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Started by rizla, Jun 29, 2008, 11:51 am

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rizla

Jun 29, 2008, 11:51 am Last Edit: Jan 22, 2010, 09:16 am by scarfwearer
Hi Chris, I have EPS signs for both signs as I finished my NST only last week (see Rizla's New Series Build for details). The sign is made up of 3mm perspex (clear), a layer of black vinyl with the Police Box lettering removed and finally white vinly which can be lit. I paid £120 for 4 signs and 1 stainless steel "pull to open" sign. It took about 6-8 weeks to build, but I was absolutely full on with it. If you want more info PM me.

Regards

Rizla

willytron

Feb 05, 2008, 07:35 pm #1 Last Edit: Apr 22, 2010, 04:45 pm by Scarfwearer
Can anyone here make signs, or does anyone have extra signs for sale?  Or is that illegal, like selling a TARDIS?  (I don't want to step on any toes.)

DoctorWho8

Jul 13, 2008, 03:02 am #2 Last Edit: Jan 22, 2010, 09:18 am by scarfwearer
PM me.  I can help you.
Bill Rudloff

TG

May 27, 2005, 11:32 am #3 Last Edit: Nov 11, 2010, 09:11 am by Scarfwearer
How are people producing the 'POLICE (Public call) BOX' signs for full size builds? Were they painted glass on real police boxes?
I presume the door sign would be about A4 size so could be printed to acetate or just be paper in a sealed frame but I'd be grateful for some advice on that one too.

And, apologies for my first post being in the wrong thread - I hadn't read the thread properly and I'm new to this and I might have had a drink.
(Is being drunk in charge of a Tardis an offence?)

Timegirl

magepro

Aug 03, 2009, 03:12 am #4 Last Edit: Jan 22, 2010, 09:25 am by scarfwearer
What did you decide to do then?

I'm also curious about the lighting of different materials. I've looked through several threads about how they proposed to do the lighting, but nothing was posted about the final decision... except I did see where someone used rope lights.

How far from the back of the sign do you need to put that to keep the brightness up yet not show through the individual light bulbs behind?
(http://i993.photobucket.com/albums/af52/Magepro1/Avatars/th_8da9c60d.jpg)
Until next time, remember to, "Simply reverse the polarity of the neutron flow."

** Tom

cyberleader1991

May 27, 2005, 11:42 am #5 Last Edit: Apr 22, 2010, 03:54 pm by scarfwearer
I took files of the signs to a graphics shop, they printed them off in transparent vinyl over white plexiglass. No sweat. Cost $90 Canadian plus tax. Supposed to last about 10 years outdoors.

[noimg]http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y165/Cyberleader1991/IMG_0202.jpg[/img]

freakstardis

May 27, 2005, 05:52 pm #6 Last Edit: Apr 22, 2010, 03:55 pm by scarfwearer
Quote from: Timegirl link=board=faq&thread=1117193569&start=0#0 date=1117193569(Is being drunk in charge of a Tardis an offence?)



No, in fact it is encouraged. You can't convince me that the 4th Doctor was always sober!

Mark

May 27, 2005, 10:38 pm #7 Last Edit: Oct 31, 2010, 11:47 pm by Scarfwearer
Hi there TG.

The signs were glass with some sort of print or etching done to them.

I think the majority of people are going down the same route and having thier signs produced by a sign making company onto perspex.
[noIMG]http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y194/Mark7081/SignLintelPOLICE.jpg[/img]
[noIMG]http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y194/Mark7081/SignInteriorPolice.jpg[/img]
[noIMG]http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y194/Mark7081/SignInteriorFull.jpg[/img]
Some original signs, notice how the blue on the last one seems to have peeled/faded?

Perhaps the 6th Doctor was far from sober when deciding on a costume? ;D

TG

May 30, 2005, 02:35 pm #8 Last Edit: Apr 22, 2010, 03:55 pm by scarfwearer
Many thanks for the help
I will get them printed professionally.
I think I would like to use glass so I will to try to get it printed on self-adhesive vinyl to apply to the inside of the glass -  let you know if it works.
Seeing the original police box just makes me wish I was restoring it, rather than building new.
I certainly agree about 4th and 6th Doctors
TG

cyberleader1991

May 30, 2005, 11:04 pm #9 Last Edit: Apr 22, 2010, 03:55 pm by scarfwearer
I highly doubt Colin Baker "picked out" that costume. Seems like something JN-T must have had previsualized. Can anyone confirm or deny this?  ???

dalethetimelord

May 31, 2005, 02:56 am #10 Last Edit: Apr 22, 2010, 03:56 pm by scarfwearer
JN-T did indeed make the decision for the costume.


Mark

May 31, 2005, 09:19 pm #11 Last Edit: Apr 22, 2010, 03:56 pm by scarfwearer
Quote"I highly doubt Colin Baker "picked out" that costume. Seems like something JN-T must have had previsualized. Can anyone confirm or deny this? "


Forgive me T.D.F., I was trying sarcasm, must improve!

From what I've heard on interviews with Colin, he absolutely hated the costume. In his words (or there abouts) "The good thing was, it was everybody else who had to look at it!"  ;D

Teletran

Jun 14, 2005, 12:05 am #12 Last Edit: Apr 22, 2010, 03:56 pm by scarfwearer
In hindsight I think there were some very brave decisions made regarding the 6th doctors character, very stupid but very brave. I also think that whoever did the casting on Jonathan creek was a doctor who fan because, among other things Colin baker was the first to die ;D
(http://img194.imageshack.us/img194/1360/omni02g.jpg)

TG

Nov 08, 2005, 05:38 pm #13 Last Edit: Apr 22, 2010, 03:56 pm by scarfwearer
Reactivating another old thread.....

Have any UK builders had their top signs made recently?
I just wondered if anyone had a recommendation for a printer/ company?

Purple - did you have signs made up for the most excellent Purple TARDIS?

TG

squishype

Nov 13, 2005, 06:35 pm #14 Last Edit: Apr 22, 2010, 03:57 pm by scarfwearer
I would also like to hear from a few people who have gone the way of a professional sign shop.  What exactly do you need to provide to make sure the sign looks right (I'd hate to have a $100 worth of signs that don't quite look right).  I stopped by a local place (Ohio, USA) last week with a black and white photo of the POLICE BOX sign and the kid behind the counter said it would be no problem to put the words on a piece of plastic, but I didn't trust him to be able to match font, text height, spacing, etc.
What has everyone else been providing, full size paper sheets, pdf files, jpg files?  Or does any reputable sign shop send you a proof to review first?  Any good spots where people have posted the graphics for others to customize for their builds?

Not that there is any one "correct" sign, but some are obviously closer than others.