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Flumbledryer's Brachacki Box

Started by flumbledryer, Jun 24, 2018, 10:52 pm

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Looking excellent!
I love that you're replicating the joinery on the ends of the sign boxes. These little details all add to the visual persuasion. :)
The colour tests look good too.


I'm using Royal Regatta 4 as a base coat on mine20190213_103704.jpg


I would like to thank you for the great photos! There was a couple of items I was stuck on until I came across the photos of your Tardis in the building process. It really looks good!
There is not limit to the imagination.


May 23, 2019, 05:14 pm #33 Last Edit: May 23, 2019, 05:27 pm by flumbledryer
Haven't updated in quite a while, but there's still been some progress behind the scenes.

Carrying on from where I left off, all the signboxes are finished, and bolt nicely into place through the corner posts.


I attached the steps to the underside of the front signbox with a length of aluminium angle, which should be pretty sturdy and withstand a few door slams.



The search for some pebbled glass continued, and I had just started making a mould of my own sculpt and taking a cast, when some popped up online. Needed a good cleanup and I wasn't sure how many panes I'd be able to get from it, but I purchased it anyway for a grand total of £6.


It arrived and was unexpectedly easy to clean up and remove from the frame. The next day we took it to be cut, which cost an absurd 5 whole pounds! ;) Thankfully the number of panes they were able to cut from it was 16, which is exactly what I need. I'll likely take a mould from a couple to create some clear resin copies in case of damages. I have also ordered the acrylic panels cut to size for the rest of the windows.




While there was nothing else to do one evening I also found some scrap styrene sheet, from which I cut a circle and painted on the St John Ambulance logo. I copied this as closely as I could from reference, but I really like the hand painted look. I sanded the styrene to help the paint adhere, and sprayed on a few coats of matt varnish to protect the paint.


I decided it was time for my box to become a little bigger on the outside, so I finally started building up the roof sections. An idea genuinely came to me in a dream that we could use a router to create slots in the top of the corner posts for the panels to sit in. Unfortunately, we had no router, but my Dad had been looking for an excuse to buy a small one for some time, so get one we did, and promptly christened it on the corner posts. The panels simply slot in from above, with no need for bolts or anything else to hold them in place.


Each of these panels will have a couple of vertical strips of wood for strength and support, as well as a long strip along the top to prevent bending and also help support the roof.

I'm still playing with ideas on how best to attach the post caps, so I've left them without the inside edges for now until I come to a decision.



So that's about where I'm up to, I have made a small start on the top of the roof, but for the moment I am focusing on what needs to be done to support it.
"This doesn't roll along on wheels, you know!"


looking fantastic love it the brachacki box is one of my faves plan to paint it clean pilot version or the weathered battered main version?


May 23, 2019, 07:05 pm #35 Last Edit: May 23, 2019, 07:06 pm by flumbledryer
Oh it'll be weathered and battered to hell and back ;)
"This doesn't roll along on wheels, you know!"


Gosh, how neat and tidy!

Do you have another shot of how the panels with posts and sign boxes slot together? I can't quite understand how you have it.


Really a wonderful build.  Seeing the distinctive Brachaki cornerposts makes me a little sad that I cut mine down to be more police box/TYJ-esque.  But only a little, because mine wasn't as faithfully accurate as yours. 

Is this going to be an outdoor box?  Because the elements aren't kind to some of the design, um, elements of the Brachaki.  Now that I know a little more about fiberglass, I wish I'd used that as a shell on mine.  Although then I couldn't have renovated it from its original, horribly inaccurate shape (and I wouldn't have had an excuse to because it wouldn't have weathered from the, um, weather, to the degree it did. 
"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.


Looking great, & a fab find on the pebbled glass!

Well done!



Thanks for the kind words! :D

davidnagel - I've just set the box up again and have taken some photos which will hopefully explain the panels a little better.




And a view from the top:


Volpone - This will definitely not be an outdoor box! I plan to take this to events etc, so it can be easily disassembled and stores away pretty flat. I have a few options of places to store it safely while it isn't being used, thanks to neighbours with more space than I have!
"This doesn't roll along on wheels, you know!"


Quote from: flumbledryer on May 30, 2019, 01:41 pm
davidnagel - I've just set the box up again and have taken some photos which will hopefully explain the panels a little better.

Perfect, thankyou. Makes more sense now!


Ah.  "Door."  I was like "why did he write 'DOUR' on that one panel?  So random.  It might be fun to just right random, less used words on things."
"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.


Ah yes. I number/label everything when it is place so I know which sides correspond with each other when I next come to set it up. Unfortunately it's getting pretty hard to reach without standing on a chair so my handwriting is progressively getting more messy the higher up my build gets.
"This doesn't roll along on wheels, you know!"


I'm really enjoying watching this come together, it looks like a superb build.


Small update for today, but an important one - I took the plunge and started applying the texture! I began with the back face to get a feel for the technique on a larger scale than my small test pieces.

I drew out a rough guide in pencil and refined with sharpie marker for the basic shapes.


At this point it looks like a (rather tall) toddler has run in with a marker and scribbled all over it!

I used various rags, brushes and sponges to get different effects (I used a mix of filler and PVA). I'm pretty pleased with how it is progressing.

"This doesn't roll along on wheels, you know!"