Round 5: The Cappening

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photekq
Cherry Picker

18 Jun 2015, 15:12

I'm starting to regret not joining R5 now.

When it comes to MX keycaps I'm convinced that nothing but Cherry profile can cut it when it comes to looks & feel.

After seeing these caps I'm not so convinced..

P.S Mu, you need to try some thick Cherry PBT. Give me a bell if you're ever making a visit to Wales ;)

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bloo

18 Jun 2015, 15:15

Cool, thanks. I'm sure that if I get a hold of a set I'll end up polishing them. Had to do that with my dolch dsa set to make them usable. These would be easier.

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Muirium
µ

18 Jun 2015, 15:32

Yeah, these are way less rough when new than DSA Dolch. All that texture (and the fear of wearing it unevenly) put me off typing much on my Dolch set. But SPH and now Round 5: no such problem.


@Photekq: Aye. I've never tried thick Cherry PBT. And I've never been to Wales! Don't drive and don't like trains. My holidays are all to California now.

mtl

18 Jun 2015, 17:26

Mu, can you post a pic of a full size kb w/ honey set, red escape and black numkey pad? That may be the closest homage to the Honeywell original. :-)

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Muirium
µ

18 Jun 2015, 19:20

Oh, you mean like this?
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The keyboard's a Cherry G80-3422LAMIT. Not bad for 15 Euros new in box. (There's a second round of them if anyone's interested, just follow the link to acolombo's thread.)
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Good thing I bought that numpad kit. I didn't even have a fullsize keyboard when I did.
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The red PAUSE key is in homage, of course, to TRANSMIT.

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This is the first board I've put a Signature Plastics space bar on with asymmetrical mount. The space bar's switch is a linear MX grey instead of a black, and it's displaced to the left. Fortunately, Round 5's spacebars are universal (they have a ton of mounts underneath) so it's not a problem. Just have to check it's on the right way when installing.

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rindorbrot

18 Jun 2015, 19:21

I see your caps have finally arrived, Mu.
Very nice pictures already going on here, I think I will have to do a proper shooting of mine on the weekend, too.

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Muirium
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18 Jun 2015, 19:45

Thanks. They were easily the quickest delivery I've had from 7bit. I feared it would take way longer. But instead of all that, I can tease everyone with stuff like this…
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Let's see who can spot the imperfections with that Round 4+5 combo. There are a few. I'll post the rest of the pics later.

Anyway, this is everyone's thread, not just mine. So post, post, post! Even with the order I made, there's plenty Round 5 can do that I just don't have the keyboards for. That's what makes GBs so exciting: seeing all the mad things you never even thought to do.

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SL89

18 Jun 2015, 19:57

lol you seemed to be a lil bit crazed waiting for tracking numbers :P

That SPH + Honey looks like a Gundam colorway. All you need is a splash of yellow!

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hashbaz

18 Jun 2015, 20:02

Muirium wrote: Oh, you mean like this?
Honey Portrait.JPG
The keyboard's a Cherry G80-3422LAMIT. Not bad for 15 Euros new in box. (There's a second round of them if anyone's interested, just follow the link to acolombo's thread.)
Honey Left.JPG
Good thing I bought that numpad kit. I didn't even have a fullsize keyboard when I did.
Honey Right.JPG
The red PAUSE key is in homage, of course, to TRANSMIT.

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Honey Profile.JPG
This is the first board I've put a Signature Plastics space bar on with asymmetrical mount. The space bar's switch is a linear MX grey instead of a black, and it's displaced to the left. Fortunately, Round 5's spacebars are universal (they have a ton of mounts underneath) so it's not a problem. Just have to check it's on the right way when installing.
That black numpad is sexy as hell. So glad I stayed on the R5 train. The end is nigh, at long last, and we faithful have endured well the trials and tribulations that others despised!

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Madhias
BS TORPE

18 Jun 2015, 20:54

Keep it going, Muirium! Nice color combinations, especially on a grey case the caps are gorgeous! Amazing!

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fifted

18 Jun 2015, 22:56

Fine looking caps, Mu! Nice and tall. :)

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janvkn

18 Jun 2015, 23:01

MOAR

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Muirium
µ

19 Jun 2015, 00:17

What, like this?
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Note the different red ESCAPEs. Also, that's not quite all my Round 5 order on show there, by the way. More on that later…
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I'm calling this colour scheme Space Cadet 5. (Well, I had to keep my files straight somehow.) You can see more clearly from these angles what's not quite perfect about it.
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Changing rows between Rounds, even for the better, does leave some fallout.
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I'm typing on it now and it's not bothering me. (I'm so used to all those row 3 blues in the couple of years I've been waiting on Round 5.) But I could use an extended REPAIR kit, or I suppose Round 5a to perfect this.

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janvkn

19 Jun 2015, 00:24

Do you do requests?

Could you do something like this:
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Inspired by this btw:
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Muirium
µ

19 Jun 2015, 00:27

Oooh, that does look awesome in a vintage setting! I'll add it to the list. The one problem will be blue function keys. I've got F5-F8 but I don't think I've got the rest of them. Red and black are no problem though.

