Lafayette KT-135 EXPLOR-AIR radio kit

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

 
First Prize Winner!
 

 
 
 
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 and knobs 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?
 

 
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 fat dial pointers are very disturbing.
 

 
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?
 
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?
 
Let's just replace the 30 uF caps with 47 uF caps. That will be GOOD for the radio. Who cares about the B+ voltage?
 

 
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.
 

 
WHAT THE DICKENS HAPPENED TO THIS ONE??!!
 
This is a crime! IT'S A SIN!
 
From ebay, June 2018. $67.65 and it's yours. If it only had been in a cabinet.
 
Next, making a cabinet for the radio.
 
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