Mar 07, 2021, 05:10 pm

News:

New, New TardisBuilders!


Terrasolo's Tennant Series 4 style TARDIS/Police Box

Started by Terrasolo, Jun 07, 2017, 03:57 pm

Previous topic - Next topic

Terrasolo

I can't say I blame you Russell, she's a fantastic cosplayer and an incredible woman.

I'm sure I'll have more pictures soon. I've been working on some updates to the box as well, but those may take some time.

deafeningsilence

I think what davidnagel was trying to say, and please; correct me if i'm wrong, is that the box looks too...flat. The original had the texture of the wood grain through the paint that yours, while painted the correct color and with SA materials and all that jazz, doesn't have. Not to say, of course, that it isn't a fantastic build! It is!

Scarfwearer

Well, you know the Tardis is subject to Chameleonic Shift. So it's appearance does vary over time...

Terrasolo

Quote from: deafeningsilence on Nov 15, 2018, 09:20 pm
I think what davidnagel was trying to say, and please; correct me if i'm wrong, is that the box looks too...flat. The original had the texture of the wood grain through the paint that yours, while painted the correct color and with SA materials and all that jazz, doesn't have. Not to say, of course, that it isn't a fantastic build! It is!


That is an intentional choice on my part and my friend and his dad. In order to get the look of the real Eccleston/Tennant box, the wood would have to have been burned by a blowtorch, and then scored by a metal brush wheel on a drill. This would have given the desired aged, recessed, and chipped wood look, but it would have prematurely shorted the life of my replica. So we chose to keep the wood clean knowing that true damage would happen over time.

My box isn't a true Eccleston/Tennant build anyway since the plans we had were for the Series 5 Smith box. So the dims are Series 5, with the trimmings and color from Series 1-4. I had considered burning and scoring the box during the build process, but in the end, I decided that I wanted the box to last a very long time in my collection so I opted for a customized version, which seemed fair given that it was always an amalgamated box being a Series 1-4 & 5 mix.

davidnagel

Yes thats it, it looks flat and lacks "texture" and the paint job "implies" it. Not disrespecting the hard work gone into it, nor the decision to go way that, it just looks peculiar in some photos to my weird eye :) Its a nice build.
Kind Regards,

David

www.spiffinglyniceguy.co.uk

Terrasolo

I finally finished lighting my sign boxes, a project I've been thinking about for far too long. I'll do the windows next, but they'll need some custom boxes, which will take a bit of time. But slow and steady etc...

Here are some pictures of the lights in place and in action. As well as one video. The last photo is from a film project I did with a friend to ease some of the doldrums of isolation, the windows were only temporarily lit for the film with lights I abandoned for this project.

2020-05-07-Blue-Box-Project-05-New-Light-Layout.jpg
2020-05-07-Blue-Box-Project-06-New-Light-Layout.jpg
2020-05-07-Blue-Box-Project-07-New-Light-Layout.jpg
2020-05-07-Blue-Box-Project-09-New-Light-Layout.jpg
2020-05-07-Blue-Box-Project-10-Aluminum-Tape.jpg
2020-05-07-Blue-Box-Project-14-Public-Call.jpg
2020-04-22-Blue-Box-Project-03-Doctor-Who-Isolation-Filming-(temp-window-lights).png


No More

Quote from: Terrasolo on May 08, 2020, 11:58 pm
2020-05-07-Blue-Box-Project-10-Aluminum-Tape.jpg


That's very nice even lighting across the whole height.  So there's no direct route from the LED's to the sign, it all points back and then reflects off the aluminum which diffuses it enough that it's gentle and even by the time it gets to the lettering?  Works very nicely.

And a good shade of yellow for that era box.

karsthotep

I want notes, lists and answers by the time I finish this here Juicy-a-Box! WARNING: I am Thirst-ay! And it is Fruit Punch! And it is Delicious!"

Terrasolo

Quote from: No More on May 09, 2020, 08:57 am
Quote from: Terrasolo on May 08, 2020, 11:58 pm


That's very nice even lighting across the whole height.  So there's no direct route from the LED's to the sign, it all points back and then reflects off the aluminum which diffuses it enough that it's gentle and even by the time it gets to the lettering?  Works very nicely.

And a good shade of yellow for that era box.


Thank you! You've no idea how difficult it was to find good LEDs with the right shade. I bought online and stopped in many stores, but I'm very happy with these.

And yes, you have it all correct. I did do a test with the LED's pointing at the sign face, however it was too direct. The light wasn't as even and you could see a glow of each individual LED at times.

Then I did another test with the lights directed against the sign face, but still pointing towards the back of the box at a middle layer that my Sign boxes have, which I also put the aluminum tape on. They were a bit brighter, however there was a very distinct bleed line on the sign face as the LEDs were right against it creating a shadow and halo effect. So ultimately I chose to remove the middle board, move the lights to that lower level (where my middle boarding would usually be) and added the aluminum tape to that sign box backing board. The effect seemed to work the best for a nice even glow. And if I ever decide that they aren't bright enough - which I don't think should be an issue - I have the space in each box for three more strips across the top of the box, just as I did on the lower level. It's nice to have options.

Quote from: karsthotep on May 09, 2020, 01:09 pm
Great work and a very clean setup.  

Karst


Thanks Karst!