My friends at TeeVillian.com have very kindly given me the opportunity
to giveaway one of my “Hard Dalek, Cold Dalek” shirts this week leading up to
the shirt being available for purchase on Monday (14th Oct)….
So what should we do in ways of a competition…. Well heres
how you can enter.
I want you to record yourself singing (yes… singing) the “Hard
Dalek, Cold Dalek” song. I need for you
to upload the video to either Facebook, Twitter or even YouTube and post the
link on my Facebook Page (http://www.facebook.com/paulbradfordghi)
now you can just sit in front of your webcam and recite the poem or you can get
creative, make it stand out. I want you
to use your imagination, no holds barred….
Competition starts NOW, all videos MUST be uploaded and
posted to my Facebook by Midnight Friday EST. The Winner will be picked and
notified on Sunday.
I guess its much the same as the normal shoulder section, however I don't go quiet so high. Now so there's no confusion as to what I'm talking about this is the turret Platform of which I speak
So here's where I am at. I made the platform from particleboard and the sides from hardboard. I recessed the screws and used filler to hide them.
I then made the collar (using the template found here on PDF) again using Hardboard
And lastly, after masking certain areas, I used expanding foam to fill in the gap. Tomorrow Ill use a knife to shape it and then use filler to make it all nice and neat. Then Ill start working on the turret itself. I will be making the turret rotate, and using a caster wheels mechanism as that should very well take the weight.
July 20th 2013
spend two weeks building an internal frame structure that would be strong enough to hold the weight and not topple over being as the gun will make this front heavy.
I call it the Wedding cake frame for obvious reasons....
This is basically the Shoulder and Neck section of the Dalek. The Turret actually stand a few inches taller than the standard (I know theres no such thing as standard) shoulder section. Which actually just allows for one neck ring.
my biggest concern is weight, however cost plays an even bigger part in my construction and so although this is heavy it has been reasonably cheap to construct with me using the plans as more a rough idea and me using a lot of artistic license
July 22 2013
I used expanding foam on the inside to help fill a few of the gabs then used Bondo on the outside, after a couple of hours of sanding I got it to a stage I was happy with. I was really pleased with how some of the curves came out. Im hoping to add some detail to the front panel later today and even start on the Vents for the rear panel
I simply measured the spacing, added a little liquid nails and geronimo, we have the vents. Once the glue is cured, Ill spray the whole thing in a PVA glue water mix which should not only seal it but also make it a little stronger. Added a few drink bottle lids for added detail all in all I know its not perfect but I rather like it.
July 25th 2013
like I said before the next few weeks are going to be real busy for me so I wanted to try and get what I could done before I left, So over the past two evenings Ive been getting the turret together and figuring out how I want to have everything looking and so far Im rather liking it
August 10th 2013
It has been a couple of weeks since my last update and theres a little bit to show. Ive continued work on the Turret section, still a lot to do but it certainly is coming along, also attached the neck ring with the custom braces. All in all I like how this is turning...
for the front panel I used a handful of different flash lights, most from the Dollar Store and some buttons that I had laying about in the TARDIS, once I start working on the electrics some of the lights will illuminate, not sure yet if Im going to have them flash or just remain on....
As you can see, although the bulk of this is the 2005 Dalek, I decided to go with the 80's imperial Neck mesh, using sequin waste and gold paper I think, certainly with this build it works nicely.
Being as Im paying homage to my first SWD which I had to sell to pay for my plane ticket to the US. Ive still got the slats to do and detailing on the sides of the turret so over the course of the weekend I may just give that a shot but for now heres the latest stack shot..
August 11th 2013
had a few hours before it got dark so I decided to go ahead and make a start on my gun.
its gonna be in two sections. the first will be attached to the Dalek and will simply allow people to pass it without hitting themselves on the gun when they walk past, the second part will attach for events and such to give the full awesomeness of his fire power...
Eventually it will be attached to a motor which will allow it to pivot up and down.
As you can see Im using a combination of different things to make the gun, from a plunger, to coffee can to frisbees. I'll hopefully manage to get section two started this week other wise its gonna be a couple of weeks before I get the chance to do anything as Ive a handful over events Im guest at over the next few weeks.
