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  1. This was about seven years ago when they presumably still held plenty of the stuff in stock. From memory, the £40-ish sheet was quite small, about enough to do one Dalek. I needed to do two, so with postage it was pushing towards £100 which is one of the reasons I didn't go for it at the time. I took the cheap option and used Wireform.
  2. I never had a sample of 801A. I probably didn't spot it at the time. I'll try and get some shots of 922 from different angles though, as it probably is the closest in 'structure' to the original. A pity the minimum order is so high now. I probably should have bought some of this stuff when they had it in stock. From memory the minimum order was about £40 back then.
  3. I did get a sample of the 922a from them when I was originally trying to source something for my build. It is a very dense mesh, but the pattern itself is much smaller than on the speaker grill stuff. Here is a comparison between the two: Plus a few others I looked at. From left to right we have the speaker grill mesh, then Wireform mesh, kitchen mesh and finally 922a on the right. The pattern on Wireform is similar in size to the vintage stuff, but it's very thin and very transparent. It damages very easily and does need speaker cloth backing. The kitchen mesh is cut from a frying pan splatter shield. I've never identified the grade, but it is much stronger than Wireform. It looks very good but is still too transparent to use without a cloth backing. I also had a sample of mesh 901a from them, but that was just the car body repair type mesh IIRC. I'll post a shot of the vintage speaker grill mesh with a scaling reference. For some reason the mesh looks very 'open' in these shots. In reality the holes appear very small from most angles. Maybe I should spray it silver as that would show the true structure of the mesh better.
  4. Cracking does seem to be a major problem with acrylic slats. Although I didn't get any snapped slats on my last attempt, I do have fracture lines forming on several of them. I guess in a battle between a metal pin and a perspex slat it's not surprising the metal wins sometimes. I am interested in the use of Polycarbonate perspex. A guy on youtube uploaded this video showing the punishment a 3mm sheet can take: I do wonder if it would be too flexible for use on Dalek slats though. It does seem more bendy than acrylic, perhaps unacceptably so. I may order some up to see.
  5. Blimey. All I can suggest is widening the holes in the slat. You can try adding washers, but I would have thought that the collar itself would take the strain away from the rear of the slat if the hole size is 3.2mm. How many compressions of the riveter are you taking before it pops? I've found that multiple little compressions can sometimes be more gentle than trying to pop them in only two stages. You just have to keep sliding the rivet gun back up to the rivet head each time. Alternative materials are an option. There are soft set rivets available apparently, though I've never used them. If the perspex itself is somehow too brittle then I will find out in the coming week since I ordered mine from the same place. Perhaps polycarbonate slats may be the answer? They definitely won't crack like this, but will flex more.
  6. Hi Ian, I drilled a pair of Birch wooden balls for my build using flat bits. I advanced them pretty slowly and they cut ok. I bolted the balls between two pieces of wood with circular holes in - just like the way they are held in the Dalek itself, then clamped the whole thing to the pillar drill table. When I did mine I drilled each one halfway, then turned it upside down and drilled it through until the holes met in the middle. They lined up well, but I did have the luxury of a pre-drilled 6mm pilot hole to keep them on track. If you can find a drill long enough to make one I'd start with that. Best of luck with this! Jonathan
  7. Looking good! You must be just about ready to fit the mesh and slats now? Just going back to something you asked a couple of pages back. I'm in the process of making a new collar for my Dalek and was looking at some of the older episodes for reference. Something in episode 2 of Masterplan caught my eye - one of the Daleks has its rearmost slat snapped in half. It's difficult to see through the mesh, but I reckon the rear wrap is still there underneath as a rectangular shape does seem to be visible. Not a feature I'm intending to replicate, but I thought you might be interested to have a look yourself. J
  8. The Evans Dalek has had its mesh replaced, although apparently the pattern of the original mesh was left stencilled in paint on the neck bin surface. I was lead to believe it was the same pattern as this stuff, rather than circular mesh. Maybe I misunderstood, but that was the tip off I was given to look for this speaker grill mesh in the first place. I think it's quite possible that different meshes were used during the sixties across the props. Considering how much the other parts of the props got battered during the first few years I wouldn't mind betting the mesh was replaced at various points too. Even the coarse mesh fitted in Day of the Daleks has been replaced by Genesis and that was much tougher stuff. Yeah, I must admit the holes do seem to be slightly different on my sample, but given that they are only about 1.5mm wide we are talking tenths of a millimetre difference, which I think would be acceptable. If Bion could make anything similar I think it will be a major step up from what we are using now.
  9. I have some of this type of mesh, but in steel. It's quite a bit different to all of the modern meshes I've seen. It's more like a cheese grater in miniature, with much less 'open' area than expanded mesh. When the original movie Dalek was put up for auction in Derby I took a bit with me to compare against the original. The rusty bit on the left is the steel sample I took - the original stuff was aluminium. The holes looked perhaps a little larger on my sample, but we couldn't be sure due to the thick layer of paint on the Dalek mesh. Also, the two examples of mesh are not being photographed at exactly the same angle, which is crucial with this stuff as the holes change shape quite dramatically depending on the angle it is being viewed from. Either way this stuff is by far the closest I've ever seen. If they can make something like this again it will be well worth it. Now you mention it, I can see what look like tiny circular holes on early TV props. This is Dalek 6 in DIOE.
  10. Hi Hux, What substance or surface are trying to seal?
  11. There seems to be another Nylon type substance called Acetal which is made in grey, but I don't know if it was made back then.
  12. I used screws on my upper collar but encountered the same problem with the heads causing certain slats to bulge. To get around it I removed the roundhead screws which were covered by slats and put countersinking ones in their place. I dared to countersink into the metal collar very slightly so that they ended up quite flat. Another option would be to file the existing heads down a little. Slat positions are looking good!
  13. Ooh gosh, thanks, that would be marvellous. The wooden bushing I have now renders the telescopic arm totally unusable at this time of the year. The wood absorbs moisture, expands and it just gets stuck in position. Nylon is definitely the way to go, so yes please!
  14. Looking good. Getting the discs to fit the tube precisely is absolute murder. I had terrible trouble with mine. Those Nylon bits look very nice indeed. I'm really envious!
  15. Great work! Looks like you've blended in the new fibreglass extremely well. Have you made up a sandpaper-clad hemisphere to clean up the holes?
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