The TAXI car in the film has a control panel built into the glovebox. This control activates various modifications on the car.
Our car is its not left hand drive, which means the glovebox shape is mirrored in the UK. A template was made in reverse.
I set about fitting all the correct switches and dials, in the reverse formation mainly so they fitted.
With the wiring all in place it was time to test the panel in the car. All seemed to work and i managed to wire up a couple of surprise switches.
Heres a better look of the control panel in situ. Its totally pointless so check out the video below of it in operation in the car.
The TAXI car in the film has pop down visors to control the flight of the car. So a simple design came in place starting with cutting into the visor.
The next step was to produce the next layer to the gauges, matching those found in the film. Four gauges in all just like in a plance cockpit.
I managed to get the plastics used from the local £1 shop as parts of packagaing material. The clear stuff worked well as glass and only £1!
The top layer of the gauges were cut and placed over the fake glass. This meant i could go the whole hog and make the dials for the gauges.
The dials for the gauges were made by drawing them on my PC and printing them onto sticky paper.. and then just stuck under the glass.
All was going well.. until it came to stick them together.. I used the wrong type of UHU glue... which spread over everything!!
It was time to sort the back of the visors, having cut out the surplus foam so the dials could be mounted it was a matter of spraying it black.
It looks good in this picture.. sadly.. the UHU ruined it as it involved lots of acetone to clean it off.. this ruined the final finished piece.
Of course.. there a bit of lighting installed... i used a tilt switch so the dials only light up when in the down position. Works well!
Having completed one visor, it was time to start the other side... this one requires a bit more electronics fitted.. ill update soon.
Having used GPS trackers for years, I have rigged the car with one.. so you can call it and if you have a smartphone it will display our location on google maps.
The car is fitted with onboard video DVR which records every journey the Kaxi takes. always eventful..