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Old 01-16-2018, 03:38 PM   #61
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Here’s a closeup of the handset & data plate.

As the handset was dug, the rubber earpiece & the mouthpiece are replacements but sadly not identical replacements.
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Old 01-21-2018, 03:54 PM   #62
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Hi Ben,

It's a very nice phone you have there. Is the plate "Feind hört mit !" an original one ?

Concerning the bell protection, I do not think it was deleted in the production chain. I own a phone from 1944 and it is equiped with. I know someone wo makes very nice copies of it if you absolutely want to complete your phone.

Here is a picture of my display.



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Old 01-21-2018, 08:57 PM   #63
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That is a really incredible bunker phone set up. I am really impressed with the overall completeness. There are a lot more pieces I need to look for.

As far as I know, the plate is original. It was on the phone when I bought it.

I had asked earlier in this thread about the bell covers, & there was an opinion that they had been eliminated. I have seen several phones that did not have the bell covers, but they may just be missing after 70+ years. Honestly, I don’t know.

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Old 01-22-2018, 08:31 AM   #64
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Your plate is a original one, the paint is in very good shape !

Thank for your nice comment, but I still miss many details.

The question of the bell cover might depend of the manufacturer ?

If we try to accumulate datas, here is my input about my Fs38 for wich I have/had the id plate from the origin :

- Fs38 Siemens 1940 : with bell cover
- Fs38 Fernsig 1944 : with
- Fs38 KM (Only made by Siemens ?) : with
- Fs38 TN x 2 : with
- Fs38 Mix & Genest : without

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Old 01-24-2018, 08:36 PM   #65
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The idea that the manufacturer may factor into whether the bunker phones have a bell cover or not is an interesting one.

There is a bunker phone with a data plate with “brd” & dated 1943 without a bell cover in this thread. There had also been a photo of others without bell covers in photos that are now gone from this thread.

I’ve posted a close up of mine where the bell cover should have been, & in my opinion, there does not appear to have been one present due to lack of wear on the paint. It is a TN made in 1942.

I wonder if there were other factors as well on whether bell covers were present or not such as type of bunkers, location of bunkers, & date produced.

Variations on German uniforms, insignia, & field gear have been studied extensively. I wonder how much has really been studied on variations of the festungsfernsprecher 38.

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Old 01-25-2018, 03:27 AM   #66
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Hmmm, it generally does not work like that with communications equipment. You are talking about items that were made in their hundreds by a very limited number of manufacturers to an exact specification rather than the tens of thousands uniforms made by a mixture of small and largish firms and a cottage industry. Even with a much larger production item like the FF33 there is surprising consistency. Production was generally changed because a) field use revealed weaknesses in the design b) lack of strategic materials c) considerable savings in production time. These last two factors predominantly played out in the last year of the war. Omitting a simple stamped metal part like a bell cover does not seem warranted as a necessary design change in this respect. It is much more likely that the covers were removed in the 75 years since the war....

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Old 08-10-2018, 11:08 AM   #67
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My phone:

Photos here: https://goo.gl/3d6wRE

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PS I'm just asked to sell it, but have no Idea about what's a reasonable cost.
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