In between shoveling snow and chipping ice here in Minnesota (a common winter pastime and good way to catch up with the neighbors) I've continued to make progress on my push-pull Colpitts oscillator/transmitter. I've now got all of the above board parts mounted and wired (except for the filament and B+ connections). It is looking pretty impressive.
Along the way I've found that Lowes here in Rochester has the best selection of brass nuts, bolts and screws while Albany County Fasteners
has the best selection of specialty brass hardware like knurled nuts and wing nuts.
Next I need to plan the layout of the small parts that mount underneath.