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Started by fivefingeredstyre, Jul 29, 2016, 06:57 pm

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tony farrell

Aug 04, 2016, 06:20 pm #30 Last Edit: Aug 04, 2016, 07:15 pm by Tony Farrell
If you read Mark's own website, you'll see that the actual console was built for the 50th Anniversary Trailer (though at that stage only the tree sides facing the camera were complete and the 'rotor' was seated lower down within the framework than was normally televised in the 'classic' series (I assume because there was no raising/lowering mechanism fitted at this stage)). Again if you read Mark's site, he's been working to create the remainder of the Console over the last couple of years - it's the culmination of his hard (and excellent) work which is now on display in Cardiff.

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davidnagel

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timering

Aug 05, 2016, 08:20 am #33 Last Edit: Aug 05, 2016, 08:21 am by timering
Hi,
I went to see it yesterday took a few nice snaps; it's wonderful! it gives you the feeling as if you have just stepped into the tardis yourself!
Well done to MBH & all those who contributed. :)FOURTH & FIFTH Doctor's TARDIS Console at DWE.jpgfourth & fifth Doctor's tardis console by MBH.jpg

galacticprobe

Aug 05, 2016, 05:37 pm #34 Last Edit: Aug 05, 2016, 05:51 pm by galacticprobe
Wow! That is some magnificent work! Bravo Zulu to all involved!

Quote from: Darren on Aug 04, 2016, 12:50 pm
It's just annoying that Cardiff is so far away  :(

Oi! You're only 528 miles away! You could make that visit into a nice holiday and travel by car. I'm roughly 3,586 miles away, would have to take a plane to get there, and the flight would cost me almost $3,000 US (that's almost $6,000 with the wife coming along, which she would have to since I can't travel alone - not to mention that planes and my back don't get along). Granted that price is round-trip, but it's still a huge chunk out of the wallet. I know your round-trip and visit combined wouldn't cost that much.

So don't feel too annoyed at the distance between you and Cardiff, Darren; you're in a heck of a better position for seeing those displays than I am ever likely to be! ;D

Dino.
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omarvance

I've been looking at the wall construction pictures on Flickr and also the diagrams on this forum. The diagram says the wall should be 100.39" tall, or 8.33 feet. Isn't the standard for plywood sheets 4'x8'? So either they do make plywood longer than 8' or the gap between the roundels isn't a full 2". His images show one piece of plywood, maybe a quarter inch thick and maybe 21.5 wide. Anyone care to offer input on height?

timewomble

Are those metric inches? We've fallen foul of that before: the BBC used metric inches on its plans.

Rassilons Rod

Quote from: timewomble on Aug 06, 2016, 07:57 am
Are those metric inches? We've fallen foul of that before: the BBC used metric inches on its plans.

It's metric feet we've fallen foul of. 

Inches are always inches.

But the season 15 plan is in millimetres anyway :)
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galacticprobe

Aug 07, 2016, 05:33 am #38 Last Edit: Aug 07, 2016, 05:34 am by galacticprobe
Standard ply is 4 feet by 8 feet. However, that extra .33 feet in the height (which is roughly 4 inches) could be taking into account additional wood used either on top or bottom of the wall panel for added structural integrity, or the height added by the casters for rolling the wall section aside, or both.

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

davidnagel

Mark has a lovely tour around the console video on his Youtube channel:

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David

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tony farrell

Quote from: galacticprobe on Aug 07, 2016, 05:33 am
Standard ply is 4 feet by 8 feet. However, that extra .33 feet in the height (which is roughly 4 inches) could be taking into account additional wood used either on top or bottom of the wall panel for added structural integrity, or the height added by the casters for rolling the wall section aside, or both.

Dino.


In Mark's video you can see the joins in the walls which contain three columns of roundels. This suggests that the roundels were cut at the same time from sheets of plywood stacked together for cutting purposes - and the middle column of roundels (one of the sheets of plywood) has been turned the other way up during assembly to create the final 'honeycomb' effect.

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Dalex

Wow, that console looks amazing -- and what fantastic timing!  I'm visiting England this week and will be going for my very first trip ever to the Doctor Who Experience on Thursday.  Can't wait!!   ;D

(Anyone fancy coming along??  Mrs. Dalex isn't so keen on the long journey from London so I'm going solo.)

Cheers,
Alex
Dalex

omarvance

He actually had a picture on his page of a single sheet with a jigsaw laying on top. I don't think I can repost it here but it shows more than half of a circle at the bottom. I'm wondering if maybe there is indeed a splice to get those last few inches previously discussed. To me it looks like quarter inch plywood, maybe 23.5" wide (19.5 plus 2 on each side). Then on the back he's got some one inch board framing the back. Looks like maybe a half inch from the edge of the board and from the cutout so that's why I was thinking two inches on each side (half inch, one inch board, half inch, cut hole). I can't figure out how he attached the columns together or what he used to line the cut hole with to get the depth. 2-3" depth maybe?

davidnagel

As far as I know Mark did use the Season 15 plans when building the walls, so there is 2 inches between each roundel.

oma, I presume the walls are either set like that where they are using a clamp of some kind, or maybe they are cleverly hinged from behind! I wonder if its possible to see behind the walls at the Experience..... Dalex? Can you confirm on Thursday? :P
Kind Regards,

David

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Dalex

Quote from: davidnagel on Aug 08, 2016, 01:01 am
I wonder if its possible to see behind the walls at the Experience..... Dalex? Can you confirm on Thursday? :P


I'll try my best!  :)
Dalex