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by tron
35 minutes ago
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Post your desktop.
Replies: 1654
Views: 118802

Re: Post your desktop.

Wow, the powder coat turned out really nice. Looks like it's fresh off the assembly line 8-)
by tron
18 Mar 2019, 20:54
Forum: Group buys
Topic: [IC] NOS Alps SKCM White, Futaba MA41
Replies: 22
Views: 499

Re: [IC] NOS Alps SKCM White, Futaba MA41

Mark me down for 180 White SKCM Alps.
by tron
13 Mar 2019, 21:23
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 22208
Views: 1057771

Re: Great/Interesting Finds

Five IBM 5251 beamspring boards for $5 bucks each :lol:

https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyb ... time_deal/
by tron
11 Mar 2019, 21:59
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Sold my car... then I made-to-order this IBM SSK
Replies: 10
Views: 488

Re: Sold my car... then I made-to-order this IBM SSK

Would love to see a modern low profile beamspring case with conservative styling :D
by tron
08 Mar 2019, 17:57
Forum: Gallery
Topic: IBM 3278 powder coat color
Replies: 18
Views: 831

Re: IBM 3278 powder coat color

Thanks darkcruix. That looks very close to the original color and gloss level. I think the slight warm/yellow tint is important for preserving the vintage aesthetic IMO. I'm still waiting on a few more samples but I think this color is definitely a front runner.
by tron
06 Mar 2019, 23:26
Forum: Gallery
Topic: IBM 3278 powder coat color
Replies: 18
Views: 831

Re: IBM 3278 powder coat color

Thanks guys. One of my full size 3278 shells is really chipped up so I don't have much to loose if the powder doesn't turn out nice. I think it's worth mentioning an option Orihalcon suggested to me a while back. I'll make a sample swatch to compare with the powder options. Base- https://www.homedep...
by tron
06 Mar 2019, 19:42
Forum: Gallery
Topic: IBM 3278 powder coat color
Replies: 18
Views: 831

Re: IBM 3278 powder coat color

JP! wrote:
06 Mar 2019, 19:29
Looking good. I did have an issue getting all these pictures to finally load though. Seems like there are quite a few large sized images in this thread. I would recommend using a photo editor to resize images a bit or maybe use a spoiler tag.
Sorry about that. I resized all the images.
by tron
06 Mar 2019, 19:17
Forum: Gallery
Topic: IBM 3278 powder coat color
Replies: 18
Views: 831

Re: IBM 3278 powder coat color

Quick update. I received a second round of swatches from Prismatic's color matching department. I'm still waiting on a few swatch samples to come back in stock before throwing in the towel and exploring other powder manufacturers and textured urethane paint. The internal white river is pretty close ...
by tron
05 Mar 2019, 01:15
Forum: Gallery
Topic: IBM 3278 powder coat color
Replies: 18
Views: 831

Re: IBM 3278 powder coat color

It might be worthwhile to look into this page of official ibm corporate colours. https://www.ibm.com/design/language/elements/color#color-families Specifically looking at this one listed there. https://www.color-hex.com/color/d7d2cb https://www.pantone.com/color-finder/Warm-Gray-1-C It seems awfull...
by tron
01 Mar 2019, 20:46
Forum: Gallery
Topic: IBM 3278 powder coat color
Replies: 18
Views: 831

Re: IBM 3278 powder coat color

$1k for a custom powercoat...damn. Sounds like that $1k was their "I don't really want to do it price" because it's such a small job and disrupts other more important jobs in their workflow. If custom color matching is a must and while still being economical check out some paint shops instead of po...
by tron
01 Mar 2019, 19:18
Forum: Gallery
Topic: IBM 3278 powder coat color
Replies: 18
Views: 831

Re: IBM 3278 powder coat color

Seems this is a fascinating work full of patience and tricks, I also need some restoration to do for my coming beam, hope this's the best reference so far. Thanks. I think finding a close matching stock powder color/texture would help a lot of people looking to match the originals. Stock colors are...
by tron
01 Mar 2019, 18:25
Forum: Gallery
Topic: IBM 3278 powder coat color
Replies: 18
Views: 831

Re: IBM 3278 powder coat color

Seems this is a fascinating work full of patience and tricks, I also need some restoration to do for my coming beam, hope this's the best reference so far. Thanks. I think finding a close matching stock powder color/texture would help a lot of people looking to match the originals. Stock colors are...
by tron
01 Mar 2019, 18:09
Forum: Gallery
Topic: IBM 3278 powder coat color
Replies: 18
Views: 831

IBM 3278 powder coat color

Trying to get a close match to the original IBM 3278 beige color and texture (color, texture and shine varied from batch to batch). Age and environment probably darkened the plastic doors and powder coat based on the images I've seen. I'll have order a few more swatches based on the first batch. It ...
by tron
22 Feb 2019, 23:25
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Yet another beamspring refurb (5251)
Replies: 33
Views: 1882

Re: Yet another beamspring refurb (5251)

Looks like it's in great condition 8-) You may want to consider making a dust cover for it now that the contamination shield is removed. I had a seamstress make a couple prototypes including the one below. When my schedule clears up I'll have another one made like a tight fitting shell (without the...
by tron
21 Feb 2019, 05:06
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Yet another beamspring refurb (5251)
Replies: 33
Views: 1882

