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by fohat
18 Jul 2019, 02:45
Forum: eBay
Topic: NIB IBM Model M Square Metal Badge Keyboard
Replies: 1
Views: 196

Re: NIB IBM Model M Square Metal Badge Keyboard

Gotta love those bar code labels. I wish I had one.
by fohat
12 Jul 2019, 14:15
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Can't get some keys on Model F to stick to spring
Replies: 6
Views: 265

Re: Can't get some keys on Model F to stick to spring

"Second attempt" is not many, sometimes it takes half a dozen or more. And definitely tilt in different directions to make the spring flop around. The larger keys are much less maneuverable than singles.
by fohat
11 Jul 2019, 14:36
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 22574
Views: 1203795

Re: Great/Interesting Finds

That looks like an amazingly cheap price in light of recent events.
by fohat
08 Jul 2019, 01:44
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Office-grade Cap. Buckling Spring (Quiet!)
Replies: 4
Views: 292

Re: Office-grade Cap. Buckling Spring (Quiet!)

Also dampening the sound is one thing but getting it down to acceptable office levels is another. The floss mod takes away the high-pitched overtones but the basic core clicks remain. The attenuation is different and the effect in every register is different but I would say that the overall reducti...
by fohat
07 Jul 2019, 21:55
Forum: For sale
Topic: Vintage IBM Model M
Replies: 3
Views: 608

Re: Vintage IBM Model M

It would be helpful if you listed the model number and date. Also what country you are in.

That looks like a 180 degree plug and a loose 240 degree socket. What are you showing us?
by fohat
04 Jul 2019, 22:02
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: [US] 122-key Model F
Replies: 13
Views: 501

Re: [US] 122-key Model F

It takes some Dremel work at the minimum, I don't think that is more than a few small places.
I can't remember whether you re-use that "spline" piece.
by fohat
04 Jul 2019, 17:14
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: [US] 122-key Model F
Replies: 13
Views: 501

Re: [US] 122-key Model F

He is a member here and might cut you a better deal off ebay.

Too bad about the broken case, but there may be some replacements around after the giant parts party surrounding lot_lizard's project a few years ago.
by fohat
03 Jul 2019, 23:56
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: [US] 122-key Model F
Replies: 13
Views: 501

Re: [US] 122-key Model F

How is she (guessing elecplus = electronicoyote?) able to ship for such a cheap price No, elecplus is "Cindy" in Texas and the "electronic coyote" is a small computer seller in Georgia. Contact the seller and verify the details. The USPS international flat rate game board box costs about $80 to any...
by fohat
03 Jul 2019, 23:50
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: What Are Your IBM Model F Preferences? (XT vs AT vs 122...)
Replies: 164
Views: 10153

Re: What Are Your IBM Model F Preferences? (XT vs AT vs 122...)

caiko wrote:
03 Jul 2019, 18:32

not sure if I would like full plastic on the AT.
The AT still has the 2 internal of the 3 steel plates and probably weighs about the same as an XT.
by fohat
03 Jul 2019, 03:12
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: What Are Your IBM Model F Preferences? (XT vs AT vs 122...)
Replies: 164
Views: 10153

Re: What Are Your IBM Model F Preferences? (XT vs AT vs 122...)

Remember that Soarer originally embarked on his converter project in order to get NKRO over USB so that he could game on an F AT.
by fohat
29 Jun 2019, 00:13
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Micro Conectors SMK-8112JU- Worth restoring or just harvest the switches (Black SKCM(?) Alps)?
Replies: 8
Views: 485

Re: Micro Conectors SMK-8112JU- Worth restoring or just harvest the switches (Black SKCM(?) Alps)?

That is interesting to look at. Does it have decent weight and stability?

I agree with the suggestion of painting case, replacing cable, and modding or swapping switches.

A good set of black ANSI Alps keycaps is always valuable, especially if compatible with AEK and AEK2
by fohat
23 Jun 2019, 20:56
Forum: eBay
Topic: IBM 4704 F62 Kishsaver Keyboard Model F- and - IBM 4704 F50
Replies: 52
Views: 1844

Re: IBM 4704 F62 Kishsaver Keyboard Model F- and - IBM 4704 F50

zazxyz wrote:
23 Jun 2019, 18:28

Those would fetch for a high price.
I doubt it. M-122s can be bought new from Unicomp for around $100, and in black, and native USB without need for converters.
by fohat
23 Jun 2019, 15:09
Forum: eBay
Topic: IBM 4704 F62 Kishsaver Keyboard Model F- and - IBM 4704 F50
Replies: 52
Views: 1844

Re: IBM 4704 F62 Kishsaver Keyboard Model F- and - IBM 4704 F50

but now I think that I can live with it. There is nothing like the IBM Model F 122-key terminal, but Cindy has a very nice NMB black clicky Space Invaders 122-key (didn't you buy one of those from me a few years ago?) that could be spectacular and also much lighter in weight. Native PS/2 also, as I...
by fohat
20 Jun 2019, 19:44
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: What's this IBM floss mod I keep seeing mentioned?
Replies: 11
Views: 502

Re: What's this IBM floss mod I keep seeing mentioned?

I once bought an amateur "Soft Touch" mod job that was botched as a "for parts or not working" at a very cheap price. I threw the flippers in the garbage and rebuilt it properly.

The original 8184692 Soft Touches seem pretty rare.
by fohat
20 Jun 2019, 14:21
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Whats up with my model f xt? Two layers of foam?
Replies: 14
Views: 504

Re: Whats up with my model f xt? Two layers of foam?

