Doctor Who TARDIS with windows

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Doctor Who TARDIS with windows by countspatula Dec 17, 2012
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This is all Gossamer's & nopoe's work, I just cut out the windows so they can light up and provided a guide for the lighting.

The label JPGs are in the zip file.

** I would recommend printing my new TARDIS Deluxe Kit over this one: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:124033 ***



  • 5mm white or blue LED. I used blue which technically isn't right, but it looks cool!
  • White LED of whatever size you choose.
  • Resistor - we'll get to this later
  • 9V battery lead
  • diffusion gel (or wax paper, or probably even regular paper)


  • 1 drinking straw of the clear, non-striped variety. Bendy or non-bendy. This is a shade for LED.
  • 9V battery clip (got from Radio Shack)
  • small switch (I used Radio Shack #275-0409)
  • foil (if you want to get fancy and use it as a light reflector)

This generally prints pretty nicely, although I have had problems with the layers splitting at the corners. It probably needs more shells or fill, I was trying 5% fill and 1-2 shells. You may have to clean up the windows a little as well.

I put some foil panels in the roof to act as a reflector (this may not have been necessary). You can use a variety of things for the windows. I had professional lighting gel but thin paper or maybe even wax paper will work. There's not a lot of room inside the TARDIS so be pretty precise when cutting these (I thought it was bigger on the inisde).

Take a look at the LED picture, I basically used the top light to hold the window light in place. I filed the top light flat and put a straw over it to diffuse it and used a spot of super glue to hold everything in place. I plan on uploading a cap for it at some point. You can figure out the resistor for the LED's using this: http://led.linear1.org/led.wiz.

Used some Gorilla Glue to attach the 9V clip and switch.

If you have access to a PTouch printer that interfaces with a computer, use the provided JPGs to print the top on 1/4" tape and 1" tape for the door plaque.

Don't blink.

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This is really cool! Thank-you!

I realized an improvement of the electronic for this Tardis, with light and sound effects. Here the webpage for this project:

I am having problems with the side panels. They are not printing out as well as the front panel did. It is as if they are not quite finished they lack the detail of the front panel.

The tardis_plaque file appears to be in a photoshot format and not JPG.

Oops, you are correct! Fixed!