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Flumbledryer's Brachacki Box

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

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russellsuthern

Looking great!

I have to say I love a good "weather".

It's at this stage that the box starts to look "real" & also starts to develop it's own individual personality.

Looking forward to seeing more!

Russell


flumbledryer

I had to let my curiosity get the better of me, and primed the texture once it was solid.

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I have to admit it doesn't show through as much as I anticipated, but I expect the slight two-tone effect of the blues over the top in the final paint job should highlight these areas nicely.
"This doesn't roll along on wheels, you know!"

russellsuthern

Yeah, texturing is a funny thing.

My box is pretty heavily textured. In some lights you can really see it, in others it looks quite smooth.

Your final paint job will be a determining factor, too.
When my box was matt, you couldn't see the texturing so much, but now I have glossed it, the detailing is much more prominent, especially when It's bright & sunny.

Regards,

Russell

Volpone

Yeah, it's funny:  You think a matte box will look more weathered and beat-up, but you really need to do a lot of artificial weathering to get it to look right.  But you paint if the glossy dark blue and you're done.  I don't know if it is because our frame of mental reference for a matte finish is the TYJ TARDIS and old photos of police boxes for a glossy box or if it's just that the finish shows off the texture so well.  After a few years dark blue with white trim, my box is about a year overdue for maintenance (which is another story for another thread) and when I get done dealing with the cost of my neglect, I'll very likely revert back to the all-blue paintjob.   
"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.

flumbledryer

Jun 27, 2019, 12:51 pm #49 Last Edit: Jun 27, 2019, 02:54 pm by flumbledryer
On with the build!

I put together the doors the other day, and installed the Door Sign. Even though it needed a little bit of sanding and planing to get it to fit, I'm surprised how well it did fit together, considering that I framed it nearly a year ago before much else had been built (incidentally, a belated happy birthday to this build diary! :D ).

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Lovely.

Now here's the fun bit.

Although I found the pebbled glass and had it cut, I was always concerned about how much it would weigh on the sides, and also the likelihood of being damaged when transporting and storing the box. 16 panes is what we could get out of that window, so if one breaks, that's it. I followed up on my original idea of making a silicone mould of one (at the moment, I may make another later on for variety and to avoid possible visible repetition) of the glass panes.

The first cast I took was in polyurethane fast cast, which I will keep safe so I have another master should anything happen to the mould or the glass.

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I then tried some clear resin that I had left over from another project, and I am very happy with how they are turning out.

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(Glass on the left, resin on the right)


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

karsthotep

those are gorgeous,   I can't tell one from the other without you pointed it out.   This is one of my favorite builds on here.   Awesome work. 
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!"

flumbledryer

Ok, so it's been all hands on deck for the last week or so!

My build diary has been caught in a time bubble - apologies for the lack of updates!

The TARDIS is very nearly done now - or at least nearly at a presentable state!

I've spent the last few evenings after work blitzing the paintwork. There's just one side left now to do the final layer on. I just wanted to share a few images of how it is currently, and then I can fill in the gaps in the diary after this weekend when, all being well, it'll be pretty much done!

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After painting I broke the TARDIS down and took a photo of everything laying down on the floor. Makes you realise just how much you need to paint!

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Still most of the windows need to be fitted and dirtied up. I painted the backs of the windows with some watered down white to get that smeary effect.

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The lamp housing has been completely remade - I can go into more details a little later on. I found a 12v LED bulb which gives a nice warm white glow, and runs from one of my dalek batteries, though I'll be sure to get another specially for the TARDIS.

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The TARDIS won't fit in the village hall with the lamp on, but I know the lamp fits on the roof, and I know the roof fits on the TARDIS, so it should all go together when it has its first outing this weekend :D

Sorry if this update seems a bit disorganised and disjointed! I'm super excited about it being nearly completed...

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

tony farrell


fivefingeredstyre

That looks perfect! Cant wait for the next update!

russellsuthern

Agreed.
This TARDIS looks amazing!

Can't wait to see more!


Russell

phillbarron


BioDoctor900

She's looking fantastic, and I bet she'll look great when she's all together. I think the only thing I would say, in my opinion, the PTO door looks a tad too clean in relation to the rest of the box, so it might be worth giving it a bit of a light pass with some paint to weather it and better match the rest of the box

BioDoctor900

Volpone

Aug 16, 2019, 03:22 am #57 Last Edit: Aug 16, 2019, 06:12 am by rassilonsrod
That's an interesting observation.  And I hesitate to weigh in, but...  after consulting perhaps the most iconic reference photo, I think I will:

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As we can see, the sign is fairly clean and pristine.  But it may be a bit less glossy.  One might get away with just sanding the plexi with 600 or even 800 grit sandpaper--maybe even do a wet-sand to minimize fogging just to take some of the sheen off the plastic.  The other thing I thought of as I typed this is maybe just use automotive wax.  That would cloud the plastic without doing any permanent changes.  Then when it dries you could buff it to the point that looks about right.  Best of all, if you buffed it too far you could just slap on another layer of wax and try again.  And you could use a wax and grease remover to clean it off--or even simple dish soap.

"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.

flumbledryer

Aug 16, 2019, 06:28 am #58 Last Edit: Aug 16, 2019, 06:29 am by flumbledryer
I completely agree! The last thing I did last night was attach the plastic sheet over the sign to protect it. I weathered the sheet rather than the sign itself   ;)

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

Rassilons Rod

Aug 16, 2019, 06:57 am #59 Last Edit: Aug 16, 2019, 02:19 pm by rassilonsrod
Quote from: flumbledryer on Aug 16, 2019, 06:28 am
I completely agree! The last thing I did last night was attach the plastic sheet over the sign to protect it. I weathered the sheet rather than the sign itself   ;)

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That looks fantastic! And also puts me in mind of the time that I thought I saw something reflective on the door sign in the Pilot Episode... (Apologies to Tony Farrell :D )
In the cities in the streets there's a tension you can feel,
The breaking strain is fast approaching, guns and riots.
Politicians gamble and lie to save their skins,
And the press get fed the scapegoats,
Public Enema Number One.