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12-25-2014, 04:57 PM
Here's a few pics of this project, now that I'm done with it.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v136/heinrich/Tardis1_zps239ba923.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/heinrich/media/Tardis1_zps239ba923.jpg.html)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v136/heinrich/Tardis2_zps6670e91e.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/heinrich/media/Tardis2_zps6670e91e.jpg.html)

This pic is a close up of the warp drive engine (still has masking tape on it to hold the side filler pieces while the glue dries)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v136/heinrich/Tardis3_zps30775cdf.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/heinrich/media/Tardis3_zps30775cdf.jpg.html)

Here's a view looking towards one inside wall- this is the only pic that picked up some of the led light from the engine core. Happens to be red at this time, but these are multi-color leds, and they go through cycles of blinking, waxing and waning, etc.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v136/heinrich/Tardis4_zps6df02633.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/heinrich/media/Tardis4_zps6df02633.jpg.html)

Battery box and switch are hidden under one shelf, and the speaker is hidden inside another shelf. There are ports on the back wall for sound to escape, and it does sound kind of eerie at some points during the led cycling. There are two leds in each warp module, and they cycle at slightly different rates. The result is a random mixing of the sounds produced by the varying current draw of the leds as they cycle.

One recipient of this gift was asked if it was what she expected- she said no, it's better than I thought it would be. The other recipient ( I built two of these) was quite stunned as well. We managed to sneak it past him and into his bedroom while he was busy on the computer, so it was a shock for him to enter the bedroom and see the thing there. Good laughs all 'round. All the adults loved them.

By the way, these were built to give the illusion (besides looking more spacious inside than out) that they had come halfway through a wall. Because they are basically book cases, it would have been unsuitable anyway to build them to the full depth as they are in real life. We missed our opportunity to photograph them back to back-

12-25-2014, 06:59 PM
Absolutely brilliant darryl

From Paul (who used to hide behind the sofa in 1963 when the good Doctor [William Hartnell] first appeared)

12-25-2014, 07:22 PM
Looks retardis to me:rolleyes: I want one!

12-26-2014, 01:36 AM
Nice job, very imaginative valve use!
Irrelevant story, every member of the metropolitan police, and the city of London police are issued a police call box key!, even though there is only one or two left!, and just about all of them open the call box to look inside!, all disappointed it's not bigger inside, all you find is a stool, shelf, phone pad and pencil on a string, so many London bobbies open the door the Yale lock gets changed annually as it's worn to death!

12-26-2014, 02:32 AM
Thanks for the kind words, gentlemen. Something on this forum reminded me about tubes (valves) and I thought that since I had some left over I might as well use them in some way.

Interesting read about the police boxes.

12-27-2014, 12:33 AM
That is pretty damn cool!! On Tapatalk so didn't see the tubes at first, 1st thought was valves, I don't see any valves! (And I call myself an audiophile, well, actually an audio enthusiast, “gave” my mom my 2 channel Cambridge integrated so she can play her vinyl and CD's without any of the fussing around with digital stuff, just hit a button)

In a youngin so only got into the 2nd to last Dr series (I think, had the black girl with curly hair and ended with dalecks? If that's correct, been awhile) a few years before it canceled, but I loved it. It was a big deal, lots of friends over to watch on the home theater gear. Think the Tardis was red in that one.

Excellent job again!!

And cool story about the police boxes.


12-27-2014, 12:41 AM
Apparently the first tardis was red- then they went blue. I searched for the 'official' color, and this was close to it. Of course, looking at the pics online the color is generally darker and some were grey.

I wasn't a Dr Who fan- more of a Trekkie, hence my desire to 'upgrade' it with a warp engine. How was I going to duplicate the look of a large room inside, with the multi-faceted control panel et al- the mirror deck gives some of that illusion. The kids loved them anyway.

12-28-2014, 12:14 AM
I love it! Looks great, you did a really job!

Looks like they must of changed colors a couple times. I was never a sci-fi guy, but a roommate got me into it. The “Dr Who” I got into was on from ? to sometime in the 2000's. Then it was EVERY episode Stargate. EVERY!! LOL. He had every season on DVD. A Stargate could be your next project :D


12-28-2014, 02:05 AM
That's ironic- one of the thoughts that occurred to me several times was to try to incorporate a stargate in some way. I wanted to do something that was kind of ornate. I could have really gotten lost in the project if it wasn't for the time factor- as it was I pulled an all-nighter, then all the next day to get it done- and we were a bit late in delivering them.

When I was doing sound and lights in Africa for a rock band, I came up with a visual that was basically a projected image of a negative with a hole burnt through it. I played with that a bit, and got it to the point where you could project that image and it looked like a portal that you could walk through into another world. It would have been interesting if I could have maybe added a reflected image of that into the mirror deck.

Heard from the lady who contracted me to build this- she said her daughter is just loving it more and more. Glad I could make someones day, or week-

An aside- the feet on these things are adjustable. They are carriage bolts, so the rounded head is on the bottom and you can adjust the bolt using the four-sided part just under the head. In order for the feet to not make an indent into the floor, I figured a coaster of sorts with a rounded indent in it would make a good interface between the foot and the floor. The final result was that I stuck a felt pad onto a steel washer, and each carriage bolt head nests into the hole in the washer. Sort of a self-aligning footpad, and it spreads the load. I've used the carriage bolt foot on some of my cabinets in the shop, where the floor is concrete, and this might be a good thing to do here also- minus the felt pad.

The felt pads I used were slightly larger in diameter than the washers. To 'passivate' the exposed sticky areas, I simply drizzled some fine sawdust onto those areas. Gets rid of the sticky. I got to use my press as well- once all the felt pads were stuck onto the washers, I put the stack of them into the press and gave it a good squeeze. Just making sure they were truly stuck on-