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14-7-2019 22:20:11  #1


Why the Skyriter paint chips?

Why is it that almost all Skyriters have some degree of chipped paint on the left side of the lid? The following are pictures of mine:

https://i.etsystatic.com/10449408/r/il/33143e/1979748649/il_fullxfull.1979748649_1r67.jpg

https://i.etsystatic.com/10449408/r/il/acebd5/1932220316/il_fullxfull.1932220316_4udj.jpg

The pictures are amplified and the chip is barely visible in person, but I wonder how it happens.


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15-7-2019 03:14:33  #2


Re: Why the Skyriter paint chips?

I am pretty sure that it will be the linespace lever scratching the ribbon cover as the machine is put into its carry case.

 

15-7-2019 16:17:12  #3


Re: Why the Skyriter paint chips?

Mine has the same scratches. Some will also have scratches across the top of the ribbon cover, which I've always attributed to sloppy use of the line space lever.


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15-7-2019 22:18:08  #4


Re: Why the Skyriter paint chips?

Hi PDX

Tom and Uwe are both correct and I'll add a little more information. The Zephyr and 2Y- series Skyriters had the short line space (return) lever and a metal clam shell lid. The 3Y- and 4Y- series Skyriters have the long line space lever and the soft or leatherette zippered case. In order to fit into the carry case, this lever is spring loaded and folds down when closing the case. If the typist is a little clumsy or in a hurry, he or she may tend to push the line space lever down while moving the carriage to the right. In the down position, the line space lever will contact the ribbon cover and eventually damage the paint. Hope this sheds some light on the subject for you. All the best,

Sky

 

15-7-2019 22:42:56  #5


Re: Why the Skyriter paint chips?

I appreciate everyone settling my curiosity!


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