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Old 01-05-2014, 05:06 AM   #1
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Default Command Office Build

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here's a pic of my 1:1 scale 'build' inspired by the Command Office set that I constructed in my home office space, along with construction photos and my paper miniature.

Six wall panels all told, each with an upper segment (one panel is off camera left). Two off the wall panels have plexiglass sheeting with LED back lighting, which can light up in white or any of the colors seen in the show.

I also added a scale grey/black Earth Globe to fit into the design. Always loved that gigantic globe that was in Season 1.
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Old 01-05-2014, 07:36 AM   #2
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Brilliant! Love it.
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Old 01-05-2014, 01:42 PM   #3
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I want more pictures !!! Looks Great !!!
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Old 01-05-2014, 06:57 PM   #4
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great.
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Old 01-05-2014, 07:43 PM   #5
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Yep, I liked Y1's Earth Globe too. Think Catacombs had a nice little section on it...

Nice take, as well, on Y1's test card!


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(this seems like the right section to put this in)

here's a pic of my 1:1 scale 'build' inspired by the Command Office set that I constructed in my home office space, along with construction photos and my paper miniature.

Six wall panels all told, each with an upper segment (one panel is off camera left). Two off the wall panels have plexiglass sheeting with LED back lighting, which can light up in white or any of the colors seen in the show.

I also added a scale grey/black Earth Globe to fit into the design. Always loved that gigantic globe that was in Season 1.
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Old 02-05-2014, 01:27 AM   #6
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the one panel type I don't have that would be kind of cool is have one of the windows with a view of the lunar surface and Alpha rooftops... someday!

a few more pics:

a closer shot of the globe

one showing the paneling without adornments

and one of one of the panels with the LEDs, trying out some of the colors.
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Old 02-05-2014, 03:43 AM   #7
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That is outstanding!. I assume, your walls are standard 8ft.
thanks!
actually 10 ft. in height. Which seems to be a new standard. So I have the basic 4ft wide x 8ft high panels topped off with a 4ft wide x 2 ft. high mini-panel. The Alpha corridors and most of the living quarters, medical, labs, etc. had the 8ft height. Koenig's Command Office had a 10ft. height for the sunken area.

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I love that globe. Does it come like that or did you have to paint/modify it? Where did you get the globe?
I hand painted an old National Geographic globe I picked up off ebay. The key was that it didn't have a fixed axial tilt of 23 deg like pretty much all modern globes have. It needs that vertical north pole to look right. The base it's in was the one provided actually with the globe, just painted it beige.
btw - you will learn a LOT about geography as you're painting the world's fractal looking land masses with a fine point brush!

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I just might have to do something like that too
just do it! I based my panels off of the plans that Catherine Bujold had on her Sorellarium site. I linked one below. It's super easy.

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Oh...one more question, how did you make the curved corners?
Did you use 1 x 2 or 1 x 3 pine for the inside frames? How's it secured to the wall? (okay,,that's more than 1 question)..lol
curved corners were done with a 4" diameter hole saw. 1x2 select pine for the inner frames. I wanted a true 2" depth, but was stuck with lumber measurements, which is freaking annoying to deal with. 2.5" would have been too deep, but 1.5" does the job.
The panels are free standing and not attached to the wall behind (I may still do that though). The 3 panels on the long wall are interlocked to each other and the perpendicular panels on either end abut against the panels to ensure they stay upright. they're somewhat back weighted from the weight of the recessed paneling, so they tend to lean back against the wall anyways.
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Old 02-05-2014, 02:28 PM   #8
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That's a really good job, I think it makes for a really nice living space too. Particularly say a home office or just a room to go chill out in with models and toys!

Seen a few people do this kind of thing now and it's very inspirational.
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Great idea with fantastic construction and finishing! Love it!
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very cool!! Ive always liked the globe too, I think I will start my office with one of those too,looks awesome ! thanks for the info
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This is marvellous and, I'm sure, something that more of us would do with enough room and enough spare cash. I think you've done a really, really lovely job here, and the globe is a great finishing touch. Well done indeed, and it's good to know a little piece of Alpha lives on.....

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thanks for the compliments everyone!
it feels good to now have it completed. I've been imagining and designing this in my head for more than a year - figuring out the best way to pull it off with the basic tools I had and without physically altering the room (leaving baseboards and wall outlets intact). a fun challenge and I'm loving the result.

one more pic to finish this off - a low shot taken from the entrance doorway. This view presents the entirety of the 3 walls I built and shows the finished state with the additional bits like the light, globe and back-lighting
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Old 12-05-2014, 12:33 AM   #13
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Superb job. Now that you mention it, where are the light switches and plug outlets?
the main light switch is at the room entrance, which was good. The plug outlets are behind the panels. The panel fronts are about 2" away from the wall, and by design the two outlets lined up in hollow areas between panels. I was able to just squeeze in extension cords that are 'flat' plugged, which lay fairly flat against the wall as well. The panels are also on little nylon furniture feet, which raises the bottoms about a 1/4" from the floor - just enough to run the power cable and phone line under. The LED's are controlled by a little IR device that was provided with the light strips, with the IR receiver end hiding behind the plexiglass (which doesn't block IR)
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Wow! Great effort, and a fab outcome! (think we can say that around here...)
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Old 12-05-2014, 08:00 AM   #15
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That is so neat...had you looked for the koenig office chair?

You should put up a list of parts, I might want to do this too!
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Awesome..... well done! I'd love to have a little bit of the Alpha vibe in my home as well..............
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just do it! I based my panels off of the plans that Catherine Bujold had on her Sorellarium site. I linked one below. It's super easy.
L:ink? Are they accurate?
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Well done, always nice to see another Alpha room.
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Excellent Alpha office, I am sure you are enjoying it.
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I finally got around to making a more in-depth summary of my Command Office build and posted it on my website.

Extreme Room Makeover - Space: 1999 style

If anyone's interested, check it out. Thanks!

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