New, New TardisBuilders!
Started by theukarchivist, Aug 16, 2007, 02:30 am
Quote from: mark board=manual thread=1187231444 post=1187916467Interesting plans, thank you for sharing tUKa.The blue 40watt is of the "Pygmy" type.The idea behind it was two fold.1-When the station called the box, if the police constable was inside it he wouldn't have seen the roof lamp flashing, so the small bulb would make it easier to realise he/she was being called.2-The bulb also acted in relation to the "Test Switch" mentioned on the plans. This meant that the signal lamp could be tested to make sure that the bulb hadn't blown.To be completely honest though, the repeater lamp wouldn't really have been needed in the end because when the relay kicks in when a call is coming through, it makes quite a loud clicking sound, more than adequate to have alerted the police constable.Don't know as to whether the blue 40 watt would be powerfull enough make a difference against the internal 100 watt bulb. Don't forget that the 100 watt bulb not only lit the interior but also the Police Box signs and telephone panel. I'm guessing it would be normal to leave it on all night.
Quote from: theukarchivist board=manual thread=1187231444 post=1188083150Will dig out the plans. Could take a while to post them as the original plans are A0 and I've only an A4 scanner, so I'll need the time to piece together the scans in photoshop. Best wishes to anyone who builds one - I've been meaning to find the time and the space (no Tardis reference indended) to build one for ten years!
Quote from: mark board=manual thread=1187231444 post=1188153209Hi Kiwi,The original phone that was installed in the boxes were the "Pyramid" 200 series phones. These phones didn't have any sort of bell or ringer so a seperate one would have to be used seperately if needed.Some boxes had this seperate ringer, which was normally a simple single gong type affair (you can see it in the inside wall opposite the doors on the Crich box). It all depended where the box was sited as to whether the bell was in use or not.How annoyed would you be if the box outside your house kept ringing!I'm guessing that may be one of the reasons a blue bulb might have been used inside. It would have been easier to notice the bulb flashing during daylight as opposed to a normal type of bulb.