"The phone is a remarkably complex, simple device, and very rarely ever needs repairs, once you fix them." - Dan/Panther
Started by Greg G., July 20, 2018, 03:20:02 PM
Quote from: HarrySmith on July 20, 2018, 03:34:55 PMThe best way to test for bakelite is the hot pin test. Surfire every time. Take a pin, hold it with pliers or forceps or some other tool, heat it up until the tip is red then touch it to the material. Somewhere on the inside where it will not be seen. If it is bakelite it will not affect it at all. If it is plastic it will melt. As far as the ringer you would need to compare the mounting.
Quote from: kleenax on July 20, 2018, 03:58:04 PMThe SC 1212 (sometimes called Fatboy - a nickname invented by Mary Knappen back in the 70's) is indeed bakelite; that's why they crack/break so darn easy!I use ethyl alcohol to strip paint from bakelite phones; works great!
Quote from: Brinybay on July 20, 2018, 04:02:53 PMSo you're saying that some 1212 cases were in fact made of plastic? Somewhere else on CRPF there was mention of 1212 cases made of tenite? Answering my own question, that was for colored 1212s: http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=13163.msg138339#msg138339So if it's originally black, safe to assume it's bakelite?