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10-5-2018 03:34:47  #1


platen removing

Hi everybody ! A simple question : does anybody of you know how to remove the platen of a Hermes Rocket (1941) ? Thanks !

 

12-5-2018 01:39:46  #2


Re: platen removing

Hi Paul

The closest I have to your machine is my 1938 Baby Empire S/N-7434 so I'll use that as my example.

Start by removing the small screw in the center of the left platen knob, this has a right hand thread. Next, remove the small metal ¼ circle plate, this just pry's off. Now loosen the left platen knob which has a left hand thread. Once this knob is loosened, loosen the set screw in the right platen knob and remove the knob from the platen shaft.

Move the carriage all the way to the left and loosen the left platen knob 5 to 6 full turns. The left end of the platen will now lift out far enough to pull the right end out of the carriage. You'll need to take care not to lose the thin thrust washer or get the ratchet wheel turned around if the left platen knob comes off completely. This is why I recommend a maximum of 6 turns. Hope this points you in the right direction,

​Sky

 

13-5-2018 01:26:10  #3


Re: platen removing

Thanks so much, Sky ! I will try your method today, and tell you then if I did successfully ! Have a nice sunday !
Paul.

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14-5-2018 03:21:48  #4


Re: platen removing

Hi ! I want to thank you again, Sky : I followed your wise instructions and succeeded in removing safely the platen of my Hermes Rocket (Hermès Baby "Jubilée") ! Hope to help you in my turn, one day if I can !

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14-5-2018 23:47:16  #5


Re: platen removing

Hi Paul

​Glad I could be of help. When I started collecting and working on these typewriters, many of the more experienced collectors on this forum were happy to help me. Now that I have some experience, I am helping newer collectors like yourself. As you gain more experience, I trust you will be willing to help other collectors and pass your knowledge on. The best thanks I can get, is knowing that the person I helped, was in turn able to help someone else down the road. Take care and all the best,

​Sky

 

16-5-2018 03:28:35  #6


Re: platen removing

Hello Sky !
Don't worry about that : I already do help in subjects I know well about typewriter maintenance, as a member of a french typewriter forum (La passion des machines à écrire). I give some advice too, to typists who come to my monthly type-ins here in North-East France.
All the best,
Paul.

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