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Started by Teletran, May 18, 2006, 12:23 pm

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galacticprobe

Jun 21, 2014, 11:26 pm #150 Last Edit: Jun 21, 2014, 11:27 pm by galacticprobe
You should ask them for the lens dimensions. Most companies will let you know how large their items are, especially if you're a prospective customer. Then you'll know if the lens is the right size (about 6 inches in diameter, and about the same high, though if this one is a little taller it could be "sunk" into the base a bit, and have the cap made to sit a bit low so it looked the proper height).

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

BioDoctor900

I need some help, my mate tom has Tom Baker style flat pack TARDIS and he wants to get a lantern for the top. Does anyone know of an English supplier that would possibly have just the lens? I'm looking to get one as cheep as possible as trying to get money out of him is like trying to get blood out of a stone  :P

Cheers, BioDoctor900

davidnagel

Pointy pointy at my previous posts Bio.

Though its a generic lens and not specific to any version.
Kind Regards,

David

www.spiffinglyniceguy.co.uk

galacticprobe

Jun 29, 2014, 05:37 am #153 Last Edit: Jun 29, 2014, 05:37 am by galacticprobe
Just curious, David (and others may find it useful), but did you ever get dimensions of the lens from that company?

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

davidnagel

After much searching and poking around their website, here's an image of the dimensions of the bollard that includes the fresnel lens.

It measures at 140mm which is roughly around 5.5 inches.

Not bad a size if you ask me and would be hardly noticeable unless you get up onto someone's roof with a tape measure!TLG_CHTR_M_LD2.jpg
Kind Regards,

David

www.spiffinglyniceguy.co.uk

galacticprobe

Jul 01, 2014, 04:56 am #155 Last Edit: Jul 01, 2014, 04:57 am by galacticprobe
I have to agree with you there. That size would work fine and being only about a half-inch or so off, the only way anyone would notice is if you told them, or they did the Adric thing and climbed on the roof to measure it. (And if I caught anyone climbing on top of my TARDIS - if I had one for someone to climb on - they'd get sonicked right off just like the Doctor sonicked that sonic pen out of Matron Cofelia's (a.k.a. Miss Foster) hand when she tried to cut the scaffold's last cable (even if I had to use a long broom handle to help it along!) And then woe be to the buffoon as he bounced on the ground.

Good lens, good price: can't beat that.

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

watcher

Sep 14, 2014, 08:27 pm #156 Last Edit: Sep 14, 2014, 08:29 pm by watcher
Hi Guys, Just been looking up on the availability of the "New Haven" lamp, which as already pointed out is no longer available, BUT what about this???
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http://www.beleuchtung.com/philips-massive-15272-86-10-new-haven-outdoor-lampe-1xe27-60w-230v.html

watcher

Anyone know where I can get a large Fresnel?
I need one large enough to fit over this blue bit on my rood!
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My current one is ok, but just a bit on the small side
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With mock top:
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Tempus Fugit

My advice is to keep the fresnel lens you've got and to bring in the dowelling rods a little closer - I think your fresnel is the same size as mine and we have roofs of a similar size. It's the top and the placement of the rods that make the lamp look smaller than it should be. Does that make sense?

Volpone

Possibly thinner dowels as well.  The ones there are a bit on the chunky side, IMO. 
"My dear Litefoot, I've got a lantern and a pair of waders, and possibly the most fearsome piece of hand artillery in all England. What could possibly go wrong?"
-The Doctor.

galacticprobe

Sep 18, 2014, 06:19 am #160 Last Edit: Sep 18, 2014, 06:20 am by galacticprobe
Not a "Fresnel proper", but it does have the shape, and seems to still be available:
http://www.vermontlanterns.com/content/anchor-lamp-chimney-19

It's the largest of this lens (or "chimney" as they call it) they have available. The close-up image isn't the best for measurements, but they do answer questions about specifics rather quickly when you e-mail them. It's worth a shot, and for the price, you can't beat it until you find a proper Fresnel lens.

And if worse comes to worst, would it be possible to router a groove for your current lens to sit in? Or maybe router the outer edge of that circular part to reduce its diameter to your lens would fit over it? (The same for the above lens in the link, that is if it's a little larger than your current lens?)

Just a thought.

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

davidnagel

It seems I may have had my lamp all along!

A long while ago, I saw this beautiful thing at TX Maxx on reduction. Its a glass candle holder, nautical style.

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I measured it and its diameter is 7"! about the right size for a TARDIS lamp, but its height is 10" so I will be looking to either cut it shorter (its glass, eeek!) or sinking it into its roof placement. I realise its missing the typical bulbous shape in the middle to be a proper lamp, but it should give the same effect once atop a box.

Thought I'd share here just in case anyone else needs inspiration to find something similar.
Kind Regards,

David

www.spiffinglyniceguy.co.uk

galacticprobe

Jun 18, 2015, 03:03 pm #162 Last Edit: Jun 18, 2015, 03:03 pm by galacticprobe
Quote from: davidnagel on Jun 18, 2015, 12:58 pm
...about the right size for a TARDIS lamp, but its height is 10" so I will be looking to either cut it shorter (its glass, eeek!) or sinking it into its roof placement.

I agree... glass? "Eeek!" Sink it into the housing. Glass-cutters aren't all that cheap, and trying to do it yourself could lead to a shattered lens, and that's not worth it. Sinking it into the housing definitely sounds like the best way to go, and it would look the same as it would if it was cut.

Quote from: davidnagel on Jun 18, 2015, 12:58 pm
I realise its missing the typical bulbous shape in the middle to be a proper lamp, but it should give the same effect once atop a box.

"Proper lamp"? Who can really define a "proper" TARDIS lamp when we've seen everything from a Met Box-style with the Fresnel lens to a plain frosted cylinder (even with nothing but a black cap on it), to a rotating blue police car-type lamp to a small anchor-style lamp inside a Met Box-style cover with struts (the Hudolin), to the Gardman of the Series 1-4 box to an Anchor-style lamp to a New Haven-style of the Series 5 on box...?

A "proper lamp" - I'd say it's anything you find appealing to your eye (and wallet) that you put on top of your TARDIS.

Quote from: davidnagel on Jun 18, 2015, 12:58 pm
Thought I'd share here just in case anyone else needs inspiration to find something similar.

Thanks for that, David. It shows everyone yet another alternative to be on the watch for!

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

davidnagel

By proper I meant for a fresnel lens :p thats proper to me :)
Kind Regards,

David

www.spiffinglyniceguy.co.uk

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