- or "don't let ashley loose with the fibreglass"
We're going to have a whole new section for the daleks in this new Devious site - with a url of doctorwho-devious.com/daleks/ we shouldn't wonder!
When we started Devious we only intended to use the excellent Sevans kit daleks and do depth-of-field trickery to make our actors appear to be acting against them - rather like the original console as seen in this "sets, props etc" section. Of course when we were thinking up a shot for Tony our Doctor to be standing next to a dormant dalek Ashley thought he could attempt to make a full sized dome casting.
The mold (or is it mould?) was made from concrete lined with plaster carved out to make a negative "bowl" using a hardboard former using a central pivot hole. Given the chance to make a new mo(u)ld he'd definitely do it differently; making a positive casting first from clay and then going on from that... But that's another story.
So this final production session led to three more complete daleks in total - 2 with very strong wooden bases and excellent 5 inch wheels (our speediest models - they could travel so fast down our 100foot long corridor they were a real pain to try to stop!).
The final - all fibreglass - model of the three was painted bright silver and had two interchangeable domes - this dalek was the one which Ian Watts from the Big Brother Robot Wars Team gave full radio-control! This dalek did not just have a radio-powered head (like the new series models) but the entire motion control. The plunger arm could also be animated up and down, and the gun was fed with a radio-controlled fire extinguisher.