Matt Smith wrote:
My plan is to not worry about the old radio parts (though I will save them carefully for the future) and replace them with modern stuff. I do want it to look the same and even light up when it is powered on.
Hmmm .... I don't say this often, especially with consoles, as they are "usually" not worth a whole pile and rarely are they electronically interesting or significant, BUT ....
This is an interesting set electronically speaking. It has a separate oscillator tube, push-pull audio output, an RF stage, etc. Normally I'd say something like "you own it ... do as you will", but in this case I'd encourage you to trade or sell it as a complete unit and focus your efforts on something that has the usual console traits of "looking good" while being electronically uninteresting and also mediocre in the performance department.
Maybe offer it up as a trade in the classifieds here and see if there's an interest?
just a thought ..