I love recreating props from movies and TV shows.
My newest project should be quick and easy.
I came across a Packard Bell AR-851 radio from the 1960’s, and while you may not recognize the model number, I’m sure you would recognize the radio itself.
The radio on the TV show was capable of picking up shortwave broadcasts, and thanks to the Professor, the 1960’s version of Macgyver, outfitted with rechargeable batteries.
In reality, the radio was a simple AM transistor radio, so it didn’t need an antenna. In fact, the handle and antenna were added by the prop department at CBS because they wanted to make the radio look a bit more substantial.
When you actually examine the TV radio up close, you realize the radio’s antenna is actually a car antenna (click on the picture and you can see the “ball” on the top of the antenna).
I had no problem finding a matching handle and attaching it, but finding the exact antenna has been difficult. I think I’ve gone through just about every car make and model from 1960-1966. Hopefully I’ll come across one and complete this project.