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  1. Excellent start here, will be watching the build as it progresses!
  2. Back again with a couple of updates. I have had a think about the shapes I previously cut out for the dome and I see that the 3mm thickness is just too much. Se are losing the taper on the dome and the eie piece is just rough so I have decided to scrap these pieces and will be redoing them in a more economical 1mm thickness. This means I will need to cut them at the centre point and attach my brass par directly to the template as oppose to drilling them out, I may lose a little of the control but I think it will be worth it in the long run. Onward with the plans and I have drawn out some more templates, for the skeletal structure going inside the skirt and the shoulders section You can hopefully see the structure coming through on the drawings themselves. Since drawing them out in Photoshop I had a rethink about the thickness of the styrene I will be using for the skeleton. Originally I had thought 1.5mm for the vertical "struts" would be enough and 1mm for the horizontal supports. After printing them and hmming and hawing I decided to up them to 3mm thickness for the vertical and 2mm for the horizontal. This will provide a sturdier base for the styrene cladding and resin parts and tubes I will be adding. So I have started transferring the drawings to styrene and adding the extra bit to the slots I have planned so a bit of impromptu measurements were in order while transferring. So far I have all 12 required vertical struts redrawn on styrene just waiting to be cut. At least with these they are all pretty much straight lines so I shouldn't have the trouble I did with the clay templates. Next update should have some actual model building
  3. Thanks Mechmaster. I think the majority of the build will be about 0.75mm Styrene for the cladding so I shouldn't have too much trouble with the Olfa I got I made a start on cutting out the templates for lathing out the main circular forms but at 3mm its a little thick, I may got 0.75mm for the smaller shapes as you can see the details start t get lost on the eye piece and the dome shape seems to have lost the signature taper while I was scribing out the shapes, I need it to be robust enough to hold its shape while lathing and to have a central "axel" to spin around.
  4. Just ordered some parts so I can get started on this build. Various grades of styrene sheet, some NSP clay, Brass rod, and this cool little cutter I found for cutting circles http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/222184223693?_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT, supposed to be paper but I would say it will do well on styrene with a little persuasion. Will be getting the electronics next month as the above has put a nice dent in my wages for now! Next post should be some actual building, huzzah!
  5. Thanks Trackhappy, I will look into those, cant get anything before Friday but should be able to start getting things together at that stage!
  6. I wonder if this simple circuit will work in conjunction with a simple audio player?
  7. This is really interesting Trackhappy! I was just looking there at an instructable about playing WAV files from an Arduino nano: http://www.instructables.com/id/Playing-Wave-file-using-arduino/ I was looking further into adding MP3 support but knowing nothing about the subject doesn't really help! And adding the TIP31 may or may not work with the above. Please do get back to me on this one, if we can figure out a way for getting a push button to trigger audio (MP3 or WAV) maybe 4-5 samples otherwise in sequence or random? WIth our nice flashing lights of course
  8. Hey Trackhappy, That's brilliant, I have been looking at Arduino for the sound to light and with all the really complex tutorials out there I cant fins anything that does this apparently simple modification, Feel free to pop up your results here and if you do come up with a circuit do let me know. I know nothing about Arduino programming so any help would be much appreciated. I'm not sure now on the Genie 14 board, It may not have the memory to hole proper samples, but the robotic motor board has really peaked my interest. Something that I did see was using a TIP31 Transistor attached to a speaker cable, an LED and a power source will make the light blink with audio but I'm not sure if this would only work with powerful amplifiers, plus I was hoping to get some ambient background sounds when the unit is powered up, also using a capacitor on the eye LED to fade it up when it powers up.
  9. I got a little more research down on the Dalek build but unfortunately no actual building. I was wrecking my head looking for Electronics to power a simple sound to light with a couple of samples and came up with zilch. Until yesterday completely by chance I happened on the Genie line of kit boards: http://www.genieonline.com/boards/ Most notably the Genie 14 Audio Kit that does exactly what I am looking for. Looking further down the list I found the Genie 18 motor board and it got me thinking about articulation, using its function of servo motors I could power the dome to rotate, the eye stalk to move and the arms to also move while it talked and lit up and all for just over 50 Euro for the electronics! So that got me thinking about the rotation bearings @rjcornford used in his fantastic scale builds. I sourced the following bearings http://www.ebay.ie/itm/221089180217?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&var=520102884440&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT Which I would say will fit nicely in the neck area, with a bracket to the support skeleton and brass rods to create an armature to the dome, connected to a servo motor to rotate the head, another attached to the eye piece and a second servo, while a third would move the arms. Setting everything up under a single push switch I should be able to have my Dalek talk and move. Still early days and I am still to get a lot of the material I need to get going on the build but I'm very excited about these finds!
