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Old 18th Mar 2020, 8:11 pm   #261
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Hi

I noticed this radio (see attached pics) in an episode of The Sweeney viz Stay Lucky Eh. https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x3o9uqj It meets an unfortunate end by being shot! Note one of the bullet holes on the MW tuning scale.

Its make is Ajax. Does anyone recognise what model it is, I've not come across one before.

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Old 18th Mar 2020, 9:13 pm   #262
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In the 1970s there were loads of similarly-styled radios about - every market had a stall selling them. Invariably made in Hong Kong, "Ajax" was a generic brand, along with Steepletone, Marc, Harvard, Sonix, Satellite etc.

Some of them were styled to look like military walkie-talkies, with camouflage-green cases. The insides were invariably mundane.
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Old 18th Mar 2020, 9:50 pm   #263
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In the 1970s there were loads of similarly-styled radios about - every market had a stall selling them. Invariably made in Hong Kong, "Ajax" was a generic brand, along with Steepletone, Marc, Harvard, Sonix, Satellite etc.

Some of them were styled to look like military walkie-talkies, with camouflage-green cases. The insides were invariably mundane.
Couldn't agree more, they looked pretty impressive but were naff electrically and performance wise, getting the bullet was a fitting end for that one!.
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Old 19th Mar 2020, 12:05 am   #264
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Hi.

I agree, they look quite well appointed but are very cheaply made. The construction of many similar radios were often from a type of dense cardboard, covered in vinyl and stitched to give the appearance of leather. The insides were generally very cheaply made too. I remember the awful combined volume control and on/off switch that always caused trouble in these types of radios.
Other than that they were generally reliable.

Regarding the fate of the radio in The Sweeney, I couldn't help laughing. The radio was on at the time and after the first shot it goes off station with heterodyne whistles. After the second shot there's silence and it gets shot for the third time. After each shot it rocks about.
I suppose it's possible if the ferrite rod was damaged by the first shot then that may account for the whistles though it was all probably staged. Quite amusing all the same.

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Old 19th Mar 2020, 4:29 am   #265
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Ah, that is one of a number of radios that were styled to look like a far more desirable and expensive radio, the 'Juliette' which had that upright format, a BIG whip externally on the side, and a bit of chrome about the place. This had airband, shortwave bands and all sorts of things in addition to medium and VHF/FM. They worked moderately well and cost about as much as a good second-hand AR88 at the time.

A good use for a bullet!

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Is the Radio which sits on the sideboard in Alf Garnets Till death us do part an Ekco radio?
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I think he had one of the Round Ekco models but I can't remember which one - long time since that series has been shown.
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I think he had one of the Round Ekco models but I cant remember which one - long time since that series has been shown.
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Yes its a round one for sure, i saw a picture the other day of the set with the radio on the sideboard and it reminded me to ask.
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Hi,
I remember Alf Garnett's radio as being the big one with a central speaker and the tuning scale round the edge. Would it be the A22?
I would have loved one of those. That was in the days before they fetched silly money!
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Old 17th Apr 2020, 6:44 pm   #270
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Default TVs on Life on Mars

I've been watching Life on Mars for the first time and just seen a Baird (dual standard?) and a Colour TV in the police's favourite pub.

Can anyone identify them and share some more information?
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Oh, I don't know about the TVs but isn't it a brilliant piece of nostalgia! I grew up in that early 70's Manchester and some of the scenes really hit home. Superb.
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To be fair, we know the performance was not good but if you lined up the complete Roberts range in front of a 12 year old kid together with a single 'multiband supersonic marvel' and asked him to choose a radio for his Birthday he would without doubt choose the one with the most chrome, longest aerial, big coloured dial. Something that looked the 'biz' especially to his mates. Were we never young once?

I sold many of these cheap Hong Kong radios and even more of the novelty type. The kids loved them and if it was a bit distorted, did he care? The parents knew they were poor quality but they did work and continued to do so and were incredibly cheap.

The novelty ones were great fun and worked quite well. The Homepride Flour Grader in his bowler hat was most loved. Wow! That was back in 1972. Happy Days! John.
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The 1946 film "Wanted for Murder" features more than once a Murphy A28 radiogram. Quite a good film and can be found complete on youtube.
A bit disturbing when one of the characters in a fit of rage takes a 78 rpm record off the turntable and smashes it!........steady on old chap!
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That's a stylish looking Radiogram, don't think I have ever seen one of those in someone's collection or for sale.
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That's a stylish looking Radiogram,don't think I have ever seen one of those in someone's collection or for sale.
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I own one of these, so was pleased to spot one in this film, I don't think there are many left.
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Very nice, looks in good condition too.
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On Vera Last Night was the repeat of a 2012 episode Series Ep 3 Sandancers I think, and when investigating a chaps room "interested in all electronic stuff" was a BUSH TV22 BUSH DAC10 a round EKCO AD75 and others.

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I'm trying to identify This set from The Shape Of Water.

A Space Command remote controller is used with it, which makes me think it's an early colour Zenith.

Note what seems to be a UHF tuner on top.
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Standing on the floor, American-style.
Often seen in US films. Looked odd to me, as a kid.
Still does.
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Standing on the floor, American-style.
Often seen in US films. Looked odd to me, as a kid.
Still does.
I've also noticed a few older American sets had quite low legs, I guess to make them more stable due to the weight of them.
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