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Type Talk » Scalextric tyre oil? » 10-10-2018 10:18:02

beak
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...and OH Uwe - you never had a Scalextric set as a boy!  Poor you.
Here's what you missed:-
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qO8aDC7OG28&t=74s

Type Talk » Scalextric tyre oil? » 10-10-2018 10:13:36

beak
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I found this link
http://www.scalextric-shop.com/item_details.asp?code=NSR4605
but I doubt we will be able to learn the ingredients; companies are normally quite cagey about giving out that sort of information, IME.
Already asked him to let me have a drop to test, but don't know when I shall get it.

Type Talk » Scalextric tyre oil? » 10-10-2018 06:29:00

beak
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Just visited a friend who is a model car racing nut, and he mentioned that he and other nutters use an oil made by Scalextric to soften the rubber tyres slightly so that they have more grip.  Wondered if anyone had used this oil on a hard platen, or knew about the advisability of doing so.

Portable Typewriters » Hermes 3000 vs Olympia SM9 » 28-9-2018 08:28:54

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I have both, and would recommend the SM9.  It is rightly preferred by many professional writers for its unobtrusive great service.  It just types,
and types
and types.
The H3000 is a nice machine too, apart from the dreadful paper support, and it has the best design of case I have in my collection, but for serious writing, the SM9 every time.  Good luck.

Portable Typewriters » Olympia SM9 vs Olivetti Lettera 32 » 31-7-2018 22:28:32

beak
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Just to back up Uwe here, for what it's worth, I have several SM9 machines, and the shock feeling you mentioned is something I have never experienced with any of them even in extended typing sessions.  Good luck with fixing whatever the problem is.

Portable Typewriters » Looking for a solid portable typewriter » 27-7-2018 21:06:07

beak
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Bob3k wrote:

Hi all,
......... should I lock the carriage, or am I better off tying an elastic on the carriage release ..........

Thanks!
Bob

With the greatest of respect to Uwe and his extensive knowledge of the subject, it has to be said that there are two schools of thought here.
  I very much believe that the carriage lock should not be on during shipping, because the locks are never (IME) designed to withstand the degree of force they are likely to encounter when in transport.  The lock is, I believe, only intended to stop the carriage moving when the machine is being carried a short distance from one place to another by hand.  You will notice that manufacturers never rely on this lock when sending out their products from the factory, but wedge the carriage firmly in place instead.
  If a bump does overcome the carriage lock when it is on, the damage is likely to be serious - grinding gears and bits flying off in all directions.
  I suggests rubber band to hold down the release, as you mention, and then wrapping the entire carriage area in cling-film or tightly wind a cloth around it.  Thus if receiving a hard knock the carriage can move a little (ONLY a little) but not move anything like enough to hit the stops at either end.
  Good luck.

Standard Typewriters » Hermes Ambassador » 26-7-2018 20:15:35

beak
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It's a Rolls-Royce, intended for heavy, professional office use, and there will be nothing to disappoint!
Made in several similar models - mine has extra reels to take carbon ribbon which then becomes available at the ribbon colour selector. Carbon ribbons can often be stripped out of cassettes intend for electric TWs.
 

Maintenance & Repairs » Typewriter Storage In Humidity » 21-6-2018 21:48:11

beak
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I live in Queensland Australia, and mould can be a problem here too.  Assuming you can't arrange good air flow, it may be worth investigating moisture absorbers of the type designed for protecting clothes in the wardrobe.  Sunlight is also good for preventing mould - put each machine in the sun every now and then?  Sounds daft but it all helps.

Maintenance & Repairs » How do I adjust: Olympia SM3 Carriage Return Lever hitting the lid? » 21-6-2018 21:30:34

beak
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Laura -
Unless the return lever is clearly bent, the issue is quite likely to be that the rubber grommets round the screws attaching the mechanism to the shell (casing) have perished and compressed.  Replacing these raises the carriage agin and should cure the problem.
  This topic has several threads here , and a quick search should find them for you  -would put link, but rushing out of the door to work.  Best of luck.

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