S.H.A.D.O.
video Phone Mk.II

The aim of this project is to create a Mk.II version of Commander Straker's Video Phone.

The Video Phone was modified during the UFO TV Series


During the 26 episodes of UFO, the Video Phone was modified in a number of ways. After carefully watching all the episodes, it is clear that the Video Phone was unmodified until the UFO episode "The Dalotek Affair" (#7 in production order) in this episode, the two connector input holes (presumably for mains feed and a video input - rear bottom right of the casing) were modified from two circular holes to two vertical slots that extended down to the bottom of the case. Also, two sets of eleven ventilation slots were added to the top of the casing either side of the central fin.

Video Phone rear connectors
The two rear connector holes were modified from two circular holes to two vertical slots that extended to the bottom of the Video Phone casing.

During various episodes, two domed screw heads (sometimes silver, and sometimes matching the colour of the unit) can be seen on the back panel of the video phone, centred just above the two input holes/slots. I 

am making the assumption that these were screws to secure the rear

removable panel of the video phone. It is possible that these two screw heads were there during all the episodes, and just weren’t visible due to the lighting, but, in some episodes - in close up shots - it is possible to see that the screw heads are not visible.

Video Phone top ventilation slots

Two rows of eleven ventilation slots were added to the top of the casing either side of the central fin. I am making the assumption that the two rows of slots on the top of the unit were to allow cooling ventilation. When operating with a circa 1969 cathode ray tube and associated electronics, quite a large amount of heat would have been generated by the power supply, the electronics and tube itself. Under the studio lights, things would have got quite hot. Also, in certain episodes it is possible to see a circular hole underneath the video screen casing just behind the video camera; this hole would have allowed cooler air to be drawn into the casing and then discharged through the two rows of ventilations slots at top, thus helping to cool the video phone.

The Video Phone was modified during the UFO TV Series

Commander Straker's Video Phone
Rear connector holes/slots

Video Phone rear connectors: The two rear connector holes were modified from two circular holes to two vertical slots that extended to the bottom of the Video Phone casing.

Rear panel

During various episodes, two domed screw heads (sometimes silver, and sometimes matching the colour of the unit) can be seen on the back panel of the video phone, centred just above the two input holes/slots. I am making the assumption that these were screws to secure the rear panel of the video phone. It is possible that these two screw heads were there during all the episodes, but weren’t visible due to the lighting. However, in some episodes - in close up shots - it is possible to see that the screw heads are not visible.

Ventilation slots and holes

Two rows of eleven ventilation slots were added to the top of the casing either side of the central fin. I am making the assumption that the slots on the top of the unit were to allow cooling ventilation. When operating with a circa 1969 cathode ray tube and associated electronics, quite a large amount of heat would have been generated. Under the studio lights, things would have got quite hot. In certain episodes, it is possible to see a circular hole underneath the video screen casing just behind the video camera: this hole would have allowed cooler air to be drawn into the casing and then discharged through the two rows of slots at top, thus helping to cool the video phone.

S.H.A.D.O. Video Phone
modifications

Prod.
Order
UFO
Episode Title
Top
Vent Slots?
Rear inputs:
Round or Slots?
Connector
Cable?
01IdentifiedNoneRound holesNone
02Computer AffairNoneRound holesNone
03Flight PathNoneRound holesNone
04SurvivalNoneNot visibleNone
05ExposedNoneRound holesNone
06ConflictNoneRound holesNone
07The Dalotek AffairNoneTwo slotsYes (Right)
08A Question Of PrioritiesNoneNot visibleYes
09OrdealNoneNot visibleYes
10The Responsibility SeatNoneTwo slotsYes (Left)
11The Square TriangleNoneNot visibleNone
12Court MartialNoneTwo slotsYes (Left) and No
13Close UpNoneNot visibleYes
14Confetti Check A-O.K.NoneTwo slotsYes
15E.S.P.NoneTwo slotsYes (Left)
16Kill Straker!NoneNot visibleYes
17Sub-SmashNoneNot visibleNot visible
18The Sound Of SilenceVisibleTwo slotsNone
19The Cat With Ten LivesVisibleTwo slotsNone
20DestructionVisibleTwo slotsNone
21The Man Who Came BackVisibleNot visibleNot visible
22The PsychobombsVisibleTwo slotsNone
23Reflections In The WaterVisibleRound holesNone
24TimelashNot visibleNot visibleNone
25MindbenderVisibleTwo slotsNone
26The Long SleepVisibleNot visibleNot visible

The rear connectors were modified

A few example frames showing changes made to the rear connectors at the rear of the Video Phone.

Ventilation slots were added to the top of the
S.H.A.D.O. Video Phone

Two sets of eleven ventilation slots were added to the top of the casing either side of the central fin.

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