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E.H. SCOTT’S PERSONAL “SCOTT SPECIAL,”  ALL THREE OF THEM?

Here are photos of three different “Scott Specials” all with the custom engrave inscriptions plates that say, “SCOTT SPECIAL COMMUNICATIOS RECEIVER CUSTOM BUILT FOR E.H SCOTT  BY E.H. SCOTT LABORATORIES.” screwed to center front area of each radio. So, my question is, how did three out of around 20 Scott Special built, nearly 15% of this radio’s production, end up being built for E.H. Scott?

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It looks like from the photos in Scott's newsletter promotion on the "Special" that the tuning pointers with the "V" shape are on the two examples show that were made for Scott and that would indicate they were early production versions. Maybe only on throughs two. The "V" version looks like it would be subject to breakage if snagged by accident and the rectangular version would be much more durable.  

Actually the plastic is thin and they are all, even rectangular ones, subject to breakage. The two sets with the V pointers are 252 and 254, with 254 really looking like the SN photo. But the lowest serial number (251) has rectangular units, as does 253. Scott always struggled with suppliers getting him specific parts through the years, these issues may explain the different knobs and pointers and other things. There are two distinct cabinets for the Specials too. One was certainly made by Budd in Cleveland OH, maybe both versions were - we simply don't know.

Good information Kent, Even though the U.S. was not in the war yet in January 1939, President Rosevelt made an  appeal, based on the lobbing from Army General George Marshall's, to Congress for over $300 million to be spent on procuring aircraft for the Army Air Corps. At the start of 1939 the Air Corps had approximately 1,700 aircraft in their inventories. Congress did respond and fund the procurement of over 3,000 addition aircraft. This would lead to the parts supplier shortage issues for manufactures in the U.S. during this period. 

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Actually the plastic is thin and they are all, even rectangular ones, subject to breakage. The two sets with the V pointers are 252 and 254, with 254 really looking like the SN photo. But the lowest serial number (251) has rectangular units, as does 253. Scott always struggled with suppliers getting him specific parts through the years, these issues may explain the different knobs and pointers and other things. There are two distinct cabinets for the Specials too. One was certainly made by Budd in Cleveland OH, maybe both versions were - we simply don't know.

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