With the recent news that Lego will be accepting Doctor Who Cuusoo designs, and Character Options showing no indication of ever giving us a classic console room set to accompany the 11th Doctor version they gave us a few years back. I decided to take a stab at designing one myself.
I'm not even going to say how much this ended up costing me buying bits and pieces off of eBay (a lot more than it would have if I knew exactly what I was building from the start) but with a few modifications, it wouldn't be too difficult to come up with a budget model. I'll probably end up putting some version of the design up on Cuusoo once I've finally finished tinkering with it.
The hardest part was figuring out a way to create a proper 6-sided console that was more-or-less in scale with your standard Lego/Character Building figures. After multiple prototypes, I think this is about as close as it's possible to get using standard-issue parts. It's essentially two overlapped rows of 3 horizontal hinge-pieces, wrapped around two technic axles. Simple, but it took a lot of trial and error to get there.
Of course, I complicated matters by trying to be a clever clogs and designing a version that had a central column that would rise and fall on its own when you passed a spinning magnet back and forth underneath it. I almost got my test version to work, but it would have required creating a false floor and raising the rest of the set, which would have made the whole structure even more wobbly. (not to mention that the official Lego magnet pieces are so strong they tended to just break the console rather than lifting a small piece of it)
And where would The Doctor be without his second best-friend?
Yeah, I know... K-9 is at least twice as big as he should be, but at least he's identifiable, which is more than I can say for any of the other Cuusoo designs I've seen. I think he took even longer to design than the console. The poor tin dog does not have a shape that's naturally conducive to square bricks.
I'm still not 100% happy with the doors, but it's the best I can come up with for the time being, without redoing the entire outer wall as a series of flats (which probably would have been the saner, cheaper way to go)
Next up, designing a Bessie and a Whomobile to go with the rest of the set! And possibly a couple of Krotons or a K-1 Robot if I get really ambitious.