Calling all BC-1000 POLICE. i have just bought a BC-1000 for a good price, dated around MFP Jan 1945, with all the extras but it needs some work on it to get it back to its original wartime state. If you look at the following pictures you will see that i have the correct wartime boxes with the re-enforcing plates in the middle of the ribbed X, as opposed to the French ones that don't. The box finish has had a few coats of post war paint applied from various armies during its life time in service but that's not a problem as i can get the original wartime wrinkle finish done quite easily.
The name plate on mine looks a bit post war or even a replica. What was the correct plate for a dated Jan 1945 or around that time model. Its hard to tell if this radio is a A, B, or C model, what's the difference between models?
I have a wartime dated manual dated Feb 1945 but its just for the A model, not anything later like a B or C model?
Were A models used that late in the war, this manual supersedes a July 1944 copy.
As for the post war spring catches that came in around 1946-48 i have ordered the wartime wire ones, this subject alone can be a nightmare as there are different versions of wartime wire catches, there are thick and thin wire catches, hex shaped wire catches and catches that have a hole in the catch itself.
As with the webbing i also need a new set to replace the old rusty clips and buckles but that's not a problem as last year i saw all the webbing i could possibly dream off at the War and Peace show but at the time i was after German mine bits and TRC-7 parts and wasn't as interested in BC-1000 bits and bobs. What colour of webbing would be suitable for this period Jan 1945 Green khaki or a mixture. Are all the rivets holding latch for the wire catches black or cadmium plated, i have seen the spring loaded hinge at the back for the cover lid in a black finish and on some other radio boxes this is done in a green painted finish, the sames as the catches and inside of the boxes.
The top of the control panel where the switches and writing are located, seem to have two types of finish, one the wrinkle finish and two a normal painted finish, it seems looking at old photo's that there is evidence of a non wrinkled top panel, i think i will leave this alone as it would be very difficult to copy the markings again even there are stick on transfers available as the original makings were screen printed.
Edited by BC312, 26 May 2011 - 09:04 AM.