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Cirric: New Series Dalek

Pictured at the Leicester Space Centre, Richard's Dalek was still not completely finished at the time this photo was taken. Since then (May 2008) the Dalek has had blue cold cathodes tubes fitted to the underside of the fender. Wheelchair motors and wheels have also been fitted to the Dalek's fender section.


This involved building a stand for the wheel chair controller and wiring up a fuse box inside the battery box.


Small details such as the under lighting and the detailing/weathering on the paintwork make this Dalek really stand out as something rather special.


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How it was done... 

Dalek parts.

The dome fixings were glassed into the dome and the tops of the neck struts were trimmed down to mount the dome at the correct height above the neck rings. The dome seen here as a separate item, now rotates freely on top of a replacement neck cage, using radio control with variable speeds. Further mounting brackets were added to locate the eye stalk pivot.

Gun assembly.

Clear plastic globes (the kind used for Xmas ornaments that split in half), were purchased from eBay. Cirric toyed with making some P40 globes using a toilet ball cock as a mould, or using metal /wood ball joints, but clear plastic seemed more sensible as the insides could be painted black before fitting.


All hemispheres are fibreglass and were filled with expanding foam. A rawlplug was fixed into each with lots of Araldite glue. Plastic tub lids, sourced from a local Chinese takeaway (which fit the hemispheres perfectly) were used instead of the oil seal surrounds used on the original props. These make a very convincing alternative.

Split skirt construction.

The skirt, (seen here in two sections) was assembles using MDF and later fireglassed on the inside. This made the whole thing very strong and filled in the gaps around the front joints. Further filling and sanding was then done on the outside surface, to get all the joints looking smooth and even.

Eye and light cage parts.

The sucker was constructed using sink plungers from Asda. Large plastic washers, a waste pipe joint, clothes pegs and a kitchen unit leg were also used. MDF left over from the gun box holes was sanded and used to make the disc on the back, glued onto the plastic washers which make the ridge that runs around the edge

Moulding the slats

Master slats were constructed, then a mould made from RTV silicone rubber - one for each design of slat. The final slats (actually fitted to the Dalek) were then cast up in resin, using the silicone moulds. Once fully cured, they were painted with primer and a final topcoat, before being fitted to the shoulder section.

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Cirric: Custom Movie Dalek

This Dalek is based on the 'Dr Who and the Daleks' movie props, but with a new series twist. It has a 1960s movie style fender, with a 'Shawcraft' skirt and dome. The shoulders are again 1960s style but with moulded collars, giving them a chunky feel. The neck is a mixture of classic rings, but with new series struts and neck blocks. The dome lights are re-cast movie style beakers, but clear & frosted.


The eye-stalk has five blue classic style discs, with a 1960s 'toffee apple' eyeball, with a red LED iris. The gun utilises a section of 30mm tube, to give it a chunky look, like the original movie Daleks, but with plastic collars at either end to bulk it up. The plunger is new series style.


Richards Daleks, on his website, can be found here. 

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How it was done...


Hybrid Dalek gun.

A 50cm length of 30mm clear acrylic tubing, a clear acrylic 100mm ball, a 32mm plumbers elbow joint and 3 meters of 4mm aluminium rod... an hour later and a Dalek gun is born. The plan was to have a 30cm section of chrome tube inside the clear tube so it retains its bulk, but allows the addition of some high output LEDs in the ball section to light the outside and end of the clear pipe when exterminating.

Dome rotation platform.

The dome innards started with a 6mm MDF disk that fits inside the dome about 7cm up. Richard then cut two 18mm MDF brackets, each about 7" long and curved so that they sit flush with the dome when it is all put together. These two brackets are set 32mm apart, with a block between, which will act as a stop for the eye stalk, to keep it level but also to allow it to 'look upwards'.

Prepping the hemispheres.

Pictured are the hemispheres, which have all been sanded ready for painting. This took about three hours over two days. They are actually clear plastic fill-able ornaments. The lip that these ornaments have on one side, has not been removed as they will be sat in oil seals and it's impossible to tell the difference between the two halves when they are bolted on.

Claw construction.

To make the claw attachment, Richard used a broken hemispheres. He drilled a 8mm hole for a bolt to hold it to the arm then filled the hemi half way with P40, making sure there was lots around the bolt. Once it was dry, he cut three slots across the joint to hold three 6mm MDF claw sections he'd jigsaw'd out. He stuck the claw sections in using more P40 and then glued the two halves of the hemisphere together.

Movie beaker mould and castings.


The mould for the movie dome lights turned into a small nightmare. Richard used Plasticine to secure the movie dome light to a piece of Perspex and then cut a section from a large Coke bottle and secured this with more Plasticine and tested it... no leaks so he poured in the RTV silicone and it leaked, and leaked and leaked - so after about ten minutes of fighting with it he stuck the other movie dome light into the bottom of a glass vase and poured the RTV silicone over that one instead.

Spraying the shoulders.

Here, the shoudlers are pictured after spraying, complete with their gold collars. Things may seem just about finished once spraying has been completed but there's still lots more to do, including weathering, which is necessary in order to make the Dalek look like it has been 'out & about'. At this stage the neck mesh is still loosly fitted, the eye-stalk and dome lights are not fixed and there is no nut to bolt the claw (or optional plunger) to the arm.

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