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BC-1306 radio set
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England - South West, United Kingdom
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Posted: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 06:50 PM UTC
Legend productions provides us with a new, resin set of the US BC-1306 radio set.

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Utah, United States
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Posted: Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 12:29 AM UTC
Darren, thanks for getting this up and running. I hope people like the set.
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Posted: Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 02:46 AM UTC
Nice review, Russ, and a very useful accessory.

The small radios are BC-611 "Handy Talkies." Legends has modeled these configured for an airborne drop - with the protective covers installed and the carrying strap wrapped around the body.

The orange cover protects the push-to-talk switch which has its own black rubber cover.

(You see a lot of these orange covers on contemporary collection radios (like mine below) simply because the Army had thousands made which were never used. They're now very common on the collector's market. I've never seen them in WWII photos except for pics of troops preparing to drop for Overlord. I'm sure they were used for Varsity, too, and probably for post-war airborne training. )

The BC-611 antenna telescopes (like an old car antenna) from the right rear corner. In the right front corner (of the photo below) is an up-side down metal cone-shaped protective cover for the antenna.

This cover screws onto the radio body in the right front corner for safe keeping, but it can be moved to cover the antenna when its collapsed to its lowest position. When the cover is over the antenna, all that's visible on top is the cover.

In normal use, the orange cover would be removed (and probably discarded) and the antenna telescoped up from the top rear right rear corner with it's protective cover screwed onto its stowage location on the top right front corner.

The carrying strap was not very long and was designed to go over the shoulder and carry the radio just forward of the user's armpit. This way, the antenna could be quickly extended and the radio rotated up to the user's head. Sounds funny, but this is what the FM shows. There are even a couple of episodes of the old TV series "Combat" where guys carry and use it exactly like that.

Anyways, since you made a comment in your review that wondered about where the antenna was on the BC-611...
Utah, United States
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Posted: Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 04:52 AM UTC
Thank you for the input. I had searched all over and didn't find this information.