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SPF 11-5
Posted by Penny Trains on Sunday, November 05, 2017 6:34 PM

Doctor in the house!

Have fun!  Big Smile

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Posted by RoyalBlue1972 on Monday, November 06, 2017 12:15 PM

The first Doctor I ever saw (and still my favorite!)  Is the TARDIS the one sold in bookshops in the little box?  I have one on my desk at work, and going to get one for my layout!  

Is The Fourth Doctor a custom figure?  

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Posted by Firelock76 on Monday, November 06, 2017 5:05 PM

Ol' Tom's the first Doctor Who we saw as well.  It was around 1981 or '82, Channel 9, WOR out of New York was showing it on Saturday mornings.  Lady Firestorm had gotten up before I did, had turned on the TV and there it was.

She ran into the bedroom and shook me awake!  "You have GOT to see this!" she said.

It didn't last too long on commercial TV, but our local PBS station picked it up and needless to say we were hooked! 

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Posted by Penny Trains on Monday, November 06, 2017 6:13 PM

RoyalBlue1972

The first Doctor I ever saw (and still my favorite!)  Is the TARDIS the one sold in bookshops in the little box?  I have one on my desk at work, and going to get one for my layout!  

Is The Fourth Doctor a custom figure?  

 

Yes, the TARDIS is the Running Press model: http://www.runningpress.com/book/doctor-who-light-up-tardis-kit/9780762449309

I bought mine at Books-A-Million.  Size-wise, the model is more like 1:32 which would put it in the Standard Gauge realm rather than the O scale universe.  But I've been using 1:32 (54mm) figures on my Christmas layout for years so it will fit right in.

Yeah, they're a bit large and ludicrous with postwar O and S gauge equipment (or 1:50 scale fire engines) but they give the Lionel gateman someone closer to his own size to play with.  Smile, Wink & Grin

So, little Tom there started life as a 54mm gunslinger!  54mm is the traditional size for those plastic toy soldiers we all know so well.  He was the exact same mold of figure as the guy in the blue jacket (facing away from the camera) that you see behind the scouts in this photo:

What I did was, I first extended the waist length jacket by building it up accross the bottom with my favorite substance: hot glue!  Big Smile  I worked it on down, waiting for each "row" of glue to cool, till the coat was knee length and I also blended it upwards into the existing coat.  Here it is from the back:

I also added "hair" before moving forward.  I decided to paint it before trying to add the scarf.  By the way he had fringe on his pants, a gun belt and a pistol that had to be shaved off before I could turn him into the Doctor.  After painting the figure, it was time to tackle the scaft.  I turned to...you guessed it, hot glue!  Laugh  As I've done for many things (i.e. arms, legs, mickey mouse balloons) I simply squirted the glue out in 2 strips on the tempered glass top of my desk.  (I didn't exactly try to get them perfect btw.  Wink)  As the glue cooled, I rolled it with a bamboo skewer to flatten it a bit.  Then I cut it more square with my X-Acto knife.  When I was satisfied with the strips, I pried them off the desk by sliding the blade under them.  Then I joined the two lengths of scarf with a "C" shape of glue at the top.  When cool, I glued the assembly to the figure at the neck, and gave it a bit of a twist before gluing at the knees.  Then all I had to do was paint on some stripes without making too much of a mess!  Laugh

Tom Baker approved(?)

Sorry I couldn't resist.  The photo and the figure seemed made for one another.  Laugh

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Posted by RoyalBlue1972 on Tuesday, November 07, 2017 7:52 AM

Penny-

You did an amazing job on the figure!  I actually had no idea you made it yourself (and did a lot of amazing work on it, to boot!)

It actually reminds me of something Dapol would make in a smaller size, or Subbuteo (the UK brand of mainly Soccer or Rugby figures) would have had out at some point!  It's incredible!

I love how you set it in the last photo to look like Tom Baker holding it!  Looks like packaging for the figure, too!

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Posted by Penny Trains on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 6:29 PM

And now he has more than a barren landscape around him:

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Posted by Firelock76 on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 7:07 PM

Strangest thing, every time I see "SPF 11-5" the first thing I think of is sunblock...

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Posted by phrankenstign on Thursday, November 16, 2017 1:41 PM

Firelock76
Strangest thing, every time I see "SPF 11-5" the first thing I think of is sunblock...

I thought the exact same thing!

I still don't see the connection.

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Posted by Penny Trains on Thursday, November 16, 2017 6:45 PM

Sunday Photo Fun?  Wink

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Posted by Firelock76 on Thursday, November 16, 2017 7:17 PM

Depends on the beach...

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Posted by phrankenstign on Friday, November 17, 2017 1:23 AM

Penny Trains
Sunday Photo Fun?  Wink

 

Of course!

I'm no Monk!

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