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Bob's First Doctor Console 1986 Build

Started by dynaman, Aug 20, 2012, 06:12 am

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Aug 23, 2012, 01:51 pm #15 Last Edit: Aug 23, 2012, 02:03 pm by galacticprobe
Here's a photo of the "radial" pattern (same principle) as used as the rotating back part in the center "radar" unit of the 'Lost In Space' TV series' Jupiter 2 with its top cover removed (rather large photo):

These lines widen as they extend from the center point, so are thicker than those dynaman mentions, but it should give some idea of the visuals. (This is one of the easier patterns to create; do it once, print out two copies, make the top copy stationary and the rear copy rotate, and BINGO!... you've got the "Spock" whirligig pattern.)

Though I wouldn't make the lines widen quite as much as in this photo; I'd make them thinner, and just place them closer together keeping the white and black areas about the same sizes.

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

tony farrell

Thanks for the info Dino....duly noted for future reference!


I always love to hear about what people made their consoles with and the stuff on them. Helps me figure out how to plan my build and I'm sure gives other members ideas as well.

Compressed air to make the column move. That's rather clever. Did the mechanism itself make a lot of noise in operation or did you just hear the clicks of the valves?

Also, I had no idea channel 6 had their own police box! I asked once ages ago when my mother had to go in for something and took me along. I asked a lady there "Can I see the TARDIS?" in my best barely-not-toddler-voice and she replied they didn't have it at the moment or something to that effect. I had to be 3 or 4 maybe.

I'm sorry to hear that all your clubs builds are gone now. Works like that are labors of love. If you have any pictures I'm sure we'd all love to see them.

Maverick 8)



This is cool
I don't know if to make a new series based console or classic
Which one!?


Sep 02, 2012, 05:41 pm #19 Last Edit: Sep 02, 2012, 05:48 pm by galacticprobe
Go for broke:

Use the 11th Doctor's console frame and column (minus that wooden "guard" that blocks much of the view of the column's internal workings), and maybe a few of the controls on the upper part of the console. And then...

One panel from the Hartnell/Troughton console, maybe one of those with the meters on it (pick which one you like best)
One panel (possibly that odd grey metal plate one?) from the Pertwee era
One panel (maybe the one with the red-knobbed door lever) from the Tom Baker era
One panel (with tons of buttons, a monitor, and Gallifrey Recall Indicator) from the Davison/Colin Baker/McCoy era
One panel from the 1996 TV Movie (again you'll have to pick which one you like best; they were all cool-looking)
One panel (a glowing one) from the 2005 console, with maybe a few of its rib controls on the edges of all the panels' frames.

And let the headaches begin! (Actually, this sounds like it might be interesting. Can anyone render this monster my demented mind has just thrown out?)

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


Sep 23, 2012, 06:01 am #20 Last Edit: Sep 23, 2012, 06:49 am by dynaman
That would be a totally cool console, one that uses parts from all the previous ones!  And perhaps not necessarily as intact original panels, some mixing up of meters, lights, switches, etc. would work, and make it more fun to find and identify the parts scattered throughout the console.

More on the compressed air cylinder system: yes there's noise when it operates.  With a larger air tank you won't have to run a very loud compressor as often to fill it up, but noise from the rotor comes from air being pumped into and out of the cylinder for the most part; that and the air switch valve needed to continually put air in or exhaust it out -- the weight of the rotor assembly will push down on the cylinder, and a small valve can regulate how fast the rotor travels downward.  A conical brass "muffler" part screwed onto the end helps with exhaust noise but won't make it as silent as a motor; though I say the air system has its own built-in sound effects :)

Switching was done with a block on the time rotor base hitting switches at the top end and the bottom, using a 7474 dual-d flip flop chip circuit which when a switch was hit it would activate the chip which in turn would send a signal to the air valve so it may put air in or release for exhausting.

I have one new picture, the console under construction!  Both of the friends helping me out here were of inestimable value to the finished project!


Nov 05, 2012, 01:12 am #21 Last Edit: Nov 05, 2012, 01:29 am by dynaman
Some more pictures...

This is what happens when you get too wrapped up in your project...

These are scans of 120 b/w negatives I had shot of the console well on its way to being finished, with Leslie the Dalek.  I'm hoping to re-scan these as I don't have a backlight behind them as a proper film scanner would have

G.Y.R.O.'s World of Terror haunted house room under construction, the first year I had the room which would have been 1989-1990.  After that year it was a total Star Trek room in the aftermath of a Borg attack.

Note the long air cylinder in the open base panel in this first picture

These represent the last time this console was displayed in its original form