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Sun Aug 4, 2019, 04:31 PM

Russian consumer electronics, circa 1969!



Color T.V.






"Самая обаятельная и привлекательная" (Most charming and pretty).




Great pictorial article....


http://shortwaveradioworld.blogspot.com/2014/12/soviet-radio-history-in-pictures-part.html?m=1

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Reply Russian consumer electronics, circa 1969! (Original post)
wonderwarthog Aug 2019 OP
rampartb Aug 2019 #1
Tolk Aug 2019 #3
rampartb Aug 2019 #4
Tolk Aug 2019 #5
Tolk Aug 2019 #6
wonderwarthog Aug 2019 #8
wonderwarthog Aug 2019 #7
rampartb Aug 2019 #10
Tolk Aug 2019 #11
wonderwarthog Aug 2019 #12
Tolk Aug 2019 #2
wonderwarthog Aug 2019 #9
Tolk Aug 2019 #13
wonderwarthog Aug 2019 #14
Currentsitguy Aug 2019 #15
wonderwarthog Aug 2019 #16

Response to wonderwarthog (Original post)

Sun Aug 4, 2019, 04:43 PM

1. i got a good deal a few decades ago on gyroscopes that had been built for ussr tanks

they were nearly indestructible (i did test a few to destruction) and were extremely stable and functional in our application.

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Response to rampartb (Reply #1)

Sun Aug 4, 2019, 05:12 PM

3. Was making telescope frames

 

For a customer that paid about a million dollars for a very large quantity of of Soviet military grade lenses off the black market.
Was paying us $100 a piece to chuck them up in the lathe and put a dot in the center with a Sharpie.

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Response to Tolk (Reply #3)

Sun Aug 4, 2019, 05:25 PM

4. plenty of good stuff was available in that early 1990s era.

I have a great glonass receiver that is accurate as any military gps of that period. their stuff gets a bad rap.

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Response to rampartb (Reply #4)

Sun Aug 4, 2019, 06:01 PM

5. Like I said above

 

Their stuff was primitive but very high quality.
My dad had a dealership back in the 60s/ early 70s selling Jawa and CZ motorcycles.
The CZ's were among the best of "dual sport" motorcycles until the iron curtain came crashing down on Cheklosovakia( I have no idea how to spell it)
They are actually still making those same bikes today with very few updates to the original design.
Unfortunately they are unobtainable due to not meeting US emission and safety standards.

Upon further research, it looks like they have gotten out of the motorcycle biz.

http://www.czas.cz/?PageId=2

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Response to Tolk (Reply #5)

Sun Aug 4, 2019, 06:10 PM

6. Found them

 

Looks like they are made in India now.
I imagine the quality has taken a hit, probably ranks right up there with Royal Enfield now.

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Response to Tolk (Reply #3)

Sun Aug 4, 2019, 06:35 PM

8. Awesome!


I would love to have one of those!


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Response to rampartb (Reply #1)

Sun Aug 4, 2019, 06:34 PM

7. A friend in aerospace...

an engineer, told me "if it's ours, it will be advanced, complex and fragile. If it's theirs, it will be big, clunky, and indestructable."

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Response to wonderwarthog (Reply #7)

Sun Aug 4, 2019, 06:55 PM

10. i'm not certain the soviets understood the concept of planned obsolescence

i understand the concept but think it is stupid. i like to fix things or, even better, build things to last forever.

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Response to rampartb (Reply #10)

Sun Aug 4, 2019, 07:08 PM

11. We used to make things that way

 

Now we live in a disposable society.
It's easier to find a 60 year old working refrigerator than a ten year old one =/

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Response to rampartb (Reply #10)

Sun Aug 4, 2019, 07:17 PM

12. The difference



being our economy depends on people constantly buying new stuff.

Excellent point.


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Response to wonderwarthog (Original post)

Sun Aug 4, 2019, 04:59 PM

2. The Soviets made some quality stuff

 

Primitive but indestructible.
Years ago I had the pleasure of running a huge Stanko radial arm drill, complete with hammer and sickle tags all over it.
It was a beast, and you could not bog it down.
I had the power feed lock up on me once and ran a 1- 1/4 drill right into the table.
I watched the whole column bend before I was able to kill the power.
It did not have an E-stop button

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Response to Tolk (Reply #2)

Sun Aug 4, 2019, 06:37 PM

9. Exactly the point!


See my reply at #7 - simple and bulletproof gear!

I hope the drill survived.


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Response to wonderwarthog (Reply #9)

Sun Aug 4, 2019, 07:34 PM

13. It did survive

 

Didn't hurt it a bit.
I've always wondered what would have happened if I hadn't killed the power.
The column was at least 3 feet in diameter and the drill was pretty big running at a healthy feed rate.
At that same shop we had a Wholeco multi spindle drill that was WWI surplus.
It was also a beast.
I worked nights and so every time I ever had to set it or run it, it had been running all day.
Was never told that it needed to cycle without any parts for an hour or so to "warm" it up.
I fired it up one night and it appeared to be doing it's thing, made a rapid move to above the part and started feeding normally.
Then it decided to drop a few inches at full speed .
Had six 15/16 drills get slammed into the casting I was working on.
The head on that thing had to weigh at least a half a ton.
How I did not get killed or touched by the shrapnel off of that is beyond me.
I chalked it up to ignorance is bliss or my gaurdian angel, Mildred.

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Response to Tolk (Reply #13)

Sun Aug 4, 2019, 09:03 PM

14. Ran a vertical milling machine



at a tool shop.

Once forgot to close guard before starting.

Last time I ever did that.

Was picking shrapnel out of my arms for weeks.

We both have a guardian angel!



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Response to wonderwarthog (Original post)

Sun Aug 4, 2019, 10:05 PM

15. French SECAM standard. 819 lines! HD before HD existed.

My ex, who was from Moscow and was there from 70 to 84 always used to tell me how lousy our TV looked to her,

It would have never worked here, as the bandwidth required was incredibly wide. I suppose when you only have 3 State TV channels that isn't much of a concern.

I had the chance to see it when I was in France in 99. At the time it floored me with the clarity.

Now Russia, like much of the rest of Europe, is on the DVB-T standard.

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Response to Currentsitguy (Reply #15)

Mon Aug 5, 2019, 07:18 PM

16. A sad decline



to the standards of the decadent West!


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