Custom Doctor Who Chess Set   Leave a comment

This is a project that evolved from the miniatures that I made for my Doctor Who Monopoly game. I knew there was a commercially produced Doctor Who Chess game but it used pictures for the pieces. When I looked online I saw that there were a couple of chess sets made by other people so I thought of my miniatures and decided to make my own.

My set is different in that I wanted to use all the doctors which at the time went up to number 11, Matt Smith. I made this set some time ago and posted picks of the Doctors but I am only now getting around to posting the full project. The set also includes classic versions of the Cybermen which are the pawns for the dark or evil side. The set is also not the usual version of chess since I needed to accommodate more than the standard number of pieces. The variant of chess that I chose is Hex Shogi 91. It’s a hexagonal board that allows for 40 pieces.


I included a few classic companions like K-9 and Lt. Lethbridge Stewart and I included the older version of the Master from Tom Baker’s era. The companions also include River Song, Amy Pond, Rory as centurion, Rose Tyler, Captain Jack, Face of Boe and the Tardis. The main villains are a Zygon, The Silence, Weeping Angel, Davros, The Master, Dalek, Clockwork Droid, Slitheen, Sontaran, Vashta Nerada and Smiler.  I designed the board based on the layout above and created it using Plexiglas. It was a fun project and I hope you enjoyed reading about it and seeing it. Thanks for looking!



Doctor Who High Top Sneakers   1 comment

These are my custom painted Doctor Who high tops. The left I painted with a Dalek invasion scene and the right I painted with the Tardis in space. Thanks for viewing.


Posted February 15, 2015 by ajldesign in Daleks, Enemies, Tardis

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Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Tribute Miniatures   Leave a comment


I meant to post these earlier but I was sidetracked with the holidays. It was a happy Doctor Who Christmas for me and I hope a happy time for all.

These miniatures are from a larger project that I’m working on, which is a Doctor Who chess set that will include companions and some of my favorite enemies. I will be posting other pieces as they are completed.

This collection of miniatures does not include the newly introduced War Doctor, though I am planning a miniature of him in the future. All eleven Doctors are hand sculpted from Sculpey and then hand painted. I tried to capture all the unique detail of each Doctor. Thank you for looking and if you would like to take home your favorite Doctor or Doctors please visit my Etsy store here at Mandy’s Magic Hands

Evil In The Bronx – A Dalek Story Part 7 – The Conclusion   Leave a comment

So we made it to the conclusion of Evil In The Bronx – A Dalek Story and here I will unveil my creation. If you’ve followed along from the beginning then you’ve seen the building blocks and watched it all come together. From a construction drum, Styrofoam, lots of cardboard, tape, glue, paint, wire, a plunger and other odds and ends comes the Dalek.

So before the reveal let me tell you about the finishing touch that I added. My Dalek is really a life size action figure, that I made for myself, with movable arm, gun, eyestalk and dome but I also wanted it to have some speech capabilities because what is a Dalek without it’s cold, robotic and distinctive voice. I found some inexpensive RE-Recordable PUSH BUTTON Sound Module/Chips on Amazon  that let you record your own sounds from your computer. The hardest part was finding clean recordings of Dalek phrases without any background sounds or music. I was able to find and clean up three phrases that I was happy with and after recording them I placed the units under the dome with the push buttons within easy reach.

Below you will see the completed Dalek which cost under $200 to build and took about 5 months. I love seeing it in my living room every day and I’m very proud of the way it turned out. I did my best to stay faithful to the Dalek design except for the adjustments needed for the shape. Thank you for following my Dalek story and I hope you will check back for other projects.

Here is a link for a fun little video I made to show what the Dalek can do and say. It’s stylized to minimize the distracting background in my apartment.


Evil In The Bronx – A Dalek Story Part 6 – The Hemispheres, Collar and Slats   Leave a comment

So we’re almost to the end of our story and in this installment I’ll be talking about the Dalek hemispheres, collars, mesh and slats. Before I get into it though, there is a previous step that was left out and that is the wheels that let my Dalek be rolled around. I purchased wood from Home Depot and cut it to fit just inside the base of the construction drum, two vertical and one horizontal. I screwed the wood together to form a framework and attached two set of ball bearing casters.  This simple setup works very well for making the Dalek mobile.

Now back to our story. For the hemispheres I used Styrofoam half balls purchased for a very good price at Smoothfoam. Since the construction drum is curved my original idea was to trim the Styrofoam half balls to fit the curve but after purchasing a Styrofoam cutting tool and many failed attempts at any kind of smooth cut I decided it wasn’t worth the effort and mess it would take for the barely noticeable space on either side of the hemispheres. I painted the hemispheres and applied them to the drum using masking tape to hold them in place temporarily while I worked out the spacing. Once I had them positioned properly I glued them using a hot glue gun. I was afraid at first that the glue might melt the Styrofoam but it work very well and I was able to apply the hemispheres quickly and easily.

After applying the hemispheres I painted the drum silver and then touched up any silver that got onto the hemispheres. I then moved on to the collars. I cut the collars from cardboard. There were two sections for the top and two for the bottom. I used small rectangles of cardboard placed around the top of the drum to space the top collar out away from the body. For the top collar I only painted it silver since it was going to be covered by the mesh and slats. For the bottom collar and the slats I used the covers of aluminum food trays that I purchased for a few dollars. The aluminum was easy to cut with my utility knife. I used my hot glue gun to apply the aluminum to the cardboard form that I had already cut for the bottom collar. The aluminum alone would have been too thin. I glued both collars in place and moved on to the mesh and slats.

