Building a Model TARDIS
Lots of Painting...
Here's the completed lamp assembly. Use of a paint shield
is also essential when doing the blue round the windows.
I do like this colour blue. Not looking too bad now
(though this is only the first coat). Funny but it's quite sad to watch
all the detail being covered up by the uniformity of the paint. On the
other hand, it will hide a lot of my errors!
Well that's it for now...because unfortunately I have run out
of paint. Luckily for me it is freely available on eBay, so I've just
PayPal'd another pot!
Rhapsody in Blue
One delivered pot of Royal Blue
Acrylic later... It's had about 2 coats now and I'm leaving the base until
the last minute. It's still got a lot of little white specks that could do
with being "touched-up", and the camera shows them up very well.
Unfortunately when you're painting it, the reflections off the surface make
these very hard to see. In fact with such a dark paint job it's getting
harder to photograph. I had to severely lighten the third one along in
It must be the artificial
light of the flash you know, but it doesn't look this colour in real
life. However, I think it looks OK so far, even if the window frames
do look a bit ragged.
Oh...and look what's just made an appearance on the left-hand
Signs of the Times (and Relative Dimension in
As you see, the phone sign went on successfully,
so now to the rather more difficult task of the roof signs. They're 70mm
by 8mm and printed on laser acetate. The background is blue and the words
are clear, so I have to paint the back with white acrylic, then cut them
out. Luckily I've got 4 sets of 4 on the sheet so I can afford to
make a few mistakes.
I hadn't noticed that you can actually see the
boundary between the 4 printouts, which will make it easier to cut. Yes I know I
said I wasn't going to do a St John sign...and although I've painted it, I've
not cut it out yet, and I still may not stick it on...
On the other hand, maybe I
All Done Bar the Shouting
St Johns Sign is on.
Very difficult cutting round it (as you can see from the picture
above), 'cos although my hand may be steady, my eyesight's not
fantastic. Still...funky TARDIS, right?
Now to do the roof
signs. Had to slightly snip a mm or so off the end of a couple
of them, but other than that they went on well. Rubbed a bit of glue onto
the interior of the signboxes with my finger, then gently pushed the signs
into place. Looks OK with them on. In fact looks better than the
rest of it.
And finally one of those "perspective" shots that
always makes the TARDIS look so good.
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