My theory is that XT and AT units were sold as consumer devices and so were kept dry inside conditioned houses, whereas the terminals were commercial/industrial and probably hauled off into dirty unheated warehouses after being taken out of commission..
by fohat
17 Jun 2019, 23:24
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Why do you need foam on your model f?
Replies: 22
Views: 1008

Re: Why do you need foam on your model f?

It's worth noting that pinginess is to do with the springs, and not usually the condition of the board. I don't know why, but the pitch and volume of the ping differs with every Model F keyboard. It's fascinating to me, but I never seem to get the pingy ones. In my experience, Model F keyboards don...
by fohat
14 Jun 2019, 23:18
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM Model F 122 "restored" and bolt-modded
Replies: 37
Views: 1340

Re: IBM Model F 122 "restored" and bolt-modded

Why does one bolt-mod an F? What does it do? I created a guide for refurbishing and ANSI-modding a 122-key terminal F. https://deskthority.net/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=11102&p=241582&hilit=harry+ansi#p241582 In the guide are shown half a dozen "bolts" (machine screws and nuts) but as I became more exper...
by fohat
11 Jun 2019, 03:03
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Tautness of keyboard cases and sound
Replies: 3
Views: 267

Re: Tautness of keyboard cases and sound

Screws and nuts with washers are capable of compressing plates far more than sliding force fits with tabs.

Screws need only be tightened to replicate the original compression. As with a Model M "bolt mod" I advocate looser rather than tighter, so start loose and tighten only as much as necessary.
by fohat
04 Jun 2019, 23:38
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM Model F AT modification
Replies: 11
Views: 656

Re: IBM Model F AT modification

Fkazim wrote:
03 Jun 2019, 20:41

What are the reasons the XT feet dont fit into the AT
Try it. Prove me wrong. Please.
by fohat
03 Jun 2019, 14:36
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM Model F AT modification
Replies: 11
Views: 656

Re: IBM Model F AT modification

Wazrach wrote:
03 Jun 2019, 10:35

is it not possible to use XT feet with an AT?
No
by fohat
03 Jun 2019, 00:11
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: I think the model f 122 may just be my favorite keyboard overall.
Replies: 26
Views: 1089

Re: I think the model f 122 may just be my favorite keyboard overall.

Wazrach wrote:
02 Jun 2019, 21:26

Almost like it's ready to burst under all the pressure.
I have always maintained that this is the crucial key to the essence of the Model F, what makes it "alive" as several people have described it.
by fohat
02 Jun 2019, 14:43
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Cursed model F thread
Replies: 88
Views: 3327

Re: Cursed model F thread

snacksthecat wrote:
02 Jun 2019, 02:31

Keyboard is curse how fix?
I discussed that in my guide, and all my repairs have been successful. JB Weld is the greatest, but it is dark gray, so I used "Charcoal Gray" Dupli-Color from the auto supply store to make all my repaired cases modern and dark.
by fohat
02 Jun 2019, 02:42
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM Model F AT modification
Replies: 11
Views: 656

Re: IBM Model F AT modification

F AT cases are nightmarish to open and close. The plastic is brittle and the clips are too tight.

Why-oh-why didn't the screw a metal back onto the AT?
by fohat
26 May 2019, 16:05
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Deskthority community it so much nicer than reddit
Replies: 10
Views: 1461

Re: The Deskthority community it so much nicer than reddit

About the only time I recall "not nice" behaviour here was in the political threads before and after the 2016 US election.
by fohat
26 May 2019, 15:59
Forum: Workshop
Topic: IBM Model M Screw, Nut and Bolt Mod
Replies: 64
Views: 20436

Re: IBM Model M Screw, Nut and Bolt Mod

That is exactly what it is. The term should probably be "screw repair" because you are not modifying anything.
by fohat
25 May 2019, 14:52
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Blue Alps
Replies: 15
Views: 1018

Re: Blue Alps

It took me 2 years, and that was 6-7 years ago. About 3 years ago it seemed that they got somewhat more available for a while.
by fohat
24 May 2019, 00:03
Forum: Workshop
Topic: IBM Model M Screw, Nut and Bolt Mod
Replies: 64
Views: 20436

Re: IBM Model M Screw, Nut and Bolt Mod

If you just add screws to broken rivet shaft locations, that is a "screw mod" which is an order of magnitude easier. Many people prefer this, including pseudo-professional refurbishers, but personally I want to take it completely apart so that I can clean all the parts including the membrane sandwic...
by fohat
21 May 2019, 23:23
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: WTB: Model F XT factory Cable
Replies: 6
Views: 305

Re: WTB: Model F XT factory Cable

I had a couple but tossed them out because they had turned to sticky black goo.

As a tangential question, does anybody know how to restore old black plastic that has become sticky and nasty?
I am thinking of some handles in particular, such as tools and umbrellas.
by fohat
21 May 2019, 02:36
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Cursed model F thread
Replies: 88
Views: 3327

Re: Help with a cursed model F 122

I ordered F122 foam from Ellipse for $60 shipped, You complain about money for shipping, yet numerous people have volunteered to put this together for you for the cost of round trip postage. I think that it is about time that you send your keyboard to someone, in another country if necessary, and h...
by fohat
19 May 2019, 14:53
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Fixing the $10 Industrial M13
Replies: 14
Views: 919

Re: Fixing the $10 Industrial M13

I would consider using a Dremel to create a hole for those trackpoint switches.

https://www.pckeyboard.com/page/product/1394942

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