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Box 1

 

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Commission Date: 2002
Build Date: 2003/2004
Morrisville, Vermont, USA
Construction: Fiberglass
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Box 2

 

2002 Built for a (canceled) Stage Production

Owned by Pete Darrington

Derby, UK Wood, a little MDF
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Box 3

Project start Date: 1st week of September 2003
Project finish date 1st week of November 2003
Owner/Builder: Alasdair Dewar
Hayes, Middlesex (a mere stones throw from the A413 BBC substitute Barnet Bypass), UK

Style - TV Movie
Construction: Beech Plywood,
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Box 4

September 2002 -from This Planet Earth - though very much modified since

 

Owner/RE-builder:

Matt Williams

North Somerset, UK
Fibreglass
"I live in North Somerset, UK. My Police Box materialised into existence in September 2002 courtesy of This Planet Earth. It had some deficiencies in the way it was built and differed from the ones I saw advertised, but was initially quite happy with it despite the inconveniences in getting all the correct bits delivered (long boring story!). We had a
number of good parties with it. It was only later that I decided to change the look of it. During the winter of 2002 we had some particularly strong storms and the roof of it actually blew off with frightening ease. This destroyed the original lamp housing (which was rubbish anyway)and damaging the paint finish and this is what made me start to make some modifications and I didn't stop really. First I changed the sign lettering, and moved the door lock and handle. Then through the owner of the Police Box website Pete Darrington found out about the rebuilders group which gave me loads of ideas. It's had a number of different colours and coats of paint on it, finally with a lumpy artex finish to make it look concretey (that I am going off actually). I located a fresnel and built a simple lamp housing, built a new pull to open bit to replace what was there, did lots of sealing together of the various fibreglass components to make it sturdier, I tore down the old window frames and made some new ones, putting some better glass in the panes."
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Box 5

Modded TPE movie Tardis

Bought in July 02

Modifications ongoing

Owner/Builder: Andrew (AndyBlues)
Welshpool in mid Wales UK

Mainly Fibreglass, though roof and signboxes have already been replaced
"Mods include: new window frames with correct ish Perspex windows, St Johns plate (rather than crappy sticker), fully opening phone panel with new pull to open sign, Fresnel lens, base height raised to 5", independent lighting inside for backlit Police Box signs, new roof top section (mix between 60s movie and Barnet box) and the Metropolitan Royal Blue gloss paint. I am currently having new sign boxes made (as per Crich box) and updating the font on the signs as mine were originally just guessed"
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Box 6

 

(Crispin also deserves honourable mention for his full-size console room replica!)

Box Age: 4 yrs (Built 1999-2000)

Owner/Builder: Crispin/ScarfWearer
Seattle area, Washington, USA

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Heavy! Based on Season 18+ plans from BBC

"My Tardis has two door arches, front and back, forming the corner posts and the front and back box signs.

The posts are solid wood and very heavy, using 2x4 wall-studs as a core clad with VG grade fir (furniture grade). I used strips of 1/4 round molding between the VG fir boards around the posts to give the exterior appearance.
There's a 2x10 inch beam behind the box sign to hold the posts together.
I arranged that the door arch has wood sticking out at the back (inside) so that I can bolt through into the side walls. This also prevents light coming in or out of the crack between the sidewall and the corner posts. For bolts I used furniture fasteners - little cylindrical things with a screw thread cut in the side. In practice it was quite difficult to get these to fit accurately so not all of the bolts fit well.
(This is easier to describe in pictures - I'll try to put something up soon). One of the post cores is 2x4, the other (inner) one is 2x8 and so that it projects out of the post cladding behind the side wall.
The side walls are a solid piece that looks like the wall and sign box, but is all one piece arranged so that it fits flush with the door arches. Check out the pictures I posted - you can see some of this.
The floor is several layers of plywood screwed together and glued. I wanted it solid so it wouldn't sound hollow or creak. The base has dowels sticking into it from under the posts, holding the corners in place.
The roof is a plywood box - so there's an inner ceiling that sits on top of the sign boxes. This design would leak in the rain, so it's definitely an indoor box. The beacon sits on top of an 8" square box mounted to the inner ceiling.
The sloping ceiling is cut to fit the beacon box. The sloping edges are angled with table saw to fit the vertical box that supports the beacon and again on the outer edges to fit the risers (which are themselves angled - mitred if you like).
The walls are sheets of 1/2 inch MDO (card-covered plywood which has a grain-free finish).
The surface decoration is 1/2 inch MDF with 45 degree angled edges cut with the table saw (outside and with a mask!). These are applied to the walls with glue.
The doors I made the same way, but I used 2x4s for the edge verticals, as I was not confident that MDF would take hinge screws well enough or the door hardware.
For the beacon lamp I used an outdoor jelly-jar lamp fitting which are still available over here and very cheap, though now somewhat dated.
I put an under-counter fluorescent lamp in the front sign box. Originally I had made up the police box signs by printing them on four sheets of paper. Unfortunately lighting these from behind shows the joins, so I took that in as a prototype
to a sign maker shop. They're used to making custom back lit box signs with company logos so this wasn't a tough challenge for them.
I also found a featureless dome light to put inside the box so it can be lit within.
That's mostly it. The whole thing is painted with primer and two coats of Satin finish in a "Carbon Blue" colo[u]r that I got from Lumbermen's building cent(er/re).
Most the materials came from Lumbermen's or Lowes (then Eagle Hardware). - Crispin"

