After repairing a 1939 tube radio, I got hooked on vintage electronics. I also have played Fallout 3 and 4. This gave me the idea of making a radio from the game. So I figured why not...
There are plenty of reference images for the radio. The in-game radio is based on a vintage Zenith radio from the 30's or 40's. The face and dial are nearly identical. Since those are too expensive, I'll have to start with something cheaper. Behold, a $20 radio from Amazon. For the price, it's not a bad radio... It's got Bluetooth and an Aux input. But those are not needed.
I started by tearing down the radio and making the front panel. Using a dremel and a large printout of the face, I cut the radio and glued new fabric down. I then made a trim piece to go around the dial opening. Next, I drew the face backing on the computer and printed it out on off-white cardstock.
Rewiring the controls was fairly easy, thankfully the tuning pot was a variable resistor and not a variable capacitor. This meant that I could just replace the pot with a panel mount one. For the volume pot, I used a 100K pot with an OFF position. This is now how the radio is turned on.
For some added realism, I used an Arduino Nano to not only control the dial position, but when the radio is turned on, there is a realistic light flicker. The dial position is just PWM depending on the output from the tuning pot. It is not extremely accurate, but it works.