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ryansmission's Completed Build: "The Classic" - A 1953 Philco Bakelite Radio to HTPC Conversion

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 1 point 37 minutes ago

Nah this is really just a hobby for me my man. Humbled you'd even ask though :)

I've decided that I am going to sell this build though - could really use the cash. Put it on eBay this morning, for anyone in Australia who might be interested.

ryansmission's Completed Build: "The Classic" - A 1953 Philco Bakelite Radio to HTPC Conversion

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 1 point 39 minutes ago

Fear not, there's a dude who lives 5 mins away from me that restores antique electronics as a small business. He was very happy to take the components off my hands for next to nothing!

ryansmission's Completed Build: "The Classic" - A 1953 Philco Bakelite Radio to HTPC Conversion

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 1 point 11 hours ago

Yeah my TV is just a 65" 1080p panel, so can easily play games with a controller on the couch via the GTX 1060 6GB. Glad you like it man!

ryansmission's Completed Build: "The Classic" - A 1953 Philco Bakelite Radio to HTPC Conversion

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 1 point 13 hours ago

I was looking into designing a custom circuit board to manage Power & Reset. Someone else also suggested controlling RGB brightness with a knob. Could potentially add volume to the 4th and final knob.

Although it might be a bit of a stretch - so much time already spent on this little guy!

ryansmission's Completed Build: "The Classic" - A 1953 Philco Bakelite Radio to HTPC Conversion

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 2 points 1 day ago

Many thanks mate - things have been improving lately which has been fantastic. Has allowed me to finally finish this build too!

ryansmission's Completed Build: "The Classic" - A 1953 Philco Bakelite Radio to HTPC Conversion

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 1 point 1 day ago

Thanks mate, glad you like. There are power and reset buttons toward the top of the rear acrylic panel - power on the left above the PSU, and reset on the right.

ryansmission's Completed Build: "The Classic" - A 1953 Philco Bakelite Radio to HTPC Conversion

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 1 point 1 day ago

A guitar amp is a great idea... do it for sure!

I have a larger console style antique timber radio (approx 1m high) that I am thinking of playing around with next. Maybe a full ATX PC build, Sonos speaker and a Google Home Mini to make it like some sort of HTPC Smart Home Hub

ryansmission's Completed Build: "The Classic" - A 1953 Philco Bakelite Radio to HTPC Conversion

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 2 points 1 day ago

Haha thanks - although they're doing some pretty cool sleepers over on Linus Tech Tips these days. (With full on cutting tech to assist though!)

ryansmission's Completed Build: "The Classic" - A 1953 Philco Bakelite Radio to HTPC Conversion

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 1 point 1 day ago

Thanks man - it does kinda tick all those boxes which is very satisfying. Glad you like!

ryansmission's Completed Build: "The Classic" - A 1953 Philco Bakelite Radio to HTPC Conversion

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 1 point 1 day ago

Thanks heap mate, glad you like!

ryansmission's Completed Build: "The Classic" - A 1953 Philco Bakelite Radio to HTPC Conversion

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 2 points 1 day ago

Update - your comment had me thinking about the I/O again so I started playing around with it one more time. Turns out that although my cuts are not accurate enough for it to "click" into place, I should be able to glue it in place and look just as good.

You're a legend! Thanks for the questions :)

ryansmission's Completed Build: "The Classic" - A 1953 Philco Bakelite Radio to HTPC Conversion

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 1 point 1 day ago

Cheers mate!

ryansmission's Completed Build: "The Classic" - A 1953 Philco Bakelite Radio to HTPC Conversion

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 1 point 1 day ago

All hail the Tech Jesus ;) Grabbing a mod mat seemed like an awesome way to support those guys and get something cool in return. They've just released a smaller, cheaper one...definitely worth a look

ryansmission's Completed Build: "The Classic" - A 1953 Philco Bakelite Radio to HTPC Conversion

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 1 point 2 days ago

Listening to BBC Radio 6 as I type, all the way from Melbourne, Australia. No idea how we all managed pre-internet ;)

ryansmission's Completed Build: "The Classic" - A 1953 Philco Bakelite Radio to HTPC Conversion

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 1 point 2 days ago

Thanks man!

ryansmission's Completed Build: "The Classic" - A 1953 Philco Bakelite Radio to HTPC Conversion

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 1 point 2 days ago

Thanks mate - I'm stoked people really like it. Hard to be sure when you're doing something so left of field.

ryansmission's Completed Build: "The Classic" - A 1953 Philco Bakelite Radio to HTPC Conversion

