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 Post subject: Another RCA restoration finished model 211
PostPosted: Dec Sat 02, 2017 2:55 pm 
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When I acquired this radio it had been painted black, with a brush including the knobs and bezel, had red velvet grill cloth, ugh! The top had a few chips missing, they were small so I felt a burn in stick was the best way to repair those. The lower right grill area had a piece of veneer missing, here I used veneer. I used a piece of gold cloth that I painted with Rustoleum hammered brown for the grill cloth. For the bead molding and legs I used Behlen Solar Lux (aniline dye) to get the color right and Minwax early american oil based stain over the entire cabinet. I let it sit for a couple of days then Deft sander sealer, 0000 steel wool and then four coats of Deft semi-gloss. This is the method I use now. I used to buy the lacquer by the gallon and add solar lux and flow out and spray using a HVLP for the application, I guess I stopped this method because of the clean up of the HVLP sprayer, although the reseults were very good.
I agree with others here that RCA, GE and Westinghouse radios seemed to be engineered a step ahead of the other brands. i recapped, replaced the burned out lamps, made new lamp diffusers, new power cord and output transformer and checked the alignment. This is a five tube set, single ended 41 output, but boy does it perform. Good sound and last night I listened to WSM in Nashville, WCBS in New York and WSB out of Atlanta as if they were next door.


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 Post subject: Re: Another RCA restoration finished model 211
PostPosted: Dec Sat 02, 2017 4:20 pm 
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Looking great. I've had to fix a few RCA radios with that same basic layout. That board at the bottom of your pic can be a real pain if it has parts on both sides of the board.


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 Post subject: Re: Another RCA restoration finished model 211
PostPosted: Dec Sat 02, 2017 5:08 pm 
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Wow, fantastic!

Job well done. Beautiful result!

-Rodney


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 Post subject: Re: Another RCA restoration finished model 211
PostPosted: Dec Mon 04, 2017 7:22 am 
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I also restored this model RCA about 10 years ago. It is a very nice performing radio, one of my favorites. In replacing the grill cloth, I discovered that the original was green! Very odd color combination.


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 Post subject: Re: Another RCA restoration finished model 211
PostPosted: Dec Mon 04, 2017 3:33 pm 
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Very nice work Larry!

I used to have the GE version model M-65 of this radio. It was a nice one and performed well.
I was amused that the bandswitch is a push-pull arrangement.

Yours turned out very nicely!

-Steve

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 Post subject: Re: Another RCA restoration finished model 211
PostPosted: Dec Mon 11, 2017 4:05 am 
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Now a beauty!! Congrats, you did an awesome job!!!

Linda


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 Post subject: Re: Another RCA restoration finished model 211
PostPosted: Dec Tue 12, 2017 4:59 am 
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Really nice work Larry :D


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