PACIFIC SHERWOOD (1935)

The Pacific Sherwood was manufactured for Pacific Radio Co. by Radio Corporation of New Zealand Ltd in 1935.
This model is part of the 1935 Pacific series of radios.

6-valve dual-wave radio

UPDATE: Recently sighted, the model 33 from 1936 came out in this cabinet.  This could be a crossover where chassis' were being used up before the new models were released.  So potentially this was a 1935 chassis with a '36 serial number released in a 1936 cabinet design.

Serial number of the photographed model puts it in 1936, which means this could be a new cabinet with the previous years chassis in it - as 36 models had a more detailed dial with red and black print on it.  This cabinet style (although slightly different) has been seen with a model 18 chassis in it.  So this, like the Elizabeth, could be an orphan.  The model name 'Sherwood', chosen by the authorin the absence of evidence to the contrary, is taken from the fact that this style is similar to the Nottingham - calling on the old legend of Robin Hood.

The Pacific Sherwood is part of the 1935 Pacific series of radios.

There were 7 main models of radio released by Pacific Radio Co. in 1935, or to be more precise there were 3 models of AC mains chassis (and several battery and vibrator models), fitted to one of 7 main cabinet styles (with the occasional oddball showing up in the mix). 

The predominant chassis was the 6-valve dual-wave, with a 7-valve dual wave and a 5-valve broadcast version available as well.

The radios in this series are:
1935 Pacific Elite
1935 Pacific Raleigh
1935 Pacific Nottingham
1935 Pacific Carmen
1935 Pacific Drake
1935 Pacific Burleigh
1935 Pacific Leicester
1935 Pacific Elizabeth
1935 Pacific Sherwood

Valves
5-valve Broadcast
6A7, 6D6, 6B7, 42, 80

6-valve dual wave
58, 2A7, 58, 2B7, 2A5, 80 (2.5V series)
6D6, 6A7, 6D6, 6B7, 42, 80 (6.3V series)

7-valve dual wave with RF sub-chassis
6D6, 6A7, 6D6, 6D6, 75, 42, 80

Intermediate Frequency: 256kc/s (possibly 465kc/s in 7-valve?)

Frequency Bands: 2

Chassis Notes(most schematics can be clicked to download a full size version)

The 1934/35 range of Pacific radios were available in 5-, 6-, and 7-valve options (and some versions of battery sets as well). The 5-valve was broadcast-band only, while the 6 and 7 valve models were dual-wave.  All were built by Radio Corporation of New Zealand in Wellington.

The most common was the 6-valve dual-wave chassis, in a near-standard 'baking pan' design, with dark metallic gold paint rather than the usual cadmium plating (this was the last year that this chassis colour was used). Also notable were the square 'tabs' on the corners of the chassis rather than the usual rounded corners found from the following year.  The 5-valve option was probably similar / the same as the model 15, and the 7-valve is similar to one or other version of the model 11 7-valve chassis.

These were the first mainstream Pacific models with an aero (round) dial.  On early versions this dial assembly is square behind a round escutcheon and has a flat clear plastic lens attached to the assembly.  Later models use a simpler round assembly with just the dial riveted to a round ring, and the clear lens (which is slightly domed) is fitted into the escutcheon.

Electrically they are identical to the Courtenay 108 circuitry. The Courtenay uses 2.5V valves in all sighted models while the Pacific sets uses 2.5V valves only in the earliest examples, with most appearing to be fitted with 6.3V equivalent valves.
Pacific 6-valve Dual-Wave Schematic

 

A common fault (aside from the usual things like capacitors) in this chassis seems to be the 55 ohm resistor (wirewound on a flat former and soldered to the speaker socket) going open circuit.  Here you can see the simple fix for this, although it would pay to ensure the original resistor is not intermittent, as this could halve the resistance (and mess up the biasing of the set) if it cuts back in - cutting the wire on the former at one end and pulling it away from the rivet would ensure this doesn't occur.

1935 Pacific Elite

General Construction Notes for Radio Corporation of New Zealand Ltd: The first digit of the serial number typically indicates the year of manufacture of RCNZ chassis' (although not the decade - that requires a little knowledge of the valves, construction, etc). Sets from around 1934 onwards were often (but not always) constructed in a distinctive pressed 'baking pan' style chassis, seemingly unique to RCNZ.

All documented models using this chassis (10 in total)

YEARMODEL NAME
1935Pacific Elite
1935Pacific Raleigh
1935Pacific Nottingham
1935Pacific Carmen
1935Pacific Drake
1935Pacific Burleigh
1935Pacific Leicester
1935Pacific 6 Valve Dual Wave
1935Pacific Elizabeth
1935Pacific Sherwood - this set