Category: Doctor Who

River’s Alpha Meson Blaster

Almost as prevalent as her lipstick is River’s Alpha Meson Blaster which can be seen in “Gridlock”, “The Big Bang”, and “Day of the Moon” as well as numerous other episodes.

With the 3D printer back up and running with little to no problems I wanted to continue working on the Doctor Who props in hopes of having a large selection that could be molded and cast in resin. The other reason is that it will keep me occupied when the weather isn’t compliant with slinging fiberglass or resin.

The model I used can be found on Thingiverse here:

The above links are a total of 6 pieces, what I like about this is that it is designed to go around a short length of PVC pipe which helps to line everything up. The pistol grip is also keyed to go under what we’ll call the upper receiver for the pistol so it’s a pretty straightforward and simple build. The one downfall is that the pistol model above does not include the sight on top, luckily someone else caught this and created the sight for it which can be found at the second link above. Here’s a pic of the printed pieces borrowed from the creators pics:


The link below is a remix of the two models above that has been converted to a 3 piece print.

Here is a link to Rob Clark’s pictures from The Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff with some great close ups of the pistol:

One benefit to the first model is that with all the individual pieces you can clean them all up much better.

At this point I am just now wrapping up the printing process and doing the pistol grip, pics will follow when I take it into the shop tomorrow for some initial cleanup before I work on K9 for a bit.

UPDATE – 9-26-2016: All of the parts finished printing, had to reprint the grip because my stepper motor got hot and decided to do a lil sidestep on me… was able to get out to the shop this morning for a bit of cleanup on this and other parts for other projects. So nice having the 3D printer back up and running. Anyhow, this is on hold for a short time till I get some superglue and then it will be onto cleaning everything up more.

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Gallifreyan Guard Rifle – Variations ???

I was looking around the web this evening and came across a screenshot from the Season 9 episode “Hell Bent” and noticed that there seems to be a variant of the rifle. If you look closely, the woman in the middle is holding a rifle that lacks the round things in the middle and the barrel seems to be more of snub nosed shotgun type.

Other things I picked up were that none of them had sidearms in their leg drops and that the guard on the right of the three, has a different helmet and racing stripes on his uniform.


I’m getting ready to go through the episode and pull some more screenshots for research purposes. It would be nice to be able to finish my first rifle, make a mold of it, then create the variant(s).

This makes a total of 3 different variations on the rifle so far, wonder how many more there are ???

  • Variant One – Seen in the “Day of the Doctor” has an almost flamethrower looking barrel tip
  • Variant Two – Seen in “Hell Bent” has the conical end at the barrel tip
  • Variant Three – Seen in “Hell Bent” has a shorter barrel and no round things in the middle

Here’s the screenshots I just grabbed showing what I am calling Variant Three ( as well as Variant Two in some shots )

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Jack’s Vortex Manipulator

One of the benefits of having a 3D printer is the ability to make props relatively quickly and easily. Like the vortex manipulator Jack wears then later seen in the possession of U.N.I.T. and used by Klara in the Day of the Doctor.

Here’s some reference pics:

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And here’s what I’ve 3D printed:

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There’s two files I can recommend on Thingiverse, the first is the one I used:

This will be another side project, will probably get finished sooner than anything else simply because it’s easy and I have the leather in the shop already I believe to make this happen. There will be some differences but the overall look will be close.

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Thanks to a post I found on Deviant Art I was able to make a template to start work on making my rifle for the War Doctor.

Here is the project I found on Deviant Art:

References will be the work Chonosfx has done as well as images from the “Day of the Doctor” episode and the Doctor Who Experience:

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Here’s a couple of other pics I found of another build:

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This is going to be a side project as the work on K9 is taking precedence.

UPDATE 9-14-2016: What I’ve done is taken the drawing that Chronosfx did and made it 40″ long to match the rifle shown on Deviant Art. From there I broke that image down into 5 printable pages and taped them together, and cut them out. I made two copies of this, one was cut to make two layers of the inner core, and the other to make two layers for the outer pieces. I’ll get pics once I get it traced out onto the foam board and start cutting.


Above is a screenshot of the template based on the line art that Chronosfx did.

With my template printed and taped together, I cut it out and taped it right onto the foam board. This kept the template in place and once I had cut it out, the template came right off and I was able to take the first piece of foam board and glue it down to another. Once the second layer was cut out I did it one more time to get the thickness for the core that I wanted.

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On pause for a while until I get out to the store to get more foam board. At this point I can tell I’m going to want to do 2 more layers on each side in order to build up the thickness so I can create the curves right that go from the core to the outer pieces as seen in the reference pics. I’ve got to go get some blood-work and x-rays in the morning so I’ll grab more posterboard then and get back to work.

UPDATE 9-15-2016 – Managed to go out into the world today and pick up the last of the foam board I needed for this. It’s now 8 layers thick and seems to be a really good approximation of the rifle in the shows. I started cleaning up some of the edges and covering it with fiberglass resin. Still quite a bit of work to do on this. That last pic shows the stacked layer effect, this was done by using the same template but cutting off the grips and other sections. Hoping to do some more work on this tomorrow.

