Spagga: Darling

Spagga says...


"This photo of Darling was taken at a new land-development site, where I aimed to get the classic Dr-Who-quarry-Dead-Planet-scene-thing happening.


It was just off the road and amazingly in the short time we stopped to take the photos, two cars of Who fans pulled up to check out what was going on. I think I may have even inspired another build somewhere....."


You can check out some extra pics of Darling over at

Spagga and Darling the Dalek, in a 'Dead Planet' quarry scene.

How it was done...

Partially assembled classic style Dalek neck cage.
The neckrings were cut from discs that had been sanded and smoothed using spray putty. The centres were then cut out and the rings primed. Here we see the neck struts poking through the neckrings during construction of the (half-assembled) neckcage section.
Neck bin
The neck bin with beveled edges to the top and bottom, primed and painted black. Black voile cloth was difficult to locate, so "smoke" voile was used instead. Fly screen was also used to finish off the basic look.
Underneath the Dalek's dome, showing the running mechanism.
Under the Dalek's dome: The dome's rotation wheels were from a Lego truck bought for $4.00. The wheels were soft rubber and came with their own convenient axle and base plate. Here you can see how the dome's inner 'platform' bolts onto the top of the neckbin..
Dalek upper section, test assembly.
A test assembly of the Dalek's upper section. The eyestalk control mechanism is yet to be made. The discs are painted in Holts 150 Blaze Blue. The dome and neckcage are still in grey primer. The final Rover Tempest Grey finish will be much darker.
The Dalek shoulder section framework, complete with gun box assembly.
The gunbox assembly being tried in position on the shoulder frame. In the photo, the box is still rough (with bits of newspaper stuck on it) and needs to be primed, bog-filled and cleaned up after cladding. The final cladding used was 3mm MDF.
Dalek skirt section being built from MDF.
The skirt panels attached to the frame with Liquid Nails glue and pins. The pins were removed later, for a smooth finish. Dowel was used internally, to strengthen the joins between the panels. This is a good alternative to strengthening the seams with fibreglass.

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