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Alansdalek: STORM

Storm was hand made by Alan and designed by CGI wizard, Mechmaster, (check out his gallery in the Virtual Dalek Showcase). Storm also has a dedicated site and Facebook page. These can be accessed by clicking on the STORM link, to the top right of this page.

 

The CG design was based on a sketch by Alan Marshall. Storm is a whole new breed of Mutant just waiting to be unleashed onto your TV screens in what might just be the most thrilling episode ever!

 

Since Storm was completed, back in June 2008, there have been a number of inquires from overseas fan film makers, and some from the UK. If there are any budding film makers out there, Alan says he would be happy to let Storm help out with your productions.

Alansdalek: STORM

How it was done...

Neck parts cut out.

This picture shows parts for just one neck ring, all made from 3mm MDF. The three sloped rings were cut bigger than was needed and had a segment cut out so that when they were pulled together they made a cone shape that was the correct angle for that specific neck ring. These were glued together and once dry, they were trimmed and stuck onto a central ring.

Assembled neck ring.

Here we see one of the neck rings trimmed and glued together. Alan put a skim of filler around the detail on the underside to soften up the basic look. Because of the clever way these rings are put together and despite their large diameter, Storm's neck rings are relatively light. Each one weighing no more than a standard MDF Dalek neck ring.

Dome construction method.

Because of the non-standard dimensions, Storm's dome had to be made from scratch without using any of the established Dalek dome dimensions. Alan cut a disk out of 3mm MDF and added 32 profile 'ribs'. Everything was made slightly too small, with the outer skin making up the size, later on. The framework was then covered with GRP tape and the final surface built up with filler.

Skirt framework.

One feature of the skirt is that there are no sharp edges where the panels meet. To achieve this and ensure  secure fixing, each panel had a strut placed behind it. Because of this, when the panels were fitted and the edges smoothed off, they were still securely fixed in place. The top and bottom of the skirt were fixed with temporary struts, then permanent ones were added all the way around on each join.

Gun mountings on shoulders.

 In this photo we see the cannons being assembled. Alan was going to make each cannon detachable, for ease of transport, but the extra work involved would have taken a long time. Instead, he decided to fix them permanently to the shoulders. At this point only the front guns and rear backpack and heat sinks are removable. The cannons were glued together with PVA, then strengthened with fibreglass

Old wooden blind for vents.

Pictured is the beginnings of one of the hexagon shaped gun vents, or radiation vents as they are known. They were both made from a car boot sale purchase... an old wooden window blind, which cost a mere £1. There are 38 pieces to each vent, so construction was quite time consuming. Another part needs to go over the top of each vent before the guns can be added.


 
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AlansDalek: Maxx

Better known as the creator of STORM, this Dalek is actually Alan's first build.

 

Alan's Dalek Maxx is based on one of the Daleks in "The Parting of the Ways". Alan says that after a six-month build, Maxx has evolved from a basic wooden frame to something that isn't perfect but is as near as he can get.

 

Since being completed, Maxx has been featured by a number of local newspapers and attended several events. He's pictured here, with Alan (right) meeting Doctor Who director, Graeme Harper in York, where Maxx was one of the judges in the 'Miss York' beauty competition!


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How it was done...

This photo shows the NSD shoulder section sanded and filled
The shoulder cladding was made by cutting blocks of 50mm x 25mm wood which was glued onto the rings and frame. Each piece was run through a table saw at 12.5 degrees so that the wood came out with sloped sides. The outer surface was then sanded and skimmed with body filler.
Dalek light cages made from MDF with Moflash lenses
The domelight cages were made from pieces of MDF. They are seen here in white primer ready to be rubbed down and painted silver.
The inner lenses (which are authentic to the real Dalek props) are a commercially available item. Find out more on the Forum.
NSD hemisphere made from a vending machine capsule
The hemispheres are made from vending capsules (100mm clear plastic) that originally had children's toys inside. The base surrounds are made from the casing of mains cable, cut into lengths, with the two ends melted together to form a ring. They were then painted satin black.
Christmas pudding container used to make the daleks NSD plunger
The plunger is a Christmas pudding container. The inner and outer details have been created using paper, pulped and mixed with wood glue. This mix was then spread onto the surfaces to create the desired shape. Once dry, it was trimmed, filled and sanded.
test fitting the Dalek's dome, neck cage and shoulder section, complete with slats.
Here we see a partial test assembly of the parts. The slats were fitted to the shoulders in order to check their shape and position because adjustments are sometimes needed. Each slat was made up from no less than nine individual pieces of wood.
Dalek dome beefed up to make it look like strong thick battle armour
Alan has deliberately 'beefed up' the dome. From a child's eye view it looks like half an inch thick battle armour but the dome is really only four millimetres in thickness. This looks more substantial when viewed from underneath - an angle from which children often see Daleks.


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AlansDalek: Maxx2

Maxx2 was Alans second Dalek outing. Alan introduced the project to the Forum members by saying...

 

"Well I'm here again, so here is the start of the build of Maxx2. The problems I had with the first build, I think I have sorted now and Maxx was looking a little alone, so I thought I would build him a friend!

 

Maxx2 needs to be a light weight build. The fender alone on Maxx weighs in at six stone and that's without the batteries on board. To be honest to the poor love he is just too heavy to transport about to events. Maxx is my first my last my everything (Barry White), so his home will always be here... as a static prop.

 

I will make the dome the same way.. and the slats.. and the hemis. Luckily I already have the neck cage and gun box details, so they are out of the way.  In all other respects Maxx2 will be the same as Maxx".

Alan's Maxx2

How it was done...

Skirt panels cut out.

Alan got hold of a load of timber and 3mm MDF and just managed to cut out the skirt panels before it started raining. He used the templates that he made for Maxx, so it was quick and easy to mark them out. For the top and bottom of the skirt he used Maxx`s skirt as the template and knocked 3mm off all the way around to compensate for the thickness of the panels.

Assembled MDF skirt.

Here we see the panels fitted and the joints re-inforced with fibreglass. All the panels were  trimmed and all the joints filled and sanded ready for painting with primer. Note that the blocks on the bottom of the skirt were there to lift the skirt off the floor so the panel edges didn't get damaged. They were held on with a few spots of wood glue and were easily  removed later.

Gun box leveling device.

This is the shoulder section with the front part of the upper cladding fitted. Alan marked out where the collars go and stuck the spacer blocks on with wood glue and a nail gun. Also pictured are the gun boxes, held in relative position by Alan's clever gun box alignment tool. This gives a better idea of where the boxes fit and holds them in position, making it easier to mark up their positions on the shoulders.

Slat components.

To make the slats Alan used a table saw. He set the cutting width at 54mm and cut off strips of 12mm MDF. He made the strips smaller because the two side profile panels which go on last, when the shoulders are finished fill them back to 60mm. He then marked the strips out for slat length and marked the position of the top counter sunk hole and cut them all to size.

Fender construction.

Here we see the fender being clad in MDF. The joins were strengthened, internally with fibreglass. Alan did all the joins by hand and used a file to get the panels to fit. All was going great and then on the last panel the heavens opened and the rain came down. Non-the-less, Alan managed to get it finished and give it a couple of coats of black paint.

Stepped Dalek eye, iris component.

Alan cut the eye front details out of 3mm MDF using different sized hole cutters, to approximately the correct sizes and then finished them off with a bob sander. They were then stuck together with wood glue, using a small brush to apply glue to the bare edges of the inner rings to seal them. This also helped them take the paint better, later on. When the assembly was dry, it was taken down to the right size with a belt sander.



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