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Published on March 15th, 2013 | by Meredith Burdett

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Daleks Take Up Too Much Room In Modeller’s Home

How do you know when your Doctor Who memorabilia collection is too big? Probably when you don’t have the space in your house for it!

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Science Fiction fan Malcolm Gibb from Hertfordshire has built two life size, five foot eight high Daleks out of everyday objects such as a sink plunger, plastic cups and Christmas decorations.

But now his wife, also a sci-fi fan (they met at a Star Trek convention in 1976-sweet, eh?) has told him to build smaller as they don’t have the space to accommodate the metal menaces.

Bear in mind that as well as these two life size replicas, Gibb also has a Dalek prop from 1975’s Genesis of the Daleks as well as a half-size police box as well; if he keeps going at this rate, he’ll need to move into a bigger house!

It’s amazing however that Gibb is a man of such talent when it comes to building the replicas, a skill and interest that he attributes from having a late childhood, even though he is not using anything special to make his life size models with. The Daleks are made from plastic, metal and hardboard, but the 56 spheres were acrylic balls designed to be used as Christmas decorations. In fact, Gibb admits that he’s an ad-hoc kind of fella:

I go round the shops looking for shapes, I don’t know what I’m looking for until I see it.

Give him a few more years and he’ll have probably built an entire TARDIS set!

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What happens when an eight year old kid watches the 1993 repeat run of Planet of the Daleks? He pretty much ends up here writing about the show that grabbed hold of him and never let go!




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