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#1 Kodiak Island Modeler

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Posted 23 September 2012 - 05:41 PM

This is a trailer that I'm building for the local hospital. Many people are intimidated by the very mention of MRI, but when faced with the trailer, that intimidation increases. The hospital will be using this model to show people what they will see when they enter it, and then to be able to explain what will transpire during their trip. The hope is that they might be put more at ease if they know what to expect. I consider it an honor to be able to build this for them.

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This is the exterior of the trailer I'm building.

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The bed and MRI unit.

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Closeup of the modeled MRI unit face.

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The walls, top, & floor roughed

#2 Kodiak Island Modeler

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Posted 23 September 2012 - 05:46 PM

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The MRI room

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Some of the office electronics taking shape

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The office beginning to take form.

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Posted 23 September 2012 - 06:24 PM

Wow. Neat concept man! Looks good so far.

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Posted 24 September 2012 - 01:24 AM

Cool,been wanting to do the same.Taking photos last year and got to close ,guess the magnet killed the camera.

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Posted 24 September 2012 - 02:40 PM

I have no idea why people are intimated by an MRI. I had a ruptured disc and had gotten an MRI. No problem. Unusual subject. Keep us posted.

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Posted 24 September 2012 - 02:41 PM

That is to freakin' cool, and it's also a fantastic idea for the hospital!!!

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Posted 24 September 2012 - 02:46 PM

An interesting project, douglas. I assume that it is 1/25th scale. So far the scratch building looks very impressive.

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Posted 24 September 2012 - 03:46 PM

That is a cool and unusual subject! Nice scratch building too. Keep us posted.

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Posted 25 September 2012 - 02:56 AM

What about the tires and air ride?? What would be best too use??

#10 Kodiak Island Modeler

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Posted 25 September 2012 - 09:31 AM

Because of the way that the trailer is positioned, I wasn't able to get under it to see the suspension. The model that I'm building will be in a case, but will still get jostled some, so I'm cheating on the suspension, and building rigid mounting. If I was going for accuracy, I'd do more research, and build a proper suspension. For tires and wheels, I'll be using the gray "bud" wheels from an Italeri or ROG (I can't remember at the moment which produced it) Pete Alaskan Hauler kit. That kit came with a choice of "chrome plated" or molded gray plastic wheels. They're very close to what's on the trailer I'm modeling.

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Posted 25 September 2012 - 03:23 PM

I have no idea why people are intimated by an MRI. I had a ruptured disc and had gotten an MRI. No problem. Unusual subject. Keep us posted.


That's because you are a Super Man! :P ;) And, quite possibly, don't understand that other people can feel differently than you... Let me enlighten you, My Friend.

Some people have this nasty little disorder called Claustrophobia (myself included) and the tight interior of an MRI or CT machine can be a frightening, very unnerving place. If I can't turn around in the area, or have the room to move my hand or arm over my head, or if the surface of the enclosure is inches from my face, it's too tight and SEVERE anxiety and low-mid level panic kick in, most times, uncontrolably. It's a basic Fight or Flight reaction. If the person in question is overweight like I am, the situation is even worse. At 260lbs, They almost have to shoehorn me into it. My shoulders are so wide, (56") I have to go in with one arm over my head, I don't fit otherwise. FYI, I've had three MRI's and 5 CT scans in the last three years... they do get easier and I can overcome my fears fairly easily but... they are still anxiety raising experiences.

Onto the model... Sorry for drifting off target... Douglas, I've considered building one of these myself, I'm glad to see you stepping up and taking the reigns. I like what's been done, so far. I'll be watching this one, closely! This will also be a good tutorial on how to build your basic dropdeck van...

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Posted 28 September 2012 - 10:55 AM

I didn't realize they even had mobile MRI units!

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Posted 28 September 2012 - 11:24 AM

I didn't realize they even had mobile MRI units!

They even have mobile hospitals too ;)
http://www.featherli...dical-trailers/

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Posted 30 September 2012 - 07:03 PM

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The curved cupboards were a real pain, but the rooms are both finally stating to look like what they're supposed to represent.

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Posted 01 October 2012 - 06:36 AM

That's a good a good looking model

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Posted 11 November 2012 - 10:08 PM

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It's starting to actually look like a trailer.

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Te generator unit on the front may not look very impressive, but it sure took a lot of work to get it right,

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Posted 11 November 2012 - 11:44 PM

Always love to see this level of scratch building, awesome keep it up... can t wait to see the finished product.

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 09:11 AM

very cool and great scratch building

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 03:40 AM

Cool!

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 11:39 AM

COOL!!!

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