We have had cloudy nights for nearly a month now and all this has done was to encourage me to pick up another early '60s Royal Astro (Tasco 7TE). However, this one is in need of a bit more serious restoration. In this case, mostly the case.
The case has serious enough de-lam on the top side and the bottom (also of the same thin plywood) appears to have been, literally, dropped onto an object/edge that pierced well into the case, also damaging the beveled altitude setting ring on the mount, detached some inside storage mounting blocks and maybe other stuff. (I am still assessing the effort needed and to what extent I will address those issues.) Anyway, if you are familiar with these cases (meaning the box, itself), the tops and bottom are of some plywood and the four sides are of somewhat decntly joined solid wood of the same or similar species.
Does anyone have a recommendation (or observations on restoration) for what type of plywood I can use that will make a convincing replacement? (It almost looks like a thin, yet slightly maybe tighter grained, Luan door skin panel, but experience tell me it can't be that simple!)
(Note: My eyes have gotten bleary while attempting to read various posts over the last few days by using the "search" tool but can't seem to find what I am after.)