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Box 7

 

Built 2003/2004

Owner/Builder:

Ethan

Carolina, USA ?

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Box 8

 

Built: ?

The box was built to 90% of the actual size

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Andrew & Jarrod

UK ?


majority of the build was made from 4x 16mm sheets of mdf with the windows and boxes cut out, with 3mm mdf stuck in behind to give the recessed look

It does dismantle, not easily, as shelving has been installed inside now. It is essentially held together with some strong right angled brackets top to bottom on each side.

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Box 9

Built: ?

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I've had it about two years now, its in a theatre where i have an evening job, just standing in the bar.

UK ?

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Box 10

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"The Doctor"

Scotland

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Box 11

 

Built: ?

Owner/Builders:

"Dave M"

UK

Complete with Beer Fridge. :o)

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Box 12

 

Built: ?

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"Dean"

UK

Built as a surprise birthday present for Dean by his friends

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Box 13 Nov 2003 - March 2004 Owner/Builder: Glen - your current website host Christchurch, New Zealand
This box was built entirely from MDF and Plywood and is definitely meant to be an inside box. It disassembles into base, walls, doors, 2 areas of roof and lamp. It is designed to be collapsible and has 6 castors so it can roll around (theoretical) studio floors. Designed by Prop expert Anthony, this box is the template upon which the TARDIS Builders Manual was based.
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Box 14
August 2004 - Owner/Builder: "Purple Blancmange"
England
Construction began in the summer of 2004 and continued for just a three week period.  Work resumed for two further weeks in the Easter of 2005, then again for two more weeks in that year's summer.  The stop, start nature of this project is due to the fact that the builder lives some 300 miles away from the box's current location and he has to find the time to concentrate on it as and when he can. The materials used for this TARDIS are predominantly Red Pine and Marine Ply.  To make it look like aged and crumbling concrete, an acrylic exterior render has been applied to the timber surface.  This box has been based on box a Met Police Box with elements of the original and 1980s TARDIS props thrown in, making the design somewhat unique, but familiar looking. Weighing in at nearly half a tonne, the prop breaks down in several parts; 3 walls, 2 doors, four sign lintels, base, 2 part roof and lamp housing to make the transport of this item a little more easy. The images provided show the box fully assembled and primed, a detail shot of the surface texturing and a digital colouring in of the box to show how it will eventually look once completed.  Doctor not included.
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Box 15

 

 

 

2005
Matthew Davis
Australia
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Box 16

2001 Matti Crocker Brisbane, Australia This box is fantastic, is disassemble-able and was installed at the Brisbane Planetarium when the 2005 series premiered!
Matti is an Art Director/ Production Designer for film, tv and commercials. "I researched the box, drafted the plans and got my wonderful construction manager , Tony to build the thing! The box was based on the original concrete design circa early 40's, It was built from 22mm marine ply, cut out and backed with 8mm marine ply for the door/window inserts. The 4 posts were made from hardwood, and sixteen separate sections bolt together to make the box. All glass sections are
perspex with an appropriate finish, ground glass for the POLICE PUBLIC CALL BOX signs, milk glass for the phone panel, plain, amber pebbled and blue stained for the windows. I've endeavoured to give it a 'period' feel with mismatching panels and glass replacement. The exterior has been coating with bog filler slapped on with a palette knife to give an uneven surface. The paint has builders sand added for further texture and painted over the entire prop. A final 2 coats of gloss should complete the prop."
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Box 17

Apr-Aug 2005
Ian Towle
Midlands, England
The TARDIS was built from bits out of a skip! All recycled wood here
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Box 18
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? Paul Symmons UK The handles and hinges are made from paper clip wire that's been bent and
crimped using pliers and the window "Glass" is cut from the plastic sheaths
found in credit card holders,it has a nice hammered glass effect to it...
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Box 19

 

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Box 20

 

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Box 21

 

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Box 22

 

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Box 23

 

             
 
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