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SL89

19 Jun 2015, 00:35

Gundam SA

mtl

19 Jun 2015, 01:42

Muirium wrote: Oh, you mean like this?
Honey Portrait.JPG
Niiiiiiiiiiiiiiceee B-) Loving the cappening....

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Muirium
µ

19 Jun 2015, 21:35

Another day, another shoot. Let me see… whatever shall it be? How about a bet on red.
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Let's look at the little Access-IS matrix board first.
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Well, you knew those MUIRIUM kits had to be for something! The red blanks are just delicious. Touching crimson.
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As for the G80-3000, here's what a difference red mods makes.
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Striking, I'll say. A red ESCAPE key didn't seem quite right, so I pulled out a blue hashbang from my Honeywell Sphericals Extras for a splash of separate colour instead.
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Yeah, I said I had 1.5 numpads. I can do all black, or this GRAPHITE combo. Just no white! Or red.
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Obligatory shiny elevation.
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But check this island of red in the middle…
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Trust it to white to make every other colour truly shine.

I'll do janvkn's suggestion next.

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SL89

19 Jun 2015, 22:02

HASHBANG!

Also, what was in the Muirium kit?

Also this makes me feel better about having as much red as i do.

Edit:

Can you take a picture of them with a backlit board and see if the shine goes through. Specifically the whites.

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Muirium
µ

19 Jun 2015, 22:17

I think the red caps will transmit more light from red LEDs than whites. Because Rindorbrot already found just that!

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http://deskthority.net/post236322.html#p236322

Note that only red caps on red LEDs show transmission. I think that's the key. Match the colour to the LED and you get leak. Otherwise, thick caps will block it out.

My yellow Ducky Shine was yellow LEDs with quick thick stock yellow PBT caps. It shone right through those perfectly, but not so much with the greys and blues of Round 4 SPH.

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Anyway, the one and only backlit board I have here now is red, so I can put this to the test for myself. Alas, it's another fullsize so I'm running up against that single numpad kit constraint quite a bit. I didn't even have anything MX bigger than a TKL when I ordered, I thought I was being cautious!

As for my namesake kit, it's a bunch of row 3 blanks in every colour. We did have plans for 1x2 and 2x2 unit keys but in the end only the 1x1s made it, for SP cost reasons. It's actually the most cost effective kit of all.

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SL89

20 Jun 2015, 02:56

That works too, thanks for the comparison.

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Prelim

22 Jun 2015, 00:45

wow that ISO novatouch is pornographic! I want that caps @@

chanlol

22 Jun 2015, 09:20

I'm in R5a and I'm still waiting my keycaps! :(

mr_a500

22 Jun 2015, 15:02

Muirium wrote: Well, you knew those MUIRIUM kits had to be for something! The red blanks are just delicious. Touching crimson.

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Nice. With those blanks, it looks like you've got a bit of a Space 1999 going on:

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mr_a500

22 Jun 2015, 15:05

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That Control Data terminal is probably Cherry, by the way. The 1979 Cherry catalogue has an example of a similar Control Data terminal.

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Muirium
µ

22 Jun 2015, 15:17

If anyone around here has an original, I'd be very interested to see it in pictures!

The Access board is a promising candidate for a Teensy. I need to work out the matrix and put Soarer's controller on it. (My battles with Access-IS's own controller and software got real ugly so I was very pleased to find their controller is detached from the main PCB.) I might wind up using row profiled caps on it, but then again I've sneaky ideas for that little matrix board which could suit a suite of blanks.

Edinburgh's been stuck under a big surly cloud the last few days, but I hope to get some more shots in today. Better get my keypuller out…

mr_a500

22 Jun 2015, 15:20

Control Data terminals are incredibly rare. I've never seen one on eBay or in anybody's collection - just vintage photos.

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Muirium
µ

22 Jun 2015, 15:22

Don't tell me: vintage grinders.

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Muirium
µ

22 Jun 2015, 20:24

janvkn wrote: Do you do requests?

Could you do something like this:
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Inspired by this btw:
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Okay, buckle up…
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The light's still not up to much, so these pictures have a different feel to them. All depends on where I set the white balance. Here's a cooler shade:
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Without further ado, the Amtrak special:
Black Elevation.jpg
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This is a difficult colour to photograph without the sun!
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As you can see, the Round 4 SPH row 3 function row strikes again. Those are the only blue function keys I've got, so it's reds for the rest.
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Also: SPH's red isn't the same as Round 5's. RA vs. RAS, right?
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Yeah, don't do that.
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So dark. I wish these were the caps the NovaTouch shipped with in the first place. No comparison!

Meanwhile, as I had to pull the blue function keys from my ISO NovaTouch, I popped the rest of the reds on it instead.
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Not bad, I think.
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Naturally…

mr_a500

22 Jun 2015, 20:55

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Ha! That keyboard has the exact layout and number of keys as the Space 1999 keyboard: 6 rows of 15 keys. If you just arranged horizontally instead of diagonally...

What the hell kind of keyboard has that layout anyway? Where'd you get that thing?

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