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Old 08-08-2018, 06:08 PM
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The wooden cabinet looks like they just took the front panel of the plastic model and mounted it into the wooden cabinet.

Very cool looking little set.
And perhaps used the deep plastic back from the portable, as well. The pictures from this eBay listing show some construction details:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/RCA-Mini-Co....c100011.m1850

IMHO, a side view, with that back sticking out sorta spoils the illusion.

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Possibly 30 years since I worked on the last one. I wonder if you could take a scrap XL100 chassis that had the same setup for the modules and use the connectors.
I only had to replace one of those connectors that cracked away in a CTC48 or similar.

That's the plan as of right now, but suddenly the local supplies of old TVs went dry. I used to pick up sets every couple days but now nothing.
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Old 08-09-2018, 09:44 AM
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Looks like an ideal prop for a doll house!
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Old 08-09-2018, 01:37 PM
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I'll bet RCA had to grit their teeth to produce a TV with Compactrons.

The wooden cabinet looks like they just took the front panel of the plastic model and mounted it into the wooden cabinet.

Very cool looking little set.
Based on the knobs and newer logo, that was a 1969 or 1970 model. And by then, meeting price points of under $100 for BW sets dictated cloning a basic design which mandated use of compactrons to the chagrin of RCA and delight of GE

Thanks to Steve for posting the mini-console and JR for the ebay ad, the distributor's salesmen enjoyed showing those off I bet.
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Old 08-09-2018, 09:15 PM
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Based on the knobs and newer logo, that was a 1969 or 1970 model. And by then, meeting price points of under $100 for BW sets dictated cloning a basic design which mandated use of compactrons to the chagrin of RCA and delight of GE

Thanks to Steve for posting the mini-console and JR for the ebay ad, the distributor's salesmen enjoyed showing those off I bet.
I don't either one scored in that respect! The last of the tube based RCA's used Japanese sourced tubes in their products.
I have a CTC51K, 1974 issue set, where all the original factory tubes were Japanese but the 3A3, which was original.
Those small B/W sets had Japanese tubes as well.
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Old 08-09-2018, 09:56 PM
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I don't either one scored in that respect! The last of the tube based RCA's used Japanese sourced tubes in their products.
I have a CTC51K, 1974 issue set, where all the original factory tubes were Japanese but the 3A3, which was original.
Those small B/W sets had Japanese tubes as well.

Dang 1974? I had no idea they made tube sets that late. I always just assumed that tube sets died off in the late 60s, but I wasn't around then .
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Old 08-10-2018, 01:13 AM
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The first SS color sets started appearing in the late 60's (the first B&W SS was the 1959 Philco Safari), and most makers dropped tube/SS hybrid and went full SS in 1975. GE kept making their all tube Portacolor (almost unchanged from its 1965 circuit design) until at least 1978...Tube monochrome sets stopped somewhere in the 70's
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