Gary B: Genesis Dalek, 'Dak'

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Gary made the decision to recreate a Genesis Dalek early on in the planning stage and began construction from the base upwards.

He says, "First off I would like to thank all at the Project Dalek Forum as without, I would not have bee able to build my Dalek. Special thanks to Zeked and Adam S, as I used their build diaries to help me along".

"I've really enjoyed building Dak these last 14 months and am looking forward to when I start my new series Dalek, which will be very soon".

How it was done...

The skirt top and bottom were cut out and put on top of each other in the correct position, then four holes were drilled in the form of a square and pieces of studding were added and adjusted until they were the correct height. When the struts were fitted, the studding was removed and the holes, top and bottom were cut out.

Hemisphere construction: Each one was fitted with a plywood disc with a 6mm bolt through the middle. These were originally fixed into position with silicone but didn't stick. They had to be done again using grab adhesive. Each hemisphere had a small dimple which was filled before being painted.

The gun was made using stainless steel tube, round bar and a gazing globe. The rods were bent and the first array of holes drilled. To get the second set of holes positioned correctly the rods were fitted into the first holes as reference. The barrel was tack welded to the gazing globe with a run of epoxy resin to cover the seam.

Gun and arm box holes were cut with an adjustable hole cutter and the angles were done using a jigsaw. A traffic cone (with sandpaper wrapped around it) was then used to create the chamfers. A slot was cut in the middle of the box unit before fitting and after a bit of trial and error, it was fixed with three brackets.

When cladding the shoulders, a cardboard template was used to mark where the gun box cutout should be. This was then transferred to the cladding (bendy MDF). The rear section was done first using clamps and a hot glue gun to keep the cladding fixed against the frame. Panel pins were then used for the final fixing.

The neckbin frame, (made from wood), was painted black using blackboard paint. It was then covered with black voile, stapled into position. Two layers were used in order to create a darker interior, to help hide the operator's head. Mesh was cut into several segments and offered up for fitting, over the voile.


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