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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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  • Recent Status Updates

    • Ferrain

      Emergency surgery to 3D printer following yesterdays disaster, I'd still like to know what happened to the material that was still on the build plate when I left.
       
      Oh well - Another attempt at printing the gear for dome rotation will follow shortly (monitored all the way).
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    • GsiVec

      So it has been decided i will be building the NSD. parts are already starting to accumulate, and the mk5 mod has now been built and working, yes it's probably a  little early to be making it talk.but al will become clear s the build takes shape
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    • Elsa Frostiri

      That moment when you find the perfect electric wheelchair for your Dalek at the local second-hand shop, and the price tag's waaaay more than you're currently able to spend... 

       
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  • New Posts

    • THAT'S the way to display a Dalek. Looks great.
    • Marley, you can also do an advanced search (titles only) for the word weight, to see other aspects of 'weight' that have been discussed.
    • Moving along. Slowly but surely. Steady as she goes.

      Last night I .......
      Started filling in and sanding one side of a gun box. and began filling in around the mid section and the belt in front of it. Looking better and better.

        So I'm out in the shed using Bondo on my Dalek to fill in gaps, make things look good. Having fun. Listening to David Bowie's Best of Bowie, and it starts raining, and it starts getting worse and worse and louder and louder. So I check the weather. Big old salad on the screen on my tablet. Looks like lettuce underneath a whole lot of tomato coming our way, lots of red and green on the weather map. Well, I leave the Dalek in the shed, wrap the tablet in a plastic bag from the shed, Bowie and Freddie still playing "Pressure" as I make the run from the she to get indoors. On the way the Freddie Mercury sings "These are the days it never rains but it pours". Well, I thought it was hilarious anyway.

      Today I worked on the interior of the gunboxes. I never routed out the back of the gun boxes inside so I had to use a dremel to sand it back and then regular old 60 sandpaper to smooth it out further inside. It's not perfect but it will work. You can also see the interior patch job. It's a little rough but it works.


      I have a lot of cleaning up to do inside the shoulders. When I stopped working on this years ago I never got around to removing the excess fiberglass inside the shoulders that I used to make the top of the shoulders level. The bottom section of the shoulders is pretty rough as well as the base warped. I'm going to try to sand and fill this to and nice even level that will wrap close around the top of the skirt.

    • Hi Marley. Weight is a massive issue with these things. There are lots of variables depending on choice of materials and there thickness. As a rule fibreglass is the lightest then probably plywood then lastly MDF which can be fairly heavy but does give a better finish.    So ive finished carboarding the shoulders. I then transferred the templates to my choice of cladding which is 3mm MDF. I cut out the MDF templates with a jigsaw and also cut out the gun ports using great care. These were then sanded square and test fitted. Im very nervous about now fitting the actual cladding as it seems very fragile and I'm worried they will snap and break when I try and fit them. I know some people say soak them in warm water first and some don't but what is the best way to fit these to avoid any breakages? How long do I soak etc etc.    The below picture shows the area I'm most worried about breaking as well as the rear panel bottom corners. 
    • Thanks I will do that. Now why didn't I think of putting the slats on first. Good idea. 
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