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  • Wayne's Brisbane Dalek
    Hello Dalek builders group. Today marked the start of my first dalek build. I am using this experience as an opportunity to learn a host of new skills. Sadly, based on my previous track record with previous projects, this build is likely to take about 30 years until it is completed. As I have access to a bunch of cool CNC machines I thought that I would begin by asking if someone has digitised parts of the plans for CNC cutting or is this something that I should do myself? Anyway, the build started by vacuum forming a few plastic domes. I will probably make a few modifications to the plug including adding mounting collars before using these to vacuum form the next bunch. If I get all this done before Christmas I'll count it as a success. Photos to come.
  • James' Death Zone Dalek
    Earlier this year, myself and my family went to a model show in Hanslope. This was the first (and so far only) time we have let both our Dalek's out together, and it gave my younger brother an opportunity to trundle alongside me. Now he wants to learn to build Daleks at age 11, which is a year older than I was when the first one was started! I insisted that we *could* build one, but as the project leader I wasn't prepared to fill the house with "just another Dalek"! Finally the idea came when Gary Gibson and I discussed the Five Doctors Dalek, thus the Death Zone Dalek was born! It's coming together nicely from old spares, and the main focal point will be the ugly innards with a mutant writing on top. I've carefully matched the positioning of the cuts on the shoulders and neck rings, and we've agreed to find a happy medium between the unique features of 'hero' Dalek 1-7 and the ironically neater looking goon FX prop which was eventually blown up.
  • Geek's Retro NSD
    Hey guys. Like most, I've been lurking for a while, checking out this fantastic resource and have decided to take the plunge(r)...to build my own Dalek. He is going to be an NSD type but with monochrome styling, as per my viewing era (Pertwee). I'm off to a good start so hopefully there will be many pix to come in due course Here's where I'm at so far... Skirt done...not without some twisting and tweaking but happy enough Base like-wise
  • Gold ' Day Of ' Dalek
    Guys.......bit gutted, just downloaded your new plans and I see that some of the dimensions for Dalek mk3 have been updated, some (skirt hight for example) by 20mm or so............buttttt I have already made mine 😭😭😭 pics attached of progress, based on the older plans and dimensions, so......what to do, start again, or carry on with the older plans? Thoughts???
  • Brihammy's Mk1 Dalek
    well I'm back and as usual looking for some guidance. I have started with my new build this morning and i,m using the new MK1 drawings which look great .Thing is I want to start a new build diary and don't know if I continue on this page or can i start a new one as it is a different dalek to my last one sorry admin i have looked all over but not sure how to go about it thanks Brian
  • Cardboard 2nd-movie Dalek - Dalek Roland
    Hello everyone. A while back I started building a Dalek from the 1966 film with Peter Cushing, using plans provided by the kind folks here at Project Dalek. Because I don't have a bajillion dollars to spend I chose to build it out of cardboard. Now, Roland, the Dalek in question, is very close to completion, but there's a few things I'm still unhappy with, and I welcome any advice and tips that other members may have. With that said, I have a few pictures to post. I began with the skirt panels. I pulled out some empty cardboard boxes from storage, and bought some corrugated sheets from my local Staples store. Note the ID notes on the panels. I also made a few of the solar panels that would go on the collar. Ignore the small boxes in the second picture, those were "rough drafts" for the gun boxes.
