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     Sunday, August 03 2008 @ 10:46 PM EDT
    3nd August 2008
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    Didn't get quite as much done this weekend as I had hoped, but managed to do most of the neck cage.

    Since metric dimensioned wood is hard to get in the USA, I bought 6 1/2 feet of 1/2" x 3/4" moulding for the neck struts
    and decided not to worry about the few mm here and there difference from "real" dimensions. Once my strut
    dimensions were decided I spent Saturday afternoon marking out the neck rings, then taking out the strut recesses.
    Here are neck struts and cut rings.
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    I used an MDF x structure support to center everything up as I secured the neck.
    Here is finished neck and the cross support
    PhotobucketAnd then the neck on the stack.
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    Don't expect to get much done for a few weeks now. As I am traveling to Korea, Taiwan and Japan at the end of this week
    for about 10 days. So I suspect that this week will involve tidying up my garage before I leave.

    Stewart

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     Monday, August 04 2008 @ 09:00 AM EDT
    Seriously. This is amazing. I'm so impressed.

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     Monday, August 04 2008 @ 12:05 PM EDT
    Stewart!

    Congrats on the dalek build *waves hi-Pam from Gallifrey!* It looks great and I am enjoying reading about your progress...

    For me, I'll stick with my yarn daleks!

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     Monday, August 04 2008 @ 01:53 PM EDT
    Sensational. Truly.

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     Monday, August 11 2008 @ 10:38 PM EDT


    I wish I was not so far away from Stewart. I could be there while this is being built shooting a documentary about it. Dalek Confidential or something along those lines.

    Cheers,
    Louis

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     Monday, September 01 2008 @ 10:46 PM EDT
    24th August 2008
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    Well, I'm back from Asia and my family has returned from the UK. Got a little bit done today.
    Since my wife is home, a lot of cleaning of dust from everything in the garage was achieved
    and only a small bit of Dalek contruction occurred.

    I cut out the opening in the base of the shoulders
    removed as much excess material from the inside (to lighten them) as I could. Then built the obligitary
    Dalek measuring tool and marked up the lines for the top shoulder band.

    Nothing worthy of a photo (except perhaps the sparkling garage).

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     Monday, September 01 2008 @ 10:51 PM EDT
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    It was a holiday weekend here (Labor [Labour for those in the UK] Day) so I had intentions of lots of progress. However, after lots of family activities involving State Parks,
    sleepovers and swimming pools, only a small amount of progress was achieved.

    Used Bondo Body Filler to cover the unsightly gaps in my shoulder cladding that will not be cover by additional bands. Let dry and sand.
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    Attach spacer blocks for top shoulder band.
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    Attach lower rear spacer blocks and mark up front for lower front spacer blocks. (hi-tech Dalek measuring device device depicted).
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    Added front lower space blocks, measured out front detail.
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    This is as far as I have got. Plan is to add cladding to the spacers attached then build the gunboxes. I intend to mark up where the gunbox holes need to be, attach the
    space blocks for the centre detail, then fit the boxes and finish the cladding.


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     Monday, September 08 2008 @ 10:23 PM EDT
    September 2nd 2008
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    Got concerned over the neck cage. I have never felt happy with it. When it was on the stack it never looked quite right (see pictures in previous post).
    Well, I finally put my finger on what is wrong, it has a twist in it, i.e. the uprights are not vertical, they all lean slightly to the right. Thus there is a slight anti-clockwise turn
    in the rings as you move from the bottom to the top. So it needs to be stripped back and redone.

    I have taken one strut out as a test (considering they were attached to the rings
    by screws, nails and glue - I wasn't sure if they would come out). Fortunately, looks like I just need to buy some more lumber for struts, not make a new set of rings.

    September 3rd 2008
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    dismantled the wonky neck cage.
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    Inspection of the dismantled pieces suggests that perhaps I hadn't been too careful about how vertical the neck ring notches were.
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    Guess I need to open up the notches and reassemble in the presence of a spirit level. I don't have the will power to carry on with that at the moment so am going back to the shoulders.

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     Monday, September 08 2008 @ 10:41 PM EDT
    6th September 2008
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    started making up the gunboxe. Glued side panel details in first. Looks okay on the outside, will finish off with Bondo car body filler.

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    Here are finished gunboxes (as I finished the second one I realized that the top is not big enough but I will fix that after I've cut the gun Holes.
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     Monday, September 08 2008 @ 10:42 PM EDT
    8th Spetember 2008
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    Got a bit done tonight. Put on some of the upper shoulder cladding. Managed to get the top trimmed and a little of the lower edge at the rear.

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    Will try and finish the upper shoulder cladding, tomorrow after work, try and start on the lower portion, if I can.



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     Monday, September 08 2008 @ 11:44 PM EDT
    [Quote  by:  Doctor Whoovie] 8th Spetember 2008
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    Will try and finish the upper shoulder cladding, tomorrow after work, try and start on the lower portion, if I can.


    You have to admire these Daleks - with all the work that goes into them :-)

    Cheers, daveac (who has no idea why he's up so late!)

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     Tuesday, September 16 2008 @ 09:14 PM EDT
    16th September 2008
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    Progress is slow, but ongoing. Finished off the top shoulder cladding and trimmed it. Added the cladding below the gunbox location.
    I will never underestimate how long this part takes again, glue (at least the one I'm using) dries S .... L .... O .... W .... L .... Y !!

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    Tidied up the garage again, as I'm off to Greece for a conference tomorrow then at another in The Hague next week.

    No further progress expected for a fortnight Frown

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     Tuesday, October 07 2008 @ 12:52 AM EDT
    5th October 2008
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    Have returned from my European travels. Got a little work done at the weekend.

    Firstly, I proceeded with the task which I was most nervous about. Cutting the Gunbox holes in the shoulders.
    Considering that I hadn't screwed the shoulders up yet, this appeared to be the perfect opportunity to do so.
    Anyway, holes were cut. So far, so good.
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    Put the gunboxes in, and confirmed what I had realized just after completing my initial pass on the gunboxes (mentioned above somewhere)
    The tops were too small.
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    Took some remedial action and increased the size of the tops.
    Here are revised gun boxes sitting in place.
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    Set about the shoulders with a spirit level, meter stick, card plan etc. etc. Once I was sure everything was in place and square I glued boxes into place
    and allowed to dry. All dimensions seem good at the moment. Next on the agenda is completing the lower rear collar, then add outer bottom
    collar, the front cutout detail and the small "collar" pieces above the gunboxes.
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    All the visible glued areas should be covered by either the additional collars or the detail regions.

    Stewart


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     Tuesday, October 07 2008 @ 06:35 AM EDT
    [Quote  by:  Doctor Whoovie] 5th October 2008
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    Have returned from my European travels. Got a little work done at the weekend.

    Stewart



    Well done Stewart - keep working and posting pictures - daveac.


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     Sunday, October 12 2008 @ 10:52 PM EDT
    12th October 2008
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    More slow, but steady progress.
    Put on the spacer blocks for the front detail and strips above the gunboxes.
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    Then added the front detail.
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    Attached the left side lower shoulder collar and trimmed the top edge.
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    I am glad that body filler is so versatile, as there are quiet a few gaps etc. to be filled.

    I will do the lower collar on the right hand side in the next couple of days once the lefthand side has dried.

    Spent some time this evening revisiting my neck section. I enlarged the strut holes in the rings, hopefully I should get the neck section
    back together this week, minus the twist that was present last time.


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