  10. An addition to this, I have found this module: https://www.rapidonline.com/genie-audio-14-kit-13-6046 I would need to hear the sample quality but this is looking like a really affordable option for sampled light and sound Daleks
  11. Hi there folks, I had started a thread in the general discussion thread about sourcing domes, hemispheres and mesh for a 1/6 scale and have decided to start a build thread. This will be long and drawn out as the time I have to put into models is low to begin with and I have a lot of projects ongoing. But this will be a labour of love so hopefully you will stick with me for the long run. I am currently in the planning phase so lots of drawings and searching and deciding and changing of minds. I started out with the fantastic plans for the classic Dalek put together by Malcolm Lear and John Darley and scaling them down first using google inches to millimetres then dividing by 6. Then I had to decide on materials, it will mostly be styrene with some resin casts for the odd and rounded shapes and some modellers mesh for the neck mesh. First order of business was the dome, hemispheres, eye and plunger, these are odd shapes and at first I thought about getting hemisphere molds and casting resin from them, then detailing with styrene. But the more I looked at the plans, the more I realised how difficult this would be, as the dome itself is a tapered hemisphere, the eye is two different diameter hemispheres cut to join and again sliced for the taper at the front, and the plunger is just a crazy shape I don't think I would be able to put together with styrene and a hemisphere. So I went about it another way. I got all the measurements for these parts, and the dome bulbs, and created a file with all the measurements. I then made a negative of the shapes, much like the dome former elsewhere in the forums but scaled to 1/6. You can see my results in the attached file. Plan is to use the negative shapes to sculpt the parts and plugs in clay, cutting the negative shapes from styrene and suing them to lathe the clay, then mold the main shapes and in the case of the plunger and dome to have plugs to mold the inner shapes. @John had suggested to me to do a sludge cast or mini fibre glass for the dome itself, will see what materials I have at my disposal. So that's it for the beginning, I am looking into electronics for light and sound, @RepeatedMeme sent me on some forum posts to look at so I will be drudging through them. I'm pretty sure this will be a "fairly" static build, I don't think I will have the dome rotate or the arm, gun or eyestalk movable, but we will see when I get to those stages. I now have to source some NSP Clay or plastecine to make my shapes, and a load of styrene for pretty much everything else. As the Dalek is mostly geometric or flat surfaces barring those mentioned I think Styrene sheet will be my best friend in this regard. One thing I am worries about is how to shape the collar section, it has some strange diameters and lines I will need to experiment with, the lathing technique will not work on this one (if it works at all!) so it may be a lot of heat bending styrene to get the correct shape, will worry about that when I get to it In the mean time I will be cutting out my templates (reckon on 3mm styrene with a 1-2mm brass rod as a centre line) and sourcing my clay. Stay tuned
  12. Thanks @RepeatedMeme I will check them out
  13. Am interested in a couple of mentions here. I am in the planning stages of a 1/6th scale classic Mk1, what I want to have is preloaded sounds from "The dead planet" as mp3 files that play one at a time on a push button hit and have LEDs fire in the bulbs, I have done searches but everything seems to be microphone driven, I'm looking for pre-loaded mp3 or wav effects. It would also be cool on power up if it played the "Dalek ship" sound in the background
  14. Brilliant, thanks so much I'm going to get going on this project as soon as I have the starting materials, I may use the fibre glass method or I may stick with the "plug" (Thanks for the terminology) But regardless, you can expect a build log starting up soon enough
  15. So I have been thinking about the dome, and doing up some rough drawings in photoshop have Left me a little perplexed about Making a cast with alternate diameter molds. So, I have come up with a template, inspired by John's suggestion of using the dome former. Attached is a picture of the former I have come up with. On top is the mater measurement converted from the classic Dalek plans to 1/6 scale. Below that is a cross section with the domes thickness taken into account (also note the additional taper to the inner dome to allow for the neck to slide into place) Then below that are two negative templates. My plan is, to cut the negative templates out of styrene and use them (with a 1mm pole placed into the centre line, I will probably need to use 3mm styrene to do this) Get some modelling clay and use the templates to lathe out the shape. Once that's done I will cast the larger dome in rubber. Then use resin to cast the shape with the inner clay mold as a spacer. Am I over thinking this or do you guys reckon it would be a good idea?
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    • chris harper

      Saturday spent fixing first bit of 6mm bendy mdf to my shoulder frame, I had a couple of clamps but a friend lent me about 8 and needed every one. My son in law loaned me his multi tool which cut like a dream, however, he needs it for work so had to give it back so went to Wickes and bought one for £25, a bit cheaper than his top of the range model but it still does a great job. Have fibre glassed my dome plug after waxing the he'll out of it, fingers crossed it will come off ok.
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