Here are a few pics of my recently completed RCA 118. The chassis was completed awhile ago but I was unable to work on the cabinet because of the cold weather. Over the last few days I was able to complete it due to the very warm weather here.
I believe that there was a factory fading/feathering of dark toner around the top and bottom but I just don't really like that look even though in this case it may be original. The bracket on the back has been there for awhile and I can't really see any structural problems with the cabinet but I think I am just going to leave it.
Going on memory, the chassis was not one I would recommend for beginners. There were a few pretty complicated resistor/capacitor boards that had to be reworked which required a lot of disassembly.
The radio works really well. Actually it is probably the most sensitive radio I have redone in terms of being able to pull in stations.
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A really nice job. IMHO RCA made some of the nicest looking of the radios. I don't know about the accuracy of the metal cross brace on the back but is certainly unattractive. Then again, who will know it's there except you and a couple thousand people on ARF? I really like that radio!
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very nice. I pulled mine out and there a few differences. Maybe you can shed some light. My face plate is different and it looks like there is an additional tube on mine on the right hand side. I wish mine had the wood grain that yours has but it doesn't appear to. I have never plugged mine in and it looks like i'm going to very shortly. lol. The plug in seems to be in fine original condition but I know that can be very decieving.
The reason for the difference in the faceplates is because your is a US version and mine is Canadian. That is not an extra tube you have it is an extra electrolytic can. Mine had been removed and bypassed many years ago.
Go to Nostalgiaair and donwload their schematics on it.
Thanks, I plugged mine in and it lights up and has a nice little hummmm but that is about it. I just got 2 replacement knobs from someone here at the forums. I'm sure i'll be needing some help when it comes to getting this thing to operate again. Yours looks GREAT !!!