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John K's Second Dalek - Resurrection Type


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Well, this is a blast from the past.... I thought I'd lost all my pictures of this build, then I caught up with a mate yesterday who mentioned that he had loads of pictures of it. Later that evening, they all arrived on my Whatsapp.

 

I built this guy in the late 90's. Measurements were mostly derived from a Sevans model. The dome was cast up for me, but I can't remember who by.

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The skirt turned out okay, possibly a touch steep at the rear, but no worse overall than many of the TV Goons props. It was all wood - so, so much wood - and quite heavy. The hemis were plastic which HUGE bolts fitted, much longer than actually required. I appear to have done some basic fibreglass work to hold it all together. I'm guessing this would be a Halfords pack. It looks like I used very thick wood for the returns! But I'm pleased to see a knee bar in there!

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The shoulders were also wooden, a ply frame skinned in very thin ply. The antennae boxes were, as you will have noticed, mounted very wonky, using huge coach bolts. Poor! The collars and slats must have been aluminium, and I guess the mesh must have been steel as it's clearly rusting in these pictures.

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The shoulders seem rather out of shape to me, I'm guessing I got something wrong. Too narrow at the top, and the bottom looks rather too straight.

 

Wooden balls for antennae, gun metal, plastic tube for the sucker arm, with wooden internal dowel for both plunger and gun. I could have done with that plunger for my Necros build!

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Neck was wooden with some sort of metal gauze wrapped around and cloth tacked inside. Looks like the neck rods are a touch too vertical. Ball bearings were set into the top of the neck for the dome to rotate on, and a metal arm with a hole for a bolt for the dome to pivot around.

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Dome was quite a heavy cast, but not too bad for the time. Eye was solid wood, clearly the dowel is too thick, and I think the iris was just printed on paper and glued in! Dome lenses were the orange version of the MP888s, but incorrect mounting grommet. There was a bolt fitted to the apex of the dome inside to spin on. I think the dome control was just a loose handle bolted to the back of the eye pivot.

 

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Painted in Halfords Hurricane Grey, gloss black and gloss white (best we had at the time!).

 

I did some filming with it, I must try to dig out those tapes. I sold it at some point in the early 2000s. I wonder if it's still out there now, or did it go on a bonfire? It'd be nice to think that someone is still getting some fun out of it.

 

I'd like to think that I've improved my workmanship in the intervening 20 years.

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I remember this! I think it successfully captures the look of the 80s props really well, especially when you consider how little info was around in those days.

 

Didn’t you shoot a video with this and another Dalek, with one of them toppling over in a battle sequence?

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Yeah, I think it looks pretty bad from today's perspective, but I was looking at some Longleat 2003 pics he also sent me, and most of the Daleks are pretty out in one way or another.

 

The fall was an accident. The Dalek was coming down a ramp, overbalanced and fell over. Fortunately the guy inside was fine, but the Dalek got that crack in the shoulders and a fair bit of general damage. I seem to the recall what we shot looked alright, but it was insanely ambitious for a zero-budget film!

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Any chance someone has digitized a copy?

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I'm not sure I'd want it uploaded in its raw state, it needs editing and effects first... but I'll have a look.

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I must say the inaccuracies and generally aged appearance really captures the more.. brutalised look of the 1980s props, the distortions here work in its favour, a superb vintage!

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Everyone is far too kind. I think, if you'd kept in right at the back of a long shot, and painted it the right colour, it might have just about fitted in in Resurrection! :)

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I love the sort of half A-frame you had going. I’ve got it! A /-frame!

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I'd be pretty happy with that now!!  Still looks great! :)

 

Is that an Andy Shaw dome, that were doing the rounds about that time? It has a similar flattened profile.

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@monkeytennis I'm not sure, I honestly can't recall where I got it - but not from Andy Shaw directly. I was thinking just the same, it does look just a little flat.

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