Wednesday, July 17, 2019

A Typecast For The Sake of Typecasting

Sent from my 1940 Underwood Master
If I've not been too boring I may decide to do more typecasts only. I could add onto the end an image of the typewriter used as I have images of most of them on the blog already.

My contribution to keeping the Typosphere alive.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Type-In VI In June, and a Visitor From Hell

The Signature 513 was made in 1964

Type-In Sponsor

Paul, our host, and his son.

Paul's Aztec. This is one fantastic typewriter.

German on the left and Spanish on the ringht.

Hallway filled with typewriters.

A few hours into the the event, Mrs. M and I decided to have a coffee.

In honor of Joe Van Cleave (who often posts of lattes and his enjoyment of them) I decided to have a latte.  We both had a apricot pastry.  Those where so delicious I could have eaten a dozen, but I chose not to.  I did have a second one for desert though (and another latte)

On our return Mrs. M found a book she liked.

Being in Michigan we even had a visitor from Hell.

Signature 513 (JP-3) on the left facing off with the SM-9 on the right.  Somehow the JP-3 drew the most test typists.  I don't blame them. I think the Olympias are inferior to a lot of the others even this JP-3.  I should have taken the SM-8. It may have given the JP-3 a better competition as it is a really good typer, especially for an Olympia.

For all the Steampunk people ... A bit of Steampunk from one of the shops in the hall.
Overall the Type-In was a nice success. Paul did a great job of getting things organized, keeping up with the visitors, demonstrating typewriters, answering questions and being a tour guide to show Mrs. M & I the coffee shop.

The type-In location is in the old Northern Michigan Asylum first built in 1885 and added to in years since. I don't recall when in was closed and later converted to condominiums and shops.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Borescope tor Typewriter Repair

Complete borescope.  The imaging and interface module and fiber.  This is the short fiber and plenty long for a typewriter. I think the communication range between the unit and phone is 10 feet.

This is the fiber.  It is semi rigid and about 0.200" O.D.
Mirror is on the left.  Hook in the middle. Magnetic tip on the right.

The next 3 images were rotated to show the linkage as it would be viewed from looking into the typewriter under the carriage from the right end of the carriage.
No other editing was done to these or the remaining images from the borescope.  They are sized to fit the blog format. Clicking on them will open them to the size saved on the phone.

This is the carriage release link

This is the link activated by the carriage release button

This is the link activated by the TAB button. It looked impossible to adjust this screw without removing the carriage.  It is not visible from behind the machine.  Adjustment seemed fine though as the carriage rack did not drag on the escapement gear when tabbed and the carriage pushed.

This is one of the arms of the centrifugal weights for the tab clutch.

This view is only possible with the borescope.

This is the Tabulator clutch mechanism.

This is how the image looks on the phone. Note, I'm holding the pone upside down so the image looks like the actual part orientation in the typewriter.
Addendum:  I was familiar with different very expensive borescopes as well as the affordable ones from Harbor Freight.  The ones from Harbor Freight are too large for using around a typewriter or anything small.

The ones I was familiar with for more intricate work were machinists kinds that cost upwards of thousands of dollars.   Medical endoscopes were also something I was familiar with and used in some of my emergency medical training.  These too were too large for a typewriter and very super expensive.

Thanks to a comment Mary E left about finding one for use with a smart phone. I decided to look an amazon and as seen in the comments in my previous post, I bought one.

I also wanted to post about it from her comment.   Remember about 10 years ago when the typosphere blogosphere was a lot  more active and many of us posted from or on ideas created by comments from other typosphereians and sometimes even from ideas from their blog posts?

I miss those days when the Typosphere was much more active and interesting than what it has morphed into.  Seems like the Luddites gave in to the modern and insecure one line quick posts of FB and the like.  One medium I refuse to use.  My Luddite spirit is too stubborn to FB or Tweet.

I do find it much easier to post about a new to me typewriter or a typewriter repair than general writing for a typecast.

So hopefully I, along with the few others that keep the Typosphere active, will continue to stay active in the Typosphere.