Lafayette KT-135 EXPLOR-AIR radio kit

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More KT-135s. Because once you've assembled one, you can't stop looking at how other people did theirs.

Notice the bottom left knob is missing the aluminum insert. These are nearly impossible to find.
You have to buy another KT-135 just for the knob, then you have a $100 knob and a another radio that needs the same knob.

Second Prize Winner!

First Prize Winner!
This came from ebay. It sold for $90 with shipping on Aug 26, 2018. The seller got it at a yard sale, so the builder is now unknown.
Whoever built this one did an excellent job.
The soldering is so good the new filter caps were spliced in so as not to disturb the connections.

Very nice. Very clean. With the maroon velvet background, this is KT-135 porn. Really.

Check out the manual. Black with a white border. It seems to be an older manual, but the front panel of the radio and the knobs (what are left of them) are the newer version.

The wire on the lower-right doesn't belong there. It's not even on the correct tube socket.
To compensate for the missing connection another capacitor has been added (the blue one).

Old style front panel, new style knobs, old style manual. Very interesting!

Very nice! What happened to the finishing washers in the corners?

A nice one from 1972, but lacking the corner finishing washers. This went up on ebay in February of 2019.
Here's the underside. A big metal filter capacitor has been wedged between the coil for Band B and the chassis.
The AC cord is bent at an impossible angle and it appears there was a small fire in the volume control, top right.
The seller stated it was in "amazing working condition." It sold for $169 + $16.92 shipping.
"Amazing, working" volume control.
Melted wires, and rust where the plating had been burnt off - in a bright orange flash and a loud report.

All the disk capacitors in this early model are red! The filter capacitor has been replaced with one made by "Sprague."
Whoever replaced it didn't bother with the DOZEN bad solder joints that made this radio unusable.

Here's the front of the radio that has the red disk capacitors. Very interesting pointer knobs.

Those wide dial pointers are very disturbing.
The set with the wide dial pointers has a speaker grille that extends past the speaker.

This is a nice one but the screws holding it into the case are wrong.

Here's one from 1968 with Lafayette tubes.

From ebay. Let's see a picture of the front, please. Oh wait. There isn't one. Where is the strain relief on the AC cord?
The capacitor on the left is floating in the air! What happened to the terminal post?
See the chewed up tops on the coils? That's what happens when you don't have a cabinet.
Not sure what is going on here.
There is an extra capacitor on the left. An antique "Solaris" cap on the right is connected to something or other.

Another nice one, except for the Regeneration control knob.
Here's the back. Are the speaker wires touching that capacitor? I want to move them. I am losing sleep over it.

Very nice front panel and knobs. The screws holding the front panel to the cabinet are rusting.
Older front panel, newer knobs. What lurks inside? The cabinet looks to be in good shape.

How is it that the front panel of this radio is completely undamaged but the plastic pointers on the two large knobs are missing?
Here's a Knight Space Spanner. What do you think about the knobs?
Filter caps replaced, job well done. There is a red wire, once part of the original filter capacitors, connected to the B+.
You can see the end of it near the AC cord.  When it comes into contact with the chassis, it will be GOOD for the radio.
How did this happen? Did somebody just forget to remove the wire?

Found at the Kutztown PA Radio Show on May 7, 2021.
The seller wanted $100.00, but somebody peeled off the "leatherette" covering, leaving the backing stuck to the cabinet.

Very nice front panel! This one sold on ebay for $295 + $13.30 in October of 2020. There were 22 bids.
Three of the four lower knobs are replacements.
Very nice cabinet. The strain relief for the AC cord and the antenna binding post are both broken, but these are easily replaced.

My favorite, because the ebay seller stated the condition wasn't too bad for its age. It looks to me like it was brought up on the end of a fish hook from some pond. The bandspread knob (upper right) had been bashed in and the end of the tuning capacitor shaft has been pushed right through it. I would really like to see more of this, but this was the only picture. He was asking $50. For some reason it never sold.

This is a crime! IT'S A SIN!
From ebay. On June 30, 2018 someone actually bought this for $67.60! If it only had been in a cabinet.
Next, making a cabinet for the radio.