Saturday, September 13, 2014

It's new floor day!

As mentioned previously the floor has copped a beating from four Winters outside, especially given the main panel is made from MDF. MDF is like a sponge when it gets wet, it soaks up water, expands and goes all... fluffy. Essentially makes it useless.

Why I made it from MDF to begin with is a good question, to which I have no real answer except maybe poor forethought. That being said I had no idea the TARDIS would live the life it does now. I had expected it would either live in pieces in the shed between outings or simply be sold after the it's original purpose, being the ACG Ball in 2011.

Anyway, it's going to a wedding this weekend and then likely Supanova in November, so a brand new floor is urgently required!

As you can see below the floor has rotted pretty badly in the corners.


The outer frame is ready. The inner frame is yet to be attached. This time I'm using Contruction Ply for the floor. 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Dismantling again...

As mentioned in previous posts, and moreso over on the Facebook page the old Phone Box has taken quite a beating. It's been dismantled and rebuilt for events around 25 times and spends the lengthy time between events (especially during Winter) outside in the weather. Now it does have a roof over it, but this just keeps rain from falling directly on it, not from splashing up off the ground. As hindsight is always 20/20, the idea to make the floorplate out of MDF was ridiculous and has soaked up months of moisture. A temporary base rebuild occurred in 2013 but didn't hold and today she came apart for a final floorplate replacement in a more weather proof material.

Temporary storage in the shed whilst the floorplate is rebuilt.. I need a bigger shed.

I'm on a schedule though as the next and possibly final outing for the Davison/Baker/McCoy/MCGann box is a wedding in 12 days time! Better get cracking on that floor.

Notice how I mentioned the final outing for this box?
I'm considering retiring this one, after a fresh coat of paint and copious amounts of weatherproof clear sealant, to becoming a permanent backyard resident.

Next on the plan is the 'wardrobe' (See the original post back in January 2011) a Capaldi era TARDIS is next, that will be much easier to assemble and disassemble, hopefully requiring less muscle to transport. This one will live disassembled in the shed between events.

Watch this space...

Adelaide OZ Comic Con 2014

A rather lengthy delay between posts, but since last time the TARDIS has only had two outings.
Another appearance at the Fringe festival in late February to assist with Preachr's Podcast Live 2! Once again featuring Benjamin Maio McKay and Melbourne (or should I now say international) comedian Robert Lloyd again delivering a fans perspective to a sell-out crowd. The guys from the Dalek Builders Union were on hand to provide comedic relief and ambiance as well.

In place at the Box Factory for round 2
The Where's the TARDIS crew after installation.

Oz Comic Con rolled around again in April, seeing a much bigger and even better event. The TARDIS appeared and delighted for the full weekend once more. The costumed folk who posed with it, made for some great pics.

Check out this video by avid fan 'Petey Davidsun' from Oz Comic Con:

There were a huge amount of photos, several you can see over on the Where's The TARDIS Facebook page or even more at the Where's the TARDIS Tumblr blog.

My favourite from the weekend is probably this recreation of one of Karen Hallion's iconic illustrations: