||I've recently decided that it would be nice
to texture and weather my police box to make it look a bit more
"realistic". At the same time I've made a few other adjustments
to make it look more like a police box and less like the TV props.
The first job with the windows was to get the old
"glass" out. I originally used patterned lighting diffuser for
the windows, and glued it in with clear bathroom adhesive. This stuff
dries clear to a rubbery consistency, and was fairly easy to remove with a
palette knife (although I broke all but one of the acrylic panes - no
great loss a $5 for a 2'x4' diffuser). I then had to scrape the remainder
off the window frames so the new panes would fit properly.
Following some recommendations from PurpleBlancmange on
the Tardis Rebuilders site, I mixed up some artists acrylic paint from a
tube with some Isoproyl Alcohol in a squirt bottle and applied this to
some new hammered-look glass.
The mixture worked pretty well on the hammered glass,
but I found flat black spray paint worked well on the acrylic flat glass,
so I used both for a more interesting effect.
I made the non-hammered acrylic 'glass' opaque by sanding it
on the inside with an orbital sander and 100-grit paper. This allows the
glass to be opaque, but still shiny on the outside, which has a better look.
If you buy opaque acrylic sheet it tends to be roughed up on both sides, so
doesn't have that nice glassy shine.
NEW LINTEL SIGNS
I decided to change the sign lintels to look a bit more
'classic' in design. I realised that because the ends of the sign boxes I
have slide out for lamp maintenance, that I could build new end-caps to get
the different look.
The new end-caps are built up from several layers of MDF
- the backmost fitting into the slot which holds the sign, and the front
one chamfered to match the chamfer on the edge of the sign box.
kept the old end-caps and signs, so I could revert the box to its Season
18 appearance if desired.
I managed to source a fresnel lens as part of a ship's anchor
lamp. When this arrived, I made a new cap to go over the top, as the
previous one was not terribly attractive.
The larger top disk is cut from MDF using a router - much
like making a dalek neck ring. The smaller dome is from a battery operated
closet light and is held in place by the paint (!).
reused the black-painted brass rod from the old cap.
NEW HANDLES AND PHONE DOOR
I also found some nice black drawer pulls, which I think look
rather better than the silvery things I had before. I also picked up a brass
I sprayed flat black paint over the handles and then grey
primer paint over the top of that to give the handles a 'used' look. To
weather the brass night-latch, I first cleaned it with alcohol, then rubbed
it down with steel wool (actually I put the steel wool on the bench and
rubbed the lock onto it to stop fragments getting into the lock cylinder),
then sprayed it with the same paint solution I have for the windows (with
the key in). Thanks to Banzai and TimeGirl on the TardisRebuilders for
advice on how to do this.
I never really liked the door sign, and since it's glued
in, I had to make a new door.
first the frame
acrylic sheet laid across it
here's the completed door
with a temporary graphic
The door is made by routering a strip of wood at two
different depths, one for the 'glass' (I used acrylic sheet again) and one
for the hardboard back, which is glued in place. A paper print-out of the
sign graphic is sandwiched between the glass and hardboard. This is pretty
much how I made the old one.
The acrylic glass here
was treated in the same way as the windows and sign lintels.