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It' a bit daunting trying to replicate the Dalek look without any plans.  Fortunately, there are many pictures on the web and in several hundred books, from which you can estimate fairly accurately.  You might find (as we did) that Daleks seem to change depending on the era.  That is in fact true.  The Dalek as we know it today is quite a bit different to the originals Peter Cushing and Roy Castle worked with.

 

 Nelson Kruschandl - master fabricator

 

 

I'm finding this project fairly easy at this stage.  It has taken just a few hours to get this far.  I bet it gets a bit more complicated and time consuming as we try to make the head turn and other bits work.  Of course I've been building custom vehicles for many years.  If you are new to this, you will need to master: steel fabrication, welding, timber cutting, painting, soldering, electrics and other skills such as drawing to scale.  My helper was only 7, but even he is screwing and bolting parts together and really enjoying himself.

 

 

 

Lower plywood former bolted to electric trike

 

 

This working full scale model is based on a junior bike, shortened, with the handlebars replaced by a joystick.  An electric motor axle unit is welded to the bike frame to form a trike.  You can see the base and mid-section for the Dalek's body cut from 10mm plywood.  The wheels fit through slots in the plywood, which is then bolted to the trike's frame.  We hope it will not be too difficult to attach the remaining bodywork and that a small person will be able to drive the Dalek with some precision.  You may notice in the picture below, that an oval centre shape is still to be cut.  This is of course to allow the driver to sit upright in some comfort.

 

 

 

 

Dalek plywood lower body formers in situ

 

 

More to come .................................... upper body, batteries, steering and controls. 

 

 


 

 

 

       

 

New Doctor Who Series New Dalek Model

 

 


 

 

LINKS:

 

Cast and Crew list, on the BBC website

Photonovel of episode 2 of The Daleks' Master Plan on the BBC website

Project Dalek (http://www.projectdalek.co.uk/) - build your own Dalek

john@projectdalek.co.uk

Dalek 6388 (http://www.dalek6388.co.uk/) - about the various Dalek props built for the series

Science fiction citations - Oxford English Dictionary citation of "dalek"

Dalek Links - the Web's most comprehensive listing of Dalek Web sites

Project Dalek - build your own Dalek

Dalek City - Dalek Building guides

Dalek 6388 - about the various Dalek props built for the series

Doctor Who Collectibles: An Annotated Bibliography

The Last Dalek - Flash game by New Media Collective, on the BBC website

Dalek 3D Resource - General information and 3D models

 

 


 

 

 

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Artwork by Martin House for the John Storm adventure novel series

 

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