MRI trailer

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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

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MRItrailer-1-3.jpg

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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Wow. Neat concept man! Looks good so far.

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

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

Carl

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

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

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

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MRIrooms-2.jpg

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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That's a good a good looking model

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MRItrailerstructure-1.jpg

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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Edited by Kodiak Island Modeler

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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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very cool and great scratch building

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Cool!

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COOL!!!

Kostas.

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that's a very cool way to involve not only yourself but the community as well in model building. :D

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MRItrailerentry-4_zpsae440234.jpg

The steps and elevator ready for the outside, and a portable monitor fresh from the paintbooth.

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Checking out positioning for the steps and elevator. The elevator will be displayed in the lowered position so as to not block the interior view. Final positioning will wait until it enters the display case.

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Outstanding!!!! Looking very nice...Told you you could do this...Your generator looks right at home...



Outstanding!!! Looks awesome....We all told you that you could do this....Looking great...

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Very interesting, I didn't realize they had MRI trailers either.

You have done a great job scratch building all of the MRI equipment.

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When my mother had one, the hospital is so small they used one like this.

But not on a semi-permanent pad like the one pictured.

It travels around the state, so only parks just outside the Emergency Room.

Semi cab was still attached too I think. It was a few years ago

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