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      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.

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  3. Project Dalek Technical

    1. Technical Questions

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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.

  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.

    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!


  • New Posts

    • Bottom skirt panel cut and now I'm ready for the dreaded fibreglass stage. Oh dear. 
    • A huge thanks to Glenn here in Oz for all of his invaluable help .....A true gentleman
    • I like the look of the build, and the progress so far. Could slip a few more pictures in there for us. Pictures make all the difference.   Kev.
    • Wow... it's been a month. I've managed to get quite a bit done in a month- it's been really exciting seeing the top-half come along!   I took my routed rings and made the neck-ring section. It was slightly difficult to get the whole thing looking nice- I tried to get clever by 'drilling' the holes in the rings, but the trefoil dowel was tight \ bending and it looked atrocious. So I took it all out, cut 'triangular' sections out of the rear of each ring and filled the gaps with putty afterwards. I used some walking stick tips (from work) that were the right size to correctly 'gap' the spaces. It took me most the day, but the end result was quite good!         I got a phone call from my friend who had cut up my slats- I picked them up. I got a few extras made up, just in case. I printed off the helpful PDF template for the shoulder collars and stuck the pages together. Carefully I traced the template onto my aluminium- 2x tops, 2x bottoms- and cut them out (fairly poorly) with my jigsaw. I then gathered the lot and handed it over to my mate who is an aluminium polisher. I have asked him to (please) clean up the edges on my collars, then brush the following:   * gun tube
      * gun rods (aluminium knitting needles)
      * slats
      * collars
      * stainless appendage balls   I already have the plunger tube, brushed to match. I am still waiting for the aluminium to arrive back- but it's getting exciting!       I visited my robotics workshop last Sunday hoping one of the guys would help me make my dome and- to my delight \ amazement- a friend of mine GAVE me one he had spare. I was extremely grateful; I know, I'm a lucky guy with great friends.       I popped the dome on top and photographed my very first stack shot!       Anyway, time waits for no man... I stated working on my final plunger. Using AdamST's handy diagram I made up some bushes for inside the tubing. It was mostly walking stick parts, plastic knobs and the occasional strip of electrical tape- after a lot of cursing and muttering I had made it all work. I then knocked up a couple of 'end caps' out of MDF... a holesaw and some patience produced a couple of really neat caps that were then primed and painted in a metallic silver paint. Here is the end result:         I cut the front hole in the dome for the eyestalk- but didn't make it wide enough for the pivot. No matter- my mates at the workshop wanted to get a progress shot of me with the Dalek so far: this is (I am fairly sure) the first photo of me WITH my Dalek. So proud.         I began work on the eye pivot and mounting... it wasn't too tricky, but I am yet to receive my threaded rod (I only had solid rod and I am using a camera- it's in the post, should arrive over the next few days). I made up the pivot out of two 102mm holesaw pieces glued together... I need to clean it up, but I managed to counter-sink two nuts inside each half of the pivot and drill through the top straight. Amazing!         I tested out the eye pivot and it works well enough! I plan to make it electronic, so that's the next step.     Finally, here is a stack shot of the Dalek so far, without pivot on eye:     I am VERY excited to have gotten this far.
    • Some more Ideas for you. Plastic sleeve to reduce the internal size of the Dalek gun. At 22mm internal, you would need a lot of smoke/fog to travel through the gun. At 8mm internal, you might be able to use less of the smoke/fog for the gun to work.   Get a small sealed roller bearing as well.   If you had 1 of those 12 volt air pumps for inflating air beds and kids inflateable toys, then you might be able to push air down 1 side of the gun and smoke/for down the centre of the gun.   If you could get air flow down the barrel of the gun, then the positive air pressure should be able to push the fog mixture out further. Positive air pressure pushes outwards, and at the back of the air flow will be negative pressure as a vacuum. The air pressure and vacuum should be able to push out and drag out the fog mixture further away from the gun. Air is clear, so you can't see it. Only the smoke/fog mixture is visible. Thinking about it, without enough air flow, then any low pressure fog mixture could appear to dribble out the end of the gun barrel, and not be projected and pushed outwards.   Found the plastic sleeve here, when I was looking for some 1 inch aluminium tubing.   This is an air blower for inflating children's jumping castle's It gives big air flow. Hooked up to a fog machine, you would get a lot of fog to fill a room real fast. Of course it would be impractical to strap this thing to the back of a Dalek and drag an electrical extension lead.   Looking out for a smaller air blower to use on 12 volt DC would be more practical. Kev.
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