STAGE 117

 Return to the BUILD


“In this phase, you assemble the CB radio, fit it to the cockpit ceiling and finally fit the ceiling panel to the frame of your model.”

 

Contents


Parts

Materials: The CB Radio Frame is metal and the remaining parts are plastic in this stage.

Build


Midland 77-859 CB Radio

Step 01

Retrieve your Cockpit Ceiling Panel assembly from the previous stage. Fit the CB Radio Frame to the interior of the Ceiling Panel, orienting as shown.

You will need to lift your Sun Visors to access all of these screw locations:

Then, secure this Frame into place with six (6) RP screws:

Step 02

Just for fun, I used my Metallic Silver Sharpie on the four tiny switches of my CB Radio. Then, I used a tiny brush and some Tamiya XF-5 Flat Green and Tamiya XF-7 Flat Red acrylic paints to add details to the small windows. These are supposed to represent the SWR meter and a Channel 16 display, but we will barely be able to see this once it is installed:

Firmly press the four pins of the Midland 77-859 CB Radio Bottom into the matching posts of the Midland 77-859 CB Radio Top until flush.

The pins are not the same size, so this should only fit correctly one way:

Carefully cut three of the smaller Buttons B from the sprue (a fourth is included as a spare).

I recommend using sprue cutters or a sharp hobby knife to cut these parts. Be sure to cut them at the right point, as shown:

Press the pins of these Buttons B into the three recessed holes of the CB Radio Top, as shown.

A good set of tweezers may make the process of installing these Buttons easier:

Finally, carefully cut the larger Button A from the sprue and press the smaller end into this matching hole of the CB Radio Top, as shown:

Step 03

Firmly press the two pins of the Microphone Filter into the matching posts of the Microphone Body, as shown:

The real radio had a silver logo sticker across the top of the Microphone, so I used my Metallic Silver Sharpie again to recreate the same look:

Wrap the Wire around the shaft of the screwdriver to shape it into a coil, leaving short straight ends as shown.

To create this Wire coil in an somewhat accurate scale, I used the shaft of the smallest screwdriver I had:

Feel free to cut this coiled Wire down to a shorter length for a more accurate look, if desired:

Push the ends of this Wire between these matching holes of the CB Radio and the Microphone Filter, as shown.

I used a tiny drop of super glue to make sure these ends do not come loose later on:

Press the pin on the back of the Microphone Body into the matching hole at this side location on the CB Radio:

Step 04

Fit the CB Radio between these two tabs of the CB Radio Frame and align the screw holes, orienting the Radio as shown:

Secure this CB Radio into place with two (2) KP screws, one on each side:

Step 05

Retrieve your Body assembly from Stage 115 and carefully turn it upside down. Fit the Ceiling Panel into the front area of the roof as shown, then secure it into place with four (4) EM screws.

Remember, take special precautions to protect the Deck Lights on the roof of the Body!

It may take a bit of wiggling to get this Panel under the Rear View Mirror, and you will have to lift the Sun Visors up to access these screw locations. This is also your friendly reminder to try using 3-in-One Oil on all screws going into metal:

Thoughts


I think I owned one of these Midland CB radios (from Radio Shack) back in the day. Very cool to see it in our Ecto-1!

Next Up


Stage 118 – Central Ceiling Panel, Interior Light Bases/Lenses

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