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Making a Time Machine

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I needed to bring some bible characters back from the past (as you do), and so obviously needed a time machine.  As there were none on the open market I decided to make one.

You will need:
- Several lengths of wood. I used 2x4cm baton, and 5x5 cm for the base.
- Coat hangers.
- Some bolts and brackets (just what I had to hand)
- 8 large butt hinges with removable pins.
- 2 smaller hinges.
- 2 small pulleys.
- Some suitable thin cord.
- Black paint.
- 6m of Velcro.
- 8m of suitable material for a covering.
- A big bright light source.
- A blue revolving light.
- and a smoke machine...



 
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Step 1: The Frame - part 1 - basic shape

The design principle was that this should store flat.  Time machines need to be at least as big as the people they are going to bring back from the past or future.

The frame is made of wooden baton and hardboard corners for strength. 

The hardest part of the frame is getting the geometry right.  I used a cardboard model to work out just how big everything would be.  (Unfortunately I don't have a picture of that).  The process is to make panels out of card, and fit them together using a bit of tape so that you can see what the shape will be like in 3D.  You can then measure the dimensions and angles. the dimensions you would scale to something approximating the size you want.

As an example: a piece of card for the door panel that measures 18cm, scaled 10 times would be 180cm, or 1.8 Meters.

Once you have worked out the lengths you can get your baton.  In the UK we can get this from DIY shops in bundles of about 6 lengths each 2.4 meters long.

Lay the cut lengths out on the ground and MEASURE THOSE ANGLES. this is vital, as when you come to screw everything together, those angles need to be correct, or the whole thing will be wonky.

sotty swan1 year ago
Could this be made out of pvc pipe for easy travel & set up?
timhodson (author)  sotty swan1 year ago
Sure it could. You'd have to do something clever with joining the tube at the corners... I doubt that the angles would be standard pipe fittings.

The only concern I would have is the weight of the fabric and roof making the PVC pipe bend outwards in the middle.
GB_Costumes2 years ago
I can't wait to build one of these, then go back in time and post how to make one, and then I'll receive the credit for making this. Thanks!
Humm interesting. Looks a bit like one of those pylon things from the Land of the lost shows.
Eldjotnar2 years ago
It looks like a combination of the TARDIS and the time machine from Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure. Awesome, though.
hedgesci2 years ago
is it bigger on the inside than the outside? lol
vostapchuck2 years ago
its a joke??))
i need one taht wrok :( aaah getting desperate! i need to get to 1987 to go to a guns n roses concert now!
Omg, no joke that is exactly what I want one for too!!
One.4 years ago
 redesigned TARDIS anyone?
redesigned tardis fail. police public call box FTW!
DJ544 years ago
 This is pretty cool except you forgot the beer to make the trip faster :)
bwpatton14 years ago
Awsome!!! Now I can travel back to 1975 and buy that missile silo for ten bucks!!! FREE LAND HERE I COME!!
awesome 5 *s
dung0beetle4 years ago
Where do you hook up the flux capacitor? And how do you correct time dilation? Does it come in "Police Box" shape?  So many questions, so little time (or is it?)
It doesn't need to come in a "Police Box" shape. If it has a functioning chameleon circuit it can appear as just about anything.
But does it have a chameleon circuit?


nice call i was wondering the same thing.
 
Koosie4 years ago
Yay, now my car won't be old and outdated! Not if I go back to 1992!
lemonie4 years ago
I really like this. Any thoughts on adding a pumped-up sound system to it?

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wupme lemonie4 years ago
You gotta be carefull with that.
If you travel backwards in time the records will play backwards. And we all know where that leads...
wupme4 years ago
Does ist have batteries?
Because if i travel back to lets say 500b.c., i dont think they got the right voltages there for me to come back.
ChrysN4 years ago
Wow, this is pretty coo!
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