"Doctor Whoo oo, HEY, Doctor Who, Doctor Whoo oo, HEY, The T.A.R.D.I.S". Who remembers that little gem of a song (or not as the case may be ;-) from 1988 by The Timelords (AKA The KLF). Anyway that was NOT the inspiration I got for starting this project, but photos of homemade Daleks I have seen on the net, projects people have made on Instructables, especially the ones made by craftycounterpart
and by Sci_Fi_Steve
which are very cool, and of course Doctor Who's 50th anniversary certainly were.
Here I will show you how I made my scratch built Dalek using items I rescued from our recycling bin, a broken but functional radio controlled tank, and other bits and peaces I had laying around crying out to be used. I hope this Instructable will give you some inspiration to make your own Dalek, as I think we need more of these poor misunderstood creatures roaming around our own little planet (even though they are hell bent on controlling the universe).
Here is a list of materials I used.
A radio controlled tank, broken but still functional
Sheets of scrap A4 size paper
Thin Cardboard (from a cereal box or similar)
PVC carpet underlay foam sheet, 12mm thick
A plastic lid from a gravy jar
3 flat top plastic lids from deodorant cans
1 rounded plastic lid from a shaving foam can
4 dried out thick marker pens
Some length of thin steel wire
2 red LED bulbs
1 green LED bulb
2 round ended plastic tubes
1 Christmas tree ball ball decoration
A WiFi web cam
A Bluetooth speaker
Bag of small modeling tacks (tiny nails)
1 kiddy size football
7 8cm long screws
A 9 volt battery snap connector
A strip of 10 Blue battery powered LED's
Items I had to buy.
Bag of 50 polystyrene balls, 3cm diameter (about £3 / $5 inc shipping)
1 can of grey spray primer 500ml (about £4 / $6.50 i/s)
1 can of gloss black spray paint 500ml (£6 / $9.80 i/s)
1 can of gold spray paint 500ml (£6 / $9.80 i/s)
Tools and adhesives.
Set of small electrical use screwdrivers
Craft knife with new blades
1 tube of Grab adhesive and applicator (No more nails/ Gripfill or similar)
Black permanent marker
Pen or pencil
Very fine sanding paper
So on with the build. Lets begin with the base.