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

elecsys

05 Jan 2019, 20:04

Hi Ellipse,
I'm already on order for two of your reproduction Model F keyboards.
Maybe it's a bit too early to ask that question, but do you have any plans for the future with regards to capacative buckling springs? Anything beyond these reproduction runs for the F62 & F77, like, for example, a standard full-sized or an SSK-equivalent equipped with Capacitive Buckling Springs?
It seems like such a shame to loose the Model F to history again. And while the F62 & F77 are nice collectors items, their layout isn't the most appealing to me.
Or is this whole thing just too unprofitable to keep going long term or for a second project?

Ellipse

05 Jan 2019, 21:58

Great elecsys, glad you are part of the project! As noted earlier the project's goal is to reproduce the extremely hard to find 60% and 75% style Model F keyboards - no other keyboards. All of the keys of the large Model F keyboards are available through function layers that are fully customizable with the open source GUI software.

There is some small demand for larger keyboards but they are mostly available already in the form of the F122, PC XT/AT, Model M, and F107 keyboards, almost all of which go for well below production cost of a new Model F.

The project will run for the current and one more round (the final round) and then production shuts down. I will not be paying for mold storage/maintenance, warehousing storage, and significant inventory. That is why I strongly recommend that anyone who is interested in using the Model F order one while they still can.

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darkcruix

08 Jan 2019, 15:36

After the re-design of DT, I got the feeling I need to get my favorite thread on top of the list ;)

btw: I showed-off a F107 at the 35C3 29th of December last year in Leipzig / Germany and talked about the New Model F project there. Had some good discussions - there were about 100 people at the Mechanical Keyboard Meetup. Those who made photos, you may want to share.

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kekstee

08 Jan 2019, 23:43

Haha, that was more of a phone potato for Telegram, but I was glad someone made the effort to bring something like the F107.
The little meetup was dominated by fully/semi custom split boards and a couple UHKBs. I couldn't be bothered to bring anything but a lame excuse of a 60% keyboard either.

Btw it's great this project seems to be getting somewhere. It's close to the three year mark and I'm still looking forward to receive something nice eventually :P

Ellipse

18 Jan 2019, 04:37

Given the failures of the spring attacher machine repair attempts last year, this month the factory started over on the spring attacher and built a machine with a new design. From the video tests the factory showed me of the assembled springs, there is a near-100% success rate of the attacher!

The new design eliminates the horizontal movement of the posts holding the springs and instead just moves along one axis.

I think the spring sound video I sent them helped highlight the importance of an attachment that matches the spring-nub spacing and spring angle specifications. They will be making some more of these attacher machines in March after their break.
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darkcruix

18 Jan 2019, 17:51

Wonderful news! 2019 will be the year !!!!

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Myoth

18 Jan 2019, 18:46

so was 2017 and 2018 :lol:

segacontroller

18 Jan 2019, 22:30

Myoth wrote:
18 Jan 2019, 18:46
so was 2017 and 2018 :lol:
So was 2016 and 2015. Granted, Ellipse has been very transparent with delays.... I thought my anxiety on keyboards was done after 7bit's R5/R6 fiasco :lol: :P :lol:

http://blog.roastpotatoes.co/news/2015/ ... l-project/

"Are you still currently on track for the December ish date?"

"Yes - ..."

Ellipse

18 Jan 2019, 23:13

Is anyone interested in early delivery of unprinted keys? If so please message me. I am getting some pearl/pebble key sets for dye sub testing express mailed to me and am also receiving some of the black and gray production key sets.

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Hypersphere

18 Jan 2019, 23:28

I have no need at present for early delivery of unprinted keys. I am just waiting for the new F62/F77 keyboards to arrive.

That spring attacher machine is attractive. I'd like one to display on my mantle, but I'm sure I cannot afford it.

So, the workers are taking off for Chinese New Year? Where's the dedication? ;)

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FXT
XT

19 Jan 2019, 05:32

Would I be able to get early delivery if I order some unprinted keys now? I'd be interested in indy blue and dark grey keys.

Ellipse

19 Jan 2019, 05:38

Yes that is ok, they should arrive to me in about 2 weeks if the factory mails it before they go on break.

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darkcruix

19 Jan 2019, 18:53

Ellipse wrote:
19 Jan 2019, 05:38
Yes that is ok, they should arrive to me in about 2 weeks if the factory mails it before they go on break.
All I am interested right now are photos and to make me super excited ... a video :)

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FXT
XT

19 Jan 2019, 18:53

Awesome, thanks! Just placed an order for the keycaps.

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