I'm pretty darn new to engineering, so I'm just diving in and hoping all goes well. I've got roughly 6 months to finish this project as it's a Christmas gift in the making. My current plan is to carve a large spruce log into the shape of an old cathedral style antique radio, make a cabinet, knobs etc and insert a handheld radio into it which the knobs will somehow control. I should be able to make the cabinet look decent enough as I've got a little practice with woodwork. It's the electronics and setup that I'll be guessing over. My main question is if I modify a larger speaker and a stronger antenna onto the portable radio, will I also need to modify the battery box to accept more than 2AA batteries, or would this power output still be enough to power everything including the LED indicator? Also, is there a way of replacing/increasing the strength of an Am receiver?