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 1 point 2 days ago

Haha that would be a total nightmare. I live with two housemates who are completely aware of what it is (mostly because they now watch Netflix though it daily), so shouldn't happen to me with any luck!

ryansmission's Completed Build: "The Classic" - A 1953 Philco Bakelite Radio to HTPC Conversion

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 1 point 2 days ago

Glad to provide some ideas and inspiration - all the best with whatever it ends up being.

ryansmission's Completed Build: "The Classic" - A 1953 Philco Bakelite Radio to HTPC Conversion

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 1 point 2 days ago

Thanks heaps for the compliments mate! Still can't quite believe it's been featured - very cool

ryansmission's Completed Build: "The Classic" - A 1953 Philco Bakelite Radio to HTPC Conversion

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 1 point 2 days ago

Fantastic specs for this sort of build I reckon. Hope you're enjoying yours as much as I am mine!

ryansmission's Completed Build: "The Classic" - A 1953 Philco Bakelite Radio to HTPC Conversion

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 1 point 2 days ago

I'm chuffed you like the finished product mate. There was definitely plenty of trial, error and learning with the acrylic. I'm sure you'll get there in the end! Shoot me a PM if you have and specific questions by all means.

ryansmission's Completed Build: "The Classic" - A 1953 Philco Bakelite Radio to HTPC Conversion

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 2 points 2 days ago

Thanks mate! Sadly I just couldn't get the measurements and cutout for the I/O shield to work properly...at least with my skill and experience level with acrylic.

ryansmission's Completed Build: "The Classic" - A 1953 Philco Bakelite Radio to HTPC Conversion

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 1 point 2 days ago

Definitely super nice to press the power button see it all work as planned, and take some final pics for the PCPP folk!

ryansmission's Completed Build: "The Classic" - A 1953 Philco Bakelite Radio to HTPC Conversion

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 1 point 2 days ago

Thanks so much mate, glad you like the little fella!

ryansmission's Completed Build: "The Classic" - A 1953 Philco Bakelite Radio to HTPC Conversion

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 2 points 2 days ago

Yeah my Dad is a bit the same way - but him and computers don't really mix! haha

ryansmission's Completed Build: "The Classic" - A 1953 Philco Bakelite Radio to HTPC Conversion

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 2 points 2 days ago

Thanks heaps man - sleeper builds definitely take a whole lot of time, but more importantly they're a whole lot of fun!

ryansmission's Completed Build: "The Classic" - A 1953 Philco Bakelite Radio to HTPC Conversion

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 1 point 2 days ago

Thanks very much Vreaker! I haven't been on this site in a few days and returned just now to the awesome surprise of a feature! I'm blown away

ryansmission's Completed Build: "The Classic" - A 1953 Philco Bakelite Radio to HTPC Conversion

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 1 point 2 days ago

Ha! Great idea

ryansmission's Completed Build: "The Classic" - A 1953 Philco Bakelite Radio to HTPC Conversion

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 1 point 8 days ago

Thanks mate, glad you like it!

ryansmission's Completed Build: "The Classic" - A 1953 Philco Bakelite Radio to HTPC Conversion

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 2 points 8 days ago

Gotta love Clark Rubber!

The mod mat is made by a PC tech journalism outlet called GamersNexus. They are super cool, super nerdy, and super incorruptible, so buying something from their online store is a great way to support what they do. It did cost a heck of a lot more than $20, but worth it in a round about kinda way. I recommend checking out their YouTube channel and/or website.

Glad you like my work space - I use it for PC building as well as fiddling around with different home automation tech. Good fun all around!

ryansmission's Completed Build: "The Classic" - A 1953 Philco Bakelite Radio to HTPC Conversion

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 1 point 8 days ago

Yeah it's pretty cool to think about what the original designers would think about the kind of tech that could for into the same enclosure. Even something more simpler than a PC, like a Sonos Play 3 speaker for example. That would no doubt blow their mind too!

ryansmission's Completed Build: "The Classic" - A 1953 Philco Bakelite Radio to HTPC Conversion

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 2 points 8 days ago

Cheers mate, I'm pretty happy with it, and completely blown away by the response on here too

ryansmission's Completed Build: "The Classic" - A 1953 Philco Bakelite Radio to HTPC Conversion

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 1 point 8 days ago

You've lost me on Misfits I'm sorry to say mate. I must be showing my age!

ryansmission's Completed Build: "The Classic" - A 1953 Philco Bakelite Radio to HTPC Conversion

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 1 point 8 days ago

It could be possible, but as a Home Theatre PC it's plugged directly in to my Amp and TV anyway. That way I get the kick *** audio from my 7.1 surround speakers.

ryansmission's Completed Build: "The Classic" - A 1953 Philco Bakelite Radio to HTPC Conversion

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 1 point 8 days ago

That's a fantastic way to put it @LIVE_AMMO, thanks man. Looking back on it I completely agree, too perfect would most likely be too much for a build like this.

