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Ray Dunakin


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« on: January 29, 2015, 09:23:20 PM »

I wanted my scratch-built radio repair shop to have fluorescent lights, but of course there are no working fluorescent lights in 1/24th scale. However I had an idea for a way to possibly simulate the appearance of working fluorescents...

I started by using 1/16" acrylic rods to represent the tubes. Small rounded bits of styrene strip were glued to the ends:




The base of the fixture was made from a strip of .100" x .250" styrene. Three 1/8" holes were drilled through it:




I used thin sheet brass to make the reflectors:




After painting the fixture white, I glued on the tubes. To help disperse the light and to give the tubes a somewhat frosted look, I brushed on a very thin coat of fluorescent white paint that I had leftover from a Halloween project years ago:




I marked the positions of the three holes and drilled three larger holes in the ceiling. Then the fixture was glued in place. Three 3mm LEDs were inserted into the fixture, through the holes in the ceiling. You can just barely see the rounded ends of the LEDs showing through in this photo:




When I first connected a battery to the leads I was disappointed… the beam from the LEDs simply made three bright spots on the acrylic rods. However, when I tried photographing it, I found that it looks perfect in photos! Here are some test shots, looking through the windows of the building:
















At this point I think I'm done with the radio shop. Next will be the barbershop details.
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WoundedBear
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« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2015, 09:45:58 PM »

Simply outstanding Ray. This is the kind of model building that gets me fired up. Nicely done.

Sid
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Joe Satnik


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« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2015, 01:32:13 AM »

Amazing.  Should all be in a museum. 

Sincerely,

Joe Satnik
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« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2015, 01:39:15 AM »

Absolutely great!  Thanks for posting, Ray.
Chuck
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jonathan


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« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2015, 05:58:32 AM »

Magnificent!

Regards,

Jonathan
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Ray Dunakin


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« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2015, 02:36:03 PM »

Thanks, everyone!
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Ray Dunakin


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« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2015, 12:07:37 AM »

Here are some shots of the building in place on the layout. Note the worn, old sign on the foundation next to the stairs. I painted that mostly by hand, which was a pain. It wasn't very sharp either but didn't need to be. Then I roughed it up with sandpaper:




Here it is shortly after sunset...







Imagine how great this scene will look when all the buildings have interiors and lights:









Enjoy!
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« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2015, 01:41:45 PM »

Ray,

It occurs to me that all this wonderful modeling is exposed to some very warm days and cool nights.  How do you preserve these details from the elements?

Regards,

Jonathan

PS. unbelievably beautiful as always.
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Ray Dunakin


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« Reply #8 on: February 01, 2015, 04:30:18 PM »

Thanks Jonathan! It all holds up pretty well. The buildings are mostly PVC which is weatherproof and UV-resistant. After painting, I also spray everything with Krylon UV-resistant matte clear, and that helps too.
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« Reply #9 on: February 02, 2015, 09:51:07 AM »

 Thats amazing work, i thought i was looking at a real building. The picture of the outside looks great, nice work.
 
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« Reply #10 on: February 03, 2015, 05:17:26 PM »

Ray,
Your work is so far beyond the realm of the average modeler it needs a new term. I suggest......
"Dunakining"
 
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« Reply #11 on: February 26, 2015, 11:41:58 PM »

As an electronic tech who started his career 40+ years ago  Roll Eyes in a small "Mom-&-Pop" style radio-TV shop, love it!!!  Grin  GREAT job on modeling the vintage radios!  Cool  Do you have any better photos of the test bench area, Ray?  (Can make out the soldering iron holder, think I see an oscilloscope as well!).  Cheesy OUTSTANDING!!!  Cool

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Wink  Tom Lapointe
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« Reply #12 on: February 27, 2015, 04:13:32 PM »

Hi Tom,

The photos you're looking for are all on Ray's website; to wit:
http://www.raydunakin.com/Site/IRR_Mineral_Ridge_3.html

Great job, great documentation Ray!

All the best,
Jay
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« Reply #13 on: March 11, 2015, 08:50:22 PM »

Wow, beautiful work.  Looks real.
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Ray Dunakin


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« Reply #14 on: June 02, 2015, 12:59:10 AM »

Hi, just wanted to mention that you can read about my In-ko-pah Railroad in the June issue of Model Railroad Hobbyist magazine! It's free and can be read online or downloaded to your computer, kindle, iPad, etc.


http://model-railroad-hobbyist.com/magazine/mrh-2015-06-jun
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