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Started by tinkering_timelord, Mar 21, 2019, 12:44 am

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tinkering_timelord

I've put this off for as long as I can, but now it's time for the part I've been dreading...

The roof.

Should I make it out of wood? Cast it in fiberglass? How can I optimize it to be both lightweight and strong? These are the questions I have not yet found the answers to. I'll probably spend the next few days poring over various TARDIS builds looking for solutions, but I also wanted to ask you lovely folks if you have any suggestions, or links to previous builds with some tips and tricks. Also any advice for things I should definitely NOT do?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!  ;D

Volpone

Since you asked, I'd say wood with a fiberglass overlay.  My first roof was basic tar paper, stapled and glued on and then painted.  It got the job done for a long time, but fiberglass is a lot simpler and more convenient that you'd think.  Just get fiber cloth instead of non-oriented strand, lay it out, mix the resin and hardener, and slap the bugger on.  It's easier than you'd think.   
"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.

russellsuthern

If you can fibreglass, then fibreglass.

If you can't fibreglass, then you can try what I did on a plywood roof:

1)  Cuprinol wood protect stain.
2) Undercoat.
3) Bitumen roof protect.
4) Exterior gloss (2 coats.)

Other things to remember are: make sure you seal any gaps in the wood first.
Flexible sealer is best as it should move with the wood as it expands & contracts with the weather.
Make sure the roof has a good slope on it.

Regular check ups to keep everything in order & prevent major problems occurring.

Finally, don't forget the base. Everyone worries about the roof, but in many cases it's the base that starts rotting first...

Hope that all helps.

Russell



tinkering_timelord

First the good news: The signs came in this week!

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The bad news is that they are all completely opaque, and so impossible to backlight. But since they were free I suppose I should have expected something like this to happen. I've ordered some translucent acrylic and plan on getting the stickers reprinted on that. I couldn't resist putting in the new signs anyways to see how they looked.

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I also started painting the inside of the box, but ran out of paint very quickly. I'll have to pick up some more next week.

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And here's a pic with an instagram filter thrown on so it looks closer to the right shade of blue.

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Volpone

I should remember this thread for the "what color of blue should I use" posts.  Because it illustrates the challenges of blue so well.  Half the photos are a perfect TARDIS blue and half the photos it looks almost toothpaste green.   Blue changes so much, depending on the lighting. 
"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.

tinkering_timelord

I had to disassemble the TARDIS today to trim down the corner posts (which were 1/2 inch to tall for some reason) so I thought I'd do a little test.


tinkering_timelord

And here's a time lapse of the actual assembly.


Volpone

Nice, fun, and very well done video.  And garage/workshop porn.  I always like seeing other garages and workshops.  Yours is very cluttered, but there's a definite organization and you've managed to make the most of the space and then some. Well done. 
"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.