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Offline Azmodan

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Are people modding their IBM Model Ms???
« on: Sun, 15 October 2017, 06:59:16 »
Hello keyboards geeks!

I recently got my first IBM model M (1391401) and already looking for an industrial IBM Model M. I had my fair share of mechanical keyboards in the past and modified a few as well, the electronics or some and the cosmetics on others.

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I was wondering if people are modifying their IBM Model Ms and if yes, is it restricted to just keycaps?

Final question, does only Unicomp makes keycaps for model Ms. I do not seem to be able to find many options from vendors on Model M keycaps, even though those are hugely popular boards.

Any help and/or info is greatly appreciated!

Offline Zobeid Zuma

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Re: Are people modding their IBM Model Ms???
« Reply #1 on: Sun, 15 October 2017, 07:27:57 »
No, you cannot.  It is anathema.  If you mod your Legendary Model M, you will be forever shunned.  SHUNNNNNNNNNNUH!!

Eh, on second thought, go right ahead.

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Offline Thereminz

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Re: Are people modding their IBM Model Ms???
« Reply #2 on: Sun, 15 October 2017, 07:40:58 »
Yes some people mod them

Some mods I've seen:

Bolt mod, fixes the problem of the plastic rivets falling off

Floss mod, dampens the click

Painting the case

Some have modded /made it smaller but it's rare

Keycaps/keysets from unicomp and click keys...or clickykeys can't remember  but the only thing different from unicomp they offer is a clear key ...their colors might be more pastel

There are a few rare artisan keycaps as well

Also converters, but not sure if that counts as a mod

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Re: Are people modding their IBM Model Ms???
« Reply #3 on: Sun, 15 October 2017, 08:35:16 »
The floss mod -- if done right -- does not dampen the click but rather the reverberation of the spring. Instead of it twanging, it will sound more similar to a Cherry MX Blue or Alps blue or white but with the feel unchanged.
Too short floss will not make much difference. A too long floss will dampen the click -- both in sound and feel.
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Re: Are people modding their IBM Model Ms???
« Reply #4 on: Sun, 15 October 2017, 08:45:52 »

I was wondering if people are modifying their IBM Model Ms


There is not a lot to do, but there are the "secret" keys that can be brought out - most of the 2u keys can be divided and by doing it there at least 3-4 additional keys that can be had if you want them. Look at the membranes and you can see which locations have traces going to them.

You would have to do a bolt mod to add pivot plates and springs.

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Re: Are people modding their IBM Model Ms???
« Reply #5 on: Sun, 15 October 2017, 10:08:06 »
Up to now, I have bolt modded mine, since half the plastic rivets were already gone and ordered the red Panic key from Unicomp to use as the Esc key, since it was originally missing on my board.

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In the future I am only thinking of replacing the springs with new ones, but I have to do some testing or get a very cheap, in bad condition Model M of ebay or recycling centre and refurbish/built from scratch, since the springs on the current one I have are in very good condition.

Finally I am not interested at all in making the Model M quieter as I bought it equally for the clickines/tactile feel as well as its sound when typing.
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Re: Are people modding their IBM Model Ms???
« Reply #6 on: Sun, 15 October 2017, 12:41:46 »
Final question, does only Unicomp makes keycaps for model Ms. I do not seem to be able to find many options from vendors on Model M keycaps, even though those are hugely popular boards.

They don't seem to talk about it but Signature Plastics make caps, at least for the two piece. I have gotten some in a grab bag and I have a blank red and two blank white on the Model F I'm typing on right now. It might be worth contacting them for more info.

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Re: Are people modding their IBM Model Ms???
« Reply #7 on: Sun, 15 October 2017, 17:23:18 »
The most common "mod" (it's more of a repair imo) is to bolt mod it; replace the old rotting plastic rivets on the plate with screws or bolts. This will improve the typing feel and possibly restore functionality to any keys that have been acting up. It also gives you a chance to clean or replace the membrane.

Otherwise you could dental-floss mod it which will reduce the "ping" sound of a Model M but why would you want to do that?

I would like to see Unicomp sell their Ultra Classic case separately so you could can have a real Model M that isn't so hugh-mungus.