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    Ben Palmeri
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    Hello all.
    Just completed this little 5 tube radio. It has the somewhat odd feature of a slide switch for band selection, instead of a rotary as in most other radios. Also,, it features separate antenna coils and separate oscillator coils, where most other radios use tapped coils.

    Nothing special in terms of styling , but it is an excellent performer, and picks up all BC stations across the dial. I even pick up some SW stations at night using just its 25ft external antenna wire.,

    I think, in general, wood radios have a richer and mellower sound compared to Bakelite radios, and this one is no exception.

    Note, the cotton butchers string used as dial cord in photo No.3

    Anyway, enjoy the pictures and stay well.
    Ben

    #15474
    Gary Albach
    CVRS Member

    Hi Ben – congratulations, beautiful work both inside and out!

    How did you restuff the caps, by melting them or by the slit-and-stuff method? And how did you make a new finger plate for the BC/SW slide switch? It looks like new..

    Gary in Victoria.

    #15475
    Ben Palmeri
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    Hi Gary,
    I restuff the caps by holding them by one of the leads with a pair of pliers, and heating them with a heatgun ( on low), turning them so they heat evenly all around. When the rosin starts to melt, grasp the tube with some paper towels or a rag and pull. I use brown hot melt glue to fill the ends after the new cap is installed, then they get a dip in beeswax.

    The switch plate is original. I stripped it, then polished it face down on a very flat surface with some 2000 grit sandpaper and a little water. This got rid of any scratches or nicks. Then I VERY CAREFULLY , using a tiny modelling brush and magnified work light , painted just the raised letters and boarder with a VERY thin coat of Vaseline. Then sprayed it with some camo colored spray paint. After it dried for a couple of days, I just wiped off the paint from the raised portion. Because of the Vaseline, the paint wipes right off. Tedious and low tech, but it worked.

    #15476
    Gary Albach
    CVRS Member

    Hi Ben – thanks for the explanation. This is exactly the same method that I use to restuff caps, and is what I meant by ‘melting them’. I used to put them in the oven or barbecue to melt the wax but, like you, found a heat gun to be more convenient. When the wire occasionally breaks off I push the guts out the other end with the eraser-end of a pencil.

    For a quicker job, I sometimes use the ‘slit-and-stuff’ method passed on to me by Gerry O’Hara. Simply slit the paper tube lengthwise, pry it open and replace everything inside, glue the slit back together with the hot glue and fill the ends. Orient the cap in the radio with the slit facing the chassis so it isn’t visible.

    Gary

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