Glad to hear this has got your creativity flowing!

ryansmission's Completed Build: "The Classic" - A 1953 Philco Bakelite Radio to HTPC Conversion

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 1 point 8 days ago

That would definitely be a great new feature for more elaborate projects here on PCPP. Being able to ask people questions about why they're doing things certain ways while they're being done would be really cool.

ryansmission's Completed Build: "The Classic" - A 1953 Philco Bakelite Radio to HTPC Conversion

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 2 points 8 days ago

Thanks Aaditya1203, although I can't claim to have come up with the broader idea myself. In fact I think there are a few other radio-type builds here on PCPP from ages ago.

ryansmission's Completed Build: "The Classic" - A 1953 Philco Bakelite Radio to HTPC Conversion

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 1 point 8 days ago

Thanks @Samuel9, things have been much better the last 5-6 weeks which is a big part of why I've finally been able to finish this thing off. Glad you like to build mate

ryansmission's Completed Build: "The Classic" - A 1953 Philco Bakelite Radio to HTPC Conversion

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 1 point 8 days ago

Unfortunately not @eesti. That would have been the ultimate outcome, but with the way the radio itself was designed, it had to be one or the other.

ryansmission's Completed Build: "The Classic" - A 1953 Philco Bakelite Radio to HTPC Conversion

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 1 point 8 days ago

Yeah the protective plastic film on either side of the acrylic gets pretty scuffed up very quickly, and that also makes things look pretty rough early on too. I'm glad you like the build :)

ryansmission's Completed Build: "The Classic" - A 1953 Philco Bakelite Radio to HTPC Conversion

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 2 points 8 days ago

Thanks!

ryansmission's Completed Build: "The Classic" - A 1953 Philco Bakelite Radio to HTPC Conversion

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 2 points 8 days ago

Yeah I'm definitely happy with the temps, but will do some more testing and gaming over the coming days to be sure. Glad you like!

ryansmission's Completed Build: "The Classic" - A 1953 Philco Bakelite Radio to HTPC Conversion

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 1 point 8 days ago

Better than I expected, but not nearly as strong as more conventional dust filter type material.

Still the temp delta's are pretty reasonable so far, so it appears to be enough

ryansmission's Completed Build: "The Classic" - A 1953 Philco Bakelite Radio to HTPC Conversion

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 2 points 8 days ago

Haha lmao! Why on earth they can't just make the redux versions black I'll never know. It's such a tragedy too, because they really are the best fans out there.

ryansmission's Completed Build: "The Classic" - A 1953 Philco Bakelite Radio to HTPC Conversion

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 1 point 8 days ago

Oh right a fellow Aussie, sounds cool...thanks again for the tip man.

ryansmission's Completed Build: "The Classic" - A 1953 Philco Bakelite Radio to HTPC Conversion

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 1 point 8 days ago

I really appreciate the sentiments mate and glad you like the build. I haven't come across Tech Yes City before, but I'll be sure to check them out.

ryansmission's Completed Build: "The Classic" - A 1953 Philco Bakelite Radio to HTPC Conversion

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 2 points 8 days ago

I'm absolutely chuffed to have provided some inspiration for where your PC build/s might be able to go. Assembling your own PC whether it's using conventional cases or something more exotic is a really rewarding hobby, and I can't recommend it enough.

Welcome to the PC Master Race!

ryansmission's Completed Build: "The Classic" - A 1953 Philco Bakelite Radio to HTPC Conversion

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 2 points 8 days ago

Thanks very much mate. Happy to say I've been enjoying an extended period of improved health over the last 6 weeks, so long may it continue!

ryansmission's Completed Build: "The Classic" - A 1953 Philco Bakelite Radio to HTPC Conversion

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 1 point 8 days ago

The is one hell of a good question, and honestly I'm not sure. When I started out back in Feb last year I had intended on keeping track of the time involved, but things have been so stop and start ever since that I kinda forgot to keep the log.

Countless, countless hours though, without a doubt. Especially because I am a noob at working with acrylic

ryansmission's Completed Build: "The Classic" - A 1953 Philco Bakelite Radio to HTPC Conversion

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 1 point 8 days ago

Have to say I'm a bit taken back by the talk of features, but hey if it happens then great. I'm glad you like the build man!

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