GI Joe
TARDIS Console

Many people have contacted me asking for more information on the finished console, and to include dimensions. I had fully intended to fill out this page but never actually did it. Thanks to their prodding, this page has been updated, and a second page added with much more information on the finished console.

Here, Tom Baker's Doctor, and Lalla Ward's Romana II man the TARDIS console.


A quick preview of my TARDIS control room. One cool thing is that when lit from behind, the rondelles glow somewhat because they are made from the bottoms of styrofoam cups and bowls. This leaves them perfect to let some yellow light through, if I want. The Console here is fully finished and even includes the port for the White Guardian's Locator.

People have asked me where I got the dimensions for my Console. Well, to begin with, I used the Doctor Who Technical Manual, which has measurements inside. Thanks to eBay I now own a copy of that book, and have scanned (for your personal use) the pertinent pages.

Note that I used the actual layout of the TARDIS panels as vague guidelines... I kind of did my own thing on most of them.

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Thanks to Mark Harris, from whose book "The Doctor Who Technical Manual" I scanned these plans.


April 7, 2002

I began with six trapezoidal sections of foam core. I measured these from the Doctor Who Technical Manual.

The ends are 19.5cm long, the inside length is 7.5cm and the connecting edges are 13cm long.

I taped each section together by taping underneath. I did not bevel-cut each section, so I left a gap on the topside, like a V-groove along the connecting edges.

I filled the open seams (the V-Grooves) with white glue. This isn't essential, but will reinforce the shape and strength of the console. This may take patience and multiple glue applications, but it will be strong when finished.

Later, these gaps get covered by thin strips of matte board.

April 8, 2002

I cut a hexagonal bottom panel to the console to add thickness at the edges, as well as lift the console to the right height..

Each side of the bottom panel is also 19.5cm long like the Console's edges.

The next step is the console plinth.

I started with a hexagonal base, and two sets of six rectangles. The top set of six are taped together, with the tape acting as a hinge.

The hexagonal base measures 10cm per side.

The plinth inner panels measure 6cm wide by 13cm tall.

The plinth supports are 3.3cm wide by 13cm tall. (See image two down)

Then I form a hexagonal extrusion. This gets glued to the hexagonal base using lines I drew on it for alignment.

I use white glue for caulking at the base, all the way around. I make no attempt to fill the gaps between the six panels, as those gaps will be filled in the next step.

The six supporting struts are hot-glued into place by applying a generous amount of hot-glue to the bottom and inner edge of each piece. The glue fills in the triangular gap between the plinth main panels.

Hot glue makes for a very strong construction.

The dimensions are noted on this image.

The inner panels are painted gloss black.

A test-fit. I think I won't be using the upper cap, when I add the transparent Time Rotor. I have strips to add to the edges, and the dividing angles, as well as the upper edge where the cap has been placed for positioning.

One thing I noticed at this point was that the whole thing seemed to be too high off the ground. The plinth was too tall. There are several solutions, neither of which involve rebuilding the plinth.

The solution is below.

April 10, 2002

To make the console fit lower on the plinth, I cut a hole into the base, then trimmed off another 1/4" all around so the solid panel can fit up inside the frame loosely.

This will then get placed up into the base, so the plinth can rise up into it a bit, making it scale better to GI Joe.

This picture shows the matte board strips I used to form the upper angled edging around the console's center, as well as the edging all around the console. I taped it into place, then hot-glued the strips for strength.

I sealed the edges with white glue.

Here, a GI Joe (not my Doctor, but an early candidate for the role) stands next to his unfinished console.

April 13, 2002

I found a plastic drinking straw container which is just about right for the central column. All I need now are some colored clear plastic pieces to put up there, and some way to light it.

Then I have the myriad display and gadgets to put all over the console.

"Have a Jelly Baby?"

April 19, 2002

Spikey (RIP September, 2004) checked out the partial paint-job. At this point the base is painted, though I may add panels to it, and the console is primed.

I still have to paint the console gray (the primer is too matte) and highlight it silver.


What's left to do?

I have to put the matte-board strips at the angled connections, fill the panels with cool-looking gadgets, and make the interior of the Time Rotor.

Continue to the detailing section.


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