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Philco Model 39-25

This was the first of the Philco sloped front 'no stoop, no squint' radios that I restored. The output transformer was bad among several other things. It was another costly restoration. It sounds good and looks nice on the sideboard in the dining room. Note that the dial cover is flat and the escutcheon is painted. The escutcheon is a Newbies mistake. The escutcheon had some corroded areas and I tried to remove them. It got worse and worse. I finally just painted it. The best method to preserve these brass-plated escutcheons, I have found, is to polish LIGHTLY to remove the worst flaws and then spray with a couple of coats of clear satin lacquer. They were never a highly polished feature of the radios.

The dial cover is made from a flat piece of clear plastic from the craft store and cut to fit the groove around the inside of the escutcheon. Just my opinion, but I think it looks better than a bulging dial cover that optically distorts the dial scale. I have
made dial covers by heating a flat plastic sheet and pressing it over a mold made to the size of the opening. Bill Turner makes dial covers for sale.



Here is what  it looked like before restiration.

 

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