Not the TARDIS console!
A couple of blog entries ago, you may remember that I said that Exterminator showed me an item that was for sale and I surprised him by suggesting that we actually buy it… there was a reason for this.
Anyway, armed with a luton van, off we went on our travels to get it.
Because it was rather large, 8′ by 6′ by about 4′ high, I had to reorganize my garage to fit it in – and even then I wasn’t sure that it’d fit anyway, especially as we knew that the “console” didn’t come apart.
Arriving at the pick up point, a warehouse about 20 minutes from my house, we gulped when we saw the piece – yeah, it was big. It took four of us and a fork lift truck to get it on the van, which was fine, but the big (and very troubling) question was, how the hell would just the two of us get it off the van, once at my place? I pondered that a big push and gravity may be the only answer.
Above. Having done some further shifting of things in my garage, here we both are, trembling (not really) at the concept of how we could remove it in one piece, without destroying it in the process!
Please note that the prop was so large, that it could only fit on board the van on the diagonal!
Actually, it was really easy – it just required lots of huffing and puffing, and some gentle persuasion to get it do as we asked it. There was a bit of damage to the plinth, but then it already had that anyway – that wasn’t us. Honest, guv.
So, you can probably see why I suggested getting it. It’s very TARDIS consoley, isn’t it?
We removed all the loose parts and threw them into a bucket for safe keeping. Here Exterminator is checking out the controls. I think he’s setting the co-ordinates.
The “Mung Turner Overdrive” is irresistible. It just screams to be thrown – dramatically, of course.
Once rolled into place, it has wheels, Alex too had to have a go on the Mung Turner Overdrive switch.
Notice how the console just fits with mere inches to spare.
Some detail shots for you. It’s covered in dust (which then got rained on today) so at some stage, I’ll start the clean up.
We’ll probably add more stuff to it, paint it a different colour and give it a new, removable base – just to make it easier on us.
I rather like this view of it. It could certainly do with more greeblies added – oh and lots of piping. You have to have piping on alien technology.
As I mentioned earlier, a lot of the controls are not in place. They’re removable to access the lighting system.
Hopefully when the weather improves in the spring, I can make a start on giving the console a makeover. Now, you may be questioning what we’re going to be doing with this. Well, that is a good thing to ask. We have ideas, but it will mainly be used as part of the displays we’ll be putting on.
Not bad for a couple of quid, eh?
Oh – and did I mention that it’s a screen used prop?
No? Well, to be honest, it’s probably not worth mentioning this anyway. And no, there was no certificate of authenticity with it either. Those things aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on, if you ask us.
We got the prop from the original source, but that means little to us as we don’t care – it’s going to be recycled.
This’ll be fun. I hope.