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More work was done today, I just couldn’t leave it out in the shop with fiberglass all hanging off it and junk…. so I now have both sides and the top fiberglassed over and wow, talk about coming together nicely, all the lines are spot on so far and it’s getting some heft to it. Not anywhere near as bendy as it was before either so that’s a major bonus. I was also able to round off some of the edges to match the actual ones used in the shows more accurately.

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UPDATE 9-26-2016 – Got out in the shop this evening and did some more cleanup on the rifle, started cleaning up some edges to get ready for glazing putty and final sculpting… still a long ways to go on this but it’s coming along nicely. Also shown with it is the Alpha Meson Blaster



Building Mans Best Friend – K9

Recently I’ve been drawn towards making a 1:1 scale prop of the shooty dog from the BBC series “Doctor Who” and have already started building it using my own plans based on the designs of several other builds and plans found online.

Right now I have the chassis and head built using foam board, I’m waiting on some extra money to get the fiberglass I need to harden the whole thing before we can even begin to think about paint. Here’s the chassis:

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The entire chassis is made from foam board held together with hot glue, this made for a quick and easy assembly that took maybe 3 hours of sitting on the floor and cutting the pieces. It’s quite sturdy at this point and if I wanted to make just a static prop I could easily clean up the seams and paint it…. but…. we want it to be mobile at the very least.

As I mentioned I also had the head assembled, so here’s that as well:

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We took a quick run to the local hardware store to see what we could find for a neck and came across a downspout adapter that originally seemed like an awesome idea but we’re not really digging it. The plan calls to use dryer exhaust tubing ( something everyone complains about ) but with a twist. Instead of just painting the tubing I’m going to use black plasticoat on it as well as the bumpers which can also be seen in the above pics. The bumpers are just foam pipe insulation but when coated with the plasticoat they’ll be quite durable and look great.

One thing that also seems to trouble a lot of people doing this build is the monitor on the left side. Many of the older builds used just a picture, some went so far as to use computer monitors but guess what? There’s new technology out there that I can take advantage of. In the pics above you can see the hole for the monitor is cut to scale to be screen accurate-ish… I opted to make it slightly smaller and put a tablet in there.

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As you can see the table and bezel I cut for it don’t quit cover the original hole, that will all be cleaned up when I fiberglass everything. The tablet gives it a LOT more functionality and as you can see, even plays shows, right now it’s showing “School Reunion” from the Doctor Who 2005 series, Season 2 Episode 3.

So that’s where I am at right now with it, have a total of about 1 days work and $100 in it if you want to count the $50.00 tablet I purchased from work. Later today I intend to spend some money if it comes in to get the fiberglass resin and mat, neck parts, and possible some other bits to add more to the look of it. I would like to keep the build under $300 but I have a feeling when I go to the hobby shop for the motors and RC parts it’s going to get pricey.

UPDATE 9-8-2016: After making this post I was blessed with the money I needed to go and purchase the fiberglass resin and matting as well as a few other things to work on him with. So if all goes well tomorrow after my road trip I’ll get in the shop and get the head and chassis glassed up and ready. I was also able to get the plasticoat but they didn’t have the dryer exhaust I was after so I’ll get that tomorrow.

UPDATE 9-9-2016: As planned we took K9 out to the shop to get started on the fiber glassing and stuff. For a minute there I forgot how to mix and almost wound up with a mess on my hands, but it quickly all came back to me and other than a few minor issues it went well and I think I’ll slush the inside of the top just because it’s the weakest point since to maintain the curve I used posterboard. Did some light sanding to check the seams.

While cleaning up the shop we also discovered some old speaker covers that are going to be repurposed to make his ears.

For anyone wondering why I sanded to check the seams it’s because I used hot glue to assemble everything and the exothermic heat can melt the glue and cause it all to fall apart if you’re not careful. A PROPER resin and catalyst mix generally won’t cause any problems. Anyhow, here’s the pics of tonight’s progress as well as pics of my wife cleaning up the shop in preparation for the winter and lots of work in there:

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UPDATE 9-11-2016 – For the past couple of nights I’ve been forgoing my second nap before work in favor of working on the K9 build, didn’t get any pics from yesterday so here’s some of today and yesterdays progress…. and guess what, still lots more fiberglass and sanding to do lol. Much of the work I did this evening was getting his head covered in fiberglass, 3/4 covered and roughly same on the body. I can already tell there’s going to be a fair bit of bondo work and I am REALLY leaning towards doing some rondo over the inside as the larger side panels aren’t going to be as tough as I was hoping.

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UPDATE 9-14-2016 – Found a few more detailed pics of K9 to use as reference when it comes time to add some more finishing touches.

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UPDATE 9-15-2016 – Got out and worked a lot on K9’s head today. There’s still one area that’s bugging me and I need to get it built up, also found a slight dip in the top of the head I’ll work on as well.

