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  1. Welcome to the Project Dalek Forum

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    1. Hello & Welcome

      Members can use this section to introduce themselves and find out who's building Daleks near them. Please post in the sub-forum that relates to your location and also supply a town or regional location.

      When introducing yourself, you might also want to add your location to the Member Map. This will greatly increase your likelihood of finding friends and help, locally.

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    3. Newsflash

      Essential information, forum business etc.

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  3. Project Dalek Technical

    1. Technical Questions

      General Forum (software) technical questions. Problems searching, posting, downloading or opening files? Ask here.

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    2. Downloads Talk

      Download discussions and download news. Note: the downloads themselves are accessible by clicking on the links in "Project Dalek Essentials", at the top of the page.

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    3. Plans Discussion

      Problems with plans? Disagree with dims?
      Frank open discussion welcome here.

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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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    2. Dalek Showcase

      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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    4. Active Members Area

      Information, plans, downloads etc for active Project Dalek members

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  5. The Workshop: Dalek Construction & Design Discussions

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    7. 7: Finishing Off

      Colour schemes, detailing, finishing touches.

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  6. Build Techniques

    1. Working with GRP

      Problems with fibreglassing or moulds? Ask here.

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    2. Working with Wood & MDF

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

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    3. Working with Metals

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

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    4. Plastics

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

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    5. Paint

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

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    6. Other Materials

      Post here for help with materials not covered above!

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  7. Advanced Dalek Building

    1. Voice Modulators

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

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    2. Electronics & Electrical

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

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    3. Motorisation

      Adding motors, batteries, control units, PIR etc.

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  8. Alternative Dalek Building

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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.

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    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.

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  9. The History Channel

    1. A History Of The Dalek Props

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

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    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.

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    3. The Oddballs

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

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  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.

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  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.

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    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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    • mikemurphy  »  mischief

      Hi,
      Sorry it has taken so long to respond but I thought I received an email notification when someone posted something, but obviously that is not the case.
      If you are still interested, email me at mikeandrashida@iinet.net.au
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    • LowKey

      Started slowly getting back into this project, 3D printing gun and eye parts for now!
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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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  • New Posts

    • Managed to get the first two layers of fiberglass done last night, but had to stop because TechShop was closing for the night. Went back for a few hours today and got 2 more layers added on, for a total of 4. Im honestly considering doing a 5th and even 6th layer when I get back in the shop next. XD I want this mold to be very, very sturdy.

      The first two layers I just used the resin on its own.     Then for the 3rd I added black pigment, and then yellow pigment for the 4th layer. This is just to make it easier to distinguish the layers and see any spots I may have missed.  
    • Hi;   Whenever I post a topic I set the slider at the bottom to receive notifications but I don't get any. I have just changed my email address to another that I use to see if that makes any difference but are there any other settings that I need to look at?   Thanks  
    •   Vince - sounds like I may need to pick your brains at some point :-) What motors are you using ?  The 25A is a lot cheaper than the 32A but I guess it all depends on the stall current draw from the motors? (Or at least that's what I can remember from my early days of robotics)  
    • Thanks! I figured as much, but I figured Id double check to be sure.
    • I foresee a few problems with this approach:   The mold itself would be a much more complex shape, making it much harder to remove cleanly, and likely requiring you to make the mold out of a greater number of pieces in order for it to wor Doors. As it is, a Dalek (or at the very least, an NSD. I dont have personal experience with any other models.) wont fit through a standard doorway in its assembled form. You have to the skirt off the fender and carry the fender in sideways to get it to fir through the door, and most times you also have to remove the bottom couple rows of Hemis from the wide side panels in order for the skirt to fit. Strength. If the mold was all one piece, and thus the final skirt/fender combo was one piece, I would be very concerned about the structural integrity of the point where the skirt would normally meet the fender. If its all one piece, then the entire weight of the dalek is sitting on that 'corner' where the fiberglass goes from the vertical skirt panels to the horizontal top of the fender. That part would have to be SERIOUSLY reinforced all the way around the circumference of the skirt. Transport. Even if you have doors big enough to fit the fender and skirt through, without disassembling, how are you going to transport the Dalek? Many cars, minivans and hatchbacks will fit an entire dalek inside when its broken down into its different parts, but if the fender and skirt were one piece, youd need much more space inside your vehicle to fit it. So unless you have a pickup truck or a large SUV or some such, transporting it would be an issue. All in all, I feel like the amount of fiberglass saved would be negligible. I mean youre basically avoiding having to make, what, a few inches worth of fender, and the bottom flat surface of the skirt? Thatd be only a few square feet. And for all the added difficulty a joined skirt and fender would give you, I honestly dont think its worth it.
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