I purchased a roll of screen mesh that I used for the neck and the collar mesh. It is easy to measure and cut. I measured the mesh to extend a quarter inch above and three quarter inches below the top collar. The slats measured 5 1/2 by 1 1/2 and were cut from the same aluminum as the bottom collar. I attached the slats and the mesh using silver thumb tacks and hot glue. The last step was to apply several coats of high gloss finish to the hemispheres and black base of my Dalek.

It is truly a Dalek now and almost ready to reveal its master plan. In the next episode of Evil in the Bronx all will be revealed. Exterminate!!!!!!!!


Evil In The Bronx – A Dalek Story Part 5 – The Gun Box, Arm and Gun   Leave a comment

Welcome back to the next installment of Evil In The Bronx. So here is the construction of the Dalek Gun, Plunger Arm and Gun Box. I created the Dalek gun using polycarbonate tubing, floral wire and a Styrofoam ball. I used my dremel to drill eight holes a half inch from the top of the tube and eight corresponding holes eleven inches down on the tube. I left about an inch to go into the Styrofoam ball. After gluing the tube to the ball I primed it with black paint and then painted it silver. After the gun was painted I used floral wire to create the eight rods and glued them in place.

For the Dalek plunger arm I was originally going to use the same polycarbonate tubing along with a wooden dowel but I really wanted the arm to extend and retract and I did feel like I could get the right effect with those materials, plus they were heavy and I was afraid that the ball joint wouldn’t support the weight and the arm would just hang down in stead of being able to be moved and positioned.

Whenever I’m working on a project everywhere I go I’m looking for something that I can incorporate into my work. So one day I walked into a discount store to see what I might find and I came across this water toy called Splasher which you use in a pool to suck water in and shoot it back out. In effect it work like a syringe and has a nice smooth feel so it was perfect.  I cut off the foam rubber handles and took off the plastic ring where the water would shoot out, this is the end that I attached to the Styrofoam ball. It helped that the Styrofoam was porous  because the Splasher needed air flow to keep the smooth extending and contracting motion.

I primed the arm with black paint but when I moved it in and out the paint came off so added a third section to the arm which would let the arm extend and hide the small section where the base color was exposed.  The third section actually made the arm look more accurate so it all worked out. Once I was happy I painted the arm silver and attached the plunger.

The gun box is usually one complete section set into the Dalek but after cutting off the handle of the Dalek I didn’t want to cut into it anymore so I decided to create the gun box in two separate sections cut to the shape of the Dalek and attached with L brackets.  The sections are made from reinforced cardboard and masking tape, primed with black paint and painted silver. I used cardboard inside the gun box around the Styrofoam balls to hold the ball joint and allow the arms to be moved and positioned. You can see a photo of me holding the gun box sections for positioning. Finally I attached the arm and gun and began to prime the construction drum with black paint.

Stay tuned for the next episode of Evil In The Bronx -A Dalek Story Part 6 – The Paint Job, The Hemispheres, The Collars, Mesh and Slats.


Evil In The Bronx – A Dalek Story Part 4 – The Neck   Leave a comment

Welcome back to the next installment of Evil In The Bronx. Today I’ll be writing about the construction of the neck section of my Dalek. I started with six squares of thick cardboard that I cut from a packing box. I used a ruler to divide the square into eight section and to find the mid point, then I used a compass to draw my circle. I used two squares of cardboard for each of the three neck rings. I cut out two rings, one a half inch smaller on the outer diameter and then joined them together using masking tape. The half inch difference gives the beveled effect of the Dalek rings. I then covered the rings with paper mache to give a smoother effect. Once I had the three rings I used the leftover circles from the inner diameter cut out to locate the position to cut the notches for the eight neck struts.

The neck struts are constructed from 1/4 inch wooden dowels that were 12 inches long. Each strut is made from 3 dowels glued together to form a triangle shape. I used the extra dowels that I had along with the center cutouts from the neck rings and spare cardboard to construct the inner framework of the neck or neckbin as it’s called. My neck is different from traditional Dalek necks in that it tapers in from bottom to top. The outer diameter on the bottom ring is 16 inches and the outer diameter at the top is 14 inches. I did this because the construction drum that I am using for the body only flares out very slightly from top to bottom and I wanted to give my Dalek some differentiation in shape. I felt it looked better aesthetically.

Once I had the rings, struts and neckbin assembled separately I put them together in a test run to make sure everything fit. Luckily things went together pretty well and I only had to make some slight adjustment. After the test run I took it all apart covered the neck bin with masking tape and primed everything with black paint. I then painted the neck rings and struts with silver paint before reassembling the pieces.  You’ll notice that in the test run the neck struts and wooden dowels continuing below the bottom ring, this is because originally I was going to use the extra length for the Dalek neck to sit above the handle on the construction drum but after looking at it for several days it bothered me and I cut down the dowels and struts. I then cut the handle off the construction drum which was a major pain but well worth it in the end as you will see in future posts.

The last two images below show the completed neck section with screen mesh  and neck section with dome. My Dalek is really starting to come alive!

Stay tuned for the next episode of Evil In The Bronx -A Dalek Story Part 5 – The Gun Box, Arm and Gun.