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by adamcobabe
17 Sep 2019, 18:33
Forum: Group buys
Topic: Round 5 and Round 6 kits for sale!
Replies: 15472
Views: 988024

Re: Round 5 and Round 6 kits for sale!

I'm looking for few caps from round6. Blue (white legends) Tsangan caps, I believe they are called: 2x 1.5u CTRL 2x 1.5u ALT 2x 1u Win or something like that Anyone have some of these? Best of luck. I spent a lot of time trying to track down those keys as well from 7bit's leftovers. I'm still looki...
by adamcobabe
06 Sep 2019, 15:32
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Some bolt modding questions
Replies: 54
Views: 2622

Re: Some bolt modding questions

I highly recommend using a soldering iron with an old sharp tip to melt some pilot holes for the drill. I have tried that method, but it pushes up a rim of plastic that may or not be balanced. Easier and more precise is to use the smallest spherical burr tip in your Dremel. What do you think about ...
by adamcobabe
06 Sep 2019, 15:11
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Some bolt modding questions
Replies: 54
Views: 2622

Re: Some bolt modding questions

I highly recommend using a soldering iron with an old sharp tip to melt some pilot holes for the drill. I have tried that method, but it pushes up a rim of plastic that may or not be balanced. Easier and more precise is to use the smallest spherical burr tip in your Dremel. Nice! If you have a Drem...
by adamcobabe
06 Sep 2019, 14:08
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Some bolt modding questions
Replies: 54
Views: 2622

Re: Some bolt modding questions

If you're only doing a partial mod, then a partial disassembly is obviously the only way. Full disassembly gives you the ability to clean the barrel plate better. It also makes it possible to cut the leftover rivets flush. Super dusty specimens are hard to clean between all the barrels. Blue badge m...
by adamcobabe
06 Sep 2019, 13:20
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Some bolt modding questions
Replies: 54
Views: 2622

Re: Some bolt modding questions

If you decide to do a bolt mod, I highly recommend using a soldering iron with an old sharp tip to melt some pilot holes for the drill. Use the tip to melt a bit of the plastic for each hole. If you don't, it's very easy for the drill to slip off the smooth plastic and make a janky shredded-up, poor...
by adamcobabe
17 Aug 2019, 13:57
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Beamspring Switchplate Restore.
Replies: 18
Views: 1364

Re: Beamspring Switchplate Restore.

701c wrote:
17 Aug 2019, 04:45
I found a couple of places that will strip off the zinc, and then re-plate it for around $140.
Has anyone had any experience in getting their beamspring plates re-plated in zinc?
No, but I'm also looking for a shop that will do that here in London. Will let you know if I figure it out.
by adamcobabe
11 Aug 2019, 22:12
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: Non wire-stabilized buckling spring keycaps
Replies: 8
Views: 611

Re: Non wire-stabilized buckling spring keycaps

Yes! Can you part with them? Hopefully we can work out a deal. :)
by adamcobabe
11 Aug 2019, 16:19
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: Non wire-stabilized buckling spring keycaps
Replies: 8
Views: 611

Re: Non wire-stabilized buckling spring keycaps

ISO versions of the standard model M also sometimes have these legends, at least according to my Googling. The wire is irrelevant, with the exception of the spacebar. They just need to have the stem that goes into the insert. Found some more images of M122s with the caps off and they definitely have...
by adamcobabe
11 Aug 2019, 15:14
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: Non wire-stabilized buckling spring keycaps
Replies: 8
Views: 611

Re: Non wire-stabilized buckling spring keycaps

Nah, I've seen them on Model M-122 boards for sure. I'm just unsure if they are the wire stabilized versions of the keycaps. Sounds like probably not?
by adamcobabe
11 Aug 2019, 14:34
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: Non wire-stabilized buckling spring keycaps
Replies: 8
Views: 611

