looks great too, you said a few things jump out at you, but to be honest that doesn't really matter in my opinion, the feel of the thing is there, and trying to build something with almost no real confirmed measurements to go off rarely ends as brilliantly as that! ;D
Isn't it how ironic that we have to think of solutions out of the box, in order to build our boxes a lot of the time?

atomicgraph

wow your console looks great, for that bottom, larger, isolation ring it looks like all you'd need to do is cut a disc of wood or mdf about an inch thick... cut it a bit wider, and sandwich it in between the top and bottom add a little bondo to make it all one piece. might be the ticket... it looked like a pretty cool con too

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kiwidoc

Hi Dave, that's a great post!   I'm really interested in the story of how you got her apart and put back together (and then apart again!) - there must have been more than a few head-scratching moments!

As for the comparison shot - what it does show is how good your proportions are, the arc and shape of your frame is spot on, the images at first glance are really close.  Of course there are details that jump out at you (YOU particularly, I mean) but the overall impression is very much on the money.  It would be interesting to take more shots from the same angles as 'real' console photos to compare but I think that you should be enormously proud of yourself and have done a wonderful thing by sharing this build at the expo.   Well done MD!

museumdave

Hello All,

It is time to break radio silence, spring is coming and things are starting to look like the snow might leave someday (maybe).  Which is great news because my tardis console spent the winter in parts in my shed.  Which had been snowed-in to the point of silliness (think the home planet of the ood).

Anyhow with spring grows the hope of reassemble of the tardis and the completion of the last panel.

Hopefully there will be posts of (actual) progress here soon

cheers
Be well


Dave
"I could retire and be the curator of this place,"  the 11th doctor or maybe the 12th?

galacticprobe

Mar 22, 2014, 04:43 am #546 Last Edit: Mar 22, 2014, 04:45 am by galacticprobe
Glad to see you back, M.D.! You've been greatly missed! Hopefully your console weathered the winter well in your shed, and that she goes back together easily.

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

kiwidoc

Hear hear!   Have been looking forward to the re-installation and any tweaks you make along the way.  Hopefully your shed has better weather-proofing than mine - rain and wind sneak under the eaves at one end of my garage and they'd spoiled several things before I noticed the problem. 

museumdave

Greetings fellow time travelers,

Just a quick up date.  We are in the process of doing some remodeling to our house and during that time the console remains in storage (and in pieces  ::)).

That being the case I have begun work on the on the frame for the scanner (monitor) and should have something to show soon. 
Also for any interested I have been interviewed for a fan website called Fan Produced Fridays - It comes out tomorrow and I will through a link up when I figure it out.

cheers All

M.D.
"I could retire and be the curator of this place,"  the 11th doctor or maybe the 12th?

atomicgraph

Sweet looking forward to the additions, and the interview

museumdave

Hello All,

So the post is up, looks okay and it may bring more people to the Tardis builders.

worth a look anyhow.

http://troughtonismydoctor.com/2014/06/06/diy-tardis-console/

Cheers

M.D.
"I could retire and be the curator of this place,"  the 11th doctor or maybe the 12th?

galacticprobe

Jun 06, 2014, 03:28 pm #551 Last Edit: Jun 06, 2014, 03:28 pm by galacticprobe
Very nice interview, M.D.! And hopefully your house remodelling is going better than mine is. (With me it's a mix of necessity and available money; the remodelling of kitchen and bath have become necessary, but the money is not necessarily available! :P ;)) And of course that means loans, which sets everything I plan back by even more time. (Grrrrrr! >:()

Hopefully we'll see your console "whole" again real soon. (I want to get another notch in my "M.D. ENVY! meter"! ;D)

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

museumdave

Jun 21, 2014, 02:15 am #552 Last Edit: Jun 21, 2014, 02:50 am by museumdave
Greetings fellow time travelers

I know all time is relative, but regardless it has been too long since last this build was updated.  House repaired and renovation seem to take time too.  but that is for a different forum.

So I have started making a frame for the scanner monitor.  I have opted to go a slightly different route for this.  I found a scrap piece of 3/4 inch ply wood.  After reviewing some reference images on the forum again I drafted out the frame.

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Using a large 'Forstner bit' to drill a channel to inset the monitor into the frame.

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Using a jigsaw the frame was cut to rough shape.  It took a little monkeying but the monitor fits tightly in place.

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I roughly scaled the projections from the top/ back and front /bottom, then cut these out of left over ply scrap.  They are screwed into place.frame fit.jpg

It looks okay but is going to need some work to get the right kind of finish.
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Compared to the original....



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I am afraid that that is all for now, but I hope to have more soon.

Thanks for looking

cheers

M.D.
"I could retire and be the curator of this place,"  the 11th doctor or maybe the 12th?

galacticprobe

Jun 21, 2014, 10:47 pm #553 Last Edit: Jun 21, 2014, 10:47 pm by galacticprobe
Very nice, M.D.! Very, very nice! I think a little wood filler, light sanding, and some silver paint will give you the finish you need. Brilliant work! The connection on the monitor's back (where the armature attaches) is interesting. Could you elaborate a little more on that?

Just a small Envy(tiny).jpg on this one. I'll save the larger one for when the silver paint goes on! ;) ;D

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

museumdave

Thanks for the vote of confidence  Dino,

That connection is just that quick mount I made up out of a sheet of aluminum back in May of 2012.  The Arm coming out if it is a little inclined to flex when on moves the scanner from location to location, so I will be 'beefing' this up a bit.  I have also been looking at reference images for the scanner mount and it mostly looks like the arm is attached to the rear facing projection from the frame (if you follow what I mean) so I may look at rejigging this to be more like the original in that way. 


More soon.

Thanks for looking and commenting

Cheers

Dave
"I could retire and be the curator of this place,"  the 11th doctor or maybe the 12th?