  • Steve's 2nd NSD
    well after 11 years it all starts again ,should be quicker cos i did one already and this one wont have mobility scooter ect...... plus my ticker and blood presure problems mean ive got less patience than i used too none the less the few parts ive gathered so far have fired up my mojo ,so im looking forward to see it grow from the base up its gonna raise some money for air ambulance and macmillian on deal seafront next summer ,donations for a pic with it so ive paid £26 posted for these pucker hemis ans found this edging strip in my garage[ i restore classic cars too], so found this on ebay which im well happy with the look ,10mm x 5mm ,steve
  • Blun's Dead Planet Dalek
    Hi all. It's been a while (cough) but I'm at it again and, as I've been lurking about here recently and am likely to be asking for help and advice, I thought I'd better say hi and post a bit of a diary. It's probably nothing that most of you won't have seen in other builds before. I'm in unfamiliar territory as I'm having occasion to build a DP prop, and I've only built 70s Daleks before. On the one hand, no slats, mesh and rivets to worry about. Hurrah! On the other hand, naked shoulder belts, unfamiliar colour schemes, rather more complicated appendages, and a general vibe I've never had to capture. I only get to work on this one day a week and only during the summer months to boot. I started last May and the time is approaching to wrap it up again for the winter, so it'll probably be completed next year. Hopefully. Anyway, here we go: I've built skirts and shoulders using the Radio Times plans type strut method, and I've also built skirts around a Workmate, adding panels and leaving enough room to pull the Workmate out sideways before finishing the cladding. But I've always wanted to build a robust carcass which could be discarded, so that I could align everything and fix it all in place before cladding, and then remove the carcass. I once junked a fibreglass skirt mould because the resultant pull had an unplanned and unwanted skew. Awful waste of time and money. I don't intend to make moulds from this build, but I wanted to try the process I had in my head. So here, I've basically made a table out of the top plate, which I could slide about on the bottom plate, checking and double-checking centre lines and angles before fixing it in place at the bottom and cladding the skirt. Not cutting the access holes before cladding would, I thought, increase the rigidity and minimise warping. I measured everything with a Frankenstein ruler made up of a roofing angle and a steel metre-rule, gaffa-taped together. Same principle here for the shoulders; temporary structure fixed to the top plate, allowing me to nudge it about before fixing it at the bottom. Wood being wood, there was some warpage on the top and bottom plates, so I shoved a couple of extra temporary struts in to straighten them out before carrying on. I'm all for wonkyness by design - replicating the wonkyness of the original props - but I'd like it to be intentional reproduction, rather than mishap. Then I added permanent struts at the sides and back of the shoulders, leaving the front free. Once the structures were cladded and access was cut top and bottom for the shoulders and skirt, the temporary carcasses were discarded, leaving plenty of room. I say 'discarded'; the wood will be used for other bits and pieces. Not all of them strictly Dalek-related, I'd hazard. A collection of moulds. The long single-row hemi mould is nearly 20 years old. They're more-or less full 2" radius hemis, which I cast from a bunch of left-over vac-formed hemis I had made for a previous Dalek. The other hemi mould was made by taking casts from the first and sanding them down to what I thought was the right profile for the area of hemi that you'd see once they were push-fitted through holes in the skirt. But they were designed to be bolt-on. I'll be bolting these bad boys on again for this build - familiarity - but one day, I'd like to go for the push-through method. The dome mould was made - I think - 12 years ago, for my last build, using the standard ply-former method. I never thought I'd see these moulds again, but luckily, they were still in a friend's garage where I left them over a decade ago. That's saved an awful lot of trouble. So cutting the neck rings: Always a nightmare, and I've never had access to a router. I'm using a method that I used on the last build, mainly because the jigs were in my friend's garage along with the dusty moulds. I couldn't justify buying a router and the expensive 18mm bit that's needed, for what might well be a one-off (but never say never, like I did, 12 years ago). So what we've basically got here is marking the neck rings both sides of the ply, and then cutting freehand from the bottom with extreme patience. As the Workshop manual states, the blade will splay out and leave the top edge proud. I made 3 jigs, one for each ring, which fix through the centre hole in order to remove the excess by hand and get the 45 degree angle. The pictures are fairly