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by swampangel
05 Apr 2020, 03:01
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Alternate Reality IBM colours
Replies: 31
Views: 1103

Re: Alternate Reality IBM colours

Whew I'd love to see those colours on one of Ellipse's Model Fs
by swampangel
30 Mar 2020, 20:13
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Keycap Acrylic Infill
Replies: 7
Views: 447

Re: Keycap Acrylic Infill

Haha swampangel! I sure wish I knew what I was doing and that I was more natural with some things but I persevere and try stuff anyways and hopefully it turns out! I know nothing about art so feel free to chime in on what I should have done with the brush or what brush would be best, etc. Can't arg...
by swampangel
28 Mar 2020, 16:21
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Keycap Acrylic Infill
Replies: 7
Views: 447

Re: Keycap Acrylic Infill

Looks good! But I laughed the first time you took that tiny 5/0 brush and just submerged it in the paint :lol:
by swampangel
26 Mar 2020, 22:10
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Dell AT102W Alps SKCM Black - Price Check
Replies: 1
Views: 204

Re: Dell AT102W Alps SKCM Black - Price Check

Something like https://deskthority.net/viewtopic.php?f=55&t=23219&p=457438&hilit=at101w#p457438 For vintage alps boards, you have to evaluate the quality of the switches separate from the condition of the rest of the board. If you don't want to get a project board and clean them yourself, you can pa...
by swampangel
22 Mar 2020, 21:51
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Linear switch for autoimmune arthritis: light or heavy?
Replies: 24
Views: 960

Re: Linear switch for autoimmune arthritis: light or heavy?

A more tedious but reliable option would be to linearize some white/cream damped alps (but these are bound to be heavier than 45g). My experience with Matias switches is that some will start to chatter, and they can usually be fixed permanently by disassembling/cleaning/reassembling, but on rare occ...
by swampangel
22 Mar 2020, 19:40
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Plate/PCB spacing for Alps?
Replies: 6
Views: 309

Re: Plate/PCB spacing for Alps?

First, just a general warning that for Alps builds, you need to adapt any advice to the specific keycap sets and case you plan to use. The easiest way to lay out an alps plate is to take a layout from http://www.keyboard-layout-editor.com and then paste it at http://builder.swillkb.com (making sure ...
by swampangel
21 Mar 2020, 20:02
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM Model M - Any tips on gluing a chipped case?
Replies: 7
Views: 310

Re: IBM Model M - Any tips on gluing a chipped case?

Example of an Apple M3501 abs spacebar that had 2 pieces broken out of it, repaired with the tamiya cement: https://i.imgur.com/8xdBSSq.jpg https://i.imgur.com/BLOKhvG.jpg I didn't do a perfect job but, at a glance, it just looks like the plastic is scratched. You could take it further with a bit of...
by swampangel
21 Mar 2020, 15:04
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM Model M - Any tips on gluing a chipped case?
Replies: 7
Views: 310

Re: IBM Model M - Any tips on gluing a chipped case?

So far my favourite for repairs of non-force-bearing plastic is https://www.amazon.ca/Tamiya-FBA_87038-Extra-Thin-Cement/dp/B000BMYWYC Quick set, strong bond, and produces an almost invisible seam if you get the parts fitted properly. I've also had some luck using E6000 glue to put a replacement ste...
by swampangel
20 Mar 2020, 21:17
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3502
Views: 210222

Re: Alps Appreciation

https://i.imgur.com/bLwRmTb.jpg Yesterday I finished replacing the original switch tops (top housing, slider, spring, and click leaf) in my Omnikey 101 with NOS pine white ones. The originals were maybe 7/10 after years of use so I'm going to clean and keep them for the next project. With the new s...
by swampangel
20 Mar 2020, 17:08
Forum: Group buys
Topic: F62+F77 orders now open! New Kishsaver+Industrial Model F Keyboards
Replies: 4682
Views: 539488

Re: F62+F77 orders now open! New Kishsaver+Industrial Model F Keyboards

It might be possible to make a custom firmware for the xwhatsit controller to fix this, but I haven't had any success on that front. I ended up just using autohotkey to do what I wanted to do. Sadly it's not a perfect solution, some applications don't really play nicely with it. You don't happen to...
by swampangel
05 Mar 2020, 19:27
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Question about 3D printed case
Replies: 10
Views: 478

Re: Question about 3D printed case

Could use fine sandpaper or a dremel, or carefully trim it with an xacto knife.

From what I remember when I had access to a 3d printer, it would overfill the first layer like that by default for better adhesion to the bed, but it was adjustable in software.
by swampangel
13 Feb 2020, 15:45
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Rubber Dome Gateway 7000985 ALPS Plate mod
Replies: 5
Views: 435

Re: Rubber Dome Gateway 7000985 ALPS Plate mod

abrahamstechnology wrote:
13 Feb 2020, 15:11
The multimedia controls will be functional too, I will be gluing microswitches in place under the buttons. then wiring them to the microcontroller.
I was wondering about that. Is that why you picked this case?
by swampangel
08 Feb 2020, 18:29
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM Model M keyboard search
Replies: 41
Views: 2268

Re: IBM Model M keyboard search

If it feels good to type on, leave it. If there are keys that feel noticeably mushy, you might want to add screws in that area of the board.
by swampangel
06 Feb 2020, 14:54
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM Model M keyboard search
Replies: 41
Views: 2268

Re: IBM Model M keyboard search

phinix wrote:
06 Feb 2020, 09:45
I don't have that 5.5mm nut driver, it would be easier to clean it, but I'll try to use brush and clean between keys that way...
If you don't want to buy one, you can try the pen trick: viewtopic.php?p=34013#p34013
by swampangel
29 Jan 2020, 00:50
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: TMK ADB-USB converter not working
Replies: 3
Views: 235

Re: TMK ADB-USB converter not working

AlpsComeback wrote:
29 Jan 2020, 00:38
Lol I'm an idiot I used rev.1 instead of rev.2, which is what I needed. Thank you for your help!
Nice, glad it was that easy :)
by swampangel
29 Jan 2020, 00:28
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: TMK ADB-USB converter not working
Replies: 3
Views: 235

Re: TMK ADB-USB converter not working

Was the converter working beforehand?

