Updated in 2013!
This is an authentic replica of the famous 1931 Philco Model 20 'Baby Grand Deluxe' cathedral radio, one of the most popular radios of the Depression era. Although it stands approximately 17.5 inches tall (and is modeled to scale), the Model 20 was considered a table top unit. Radios like this were a common fixture in homes throughout the 1930s and 40s, and a major source of entertainment for adults and children alike.
Originally published in 2007, this Philco Cathedral Radio was completely remodeled in 2012 and resurfaced in 2013. The new model contains only quad polygons -- all triangles and n-gons have been eliminated.
The radio is completely unwrapped and UV mapped with 2048x2048 photographic color, bump, specular and diffuse maps (specular maps were created for the wood, only; other objects use material settings). There are two complete sets of maps included, distinguished as RP1 (dark wood) and RP2 (medium wood). RP2 is applied.
Please note that the maps only overlap in a few non-critical areas. With the exception of the screws, the only other two overlaps are the back of the decorative facing plate and the fluted columns on either side of the cabinet front. These are not visible to the viewer. The rest of the UV maps are non-overlapping to allow easy customization .
The dial can be rigged to revolve 360 degrees.
The glow effect is created by a LightWave post-processing pass that must be activated in Layout in order to work. To enable the glow effect in Layout, go to Windows > Image Processing and click the 'Enable Glow' box. For best effect, set Intensity to at least 50% and Glow Radius to at least 30 pixels. If you prefer not to render with the glow, simply remove the object 'glow' from your modeling space.
The above technique applies in LightWave only: other software users should consult their manuals for advice on filters. Optionally, the glow object may be replaced by a small point (lightbulb) light, with shadow casting turned off and falloff constrained to a few inches.
Model is compatible with LightWave versions 9.6 through 11.5 (current). If you are running an earlier release of LightWave, consider downloading the .obj format.