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RCA Model 5 Prototype

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List of surviving model 5s.
Technical information

The "Model 5" was the prototype for the first RCA production color set, the CT-100. The Model 5 circuitry is virtually identical to the later CT-100, with a few different tube types. The Model 5 cabinet is similar to the CT-100, but the speaker grill is different. For more information on the history of RCA and color TV, see Ed Reitan's site.

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Courtesy of Steve Dichter

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Ray Bintliff (R) worked as an RCA field engineer at the company’s color testing lab in Astoria, Queens, N.Y. He and other RCA personnel got their first exposure to color via RCA’s Model 5 developmental set (the massive chassis and color CRT Jig are seen on the workbench).

Courtesy of Steve Dichter