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Steampunk TARDIS by VynetteDantes Steampunk TARDIS by VynetteDantes
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What if the TARDIS had landed in 1890's alternate London?

After doing some research on police boxes, I learned that they were red, hexagonal, and cast iron in the Victorian era. Now as I am melding past and future together, I chose to take the hexagonal shape and apply it to the familiar Mackenzie Trench design, keeping the iconic blue color, the overall lines, and the wooden construction (though I realize the actual Mackenzie Trench Metropolitan boxes were mostly concrete). I felt that having the shape be the only large alteration was particularly appropriate as hexagons have a serendipitous connection with Gallifrey.

I decided that adding gears, rivets, or any other such embellishments wouldn't make much sense, for while the TARDIS is a vehicle, it shouldn't look like one, and I couldn't rationalize gears or rivets on a wooden police call box. Even in a steampunk London, most things would not have gears or rivets, so I decided to just alter the shape and add a few brass appointments.

I chose poplar dimensional lumber to construct the frames with birch plywood panels. I believe that the crown molding, colonial molding, and half round strips I used were all pine.

I needed it to breakdown and fit into my car, so I devised a construction method whereby the roof lifts off, the walls separate into three sections of two panels, and the floor is a separate piece. For the height of each panel, I went with measurements along the lines of the Tom Baker era prop at 6.5'.

Designed by me and built with the help of my Outland Armour crew and SCAD.

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DanPoch Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015
Very cool :)
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LEGOPuggison Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my god, amazing!
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royalspadecosplay Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
If its apropriate for me to ask, please feel free not to answer if it's offensive or something, how did you make the lantern at the top?
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VynetteDantes Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Professional General Artist
Lol, no not offensive in the least. ^_^ It was an exterior wall mounted lamp (the kind for a house's front porch or driveway lamp posts) I found at Home Depot or Lowe's, cut off the wall mount, and attached a pcv joint to the bottom to mount it to the roof while allowing it to be detachable for transportation. I then painted it with a few colors of spray paint to give it an aged brass look and then lined the inside with translucent blue cellophane.
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royalspadecosplay Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for sharing x3 your tardis is my favorite you did an amazing job x3
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VynetteDantes Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks! ^_Q
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:iconroyalspadecosplay:
royalspadecosplay Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No probzzzz :3
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royalspadecosplay Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this! This one's my favorite outvof all the steampunk tardiss. Thank you for creating such brilliance!
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bgmax2 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
This is extraordinary!!!!! Love it!!
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mundercuffler Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014
Oh, well done! Absolutely marvelous!
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:iconcyberman100:
cyberman100 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014
that is truly amazing
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HibariTsuna3991 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
WOW that is all i can say
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fartbisket Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Cool! the video is great!
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GearWatch Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
just epic
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randomfandom22 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
love love love love LOVE IT!
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:iconvacillator-visionary:
This is so great.
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WinchesterBrosInc Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Student General Artist
This is amazing! I love it~
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pixiephoenix7 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Student General Artist
well someone obviously hot wired the fragment disk and superseding the binary to fix the chameleon circuit...
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TheOrangeRose Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
OMG THATS AMAZING!
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:iconmsdonutdamsel:
MsDonutDamsel Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
It's like a mini TARDIS. Steampunk really fascinates me also. I love it <3
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:iconsjrivera:
SJRivera Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
MEGUSTA
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:icongorillagraffix:
gorillagraffix Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh you beautiful thing!!!
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ImTheTARDIS Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
Oh! I love that look! When will The Doctor fix that dang Chamelion Circuit?!
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Mina086 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
Great job.
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0Kytten0 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
FANTASTIC!
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Spirit-Lily Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Student Writer
No words...this is brilliant.
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eternal-night6655321 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This. Gah, too cool. Too damn cool lol
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ianmsquee Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011
Awesome!! :icondelightfulplz:
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scribblywobbly Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I really like this design! :D Shame it didn't win in the contest. I'm researching steampunk for a little DW project of mine. Not sure yet if I want to incorporate the TARDIS, but I wanted to originally and just didn't have the right design. Is it all right if I use yours as inspiration? :3
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BlackRoseBandKitsune Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That is so... awesome...
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Promus-Kaa Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting! I sketched a concept design of a more historically accurate version of this a few years back! [link]
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VynetteDantes Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks! Yeah, your sketch is awesome!
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Kimono-chimera Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Good on you for the research! And the vine behind it is beautiful!
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DanH-Art Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
That is truly awesome :D
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cerys34 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011
I likey !
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"Oh, you sexy thing...."


Brilliant!
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CJBatBrain Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahhh, it was STEAMPUNK.

Explains everything.

I spent the whole weekend at Supercon puzzling over this.
Excellent job, now that I know what it was supposed to be xD
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VynetteDantes Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks! Yeah, I'm going to make a sign for when we have it set up at events that aren't steampunk cons or when I'm not around. lol
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CJBatBrain Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Ha, that would have saved me a lot of puzzling over it xD


Were you actually there with it?
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:iconvynettedantes:
VynetteDantes Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Professional General Artist
I was around the con, but mostly doing panels and not in the dealer's room.
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:iconverope:
Verope Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
I love this tARDIS! wow!!
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:iconhirokochan:
HirokoChan Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
YAY TARDIS!!!!!
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AvisTheArtistGeek Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is EXACTLY what the TARDIS would look like, Steampunk-style.
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elementjhedren Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Student General Artist
Oh, she is a /beauty/! Absolutely love it. :D The blue is wonderful and the steampunk elements are just right.
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Antilogist Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Student General Artist
Two of the most amazing things, now combined...Dr. Who and steampunk, it should have happened 4 years ago! XD Great job, I hope you continue this kind of thing!
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Marlu-Sama Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I love the simplicity to it.
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:iconmangaartist99:
MangaArtist99 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Student Artist
I love Doctor Who
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kid-cody Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011
I have one of these... only its not phone booth its a porta-potty.
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EvilDead1990 Featured By Owner May 30, 2011   Filmographer
you guys just made the TARDIS even more awesome!
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FiddlerofDooney Featured By Owner May 30, 2011
I've been waiting to see this from you; every time I see them advertise the contest, you and you're possibilities cross my mind! well done! (now when do I get to see the inside? )
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