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Vacuum Tube
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October 10, 2009, 08:36:23 PM
This is a made-up vacuum tube, so it may not represent anything functional from the real world. I must have spent eight hours trying to get this unit to look half decent so please - no criticism.

I did need to tweak the image a bit in Photoshop - but that was mostly to select the background and blur it and, of course, to add a drop shadow and the logo and signature.

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* October 10, 2009, 10:36:25 PM
It's good Don.


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October 11, 2009, 01:53:17 AM

Worth every minute of time spent on it.

I haven't seen one of those in about 30 years.



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* October 11, 2009, 05:36:48 AM
I must have spent eight hours trying to get this unit to look half decent

It's a great image. The reflections really make the glass look realistic, and that's not easy.

please - no criticism

Us? Good grief!   ;)



* October 11, 2009, 08:42:21 AM
Glass looks great. Model is beautifully presented, too.

Henry H


* October 11, 2009, 12:47:54 PM
Great looking tube. I haven't seen something like in eons when my brothers and I would  wander through the Lafayette Radio, Allied and Heathkit catalogs.

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* October 11, 2009, 03:26:08 PM
That's beautiful, Don.  You've been busy with the Windex, I've never seen one with no dust at all!


* October 11, 2009, 03:39:25 PM
I like those things!

I just never got to make a circuit board for those in my electronics's course. I would had like to.

Oh and one more thing, where is the heater?  ;D
I never saw one clean though, dusting it and a bit of scratches would be great!

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* October 14, 2009, 10:44:48 AM
Looks first class Don.As usual your are truly an expert with TC.Its seems a lot of dedication and hard work went into building it :)


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April 26, 2012, 12:45:17 PM

I remembered this post awhile back.. I was wondering if you wouldn't mind sharing the .tcad file.. I'd like to use it in some conceptual drawings. It would save me some time.

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April 26, 2012, 08:08:33 PM
Absolutely beautiful glass finish Don...I miss the valve guitar amps with their warm orange glow and soft tones...but I don't miss carrying the heavy things about or constantly replacing them when they blew!


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* April 27, 2012, 08:58:47 AM
Looks Good to me Don, I haven't replaced any of these since getting out of the navy. Carroll

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* April 27, 2012, 01:18:10 PM
Excellent Job Don, Not always easy to get the right amount of highlight without going over the top, did you use image based lighting?. Reminds me of the old mullard valves in the black and white televisions and also in the old radio's.


* April 30, 2012, 01:03:53 AM
very nice work Don, I really like the glass you've used.


May 06, 2012, 07:18:55 PM
Thanks for the new comments on this old gallery post. I remember the fun I had creating this one.

* July 02, 2012, 05:08:54 PM
That's freaking awesome!


November 27, 2012, 08:27:46 AM
Looks very much like the 12AX7 tubes in my guitar amp.  Real nice job!!


November 27, 2012, 11:26:54 AM
Looks very much like the 12AX7 tubes in my guitar amp.  Real nice job!!

Thanks for having a look.

* November 27, 2012, 01:57:38 PM
Great. It reminded me, how my physics lecturer told me that once he learned dozens of schemes such lamps on the memory, and then suddenly appeared semiconductors. No longer required later from anyone,  to remember complicated schemes.


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