It's a Wedding Cake!.....No wait.....it's a Speeding Bullet!...No wait....it's the old Saturn 5 Rocket! Whatever it might remind you of, it is actually a single tube radio that tunes the broadcast band. It features the two-screen Magic Eye tube (EM83) that has two bright green pillars that move up and down. The one on the left vacillates with signal strength and tells you when you have tuned a station the very best it can be tuned. The one on the right vacillates with audible modulations in the signal. You can WATCH the noise levels of the signal.
Three different coil styles are represented on this radio with the Sunflower Diamond main coil on bottom, the flat cylinder tickler coil in the middle and the HoneyComb primary coil on top. All coils and tube wires are clearly visible behind their acrylic enclosures. The power supplies required include 50 to 200 volt DC and 6.3 volt AC for the tube filament. The set will operate on 50 volts DC but the screens do their best at 100 volts or more. The circuit came from Jara Rat Krysetec in Czechia. Reading the schematic was the most difficult part of it all!
Banana binding posts are provided for power connections and brass binding posts are mounted behind the coil stack for antenna and ground connections. Everything sits on a 2" thick solid slab of Padauk wood from W. Africa. Ever heard of it? It was finished with clear flattened lacquer and no stain was applied at all. That gorgeous crimson is the natural color of this miraculous material. The tuning knob is also made of it but it has a heavy brass core with a set-screw for the variable capacitor shaft.
This baby was constructed under military expenditure budget limits which means "anything goes boys, as long as the project works!".