AlansDalek: Maxx

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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!

How it was done...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 of no less than nine individual pieces of wood.

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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