Non wire-stabilized buckling spring keycaps

I’m restoring an IBM model F-122 and I want to update the wire-stabilized keycaps and use the barrel inserts instead. Don’t want to have to deal with broken stabilizer clips on the plate, etc. I’m looking to buy the following replacement second gen keycaps: backspace iso return long shift numpad zer...
by adamcobabe
10 Aug 2019, 18:55
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: IBM Beamspring keyboard of any kind
Replies: 16
Views: 1197

Re: IBM Beamspring keyboard of any kind

Fkazim wrote:
09 Aug 2019, 09:42
I have now got a Beamspring Thank you everyone for your input :D
Do tell. Where did you find it?
by adamcobabe
10 Aug 2019, 15:42
Forum: Workshop
Topic: (Model MF) Remodeling the Model M (aka.. the Mara)
Replies: 2083
Views: 116817

Re: (Model MF) Remodeling the Model M (aka.. the Mara)

We're fast approaching September, which was the month we were planning to do this GB right?
by adamcobabe
06 Aug 2019, 15:46
Forum: For sale
Topic: All Soarer's Converters Back in Stock! 20% OFF this week only!
Replies: 3
Views: 370

Re: All Soarer's Converters Back in Stock! 20% OFF this week only!

Any estimate on new xwhatsit beamspring and solenoid controllers?
by adamcobabe
15 Jul 2019, 13:50
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Hyper 7 Keycaps
Replies: 4
Views: 1470

Re: Hyper 7 Keycaps

You might be able to cobble together enough SA profile POS keys (the 2u keys at the top) from people on Deskthority. I have a few gray keys from Round 5 leftovers, not enough for a full Hyper 7 build, though. Or just use all 1u keys instead for even more keys! :)
by adamcobabe
15 Jul 2019, 13:40
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Hyper 7 Keycaps
Replies: 4
Views: 1470

Re: Hyper 7 Keycaps

Yeah, DSA Ferrous is basically the only option. The Hyper 7 Round 6 space cadet inspired caps from 7bit are basically unobtainium now. I think there were only a handful made.
by adamcobabe
14 Jul 2019, 19:13
Forum: Workshop
Topic: SOLVED: Beamspring 3101 controller won't slide off
Replies: 25
Views: 1609

Re: Help: Beamspring 3101 controller won't slide off

Maybe use some isopropyl alcohol instead of oil.
by adamcobabe
30 Jun 2019, 14:22
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 22694
Views: 1293091

Re: Great/Interesting Finds

https://buyee.jp/item/yahoo/auction/q272510774 A really cool keeb I couldn't find any info on. From the keycaps and the pink leds it should have Fujitsu Leaf Spring switches, but I'm not 100% sure It looks like it sat in the exact same position, exposed to the sun at a specific angle for years! Loo...
by adamcobabe
23 Jun 2019, 19:52
Forum: For sale
Topic: Beamspring with NUMPAD!
Replies: 24
Views: 1845

Re: Beamspring with NUMPAD!

Not really, no. Ridiculously overpriced.
by adamcobabe
17 Jun 2019, 00:50
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: Xwhatsit for Beamspring - any available?
Replies: 7
Views: 605

Re: Xwhatsit for Beamspring - any available?

Yeah, I need one too. Orihalcon told me he would have more in about 4 weeks, about 4 weeks ago. So, we should follow up with him.
by adamcobabe
09 Jun 2019, 18:30
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Leading Edge DC-2014 review (Alps SKCM Blue)
Replies: 6
Views: 1250

Re: Leading Edge DC-2014 review (Alps SKCM Blue)

Chyros, do you have a link for setting up that Pro Micro converter?
by adamcobabe
08 Jun 2019, 16:14
Forum: Workshop
Topic: IBM 5251 restoration (rebuilding phase)
Replies: 50
Views: 4476

Re: IBM 5251 restoration (rebuilding phase)

