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Meanwhile, inside the cabinet, there's trouble in store. I can see the control extension leads are going to foul the travel of the tube assembly's tray, stopping it from sliding fully in.

The only solution is to remove a section from the mounting rail at the rear, so the cabling can then pass down outside the edge of the tray.

I make a start in removing the mounting rail. Fortunately it comes off easily after removing three woodscrews.


The section to the right here will have to be removed to shorten the rail.

This means one of the mounting screws will be lost. To maintain strength, I drill a new hole further in, near the new end, and re-use the screw.


After re-mounting the rail, the cabling now has an 'escape route' at the rear.


The same problem rears its head on the opposite side, with the other cabling.

Only this time, the rail won't detach. Oh dear! Nothing for it but to remove a chunk of it 'in situ' in the cabinet, using a jigsaw and a bit of creative 'tapping'...


This is still not enough! To get the tube assembly tray to slide all the way in and clear where the cables go round the corners, the bars that used to bear the Baird chassis will have to go too.

They unscrew easily. The light areas are where they used to be.



Here's the view of the subsidiary control panel from the rear. Everything is now ready for the tube assembly to slide fully in.

On the Bude it will actually be simpler to slide out the tube assembly than on the original Baird. There will be no control lead harness to detach from the chassis first.


An annoying last minute hitch!

This speck has appeared behind the screen glass.

It will mean dismounting the tube with its neck equipment, then later having to set it all back up again... centering, focus, ion trap.


Here's now the view at the rear. Baird fortunately left plenty of room for my new internals.

In the original Baird, the entire chassis lived 'upstairs' with the tube assembly. That's why this set was known as the 'box of profit'... a large cabinet containing mostly free space. No longer!

I've used original Bush knobs on the rear subsidiary controls.

At the top, from left to right we have: (left orifice) aerial, video and audio baseband inputs on 625 or 405, mode selection switch... (right orifice) height, vertical hold, horizontal hold, width.

Maybe the panels could do with painting black. Anyway, they're earthed, as indeed is all the metalwork you can see.


The back is prepared, prior to going on, with some car vinyl restorer.


Here it is, mounted. Yes, it's a bit ripply...


I can now switch the set on and watch it for a few hours.

Here's Virginia O'Brien from the 1946 film 'Ziegfeld Follies' doing some sort of fan dance.

The sound, with its own dedicated valve amplifier, is powerful too.

I have so many archive VHS tapes, I could watch for a week with something different always coming on.

I think the fabric speaker covering represents a definite improvement on the Baird's expanded metal.


So ends the project.

The 'Bude' is placed back in the corner where its Baird predecessor used to live, now ready for many more years of enjoyment.