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Dan Walker



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PostSubject: Marconi model 85   2017-01-23, 8:47 pm

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  This is my latest find. It is a Marconi model 85. I now have it recapped , and aligned. I had to replace the dial string , so when I took it apart to do that I cleaned the glass and what  a difference in brightness.
 None of the lettering came off.
    The cabinet won't need a lot of work, just  gojo , trade secret  and straighten up the grill cloth.
 I also have to make a convex oval glass ,which I have never done before, but I have seen others so it can't be that hard.  I do have the small piece of wood missing on the bottom.
 Dan in Calgary
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PostSubject: Re: Marconi model 85   2017-01-23, 9:29 pm

How sensitive to reception is it?

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PostSubject: Re: Marconi model 85   2017-01-23, 9:50 pm

The radio is very sensitive. I can pick up all the normal stations that the rest of my radios
pick up and more stations that are a lot farther away.
On short wave I am surprised at the clarity of the signals.
 I know that sometimes it depends on the weather conditions, but late at night I get very good reception.
   There is no hum on or between stations.
    I can't wait until summer gets here so I can get to the cabinets I have waiting.
 Right now I have 6 chassis done and they are beginning to fill up my shop, so I suppose I will take them to the garage so I have more room.
 I just picked up a Sunbeam automatic toaster and I am going to get to work on it.
   They are real challenges to work on.
   Dan in Calgary
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PostSubject: Re: Marconi model 85   2017-02-02, 6:13 pm

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 This is the plastic dial cover I made for the Marconi model 85.
I used a heavier plastic than most of the guys use  ,because I had quite a span to cove [91/2 inches.
  I layed the plastic on the opening and had it in the oven at 200F for 20 minutes , and when I could see it was drooping I took it out. Then I pressed the round cover over it . Since I used a heavier plastic , that didn't do much , so I used a heat gun and pressed all around the edges but they still didn't move much..
  I then cut around the outside edge and it fits very well.
  Not bad for a first try.
     Today I used go jo on the cabinet and then Trade Secret.. Tomorrow  I will wipe it down and install the dial cover , speaker and chassis.
 After that I will post some photos.  it is coming along very well and I really like these Marconi radios.
   Dan in Calgary
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PostSubject: Re: Marconi model 85   2017-02-03, 6:37 pm

Well I got it all back together and it looks very nice. the eye tube works very well, just as it should. he[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]re are some photos of the co[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]mpleted radio, except I have to refinish the knobs when it gets warmer.

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PostSubject: Re: Marconi model 85   2017-02-03, 6:42 pm

Impressive Talent. What type of Plastic? and where did you get it from? What was the Thickness?

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PostSubject: Re: Marconi model 85   2017-02-03, 7:05 pm

I bought the plastic from a local place called industrial plastics. It is a special plastic for heating and forming. The thickness is 0.40. that is twice as thick as most of the guys use , but I had a wider span to cover so that is why I used  something that thick.

   I was a little harder to work with but it is sturdy enough.
 Now I have to find room for the radio in my basement. It is getting full.
   These photos are about a year old and there is more in there now

Dan in Calgary

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PostSubject: Re: Marconi model 85   2017-02-03, 7:58 pm

cheers drunken

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