[Photos] IBM Model M With Hybrid Terminal Keys

Although the IBM Model M is ubiquitous among many keyboard aficionados, perhaps to the point where seeing yet another beige keyboard might be uninteresting to some (hey they made millions of the damn things :lol: ) there seems to be one recurring motif—the sense of unending variation including different layouts, case colors, model numbers, logos, and custom key caps. Essentially something new or interesting is bound to show up. This one fits that mold with it's oddball key caps reminiscent of the terminal systems of the past yet designed for use with a PC.

I picked this IBM Model M last winter from someone I met locally who was selling the possessions of a relative who had passed away. Take heed of this warning. :!: The person who passed was a bit of a hoarder but this was the only vintage mech I found. It was missing a couple keys which proved to be difficult to track down. Today I am glad to say it is now a complete set, at least to my knowledge. I've only actually seen two of these besides mine and they were also missing a couple key caps. I was missing a function key but a partial set happened to show up on eBay recently. Also thanks to //gainsborough for trading me for the oddball "Alt / Reset" key from which I was able to add the finishing touches.

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Nice blue legends.
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Part number.
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Replacement keys.
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Looks awesome, dude! Glad I could help! Thanks for the F keys I was missing for my f122 =)
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//gainsborough wrote:Looks awesome, dude! Glad I could help! Thanks for the F keys I was missing for my f122 =)

No prob :D . Can't wait to see what layout you come up with for the other 12 function keys.
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That's one of the cleanest IBM bottom labels I've ever seen. Great job on the cleanup/restoration.
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Techno Trousers wrote:That's one of the cleanest IBM bottom labels I've ever seen. Great job on the cleanup/restoration.

Honestly that's how I got it, never cleaned. It even smells new.
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Even better!
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Very cool! There's just something about a Model M. The numpad keys, in particular, are outstanding!
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Only thing left is to get a hold of some wheelwriter caps with the green legends and go to town :p
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zrrion wrote:Only thing left is to get a hold of some wheelwriter caps with the green legends and go to town :p

Haha yeah. I have those.
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Also since my Wheel Writer wasn't handy I did this. APL keys are dirty and my lighting and camera are crap.

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