Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Vilhelm The Underwood 5

In light of finding out that Mr. Munk's own Underwood was given the wonderfully draconian name "Drago", I found it necessary to name the first, and only, typewriter I would ever name. And thus, I name this newly rebuilt Underwood "Vilhelm". 

I'm sure you grow weary of seeing dang near the same thing, over and over again (most of the aesthetic work was finished like 3 posts ago), but here it is. The finale. The end of the line. The Underwood has arrived.










It's hard to get proper color shots. The red is a more dark and rich shade then the pictures would otherwise indicate. 



Thank you for bearing with me through the month as I needlessly dumped posts. They served as a sort of forced inspiration to continue. Next month, be prepared for an onslaught of....

A Foxy Restoration!
(Cue Confetti)

8 comments:

  1. Great results, well done, you should be proud of this one.

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    1. I'm quite fond of it after the amount of work I put into it. On top of that, its the oldest machine I own, one of the first machines I acquired, and has that Underwood look that I find outstanding (It just looks so industrial and yet wild west-ish).

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  2. That is a magnificent typewriter, and I have really enjoyed the posts on the project. You've inspired me to attempt a tear-down project on an LC Smith 8. Regularly posting about the project may help me stay on task.

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    1. I personally love reading the posts of other people in regards to their own refurbishments, especially as they continue to work on them, so I go ahead and post the same sort of stuff in the off chance someone else enjoys it. In regards to the L.C.Smith 8, I recently worked on one for someone else and found it very kind in its design for the most part. The carriage can be easily taken off and taken apart with no issue, and with it being just as open as an Underwood, cleaning was a breeze (a tedious breeze, but a breeze none the less). I wish you luck in your own Smith-8 endeavors!

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  3. So beautiful! All I can do is fix sticky keys...

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    1. Fixing sticky keys is all that's needed to fix a majority of machines, and if we consider that every machine brought back to life is a boon to the typewritten revolution, we get the equation R=T(x)e^(k), where R is equal to total typewriter awesomeness, T equal to typewritten works produced, X equal to machines fixed, and k equal to keys unstuck. Turns out that this equation successfully predicts all of physics.

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  4. Yes, you should be very proud of that one (:

    Underwood 5: all the Baroque you can eat with all the modern conveniences you expect.

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    1. It really does have all the features one can truly need. Tabulator, backspacer, you can set the ribbon to stop advancing, stencil lever, red and black ribbon selector, line lock release and changeable lines, easily accessible margin stops, the list goes on. The only thing it doesn't have is a proper right side margin release.

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