Wanted to share with everyone a little(!) project that I have been working on for my son. It started off as a Christmas present for him seven months ago, but I quickly realized that it was going to take way more time than I thought. I just finished it this week.
My son has become a huge fan of "Doctor Who" at the tender age of two-and-a-half. (He's actually liked it since he was at least six months old--he used to become absolutely mesmerized by the opening credits of the new series!) He loves all of the machines on the show--namely the TARDIS, Daleks, and Cybermen. My wife and I felt that he could use a playhouse, so I set out to build him one. We discussed it, and there was no question what form his playhouse should take...
It's 95% wood and 5% other materials (plastic, foam board, paper plates). I used the TARDIS blueprints found in The Doctor Who Technical Manual and adapted them slightly to accomodate my finances, taste, skill, and materials on-hand. The entire project was built at one-half scale.
It has interior lights (four push-button mounted LED lights, which give the interior sort of a muted blue glow), and a flashing light on top (the black toggle switch which operates it can be seen mounted in the ceiling behind the far right cabin light).
I love the "window glow" that the interior lights provide.
Here's a good shot of the roof lamp in action.
I took some liberties with the design of the TARDIS, melding several different aesthetics seen over the course of the old and new series. The blueprints used represent the TARDIS as seen during the 'Eighties (Davison-C. Baker-McCoy), but the overall color scheme and exterior decor was gleaned from the new series. The TARDIS is a much darker blue (the same color as the Eccleston-Tennant era), and I've raised the "roof stack" a couple of inches to better reflect the higher roof of the new series. The roof also has no pitch to it, which reflects the design of much of the Tom Baker years (also, I have NO skill whatsoever when it comes to cutting wood at angles).
And here are some shots of my son mugging for the camera while at play in his TARDIS...
Here he is holding his Character Options TARDIS Talking Money Bank, and wearing the scarf I made him some months back (he was always wanting to wear my eighteen-foot monster, so I made him one better suited to his stature).
Here he is fondling his TARDIS key. (He is fascinated with mechanical things, particularly locks and keys. The lock in his TARDIS doesn't actually lock anything (purely cosmetic), but that doesn't stop him from turning the key in the lock about a hundred times a day.
Here's my little guy brandishing his Sonic Screwdriver (take THAT, Master!). And yes, those are paper plates set into foamboard...but they work perfectly for interior TARDIS walls.
Here, Dalek Sec is poking out of the phone compartment. (Like the phone? It's a half-scale pencil sharpener of all things!)
He can usually be found hiding in here, saving the universe before nap time...
I hope our next son likes "Doctor Who" as much as this one, if only to get more mileage out of the playhouse. (It took me so long to cobble this thing together, he almost outgrew it by the time I finished it!)
Maybe I'll build a half-scale console for the next child...hmmm...