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Started by ryanj, Oct 16, 2018, 01:45 pm

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Oct 16, 2018, 01:45 pm Last Edit: Oct 16, 2018, 03:33 pm by ryanj
So about a year ago I found myself with a bunch of spare sheets of foam board from another project. I used it to knock out this beauty.

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Based roughly on the box from 1996, it was rushed out of boredom and the end result is a total mess. But hey, I wanted a TARDIS on my shelf.

One day however, I found myself looking at the poor little thing and thought, I could do better. much better.
So I did.

But what to make it out of? foam board was just a bit too bulky and clumsy. Buying sheets of thin balsa is a tad costly for a struggling artist like myself so I had to think of something else.
As it happens I've been a tad lazy with taking out my recycling so I have a collection of cereal and pizza boxes at my disposal. Free material? why not?

The project starts with some basic shapes.

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can you tell what it is yet?

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and like that a project started to take shape.

carrying on with the minimum budget, the lamp is just a chopped up trusty biro

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and the lamp cage is made up of a cocktail stick

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here's an example of how alot of the depth of the model was achieved by layering cardboard

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the same tecnique is used to make the wall panels deeper. They're about three sheets deep.

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Wanting the doors to be adjustable, the interior walls are painted black. Otherwise the doors would open and the tardis would be filled with pizza and cheerios.

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Pthalo blue was the choice of colour. It's a tad dark and fits more with the photos of the prop in low lighting but I'm generally happy with it.

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The most expensive part of the box was the windows. They're cut from a sheet of clear polyester and sanded to give it that clouded look. The frame is popped on and the bars are cut separately and stuck into position. This is VERY fiddly.

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the 'bubbled' effect is just blobs of glue scattered in the appropriate places.

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the door piece is made separately so it can be opened. The missing phone panel is present here.
Because I didn't use hinges, the roof isn't fixed and can be removed to adjust the doors. The small notch at the top of the door is made to make way for the hidden tab that keeps it in place.

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The labels were printed in a few subtle size differences in case my measurements weren't exact enough.

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And finito! the box in all it's glory and a few shots next to my model from a year ago for comparison.

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So that's that project wrapped up and it looks much better on my shelf.
A nice couple of days work that I had a great time making.
I have decided It does look a little lonely though. I've decided to take up another little project...

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The14thDr

This is genius! Such a brilliant use of cereal boxes, and with the paint you can't even tell that it's cardboard.
"Would you like a jelly baby?"

russellsuthern

I agree.

This is a great build.

Lovely looking box (& one of my favourite designs, too!)

Well done

Russell

ciderman

Looks lovely! I have a soft spot for the hudolin box.