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    3. Plans Discussion

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  4. Member's Daleks

    1. Builders Progress Diaries

      Superb 'hands-on' reference material for new builders. When you start to build your (full size) Dalek, please join in by contributing your build diaries and photos here.

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      A place to show off your finished Daleks. Please share your photos with us here, even if you've already completed a build diary.

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    7. 7: Finishing Off

      Colour schemes, detailing, finishing touches.

  6. Build Techniques

    1. Working with GRP

      Problems with fibreglassing or moulds? Ask here.

    2. Working with Wood & MDF

      Working with wood. Making wooden sections. Problems and solutions.

    3. Working with Metals

      Collars, slats and mesh. Best materials, cutting and shaping.

    4. Plastics

      What type and when to use it. PETG, acrylic, polystyrene. Vac forming and pressure forming etc.

    5. Paint

      Paint types, compatibility, priming, spraying techniques, finishing and polishing.

    6. Other Materials

      Post here for help with materials not covered above!

  7. Advanced Dalek Building

    1. Voice Modulators

      All voice-mod related questions, reviews, research and development in here, please.

    2. Electronics & Electrical

      Non voice-mod electrical topics such as wiring, lighting etc.

    3. Motorisation

      Adding motors, batteries, control units, PIR etc.

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    2. Scale Daleks

      Just getting into dalek building? Decided to build a scale model before you attempt a full size version? Talk about it here.

    3. Speculative Dalek Projects

      Are you considering doing something a little different Dalek-wise? Plans still on the drawing board? Post here for discussions, advice and help.

  9. The History Channel

    1. A History Of The Dalek Props

      A detailed, in-depth look at the History of the Dalek props.

    2. The Family Album

      Did you or someone you know meet/photograph a Dalek in the 60's, 70's or 80's? Did you take photographs of Daleks at a fete or at the Blackpool Doctor Who exhibition etc? PLEASE email or share your pics here.

    3. The Oddballs

      Exhibition Daleks, stage Daleks, Edwin Hall Dalek ride etc.

  10. Project Dalek Community

    1. Events, Conventions and Meet-ups

      Now you've built your Dalek, why not get involved?
      Create events or let others know about events you're planning to attend. Sign up for and chat about existing events. It doesn't matter if you're not the organiser... if you're attending you can tell everyone here.

  11. The Dalek Basement

    1. Talking Daleks

      Dalek-related exhibitions, news, websites, suppliers and other items of interest to Dalek builders. See the sub forum (inside) for Dalek toys, models & DVDs.

    2. Downtime

      Dalek related but not build related, (no fiction). Post it here and we might let it stay, if it's interesting!


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    • badwolf9

      hello, i guess i should introduce myself: my name's pepita, i'm 17 years old and live in germany. i'm a huge fan of doctor who but also a lot more. last year i started cosplaying and i enjoy being creative and doing stuff so i decided to build my own dalek
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    • jbourd

      Ready for parts to arrive.... ugh
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    • jimmybav

      I'd love to chat to Jeremy Evans about his eye build YouTube vids but I cant seem to find him on the member map. I suppose I was just searching Wales because he sounds many family members.  
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    • well i've just posted a pic of some mesh that might be the stuff were looking for so I'm getting quite excited. Do you want to use the expanded raised mesh for the TV prop as I'm not sure if they ever did. I think some of the smaller speaker grill mesh you find on these new suitcase record players is a good match. I'll post a pic tomorrow.     Which are the steel bit's you refer to? is that the petals on the gun mechanism? Oh btw did you find a suitable fit for the aluminium tube for the eyestalk under the acrylic tubing? I've been analysing the second movie red props eyestalk when it breaks off down the bomb shaft and I think its wood because of its orange/brown colour at the end of the stalk. The Daleks from the first film also have a working mechanical eye despite the stalk being, presumably, a tapered wooden shaft. Hmmmm. I've just typed that and didn't think of it before lol.
    • Woop Woop!   We might have some good news. I contacted metal-mesh and they couldn't be more helpful unlike Bion. He even said when working with Bion they caused  them nothing but trouble.    However, although metal-mesh don't supply this mesh (although apparently they used too) he showed me some pictures of various grades of mesh that yet another company manufactures called 'The Expanded Metal company' and one of the mesh samples in the pics looked exact. See below 801A.     So lets hope its the same grade and they can still make it!  
    • Netfabb (basic\free) is the tool to repair\slice up a part that is too big for 3D printing, however I think that this is going to be a right pain in the rear to comfortably achieve with the software, let alone with a 3D printer afterwards (unless you have access to a industrial sized unit) & then assembling the sections afterwards.   If you must go down this route I would suggest that you 3D print the profile tool for making the former in the conventional way or cheat a little.    
    • Ok so I've got the bin and cage mounted to the shoulders. I just about had enough top shoulder ring to drill three M5 bolt holes through the shoulder ring and then through the bin. One at the front and one each side. The back will have to be just resting but it seems solid. The cage was mounted in exactly the same way. Captive insert nuts were epoxied into the underside of the bottom neck ring and then some M5 studs hastily epoxied into these. The neck cage then drops down around the bin and the M5 studs secured with nuts underneath. I know most people secure the bin to the cage and then to the shoulders but needs must etc and this way I can remove the cage without the need to remove the bin from the shoulders if I need to, provided I remove the dome first. Not many photos today because Mindy is camera shy but a few of me sat inside messing about. Boy he's small. I'm 6 foot one so its snug. I also slotted the holes for the cage a bit so I have some movement. This may help if the dome rotation is not 100%.. My gazing globes also arrived today but they are not 10cm as advertised they are actually 94mm so fall through the holes in the gunbox. Back to the drawing board on these. Has anyone else had this issue. I may now have to use majic 8 balls as originally planned but I would prefer the metal balls to be honest. 
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