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Started by davidnagel, Apr 28, 2019, 04:07 pm

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Apr 28, 2019, 04:07 pm Last Edit: Apr 28, 2019, 05:16 pm by davidnagel
Now, I don't have the sort of money mverta has to get a custom lock plate made, so wondering how best to achieve this on very little.


Cannibalise a proper lock and cut it up and epoxy it onto a metal plate?

3d print it?

Suggestions on a postcard..
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Apr 29, 2019, 04:03 am #1 Last Edit: Apr 29, 2019, 02:07 pm by Volpone
I'm mostly stumped.  Looked at this for around 5 minutes.  OK.
1) Buy some latex.  Or plaster of Paris.  Or whatever people use for making molds.  
2) Buy a cheap lock at Lowe's.  Or Home Depot.  Or wherever people buy door locks outside the USA.  
3) But some resin or brass or other appropriate casting material.  
4) Make a mold of the lock.  Because you control the depth the lock is sunk into the mold medium, it should be relatively easy to get a shallow shape.  
5) Get a dowel the right size for your lock...collar?  Bezel?  
6) Cut it in half with a blade wide enough for a TARDIS key.  
7) Glue your cut-up dowel and lock bezel onto your TARDIS.  
8 ) Cast your false lockface.  (You could put a bit of wire or your nail into the casting to eliminate the next step.)
9) Drill a hole in said lockface, the size of a picture nail.  
10) Nail your false lockface to the lock assembly.  

It's not the worst plan I've ever had.
"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.


Now I'm in the process of making one

I've sawed and sanded down the key front plate and I'm going to place it on top of a styrene cut circle with the slit down itIMG_20190429_072658.jpg
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Jam jar lid sprayed gold?


I know what you mean but I'm talking about the raised key hole part on the top plate.
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There are tons of resins which are easy to work with - usually Part A/Part B mixed 1:1 which you can easily make these parts with.  A little hot glue and some foamcore, maybe a couple pvc tubes you can find at your local DIY place and you can easily do this.  Little casting kits are not very expensive, and you can get a lot of mileage out of them!



Aye, thanks all for input. I may just go for moulding out the specific parts and combining after.

Fortunately am no stranger to moulding and whatnot, but thought the hive mind wuold have an ideal approach - as you all do.

Thank you :)
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Jun 18, 2019, 01:20 pm #7 Last Edit: Jun 18, 2019, 01:22 pm by KIT-KAT
Quote from: davidnagel on Apr 28, 2019, 04:07 pm


Interestingly, in the first picture, the lock seems completely normal. however, in the second picture, we can see the actual lock mechanism that swings back is raised and now has a pin on it to sway. could this be because the production team thought of this later on as a cool gimmick? or is it an entirely separate door?
The texturing looks different on the box in each photo making me wonder if they did replace the door.
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