Re: Yet another beamspring refurb (5251)

Looks like it's in great condition 8-) You may want to consider making a dust cover for it now that the contamination shield is removed. I had a seamstress make a couple prototypes including the one below. When my schedule clears up I'll have another one made like a tight fitting shell (without the ...
by tron
09 Feb 2019, 20:26
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: IBM beam spring and vintage computing prices in general - speculators?
Replies: 23
Views: 3471

Re:

[OT] Does anyone remember the ballpark figures of what a replacement beam spring unit used to cost back in the 70's and early 80's? I remember seeing like a catalog scan or something like that here in DT, but can't find it anymore :( [/OT] This is the 3101 ad I posted a while back- https://imgur.co...
by tron
03 Jan 2019, 15:44
Forum: Vendors
Topic: VOTE NOW our upcoming product - KeyboardPlates.com
Replies: 7
Views: 360

My vote goes to shiny copper ANSI/HHKB layout w/Blade Runner theme 8-)
by tron
21 Dec 2018, 00:22
Forum: For sale
Topic: Blue Selectric I keyset for IBM Beamspring boards
Replies: 45
Views: 1933

Excellent counterexamples on both sides of the fence. It seems like the OP started high but was willing to negotiate until he was mobbed and baited into a defensive position. I don't see anything wrong with starting high if you're expecting to be low balled. There's a lot of people getting overcharg...
by tron
18 Dec 2018, 16:56
Forum: Group buys
Topic: F62+F77 orders now open! New Kishsaver+Industrial Model F Keyboards
Replies: 3862
Views: 340016

Some timeline updates from the factory - we still have quite a bit of assembly time ahead of us: The next batch of spring samples should arrive next week - hopefully the spring attacher machines 2 and 3 are assembling everything to spec! Then they are going to start doing some test assemblies of a ...
by tron
14 Dec 2018, 19:47
Forum: Workshop
Topic: 20181214T22000Z: Learn how to make Model F / Beamspring PCBs
Replies: 23
Views: 763

I'm interested. Please record it so we can play it back later.
by tron
02 Dec 2018, 18:01
Forum: Final Vote
Topic: Best Vintage Keyboard or Relic
Replies: 10
Views: 1120

After tackling four beamspring restorations I can really appreciate the amount of hard work and dedication that went into Aer Fixus' 3279. I'm sure a lot of DT members can relate to this project given the amount of beamers that came out of the woodwork this year.
by tron
16 Nov 2018, 23:36
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Post your desktop.
Replies: 1654
Views: 118802

My setup for 2018. I'm currently using the dual Cyrillic/English 3278 I restored earlier this year.

Restoration link- https://imgur.com/a/D1XHKll

Extra shots- https://imgur.com/a/8Hewqjj
by tron
29 Oct 2018, 22:09
Forum: Group buys
Topic: IC: Metal replacement door for IBM 3278
Replies: 40
Views: 2222

Mark me down for 3.
by tron
23 Oct 2018, 04:14
Forum: Workshop
Topic: What's a good oil lubricant for alps switches?
Replies: 4
Views: 258

I stand in the store and read the labels on the cans very carefully. I assume that anything that is not clearly specified (eg "safe for plastic" or "rust preventive") is probably not in there. Well on the other hand cooking oil is stored in a plastic container What kind of cooking oil? I'm thinking...
by tron
21 Oct 2018, 21:05
Forum: Workshop
Topic: IBM 3278 Beam Spring restoration
Replies: 9
Views: 661

So fixing the foam fixes the rattling issue right? The switches wobble a bit due to thier design but replacing the foam will remove the sound of the module housings rattling around in the switch plate. I shot a side by side video to show the difference. They feel/sound much tighter and more precise...
by tron
19 Oct 2018, 00:42
Forum: Vendors
Topic: Wyse type mx blacks, orange and salmon Apples
Replies: 16
Views: 633

PM sent :D
by tron
17 Oct 2018, 00:29
Forum: Deskthority talk
Topic: Post your deskthority header images here
Replies: 2254
Views: 90574

I'll try to get a nice shot of my dual Cyrillic/English beamspring caps when my schedule clears up 8-)
by tron
13 Oct 2018, 03:26
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 22208
Views: 1057771

Found a couple beamers on Ebay- IBM 3101- https://www.ebay.com/itm/IBM-3101-beam-spring-keyboard-purchased-new-in-1982/123422383512?hash=item1cbc8c1d98:g:sCkAAOSwfbhbwQvU:rk:1:pf:0 IBM 5251- https://www.ebay.com/itm/IBM-5251-83-Key-Beamspring-Keyboard/283208305829?hash=item41f087cca5:g:f2MAAOSwfPlbw...
by tron
11 Oct 2018, 08:10
Forum: Group buys
Topic: F62+F77 orders now open! New Kishsaver+Industrial Model F Keyboards
Replies: 3862
Views: 340016

Maybe Orihalcon can make a solenoid kit with the mounting hardware, driver and solenoid together. It should be super easy to install and set up in the Xwhatsit software if it's like the beamspring expansion header drop down menu.
by tron
08 Oct 2018, 04:02
Forum: Group buys
Topic: IC: Metal replacement door for IBM 3278
Replies: 40
Views: 2222

Thanks for keeping this alive. I'm still interested in 2 or 3 doors :D

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