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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 9:31:25 AM on 11 January 2020.
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 Location: Bathurst, NSW
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Working on a AWA 453-P portable and would like to get a "vintage looking" type carry handle. The original has lost all of its leather covering.

Can someone point me as to whom would supply a suitable new carry handle ?

Thanks for any help.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 2 · Written at 10:06:28 AM on 11 January 2020.
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 Location: Wangaratta, VIC
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I have had a leather strap fail on my heirloom (operational) Circa 1914 Transit survey level box and on an ex Army thing: Fixed no issue,. . Fortunately a friend makes leather dog collars & a bit of Horse tack.

So you have, Bootmakers (we have one here) some Horsey places & some of these alternative life (Hippy type) fairs & shops where you may be able to get it re-clad as even the latter, often have leather workers.

Do not ever, dispose of that handle, you need it.

Marc


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 3 · Written at 4:33:19 PM on 11 January 2020.
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If that is the one with the lid which controls the valve filaments when opened, you could even make a replacement handle from dog collar leather if you can obtain some rivets and a riveter from a craft shop. I'll admit I cannot suggest who could do the stitching if you want an exact copy of the original handle - shoe repair shops may be the only suitable place - some of the older Mr Minit joints, etc.


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 Return to top of page · Post #: 4 · Written at 5:54:31 PM on 11 January 2020.
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 Location: Bathurst, NSW
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Thanks everyone for the suggestions. The 453-P is not the one which switches on the filaments when the lid is opened, it has a door which lifts up to reveal the front panel.

Know the radio referred to, it is a AWA 450-P one of which I have and did a rebuild on it only a few weeks ago. By the way a nice little performer and took it to a remote farming area out of Rylstone NSW and was suprised as to how well it performed.

Only a small 4 valve radio.

Anyhow stumbled across EVATCO up in Queensland and happily they quite a range of carry handles one of which will do the job very well.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 5 · Written at 10:33:24 PM on 11 January 2020.
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 Location: Wangaratta, VIC
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There's normally an easy solution: Its just knowing where to look: The boot makers & those making horse tack have hefty sewing machines that will handle leather & canvas.


 
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