self-explanatory. There was an awful lot of elbow grease involved and an awful lot of time, and regular replacement of the little pads of emery cloth I'd fixed to the ends. Plus, a sworn oath that I will never build another Dalek without access to a router. I'm a big fan of making full-size templates in CAD and SprayMounting them to bits of wood. I haven't documented this with pictures, but basically, I stuck all the rod spacing templates to the discs and started with a pilot hole (as marked on the templates) and then worked up the drill bit sizes using a hand drill, free-hand. Occasionally this resulted in something resembling a clover-leaf shape but, more often than not, the bit would skip leaving a profile not dissimilar to the head of the figure in "The Scream" by Edvard Munch. Much dentistry-style work with a Dremel drill ensued, followed by another oath that I will never again build a Dalek without access to a pillar drill. Then it was time for The Spinning Plywood Disc Of Death. I got this from an early iteration of the Workshop Manual; I'm not sure if it's still included in the most recent update. It works, though. The drill was clamped to the jaws of the workmate and reinforced with gaffa tape. It's a variable speed drill and not only was it set on the lowest speed, but the trigger was gaffa-taped so that it only just made contact. It was plugged into an extension with a switch that I could kick off when bolts got loose and things started to wobble, which they did more than once. I had gardening gloves on and safety goggles. I was doing this just to finish the profiling and skim-fill the surface with P38. At this point, a router was seeming like increasingly good value for money... I'll leave you with a bunch of self-explanatory pics to bring it all up to date. Tomorrow will mainly involve a lot of hemisphere-sanding and elbow grease. I'm hoping to get the hemis on and, just possibly, make some progress on the gun boxes before having to wrap up again for the winter. You'll see that my home-made dome has a generous flange; I'm hoping to trim it for a more DP vibe, if my neck cage allows. *The first two pics I posted seem to appear again at the end of the post - I've tried editing but it looks like we're stuck with them. Sorry
  • Damek NSD
    Like everyone else on the forum I finally put words into action and started my build project - Damek Why is he any different, he is made from 80% recycled materials and a strict budget $500au. He was also made from flat materials with no fancy machinery - just saws, hammers and lots of glue. Some bits had to be purchased (Tubes, nails, bolts, wheels and hemispheres) but all of it was off the shelf stuff. I'm 95% complete and happy with the outcome - he still has flaws but that will give me something to work on. It can be done Ok so flat sections - the eye The material is forex PVC flat material - usually used for advertising - 3mm thick. The advantage I found with this stuff is you can use plumbers blue/green glue, instant adhesion that will never come apart. It is also easily cut with a knife and sanded if required. Just flat concentric circles stacked to make the eye iris. I used this stuff on the Ears, neck armour, gun, oil rings, plunger and quite a few other places
  • Invasion Of Earth ( Tv) Saucer Commander
    1/2 way through my 2nd prop build. Slowly getting there...
  • Dave Winter's Dalek
    Ive wanted to build a Dalek ever since the BBC released those plans way back when. So after a mornings work I'm only how many years behind schedule? However I have started. This will be a long project as I'm governed by the weather. I have no workshop or undercover area and any sawing has to be done in the garden. I do have a small work bench and a garden table...... but on the plus side I also have circular and jigsaw. Anyway after this mornings work I'm am finally the proud owner of some Dalek "bits"
  • Tom's NSD
    Hi I've been working on my 2005 Dalek for about a month now and I'm at last getting going to starting a build diary. I was sceptical about creating my own build diary as for people researching techniques etc, I thought it would do more harm than good, however progress has been relatively good so far, thus here I am. I decided to start my build with the skirt. I cut the panels out of a 2400mm x 1200mm hardboard sheet (making sure to mark on the positions of the hemispheres beforehand). The internal structure is made out of 18mm MDF. I also began painting the hemispheres made from clear plastic baubles.
  • 60's Annual / Tv21 Dalek
    Hi, I'm a new member but I've always wanted to build my own Dalek since I was a kid, I've decided to start building one and I really love the aesthetics of the Daleks seen in the artwork from the 60's when the only Dalek story was the original. Although I'm not a huge fan of their overall shape I do like a lot of the elements such as the almost equal size panels on the skirt and the round vent in the front of the dalek, I plan to use heavily modified Radio Times plans to achieve their unique look with a blue, silver and gold paint job.