I’ve attached the diagram I drew up on 22nd February from the pictures we’d taken during the first filming session, showing the layout and where parts were in relation to each other. Hopefully this’ll make it easier to follow the changes I’m proposing to make.
(The objects on it aren’t to scale although the panel sizes are, so you could print it, cut it out and pose your figures next to it if you like! I suggest a Smartie tube for the base…)
I’ve also dug out my e-mail from the same day outlining the changes I was proposing to make:
“Just generally where you previously had that red prismatic tape on a couple of the panels, I was going to cut out and put coloured LED strips below.
Similarly, where you had the clear plastic caps (like on panels 3 and 5) I was going to swap them out for half ping pong balls, with lights underneath like the Hartnell console.
I’ve got clips for the top of each panel to clip the Sonics into.
Finally those silver port hole things I was going to keep in place at the top of panel 1 and 6 but again, stick some light disk underneath.
Panel 1, my only changes were to add a big round red door control lever and some chicken head switches.
For Panel 2 I was going to cut some Perspex to create a Gallifrey recall indicator and place that over the existing push light you have there for illumination.
As mention on Panel 3 I was going to replace the tape with LEDs. Rather have two of those in parallel though I have a panel of six toggle switches from a Lancaster Bomber. This is also the panel I was intending to build a chunky Capaldi-cameo lever with a little bit of an homage to the railing from the Tennant console room thrown in.
Panel 4, I had nothing particularly in mind, but again I have a bomb control console from the Lancaster which has twelve or so toggle switches.
Panel 5, obviously has the six ball lights. I was going to make a set of five red and yellow ball levers, the larger power booster control and stick a couple of the dials to essentially recreate the look of the original console panel you were going for with your own layout.
Panel six, I liked pretty much the way it was and hadn’t planned to change other than the lights in the port holes and the strip of LEDs. For a kick off it looks a bit like a mouth and eyes so maybe other than a row of toggle switches where the gold tape I wasn’t doing much.
Which leaves ten or so rocker switches and a bunch of chicken head knobs out of the parts I had which could be dotted about to fill space. All these bit’s I’m talking about are already in hand so it’s not like there’s any additional cost outlay by the way.
So having said all that, because of the rain today I haven’t done any work on the panels themselves, other than cutting the to size, although not to shape, so whatever you’d prefer it’s not like I’ve started drilling any holes in anything yet!
Ideally the hexagon would be of a larger size because if we cut some more wood to make a “table top” the trick is going to be attaching it to what’s there already. The McGann console only had the wire sockets and the adding machine keypad on that section in terms of additional controls as I recall so it wouldn’t be like we then need to fill up that space. Also those extension panels would require a bit of support and I have this really cool new hole cutter that I’m itching to try out that could replicate the braces under the panels from the TV Movie. Since we don’t have any wall roundels it’d be a neat little homage.”
9 Days till deadline
I’m slightly concerned that I have panels four and six with not much on them.
I’m hesitant to commit to cutting or drilling into anything yet because the production has apparently been promised some parts from a contact within the local Rolls Royce factory. Visions of CNC machined metal fittings, like the control levers on the Millennium Falcon, dance through my head, but seriously they’re cutting it a bit fine.
My Plan B was to use the keys from the Burroughs machine, but it’s a bit of history (and still in working condition in fact) and I have reservations about hacking it to bits for this purpose.
I note that there’s not a lot of light at that side of the console and the panel will sit front of camera to the left fairly visible during the whole shoot, so I need something impressive, with lights inside. And you know… it’s also adjacent to my Hartnell original console homage panel…
What about something from the latest console? What about the big circular navigation thingy as a Plan… uhh… “B2”? “C”..?