Yardley Jones Builds
A work colleague would
like a TARDIS, so who am I to refuse? He's a McCoy fan, so he'll like the
standard Yardley Jones build (with the correct signs and colour).
The last two YJ models
I've made have been for other people, leaving me without one of my own. So
this time I think I'll try two builds in parallel - one McCoy era and one Tom
Baker era. I started last week, and the 8 primary faces are cut and
Roll on June (!!)
I finally carry on with
the build almost two months later. It was so daunting cutting out 8 sides
and 16 window frames that I couldn't face putting it all together. However
now here it is.
First I glued all 16 of
the window frames into their correct places. Next - painting. I've
decided I'm going to go for two different colour models here, so one set of
windows is done in my old traditional Royal Blue, the other in a Flat
Blue. White primer undercoat of course. When that's dry, I glue
squares of Milk Bottle plastic on the back.
Finally I do my usual
series of cardboard struts up and down the inside, to give the box strength and
prevent "bowing". However I don't want light shining through the windows
and showing up the inside, so I decide to compartmentalise the top of the box so
each set of windows is isolated from the others. This gives me an idea
about straightening the top. I calculate exactly how long these struts are
to make a right-angled triangle. This has the effect of actually forcing
the top into a (relatively) perfect square. Chuffed with my good idea, I
make a thinner one for the bottom of the box.
Here's what the inside
looks like from underneath. That bowing of the sides is actually the
"barrel" effect of my new digital camera, not the sides themselves.
Although I previously used the idea of the roof tabs fitting "inside" the box to
force it square, I'd honestly forgotten that method, so went for the usual
here. It looks square enough, though, so no harm done.
Two snuggly-fitting bases
now on. Look at that precision fit! The boxes are now
The corner posts are now
fitted, by building up layers of card. The last layer is wider, and it has
to be sealed off with a long thin strip of beading pushed (and glued) down into
Oh, and I've done
the bases too...
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