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 The Airzone Fleet
 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 10:35 on 16 June 2005.
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It's been a while since I have said anything here, however not all is lost, I've been doing some renovations around the house which meant that I had to disassemble all of the shelving that has housed the bulk of my vintage radio collection for the last twelve months. Now that I have made good any cracks in the walls, filled any holes, etc and painted the room, I am now reassembled the shelves but even this is temporary as I want to get rid of the plain looking off-white shelves and replace them with woodgrain shelves of the same type and size. Rack shelving looks a bit 'industrial' but in this setting it blends the modern look of melamine covered craftwood with the naked look of the supporting racks to created a fairly good backdrop for vintage radios.


The Airzone Fleet

Above is a photo of my collection of Airzone midgets. These receivers have one thing in common, aside from them all needing a bit of a tune-up. They all share more or less the same chassis, which was obviously on the production line for at least five years with small changes over time, most notably to the type of valves used. This chassis saw out the end of octal valves and welcomed the era of baseless valves with either seven or nine pins, depending on the valve.

Four of these sets work, though all of them need checking, recapping (replacing the condensers) and a bit of spit and elbow grease. The wooden set at the top is going to get the full treatment soon. I am going to strip it back and french polish it. Shellac is still easy to get hold of and it is quite cheap, though some may not agree with either of those statements. Even though mass produced vintage radios weren't french polished, I like the look of shellac and think that the non-genuine finish is still appropriate. Look forward to a nice article on receiver refinishing later this year!

The set at the bottom left is your garden variety reddish brown bakelite and I think Airzone could have done better, or maybe they did in some sets. This one doesn't have any grain in the bakelite that does exist in some of the brown sets without the red tinge. it sould look okay after a good rub though. The receiver next to it is mottled pink, though the photo doesn't show it. Refer to the picture of the same vintage radio on the bottom of the right column. At the top right we have a plain white set which needs polishing to bring back its lustre. The set at the top left is marbled white and would be quite a rare set. All but the pink set have foreign knobs and that is a job in itself, sourcing the proper knobs though this will become part of the restoration process when the time comes.


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Brad.

A valve a day keeps the transistor away...


 Return to top of page · Post #: 2 · Written at 21:38 on 21 October 2009.
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Hi Brad, I have in my possession, what I believe is a 1926 Airzone portable 4 valve radio. I believe from an item I read on the net the Company made 10000 of them in that year. Prior to that they were making Crystal sets. Have you by any chance a photo or


 Return to top of page · Post #: 3 · Written at 01:50 on 22 October 2009.
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I don't have a circuit but I may be able to find a photo and some information. Leave it with me. Wink


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Brad.

A valve a day keeps the transistor away...


 Return to top of page · Post #: 4 · Written at 20:09 on 22 October 2009.
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Thanks for that Brad Regards David


 Return to top of page · Post #: 5 · Written at 00:04 on 29 December 2009.
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Hi Brad,David again. I realise you have been up to your eyeballs, but have you had a chance to find anything on the airzone portable I posted you about on the 21/10/09. If you have found anything my email address is davidhambour.hotmail.com I would appr


 Return to top of page · Post #: 6 · Written at 20:57 on 29 December 2009.
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G'day David, I make reference to Airzone's first radio, a portable, which was made in 1926 when the company first started manufacturing in Dalley Street, Sydney - just around the corner from the famous nightclub, Jacksons on George. Unfortunately I have


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Brad.

A valve a day keeps the transistor away...


 Return to top of page · Post #: 7 · Written at 17:13 on 30 December 2009.
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Thank you for that Brad, I will do that and forward them to you. Regards David


 Return to top of page · Post #: 8 · Written at 23:14 on 5 January 2010.
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Hi Brad /David , Those middle two Airzone Radio's are slightly familiar to me . They look like The Famous Bell Colt from New Zealand . I just read that Bell bought an Airzone Mold and just added another Knob Hole in the midd


 Return to top of page · Post #: 9 · Written at 16:03 on 6 January 2010.
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Bell used both the cabinet in the middle and the one at the bottom. I am not sure if they had a timber model though - never seen one. There are two other variants, a timber cabinet similar to the one above with Peal badges and a bakelite cabinet with Phil


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Brad.

A valve a day keeps the transistor away...


 Return to top of page · Post #: 10 · Written at 21:02 on 2 March 2010.
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hi just wondering if any member can help I have come across a AWA radiola small bakaklite radio its like a frig 9 inches high and 4 inches sq with a leather handle on top ????????


 Return to top of page · Post #: 11 · Written at 22:36 on 2 March 2010.
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I have two of them, a brown and a white. What did you want to know about them?


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Brad.

A valve a day keeps the transistor away...


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