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  1. Howdy all! just a few pics of the inside detail of the gazing globe holders and playing around.
  2. Looking good Simon!
  3. Morning everyone! I started playing with drilling the gazing globes. What fun! I bought myself a Drill Hog off Amazon- So I set the globe on a roll of Duct Tape and held with my left hand- wearing a leather glove because I know what will happen if I don't, lol. I drilled in the small hole that was in the ball with a 5/16 (.312) diameter center drill to open it up for a starting hole for the longer drill that I used to drill the other end of the globe before I opened it up with the drill hog for the Gun tube. It worked out for the 1" diameter gun tube. I tried it for the larger diameter arm tubing and had problems once I got past the 1" step on the hog drill. It didn't seem to cut at the larger diameters. So maybe there is a sharpness issue? I am running it as slow as my little drill press would run and with oil and still no good. So I will try a few tricks later tonight when I get home. I was afraid I might have work hardened the area with the drill so I'll try breaking the edge with my dremel and a grinding stone. But all in all- this went better then I thought it would. And of course the goose bumps you get when you set the arms in the shoulders and stand back and take a look is well worth it! Getting closer and closer! Now- off to read the other build diaries again! lol.
  4. Happy Birthday Bec!! it sounds like you had a nice one! I really enjoy your build diary. Stephen
  5. Good Morning all! Not much new progress- just sand, bondo, sand, scream, bondo and sand some more! I finally painted some primer on the gun boxes and shoulder area because if found you can stare at the area forever and not know if your done or not! lol. The primer helped me see that I didn't have much more to fill and I was over thinking it! So I will get some pics of that to post for you all. In the mean time- I drilled the holes in the neck rings for the 3 dowels. I went to Harbor Freight here in the USA and bought a cool little drill guide. It was about 20 bucks so it isn't the best quality, but it helped me get the 5° angle that I needed for the dowels. I hope all your builds are going well!
  6. lol- sounds like a plan Ashkorewd! sounds like an extermination plan! hahah I have friends that go to Wondercon and the Amazing Comicon in las vegas- so that will good places to start our introduction to the humans! And to quote from the daleks and cybermen "This is not an invasion- this is pest control"! and thank you. it is a learning process building this. But like I tell my wife as she rolls her eyes, "honey- this will make building the next couple of daleks a lot easier!"
  7. lol- I know what you mean Ashkorewd. I work in Anaheim right now but live up in the high desert near Victorville. so- have you looked at the plans on this site and picked out what Dalek you want to build?? My build diary is in the 60's TV area. they seemed to be the easier of the builds and I am not a wood worker- lol. and I am proving that everyday with my build! hahaha. but I am doing it and happy as I go. I've learned in making cosplay armor- all sins can be hidden with paint and aging! Boy is my Dalek going to be painted, hahaha. so- pick a Dalek and also order the builders manual from this site- that will be your bible as you work. Also look at the other build diaries- they have tons to tips in them that will make this project easy. I buy most of my stuff at Lowe's since they are close. Home Depot will have some items as well. Hobby Lobby for the Xmas ornaments you will use as the hemispheres. FRY's electronics carry the magic 8 balls for the eye and Amazon for the 4" diameter arm gazing globes. And just ask-they people on here are really helpful.
  8. Welcome ashkorewd and good luck! if you have any questions- ask. I'm half way through mine and having a blast. I'm in Socal also.
  9. Good Morning everyone! The weather is getting better here in So-cal, we go to daylights savings time on Sunday so I will get 1 hour more of light after work to play with the Dalek. I've been working on skinning the back side of the shoulders since I permanently mounted the gun box in. I was able to get all glued and nailed except for the final side seam before I ran out of daylight. It's been 34° here at night, 32°= 0° for our metric friends. So when the sun goes down, it gets cold really fast. I will finish up the final seam tonight. I've been hunting for my arm poles the last few week ends at swap meets to no avail. Since I've been making my Dalek- I've been trying to think outside of the box and find items I can use for the bits and bobs it requires. The wife and I vend clothes at some of our shooting events and we have a few racks that break down that we use. Guess what they are made of? Chrome tubes- lol. The look in her eyes when I started getting excited about how perfect they were was priceless. We went to a discount store and I found a clothes rack with 1" and larger diameter chrome tubes in it for $12.99. So her racks are safe and I can start planning the gun and Claw arm. I'll post pics of what I bought later so you all can see them. Time to make a jig and drill the gazing globes!
  10. Welcome Callahan- Have fun!
  11. Hi Simon- I bought my 4" diameter steel balls off amazon- I hope the link works. https://www.amazon.com/Rome-704-S-Stainless-Polished-Diameter/dp/B0019ID32O I cut my gun box holes to 3.7 ish in diameter and the balls fit perfect. I still haven't drilled them yet, but that is next.
  12. Thanks Simon! I will go see how you drilled for the trefoil. I finished up gluing all the inside strips last night in the skirt- not photo worthy, lol. Tonight is sand and fill the outside angles on the skirt and make it look symmetrical- or at least like I kinda knew what I was doing when I put it all together!
  13. Hi Simon- Thanks as for the neck rings- no not yet. I cut the OD and just ran a small cut around the inside so I have an idea where to drill my 3 rod guide holes. I will work on them this week end. I'm thinking I will finish drilling the holes then cut the 45° angle on the outside then finish the ID cut out. I've been filling and sanding the mistakes on the gunbox, lol and gluing strips into the skirt section in place of fiber glassing it. Your build is looking great btw!
  14. Good Morning my friends! Not too much going on- just filling and sanding and you all know how much fun that is! I dragged all the pieces together and did a quick stack up just for inspiration- and boy I gotta tell you, if you ever get discouraged on your build or if you think it is taking for ever- just put it all together and stand back! You will get fired up again to do more work! Enjoy the day and make something!
  15. lol- I know, right Simon! I lucked out and the wife was out when I mixed the stuff up. I forgot how aromatic the stuff is from my teenage years when I used it on my cars. I let it sit outside for a few hours before I brought the gun box back into the house, lol. I filled the screw holes and will sand the box up before I mount it permanent in the shoulders.
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