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UPDATE 9-18-2016 – Well the weather has taken a turn for the wetter and I don’t want to risk slinging resin with the humidity the way it’s been so I’ve been doing some work inside getting my 3D printer back up to speed and…. creating some printable parts for anyone wanting to build a 1:1 K9. Right now I’ve got the bezel for the side where the tablet goes, as well as the lettering for the other side. Both of the following are STL files and able to be scaled to suit your needs. I am providing these free of charge, feel free to share them and use them in your builds but don’t sell them as is.

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UPDATE 9-19-2016 – Got out to the shop for a bit and did some sanding on the chassis. I decided that since I am planning on molding the head and chassis, I don’t need the hold in the side for the screen as this would limit what others might want to put there. So I removed the hand cut bezel and smoothed it out around where it was and will fill in the hole so that when it’s molded up it will just be a smooth side. Hoping tomorrow to get some more fiberglass on the chassis and that one spot on the head that keeps bugging me.

I was also able to pick up some small chess pieces, reason being is that K9’s ears don’t appear to be just rods stuck into his skull, they look like the bases to little chess pawns. So I have some now and will work on repurposing those for his ears.

With the 3D printer back up and running I’m finding more and more stuff to print to add detail to the build. Some of these will be included in the mold, others will be added after it’s cast like the bezel and ears.

UPDATE 9-20-2016 – Went out in the shop this morning, couldn’t get focused on K9 so started another much simpler project that led me to working on K9 somehow. Anyhow, I made a couple parts for the ears out of the aforementioned speaker grill. It was a 6″ speaker and I managed to get both ears out of 1 grill.

So what you see here are the steps I took in making the ears. I cut them out with snips, sanded them some in case there was stuff on them that might prevent paint from sticking. After that I took an old USB cable and sliced it down one side, removed the two wired inside and then used it to make the trim around the ears. The curve in the ears was made by wrapping the ear pieces over an old paint can I had laying around ( one great thing about metal ears is they bend and keep their shape ).

I’ve also included some pics of the chess pieces I plan to use for the “stalks” of his ears. I opted for the bishops as they were a bit taller and slender than the pawns and in the last pic you can get an approximation of how they look with the ears precariously balanced atop them.

Other work done was on the chassis and I started adding fiberglass to the insets on the lower part of the chassis, I’ll try to get more pics tonight if I get out there again.

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UPDATE 9-26-2016 – Well it’s still too humid out for slinging resin so I worked on some other Whovian things while the 3D printer kicked out some nice letters for me. Thinking of reprinting them just a bit thicker for more definition. Using my model above I scaled it up in Repetier to X: 6, Y: 6, and Z: 1 but as I said I will probably reprint it thicker so Z: 2 will look better I believe.


Went out for another round in the shop because I absolutely had to see how the letters looked on K9… did some more sanding and cleaning up around the insets on the lower chassis and smoothed out the side some more where the letters go and used a bogie to hold them on. Also filled in the hole on the other side and started sanding that all smooth, gonna be a fair bit of bondo work before casting can even be contemplated but it is coming along. I like the fact I’m taking my time, paying attention to things and getting it done slowly but surely. Also did a sort of mock up and tossed a neck and the head on him.

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The War Doctor Bandolier

One of the coolest props I have made has been the bandolier worn by the Sir John Hurt in the 50th anniversary episode titled “Day of the Doctor”. But…. that’s not where it begins.

In the preceding episode, “Night of the Doctor” the bandolier is worn Cassie who dies and prompts the Doctor to adopt this new form. The Doctor takes this bandolier and says “No More” and becomes the War Doctor as everyone now calls him. He’s a rather odd incarnation and doesn’t seem to fit into numbering system very well as this would be the Doctor 8.5 or some rubbish like that.

Anyhow, onto the War Doctor Bandolier…

I’ve watched both episodes countless times and with each viewing noticed more and more details I could add, the latest rendition has been purchased by dozens of Whovians around the world who have had nothing but kind words regarding its construction and relative accuracy.

It didn’t start out that way though… the first attempt was a passable newbie thing with eva foam plates that barely survived the con. Now I used heat formed lexan plates that are securely glue and then laced onto the leather backing plates to give it the look and durability a Time Lord deserves.

Here are some reference pictures I studied:

And here are some pics of my creation:

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I am still making these and they are made to order. They are one size fits most.

Construction is 4-6oz. Vegetable Tanned and hand stained leather for the bandolier and base plates. The armoured plates are made from painted lexan that is heat formed so they will retain their shape and are laced onto the bandolier with leather cording. There’s ample room to add your sonic screwdriver in the right spot as well as many others as one gentleman did at a convention to show off his collection of screwdrivers.

Turnaround time is presently 3-4 weeks due to my work schedule. If you need it sooner please feel free to contact me and inquire if it’s possible for a quick build. Shipping is free in the US.

The War Doctor’s Bandolier – $120 w/free shipping