After a few coats of the black and letting it dry I masked of the case to spray the green primer on it.
Well this kind of takes us to turning point in the build. Now all the special features will be made to help create the Radio Pack look.
If you look at the screenshots you will see two handle sticking out of the side of the case. I was able to find two handles that looked just like what I wanted. They were chrome plated so I glass beaded them to give them a more dull and used looked. I put blue painter tape down about where I wanted the handle to go, mark the spots and
then drill the holes.
Here is what the case looks like up to this point with the handles on.
You can’t have a radio without an antenna. Again looking at the pics the antenna is rather large with details on it like lines and stuff. After scrathing my head for a few days I came across sometthing at work and the light bulb over my head went on. What I had found was an extension tube for a shop vacuum. It had detail, was light, and strong. So on my next day off I head over to Home Depot and found all the different tube sizes I needed to make the complete antenna. Can you believe my luck?
Here are the pieces put together before any cutting or mods done to them.
Mounting the antenna assembly was pretty tricky. It could not go over any of the I/O ports nor block the air on the PSU, plus it would have to be able to come off for traveling or taking the case apart. I found the perfect loaction on the right side of the backside of the case. I laid out where everything went, maked the holes and drilled them.
The bolts that I used where made to be mounted on to a flat surface and extend out with a large flat head. This means to could drill a notch into something slide it over the bolt and have it lock into place. That is what I did.
I drilled two holes that would allow the larger part of the bolt to pass thru.
Next I drilled to smaller holes the size of the actually bolt above the larger holes them removed the material between the two to create a slot.
Doing this made it so the antenna could be pushed on then pushed down to lock into place.
This is what the antenna looks like mounted. Further in the build the antenna will be cut and painted for a much better look.
So how’s it looking so far?