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Started by willytron, Sep 04, 2008, 04:05 pm

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willytron

Sep 04, 2008, 04:05 pm Last Edit: Apr 23, 2010, 10:51 am by Scarfwearer
If you don't have access to a local sign shop, a co-worker told me about this.

www.buildasign.com

I may go this route, just thought I'd share.

jaysonw

hi - i can't seem to get that link to work - the website doesn't exist??

Does anyone know of any good metal signmakers in the UK that can make the door sign


Also, bit confused, is the door sign Silver or White???   It looks White on TV, but reading the Tardis Build Diaries, many peoprl have Silver signs??

galacticprobe

May 25, 2010, 07:17 am #2 Last Edit: May 25, 2010, 07:22 am by galacticprobe
Quote from: jaysonw on May 24, 2010, 08:14 pm
hi - i can't seem to get that link to work - the website doesn't exist??

Does anyone know of any good metal signmakers in the UK that can make the door sign

Also, bit confused, is the door sign Silver or White???   It looks White on TV, but reading the Tardis Build Diaries, many peoprl have Silver signs??


The silver phone panel came about with the new series and was used throughout the 9th and 10th Doctors series. The original (Hartnell, Brachacki) box had a white panel with blue lettering just like the real Police Boxes did at the time.

Over the 40 or so years that the TARDIS has been travelling for us, that panel changed as modifications, repairs, refurbishment, etc., were done to the prop. From the Hartnell stories where it was white, into the Troughton stories where it became blue (with white lettering) and lost its frame, to entering the Tom Baker era where it turned black, and then later in the T. Baker era it regained its frame and blue background with white lettering...

There is a thread devoted to this one panel here, courtesy of Scarfwearer:

http://tardisbuilders.com/index.php?topic=306.0

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

BioDoctor900

Does anyone know where i can get a perspex sign 13" x 12" or a similar size for a 2005 TARDIS?

BioDoctor900

galacticprobe

Aug 15, 2011, 05:12 pm #4 Last Edit: Aug 15, 2011, 05:13 pm by galacticprobe
Wasn't the 2005 TARDIS door sign made from metal: aluminum or something like it (non-rustable)? I'm not sure a perspex sign could create the scratched metal look the 2005 door sign had around its edges - unless you're very clever with painting.

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

philipw

2005 definitely was, probably ecclestons as well I think, but somebody may know for sure. Matt Smith is acrylic.

deck5

Quote from: philipw on Aug 15, 2011, 06:13 pm
Matt Smith is acrylic.


I know some actors are called 'wooden', but 'acrylic' seems especially harsh.  :D

galacticprobe

Aug 15, 2011, 08:46 pm #7 Last Edit: Aug 15, 2011, 08:46 pm by galacticprobe
Quote from: philipw on Aug 15, 2011, 06:13 pm
2005 definitely was, probably ecclestons as well I think, but somebody may know for sure. Matt Smith is acrylic.


Eccleston's was the 2005 box. I think you meant that Tennant's was as well. Matt Smith... acrylic? (Have the Autons changed their physiology to become "anti-plastic" resistant?) Actually, I think Matt Smith is a little more flexible than acrylic.

(OK... I'm done with the jokes. Sorry, Philip. ;))

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

philipw

Quote from: deck5 on Aug 15, 2011, 06:52 pm
Quote from: philipw on Aug 15, 2011, 06:13 pm
Matt Smith is acrylic.


I know some actors are called 'wooden', but 'acrylic' seems especially harsh.  :D


Ha, you got me, but I love Matt Smith as The Doctor.

BioDoctor900

I measured ther size of the sign on my TARDIS currently and I need a 10 1/2" x 12 1/2" sign for my Tennant Box.
I want to get one as cheep as possible, as when i went to an acrilic makers they quoted me £2 a letter! If anyone has one or knows where I could get one it would be of great help.

BioDoctor900

merry

Will your Tardis be kept indoors or does it need to hold up to outside weather?

philipw

Quote from: BioDoctor900 on Aug 16, 2011, 10:25 am
I measured ther size of the sign on my TARDIS currently and I need a 10 1/2" x 12 1/2" sign for my Tennant Box.
I want to get one as cheep as possible, as when i went to an acrilic makers they quoted me £2 a letter! If anyone has one or knows where I could get one it would be of great help.

BioDoctor900


Was that for vinyl letters, or acrylic on acrylic?

BioDoctor900

The TARDIS is kept outside, and I think I want an acrilic on acrilic or whichever is cheeper.

BioDoctor900

ironageman

police post painted sign.jpg

Just to mention (possibly in the wrong thread?) that I've made the experiment of hand-painting a police post front sign... so that, rather than quickly achieving neat decal-transfer lettering, I spent a day achieving very slightly wobbly lettering. Anyhow, the moral is that it can be done, to a just-about acceptable standard.

The reason that it looks greyed out is that the police post already had a sheet of thick smoked glass in place of the sign, and it looked like an original repair so I was reluctant to remove it. I quite like its subtlety (though subtlety is not usually considered an advantage for information signs).
leonard cohen  1934-2016  standing by the window where the light is strong

Volpone

They still make transparency paper for overhead projectors. It is getting harder to find, but thankfully there's Internet shopping.  Grab a PDF file from this site (I forget where), print it out, spraypaint that backside of the sheet white, and then add a coat of clear paint over the lettering (because you probably have an inkjet printer instead of a color laser printer and the ink will wash off it it isn't protected).  Slap it in a frame.  Easy-peasy. 
"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.