I had an issue with the 5251 where the Xwhatsit would slide side to side and contact the wrong trace pads, though that was more of a columns issue. Long shot, but I am wondering if maybe the plating is affecting the capacitance as nickel is ferromagnetic. I'm not an expert in physics though so, mayb...
by adamcobabe
08 Jun 2019, 15:46
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Leading Edge DC-2014 review (Alps SKCM Blue)
Replies: 6
Views: 1250

Re: Leading Edge DC-2014 review (Alps SKCM Blue)

One weak point of this design is the use of rubber spacers/bumpers to isolate the PCB from the case. They sort of snap into holes on the inside of the back of the board. Over time the rubber hardens and becomes brittle. Most of mine have broken in two pieces. I would love to find a replacement for t...
by adamcobabe
08 Jun 2019, 15:38
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM 5251 beamspring spacebar
Replies: 5
Views: 468

Re: IBM 5251 beamspring spacebar

Thanks, I'll give that a try.
by adamcobabe
05 Jun 2019, 11:26
Forum: Workshop
Topic: IBM 5251 restoration (rebuilding phase)
Replies: 50
Views: 4476

Re: IBM 5251 restoration (rebuilding phase)

Interesting. Seems a little risky to me given there is minimal stock to replace them if you mess up (from Orihalcon at $10 each). Did you bend the fly plate in the image?
by adamcobabe
04 Jun 2019, 15:47
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 22694
Views: 1293091

Re: Great/Interesting Finds

https://www.ebay.com/itm/IBM-MODEL-M-MECHANICAL-KEYBOARD-PART-NO-1394946-Brand-new-still-in-the-box/372683413839?epid=74134337&hash=item56c5a9994f:g:AlMAAOSwP41c9ZzK [Edit] - and it's gone! I think you can still order spare Industrial cases from Unicomp and put your own Model M assembly/guts inside...
by adamcobabe
04 Jun 2019, 01:32
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM 5251 beamspring spacebar
Replies: 5
Views: 468

IBM 5251 beamspring spacebar

Oh, man. My newly restored IBM 5251 spacebar is rattly! I've heard they were bad, but the 3278 isn't as horrible. Do the standard tricks work for silencing? Some Super Lube, band-aid? Or are there some specific tricks for beamsprings? Anyone have good success with a method? I'm kind hesitant to slat...
by adamcobabe
02 Jun 2019, 19:22
Forum: Workshop
Topic: IBM 5251 restoration (rebuilding phase)
Replies: 50
Views: 4476

Re: IBM 5251 restoration (rebuilding phase)

I've had good success with 2mm neoprene foam from eBay. I've found that EVA craft foam eventually accepts the pressure of the switches and stops pushing back enough. Probably won't have that problem with 3mm+, though. ;)
by adamcobabe
30 May 2019, 14:03
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: IBM Beamspring keyboard of any kind
Replies: 16
Views: 1197

Re: IBM Beamspring keyboard of any kind

Requires patience. The 'ol eBay is going to be the best way I think. Occasionally they pop up for auction rather than Buy it Now. That is probably going to be your best chance to get something below $1500. Really rough looking specimens sometimes go for a sub $1000 price, but even that is rare these...
by adamcobabe
28 May 2019, 01:25
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Low profile Beamspring project
Replies: 29
Views: 3085

Re: Low profile Beamspring project

Very cool. I'm loving the attention beam springs are getting in the community lately.

The mount for the Selectric keycaps seems potentially fragile if it's going to be make of plastic. MX mount example you made seems super solid, though.
by adamcobabe
26 May 2019, 13:12
Forum: Workshop
Topic: IBM 5251 restoration (rebuilding phase)
Replies: 50
Views: 4476

Re: IBM 5251 restoration (rebuilding phase)

Xo-xK4C-UVs Wow, the shop did a fantastic job with this. Shout out to Tom at Griffin Plating in Bucktown (Chicago). Definitely going to be returning in the future! Oh, man. I'm definitely going to do something like this with my restoration. It's so shiny. Thanks for the inspiration. I'll probably t...

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