Did you compile the .hex on your machine (share your files with us) or did you download it from the TMK site (make sure you picked the right revision in the dropdown)?

What software did you use to flash the .hex? Have you used it successfully in the past?
by swampangel
23 Jan 2020, 14:08
Forum: Workshop
Topic: XT/AT/PS2/Terminal to USB Converter with NKRO
Replies: 774
Views: 146209

Re: XT/AT/PS2/Terminal to USB Converter with NKRO

Others will be able to help you more with Soarer's, but I did find this comment, in case it's helpful https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/9b4xk9/considering_picking_this_up_looks_a_little_rough/e50ugc9/ E. Could this board be bluetooth-ed with a bluefruit feather at32u4, or is this...
by swampangel
16 Jan 2020, 14:45
Forum: Deskthority talk
Topic: phpBB update
Replies: 3
Views: 696

Re: phpBB update

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Not a big deal, but missing breadcrumb text at the top of threads
by swampangel
13 Jan 2020, 22:45
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3502
Views: 210222

Re: Alps Appreciation

Just out of interest, does anybody game on their Alps keyboards as well? Or would it wear out the switches way too fast? Keyboards are meant to be used; don't hold back :) There's no way the wear and tear I put on my keyboards even comes close to what happens in a data entry or educational setting,...
by swampangel
12 Jan 2020, 22:11
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Zenith Z-150 XT Not Working on Mac
Replies: 20
Views: 874

Re: Zenith Z-150 XT Not Working on Mac

If you select "change keyboard type" does it take you through the prompts to detect an unrecognized keyboard? I try to do that but it does not move onto the next screen after hitting the key. Thanks for the suggestion though. I have a cheap usb/ps2 adapter that shows the same symptoms with my macbo...
by swampangel
12 Jan 2020, 21:24
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Zenith Z-150 XT Not Working on Mac
Replies: 20
Views: 874

Re: Zenith Z-150 XT Not Working on Mac

If you select "change keyboard type" does it take you through the prompts to detect an unrecognized keyboard?
by swampangel
09 Jan 2020, 21:40
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Goodbye
Replies: 34
Views: 1340

Re: Blue Alps Kickstarter and prototype Discussion

Maybe something along the lines of "modifying" matias switches would be easier to do. Instead of building whole switch from the ground up. Long switchplates (do they fit matias housing?) and click leafs for a starter. Then the top housing with slits... Bit by bit :) SKCM switchplates definitely don...
by swampangel
09 Jan 2020, 18:34
Forum: Group buys
Topic: [GB] NOS Alps SKCM White | GB Closed
Replies: 84
Views: 14452

Re: [GB] NOS Alps SKCM White | GB Closed

My R2 switches arrived today :mrgreen:
by swampangel
08 Jan 2020, 16:57
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM Model M keyboard search
Replies: 41
Views: 2268

Re: IBM Model M keyboard search

It sure sounds like a lot. Compare to what Redmaus is asking for rare NIB SSKs https://deskthority.net/viewtopic.php?f=55&t=21975 I don't have a great idea what UK prices/availability are like, but I'd think you could get a decent Model M for £50-80 (see https://www.reddit.com/r/mechmarket/comments/...
by swampangel
08 Jan 2020, 16:18
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Looking for desoldering advice for MX LED switches
Replies: 8
Views: 498

Re: Looking for desoldering advice for MX LED switches

From someone who has ripped up his fair share of traces, do yourself a big favour and get a https://www.amazon.ca/Engineer-SS-02-Solder-Sucker-japan/dp/B002MJMXD4/ sooner rather than later. If you're going to put the switches into hotswap sockets, you'll probably have to be careful to get as much so...
by swampangel
08 Jan 2020, 16:09
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM Model M keyboard search
Replies: 41
Views: 2268

Re: IBM Model M keyboard search

It should be relatively easy to get a https://deskthority.net/wiki/IBM_Enhanced_Keyboard#1391401 in good condition with a PS/2 cable. Model Ms differ somewhat by year and place of manufacture. Generally older == heavier/sturdier. My own favourite is a 1391401 from 1988 made in Mexico. I have an SSK ...
by swampangel
07 Jan 2020, 00:53
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Meterial for casing
Replies: 3
Views: 288

Re: Meterial for casing

https://photos.app.goo.gl/kuoYGqhH8Bu1CGoy6 Here I used pieces of of 1/4" maple and a mini plough plane to create slots for the plate to slide into. (the dovetail corners were cut with a small dovetail saw and chisels, and I used a small block plane to square up and finish the edges) In http://build...
by swampangel
26 Dec 2019, 14:20
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Best modern contact-based linear switch.
Replies: 14
Views: 1010

Re: Best modern contact-based linear switch.

if I am not mistaken, isn't this the same brand that had the whole stealios thing with kbdfans? granted I did not keep up with any of this, but in that case it just doesn't seem like a trustable brand A little more info on that from the latest T1 group buy at https://deskthority.net/viewtopic.php?f...
by swampangel
20 Dec 2019, 14:34
Forum: Deskthority talk
Topic: DT Update Log and TODO
Replies: 447
Views: 37298

Re: DT Update Log and TODO

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