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Homemade TARDIS build by EruwaedhielElleth Homemade TARDIS build by EruwaedhielElleth
My pet project for the last couple of months: A life size backyard TARDIS! XD It's made mostly from cardboard and duct tape built over a wooden frame, with working sound and light effects (read: blinking flashlight, outdoor light, extension cord and speakers) The original plan was to make it more detailed, and paint a console room inside but it soon became clear that wasn't going to happen. It turns out that duct-tape doesn't have as strong a hold after a few days outside, and neither wood glue or contact cement seemed to work so it was all I could do to keep the walls where they belonged. Even with a wood frame it tried to take off without us several times, (lots of wind, + large cardboard surface = TARDIS kite! [link] ) we ended up having to use six tent stakes on the inside to keep it from going anywhere! :P

It originated as a fun idea I had for December 21 2012 (You know, the day the world was supposed to end?) what better time could there be to have a TARDIS in your yard?! But unfortunately I underestimated the time and work it takes to make something like this, so it wasn't ready in time. It wasn't in the best shape by the time I actually got it off the porch either, having been rained on several times already, but with a little help (my fiance came to visit, also a DW fan, and we worked on it for a few days) it's finally repaired and vortex-ready!

There's just enough room inside for two chairs and a small table, (anyone know anything about trandimensional engineering?) so we got to cuddle up and have a Doctor Who marathon with my laptop computer. :heart: Our parents probably think we're nuts, if that's our idea of romance. :p

Overall, it was a lot of fun to make, and even if it doesn't last very long it was definitely worth the effort. :D I plan to keep the frame, and who knows? maybe someday I can try to make a better one out of wood.

Another view: [link]
Brushes used in background: [link]

To see my other DW related crafts: [link]

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SRSmith Featured By Owner 3 days ago   Writer
This is absolutely fabulous!
EruwaedhielElleth Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Thanks! We had so much fun building it. :D
SRSmith Featured By Owner 3 days ago   Writer
I'd love to build a full size weather proof one for the back yard - kind of the timey wimey equivalent of the Narnia lamppost so many people put in their gardens.
EruwaedhielElleth Featured By Owner 3 days ago
If you google TARDIS plans you can find layouts to build wooden ones, apparently some people use them as yard sheds. You could have a lamppost AND a TARDIS in your garden! :D I would love to build one, but I have neither the expertise or the money to do it, so I doubt I'll ever have one unless I can bribe someone to build it for me. :P
SRSmith Featured By Owner 3 days ago   Writer
It's definitely on my list of things to do, just not this year! :-)

Don't underestimate your ability to do things you haven't done before. I'd never done most of what I've done before I started doing it, you just read a lot, Google a lot, ask lots of questions of the people who know what you'd like to know and get your hands dirty! It's not rocket science, just a bit of transdimensional engineering! :-)
[Money on the other hand is an entirely different kettle of fish! ;-)]
ExposeTheBeauty Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
EruwaedhielElleth Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
Thanks! :D
ExposeTheBeauty Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
ipsum-lorem Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist
Very cool.
EruwaedhielElleth Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
Thank you! :)
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