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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 9:31:04 AM on 10 September 2020.
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Here we go, I rewound the power transformer and tested it.
What was amazing was how bad the original wind was.
I can hardly believe a company like Philips could make such a a low grade item .
The rest of the set shows engineering of a high standard in fittings and bracket work.


Fred.

Philips Model 100 Restoration - Part 2


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 2 · Written at 8:44:53 PM on 10 September 2020.
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Document uploaded.


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A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
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It's a shame to cover up all that nice winding work with red paint! I would have used clear...

Except that if I wound it, it would look no-where near is neat as yours so I'd have to use black paint!


 
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Yeah Ian, the pot of paint has been sitting around for decades and just wont die!
I nearly dunked the tranny in black but on an impulse did the red.
There are red valves in the set, red dial plate and I'll dip the electro in the red as well when I repack it.
The chassis will either look beautiful or plum ugly!
Fred.


 
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Pink transformer... what can I say?

I've never even contemplated repairing a transformer like that, and not about to start.
You have skills way beyond my comfort zone.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 6 · Written at 4:00:58 PM on 11 September 2020.
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Pink!
Now there is an idea for the cabinet!
I wonder how that would have been received in the day!!

Fred.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 7 · Written at 8:23:41 PM on 11 September 2020.
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Great job Fred!


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 8 · Written at 10:41:50 PM on 11 September 2020.
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AWA released a few Egg Crate Radiolas in pink. Indeed a very unusual colour, and also an expensive one these days.


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A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 9 · Written at 7:25:23 AM on 12 September 2020.
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Hi Guys,
New around these parts! Nice work Fred and an interesting read. More people should have a go at doing this sort of repair. Materials are still readily available from motor winding shops. I'm a motor winder myself, and although we are a dying breed there are still many of us about. The only thing I would add to power transformer repairs is to emphasize the importance of the isolation between primary and secondary windings. In case of a failure / burn out, this isolation needs to remain in tact to the end. A fused open circuit winding or a fault to earth is safer than a primary to secondary failure for oblivious reasons.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 10 · Written at 7:35:20 AM on 12 September 2020.
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Actually I have developed a liking for Aqua, so I'll spray this one Aqua.
Philips note that the coloured 100 cabinets were "sprayed" so I guess they trotted the plain brown bakelite units around to the spray shop and hosed them down with the colour of the day.
Makes sense, you have far better control of the process by adding colour over the top, rather than trying to mix it in the bakelite process.
Once they got to using plastics for cabinets that problem disappeared.
AWA must have been really game to put out a Pink unit.
In some of the places I worked in that would have caused a walkout and a black ban!

Fred.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 11 · Written at 10:15:34 AM on 12 September 2020.
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Remember the pink cement trucks! And the drivers who refused to drive them!

BMG did it first as I recall. The company I worked for in my 1st job out of school shared a radio channel with them. Those guys did not like the pink trucks.

Now they paint 'em pink for breast cancer awareness (and no-one complains, how could you?)


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 12 · Written at 4:45:22 PM on 12 September 2020.
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There was also a pink Astor Mickey.

https://liamblake.co/modernism-in-australia

If you go further into the website there is a bigger image of it. The way the website is structured there is no direct link to the photo. Follow
https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/exhibition/brave-new-world/

The interesting thing about it is that the pink radio does not have the Astor Mickey brand between the knobs. Perhaps there were certain establishments that Astor did not want to have their name associated with. A less cynical explanation is a plain old fashioned mistake.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 13 · Written at 5:19:16 PM on 12 September 2020.
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The pink ones were Kingsleys. They had a sticker rather than a moulded badge. I've also seen a few Monarchs around in the Mickey style, but these had moulded badges.


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A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 14 · Written at 5:25:41 PM on 12 September 2020.
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STC, OK, when I find a proper factory cabinet for my Astor Mickey (the one I made up the cabinet from Woolies kitchen ware bits) I will paint it PINK.
Having had cancer myself I can relate to Breast Cancer week, pink it is.

Fred.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 15 · Written at 5:46:35 PM on 12 September 2020.
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Re post #9 .

Hi DD, all good points to keep in mind.
Great to hear from someone who still actually winds things.
Thoroughly insulating things is built into the minds of those of us who used to rewind 240/415 motors/transformers and stuff like that.

What electronic hobbyists dont quite get is the level of energy can be unleashed when short circuits occur.
This is a big problem when "engineers" from certain places design 240 volt gear or DC/AC invertors and treat 240 to 2000 volt circuits like they run from a 9 volt battery!!
Hence I used to see switchmode circuits with one layer of Sellotape insulating between 1000's of amps battery supply poles, S/M rectifer / FET packages and ground. And ditto with plain 240 volt AC circuits. Not a clue.

The arcing and banging that goes on without proper fusing is a sight to behold, let alone the danger!

Having been there and done that, I put plenty of elephant hide and tape over the primary and put a fuse in the active lead into radios.
Then when the ends of the 240 supply short out somehow inside the radio at least the 2 amp fuse blows and the fire goes out!

Fred.


 
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