New, New TardisBuilders!
Started by tinkering_timelord, Mar 21, 2019, 12:44 am
Quote from: Scarfwearer on Aug 22, 2020, 12:24 pmAgreed! It's coming along very well!You're definitely capturing the look wonderfully!If you still want to do the notches later, I think it could be done. I'd probably clamp on some guides and do multiple passes with a handheld circular saw. And follow your wise method of perfecting the technique on a test piece rather than your beautiful posts!If the panels look too deep (I think we estimated 15mm for Jodie's box) you could probably inset thin ply panels and glue them on, then fill the edges if needed. It'd be a little tedious, but doable.It's one of those things where you're probably the only person who'd notice, and may be a lot less obvious once the walls are painted dark blue.No prop replica is ever going to be perfect. Even the contemporaneous TV props vary from each other a little. We've actually been telling them apart at times by the wood grain...liftoff/loose-pin hinges:I used these on my recent build.They come in left and right handed versions, because you can't turn them upside down like regular hinges. So for double doors you'll need the same number of each.I have a special tip with these: when you mount them, arrange that the top hinge half with the pin is a bit lower than it "should" be. This makes it hugely easier to get the door on. You put the lower lift-off hinge of the door over the lower door frame pin then you can just lift the upper one over the upper pin.If the hinges on the frame are spaced the same as the door, then as you lift the top one on, the bottom one will generally pop off, and you'll have to try again.
Quote from: Volpone on Aug 22, 2020, 03:00 pmThe Old School method would be with a chisel and a mallet. Then clean it up with a file and/or sandpaper. Chisels don't get used that often nowadays, but there are still more than a few times where I need a quick notch in something or to make a couple parts fit together, where I'll whip out a chisel to do some fine-tuning. And if you screw up and take out too much material, you can fill it with Bondo. I've really learned to appreciate Bondo while working on my A-Team van. Meanwhile I heard from another property manager who uses it for lots of non automotive projects so I won't think twice about patching rotted wood with it or stopping a gutter leak or some other thing.
Quote from: phillbarron on Sep 12, 2020, 09:45 amThat's an interesting detail on the door lock, I wonder why they did it?I guess it's keyhole placement, but why not just buy a smaller lock?Not you, the BBC!
Quote from: Volpone on Sep 13, 2020, 01:44 amHA! I'd forgotten the lock problem! I wound up just cutting a notch in the door (I forget if I used a Dremel or what), pushing it into the slot and skipping the end screws. Since it only has to keep honest people honest, I figure the end screw is plenty to keep the lock secure. Anyway, if you hit my door hard enough to force the lock, they door would likely cave in. As for why the BBC wouldn't just get a smaller lock, at this point in civilization everything is standardized. A night latch deadbolt is a certain size. I mean, they could've just ginned up a fake. It isn't like the lock actually has to work. Heck, for a good chunk of the original series they had the ankh/spade key that didn't actually do anything--the Doctor just pushed it into the slot, jiggled it a bit and opened the door. Even when they had Yale locks, I suspect they were never actually locked.
Quote from: tinkering_timelord on Sep 13, 2020, 04:05 amHere's the picture I must have been thinking of.
Quote from: Volpone on Sep 21, 2020, 02:52 amThe texture is very neat. And your version takes all the neat things about the JW box (taller bottom rail, window details...) and skips the things that annoy me (the line across the top and bottom of the corner posts...) Excuse me for not going back and reading, but is the blue just the base coat? It might be the lighting (most of us know how blue changes with different light) but it is a little light and a little green in some of the pictures. But I can see where adding weathering would bring it right where it needs to be. (If they had went with a lighter blue for the base coat of the 2005 RTD TARDIS, the final prop might not have looked so slate grey.