It arrived just a few days ago, a drawing my Wife had commissioned by the very talented Michael Oppenheimer (@MikeOppArt) which I want to share with you all, not only does it feature my favorite Doctor but also the TARDIS and K9
Thank You Marfi x x x
Michael does offer prints and commissioned pieces, follow him on Twitter @MikeOppArt
As Im sure some of you know my step Daughter is an Opera singer. Well she has been given the opportunity to attend the Torggler Summer Vocal Institute from July 7th to the 21st there she will explore the many styles and repertoires of vocal music, connect with the finest vocal artists and teachers, her time at the institute will be filled with lessons, master classes, workshops, and performances designed to help her reach her fullest potential and to shape her future as a vocal artist. HOWEVER, as it stands right now, we are shy of $1400....
Gabbo has spent her entire life singing and pushing her self, she has won a number of awards and certification but as I am sure you can imagine its very difficult for anyone to make a name for themselves in the music industry when you dont have a massive backing, even more difficult when its Opera. However we have faith in Gabbo and know that she can do it but as a parent I want to do whatever I can to help her achieve her goal.
We have until the end of this month to get the funds together and so I am going to auction off a few things of mine in order to get her there. As well I will be talking with friends 'in the industry' to try and get some other autographs and maybe memorabilia that we can also auction.... we have roughly two weeks to get this going so I am also adding a donation button to this page. Please share this with your friends and family as you can see from the video above she is incredibly talented and has an amazing ability, like any parent we want to allow her to take her abilities as far as she can...
If everyone who read this page gave just $1 we'd make our goal, please help
Not much to update really as I was away for the weekend, and I have my 9 to 5 during the week. But being that I was going to be away for the weekend I decided (with my wifes permission) to bring the Dalek inside to avoid any potential damage.
For the surround, I was originally going to use black however I decided to try out another colour, Flat Chestnut and personally I love it.
Theres basically three colours to this Dalek, the Ivory, Aged Copper and Flat Chestnut.
Here's a side by side of the black Hemi Surround and the Chestnut Surround.... its not as clear in the picture but there is a subtle difference and in my opinion the chestnut just looks so much nicer with the Ivory skirt
So the Shoulder section is actually a little larger than a regular Dalek, however I used the plans as a starting point. I am going to probably require some ideas from you guys as far as how to go about the turret.
As you can see, its going to be quite a challenge...
While in the house I decided to attach the Hemis as well as place the dome on top....
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I was away for the weekend attending Phoenix ComiCon and so wasnt able to get any building done, but I did manage to get a day off this week so I decided that I would give my build another attack...
So I started work on the skirt section...
I used chip board (Particleboard) for the frame, which was great initially BUT for some reason when I went to attach the panels I found that the top section of the frame had moved about an inch to the left, and what had actually happened was the front support had warped. This was probably something to do with the heat here in Tucson and the holes I had cut out of it attempting to reduce the weight a little.
Whatever the reason was I had to take off all the panels I had already attached, realign the top part of the frame and reattach everything, I suspect that attaching, detaching and reattaching is going to be a common theme for this build...
the thing I like about a custom build is the little additions and the customising of parts, you cant really get it wrong.... You'll also notice the holes int he back panel for the vents, I liked the way the MK6 Daleks looked with those additions so I wanted to add them to my NSD hybrid.
with just a few hours left before it gets dark I decided to make start on a few more things.... and with not much else to do I decided to start on the Hemis. I wanted to approach this whole project with a patient and when I get the time type of thing but as Im sure most of you have experienced, when you start to see it coming together you want to use any spare time to do a little more.... Right now my back is killing me so I'm taking it easy but hoping that it feels better later so i can get out there and continue to put the hemis together.
Im sure you've noticed from the photos I dont have a workshop nor a shed or garage to work in, so Im working in the shade of a Pomegranate tree and it gets really hot here and the bugs.... wow
but anyway.... heres the latest update.
for the Hemi surrounds I used quart lids purchased from Home Depot 55c each
while these dried I made start on the vents (on the back panel) using scraps of MDF left over from the skirt panels.
Back to the Hemis.... (as you can see I rabbit trail..... bouncing from one thing to the other then back again). Again using scraps of MDF I cut 54 3 1/2inch circles these are then glued in to the hemis with a nut and spacer keeping it in place.
a hole cut in the centre of the quart lid and you have a hemi and surround.
left these overnight to allow the glue to dry..... now this next bit I think pretty much every Dalek builder has done at around this point of their builds.....
I wanted to see how the skirt looked with some of the hemis attached....
the only thing Im questioning right now is the black surround, being that Im building this to imperial colours Im wondering if I should make the surround the same colour as the hemi. The skirt will be an Ivory colour and Im worried that the black surround with be to much....