Simon Morrell: Attila

Attila took four months to build - and more money than Simon cares to add up.


The Dalek sits atop a home-grown chassis, sporting 2 x 750W motors and is radio controlled. Two R/C channels are for general movement, another for dome rotation, one for eyestalk elevation and the final channel for operating the iris that sits in front of eight blue LED's


Attila has been spotted in Albert Square, Manchester city centre helping to promote the Dr Who exhibition at the Museum of Science and Industry.

Simon Morrell's finished New Series Dalek.

How it was done...

New Series Dalek shoulder section with slats being test fitted.
Gun boxes in situ, the shoulder frame was clad with bendy MDF and then small packings were added where the belts were to be built up. More layers of bendy MDF were then applied to create the basic collar shapes.
Dalek shoulders spray painted in two colours of gold.
After lots of filling and priming the Dalek's shoulders were given an overall coat of Arizona Gold. Then the main shoulders were masked off and the lower belt was sprayed in Ford Olympic Gold. Once this dried, a lacquer covering was added to seal it. At this stage, weathering details are yet to be added.
New Series Dalek neck mesh, ready for fitting to the neck cage.
Neck mesh: Holes were drilled in the neck bin mesh itself and small screws put through it. These screws then screwed into the inside edge of each of the three neck bin rings. This way, the mesh exactly follows the conical contours of the neck rings and sits nice and snug against them.
Dalek hemispheres, ready for painting.
The hemispheres were made from 4" balls cut in half with coach bolts added, and secured using using plastic solvent and a small plastic disc. As an extra measure, the joint was reinforced from the inside with fibreglass, to help stop them from falling apart..
Dalek chassis complete with motors and single front wheel.
The chassis was constructed from box-section steel. This allowed for the addition of two lay shafts (fore and aft) with pillow block bearings between them. Simon had to do a bit of an "American Chopper" impression to get the front castor to turn without fouling on the frame.
Dalek dome and eye-stalk sections during remote control testing.
The eyestalk mechanism was created using a boxsection steel frame with a motor-driven worm drive and lever mechanism. The motor drives an M8 threaded rod. The threaded rod screws into a captive nut. This pushes/pulls the upper pivot and makes the eyestalk move up and down as the rod spins.

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