November 13, 2022 at 5:53 pm #19194DarrenCVRS Member
Looking for the clear lens that surrounds the tuning dial of a Motorola 56H as seen in pics. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
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With my experience in glass, I would fabricate my own Glass/Plastic Lens. What are the exact dimentions of this piece of domed Glass, or is it PLASTIC? You will need the Height, and outside diameter of the widest part of your dome, and does it have a flange where it is held into radio cabinet. Use a calipher, if you have one, to get exact measurements. Maybe you will get lucky and find one out there, somewhere, but it may take much time to shop around. I have a number of thoughts and know-how that may work for you. Not everyone wil have the dexterity and the tools, to pull my ideas off, but when your back is against the wall, what do you have to lose???. Do you have any remanents of the original dome??? Both Time and money, can come into play in solving problems like this, and each person mus decide how much of each of these they are wlling to put into a project such as yours???
November 15, 2022 at 3:40 pm #19225John GreenlandCVRS Member
- This reply was modified 1 year ago by Ralph Spracklin.
It seems that there are lots of small shops these day making ornaments and jewelry.
Perhaps there is a glass blower near you,
If you can determine exactly want you want a talented glass blower may be able to make it.
How much he/she would charge may be negotiable.
Good luck with it.
John G. VO1 CATNovember 18, 2022 at 10:29 am #19237
Hello Again Darren
Because you have not responded to the replies to your CVRS post regarding your Radio’s Domed Glass Lens, I have no way of knowing whether you are following or not. I believe this link below holds the answer to your problem. You can find thes Arcylic Wine Glasses at a multitude of Retail Outlets, such as Stokes, in your Shopping Mall, The Bay, CTC, or your local Party Supply Store, They are to be found in dozens of shapes and sizes. These Arcylic Wine glasses come in a multitude of sizes and shapes, and once you find something close to the size and shape you need, you can go ahead and alter it with a hack saw and few other hand tools and various grades of sand papers. As arcylic is a hard plactic which is unbreakable, and un-yellowing it would be Ideal. It will take a bit of a Craftsman hand to pull it off, but you should be abel to do it, and for vrey little cost. Once prepared tom the perfect surface, using very fine sand paper, it may still not be perfectly clear. You can polish it using a smal buffer pad on a portable battery oerated drill, or you can try using a like pad and some autobody Rubbing Compound found at CTC. You can also pass themilky area you are trying to address, by passing it beneath the flame of a Propane Torch.But you have to be very careful not to damage the surface with too much heat. Once completed you can, if you wish, give it a clear coat of Automotive Finish. Put it into place on your Radio, and Eureka, you have it. I always say where’s there is a will, there is a way. And by the way, Necessity is always the Mother of Invention.
RalphJanuary 11, 2023 at 2:40 pm #19602DarrenCVRS Member
Thanks all, I will be ordering one from Renovated radios.February 23, 2023 at 11:24 am #19228
Let’s Drink to This One!
I having been doing some additional research on solving your problem, and there just may be a very practical solution to the problem. There are a lot of Arcylic Wine Goblets out there in approximately the same shape and design you need. And you should be able to find the size and shape you need.You would need to cut the stem off and downsize the size of the bowl portion of the glass, These Arcylic Wine Glasses are sold at dozens of Retail Outlet. To name a few, Stokes in your Shopping Mall, Party Suplpy Stores, CTC, The Bayl etc., the list goes on. These Plastic Goblets are also Non-Yellowing, and being Arcylic/Plastic, should be able to be cut down and polished, to give you a factory finished product. However, here’s a WORD OF WARNING should you use Electric Power Tools to shape your new Dome, and as these tools, when operating, can and will possibly generate enough heat to melt the Arcylic, you wll need to keep the Goblet cool. To do that you will need to have cool water running over it for cooling purposes, and that leads to why you canot take it near the Kitchen Sink or Faucet. These are Earth Grounded Fixtures and can cause enough Electric Shock that could KILL YOU. You may question me as to why I carry on this line of thought. Simply put, while most of you reading this post may understand the reason for what and why I say this, there are those out there who are not savy on the dangers of using electrical tools near Earth Grounds. However the use of Battery Operated tools that are not using Plug-in-Adaptors are the only type of Power Tools to use when using them near Earth Grounds. If you or anyone do not understand what I am saying, do not attempt it yourself. Find someone else, more knowledgeable, to do it for you. It could SAVE YOUR LIFE.
Once cut down you can smooth/round it out with reducing grades of sand paper. The finished surface could look unclear to the eye. There are two ways you can onercome this, Pass the area over lightly with a propane torch, being careful not to get the surface too hot, or you can sprac the govlet with a light Clearcoat such as they use when painting an automobile. NOTE: As a lot of those radios out there have a missing dome glass you need to be aware that there is, on the upper surface a little red mark used as a Radio Frequency Marker, so do not forget to include it in your finished product.
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