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June 20th, 2016, 3:38 pm #11

Looking good.

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June 21st, 2016, 12:00 am #12

Coming together nicely, David. Looking forward to seeing it finished. :thumb:

Thanks for posting. :)
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June 21st, 2016, 6:28 pm #13

Me too!


A little bit more for today.

Back panel reassembled.




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June 22nd, 2016, 7:06 pm #14

I think this is what's commonly referred to as "the point of no return" :)

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June 22nd, 2016, 7:34 pm #15

Just got a new mylar diaphragm 5 watt speaker to replace the pathetic paper diaphragm, 0.2 watt piece of crap that was in it.


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June 23rd, 2016, 5:58 pm #16

Masked off for the first pass of silver paint.

Masking at this part is not that vital, it's when the black goes on things get critical!

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June 23rd, 2016, 6:49 pm #17

The black parts will initially be sprayed GLOSS black. While this sounds awful, it will be the best surface for the water slide decal to be applied to. Once the decal is on, GENTLY... layer by later, a fine mist of matt varnish will be sprayed on. You have to be careful with water slide decals: Too much varnish in one go and they wrinkle when the varnish dries.
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June 27th, 2016, 4:03 pm #18

Not a massive amount of work done this weekend due to bad weather... awful for painting when there's damp in the air.

however... crap weather is great for keeping up your attention to detail. As I want this radio to look not only great... but NEW.... nothing escapes treatment.

The channel display filter was very, very scratched. I was worried it was beyond restoration, but I've managed to do it.

One of the popular myths you hear about scratches on plastic is that you can use T-Cut. You can NOT use T-Cut on soft plastics like this if you wish to retain pure, optical clarity (unless you follow it up with much lighter polishing compounds). T-Cut (the clue is in the name) is a cutting compound, and far to coarse to be used on plastics like this. If you use T-Cut, it may appear to be clear of scratches, but it will appear misty in appearance when light is shined through, and reflection from a point light-source will reveal many swirls and micro scratches.

You need a much kinder polish than T-Cut.

I use this with good results.



Here are the results: Literally as new.


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June 27th, 2016, 5:12 pm #19

I am really enjoying this thread, well done to you.

It is certainly a time consuming labour of love, but I doubt there will be many left in such good condition once you have done the hard work.
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June 27th, 2016, 5:41 pm #20

The make or break point is applying the decals actually, as to avoid a tell tale edge to them I'm going to apply the whole set of decals in one sheet... which is VERY difficult. Don't congratulate me just yet :)

I'm really hoping it goes well too, as finding as new versions of these is next to impossible now. Those that exist will be in glass cases somewhere, probably never to surface again.


I'm enjoying this. If there was enough demand for it, I could easily do this for a living LOL I find it relaxing.
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