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Offline kazoosco

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[IC] Modern F | Top Mount 60% Case
« on: Wed, 01 July 2020, 12:25:22 »
Hi everyone! Introducing the first keyboard from Kazoos & Co. - a top mount 60% take on the classic IBM Model F, called the Modern F.



INTEREST CHECK LINK | https://forms.gle/SNyGTtX84hn26vgE8

IMGUR LINK | https://imgur.com/a/RdywZkI

The Modern F is a case made out 6061 aluminum and C260 Brass. Weighing in at 8.3lbs unbuilt (what a beast!). Anodizing options are for IBM Off White, Industrial Gray, and Clear Anodizing.

I plan to support ANSI, ISO, and DZ60 layouts in my plates, but any other layout feedback would be appreciated.

Plan to sell for ~$300, give or take $50 depending on the interest.

I shall be printing a prototype while I get the badge, the weight, and the plate CNC'd, and will post another update then. After that plans are to get the full aluminum prototype milled and shipped, then another update to follow. Updates on production will be on this thread, Reddit and Instagram.













Since the Reddit IC, I have changed a few things, added a sloped 5 degree incline to the back, moved my Kazoos & Co. logo to the newly added weight, and created a new Modern F badge for the front.

Any feedback on the newest changes or future changes will be greatly appreciated.

« Last Edit: Wed, 01 July 2020, 12:56:19 by kazoosco »

Offline FlitzDeelman

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Re: [IC] Modern F | Top Mount 60% Case
« Reply #1 on: Wed, 01 July 2020, 12:36:50 »
I like! Definitely interested.


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Re: [IC] Modern F | Top Mount 60% Case
« Reply #2 on: Wed, 01 July 2020, 12:51:34 »
Good looking design, filled the IC form ;)
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Offline kazoosco

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Re: [IC] Modern F | Top Mount 60% Case
« Reply #3 on: Wed, 01 July 2020, 12:57:38 »
Good looking design, filled the IC form ;)
Imgur link isn't working...

Thanks for the heads up, just updated the link. Should work now.

Offline mydens

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Re: [IC] Modern F | Top Mount 60% Case
« Reply #4 on: Wed, 01 July 2020, 14:09:04 »
waiting for tkl

Offline PantoneC

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Re: [IC] Modern F | Top Mount 60% Case
« Reply #5 on: Wed, 01 July 2020, 14:17:22 »
Is this case top mount? and also like to ask is the base wide enough that it won't tip sideway when typing? Looking forward to more photos

Offline kazoosco

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Re: [IC] Modern F | Top Mount 60% Case
« Reply #6 on: Wed, 01 July 2020, 14:29:47 »
Is this case top mount? and also like to ask is the base wide enough that it won't tip sideway when typing? Looking forward to more photos

Yeah the case is top mount, so the plate screws into the top housing.

I think that the weight of the keyboard should keep it from tipping over while typing, but that's why I'm making a 3D printed, then aluminum prototypes before I start the group buy.

Offline catamscott

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Re: [IC] Modern F | Top Mount 60% Case
« Reply #7 on: Wed, 01 July 2020, 14:45:03 »
looks pretty solid, though it's a bit hard to tell what is on the front badge. also, the mounting points look like they'll make esc/backspace/spacebar feel pretty stiff (in theory, at least), and is there any fillet on the switch cutouts? all look totally square from the renders.

as far as plate support, i'd strongly consider stepped capslock, split right shift, and split backspace. and i'd personally go for fixed wkl bottom row, but that's just my preference  ;D

Offline kazoosco

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Re: [IC] Modern F | Top Mount 60% Case
« Reply #8 on: Wed, 01 July 2020, 14:46:31 »
looks pretty solid, though it's a bit hard to tell what is on the front badge. also, the mounting points look like they'll make esc/backspace/spacebar feel pretty stiff (in theory, at least), and is there any fillet on the switch cutouts? all look totally square from the renders.

as far as plate support, i'd strongly consider stepped capslock, split right shift, and split backspace. and i'd personally go for fixed wkl bottom row, but that's just my preference  ;D

There isn't any fillet on the switch cutouts, but that's a great idea. Thanks mate!

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Re: [IC] Modern F | Top Mount 60% Case
« Reply #9 on: Wed, 01 July 2020, 15:15:29 »
Iím in!!!! Plate option for 75 key orthos would be great.

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Re: [IC] Modern F | Top Mount 60% Case
« Reply #10 on: Wed, 01 July 2020, 17:08:07 »
I am 100% in for this! I've been looking for a board exactly like this for years!

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Re: [IC] Modern F | Top Mount 60% Case
« Reply #11 on: Wed, 01 July 2020, 17:40:29 »
This looks great! I love the vintage aesthetics. The bottom looks a bit weird with the narrow stance of the feet, but it might just be the renders.
Pls inlclude ISO <3

Offline Axariel

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Re: [IC] Modern F | Top Mount 60% Case
« Reply #12 on: Wed, 01 July 2020, 20:00:43 »
I liked the OG badge, but I think this is looking pretty classy RN.

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Re: [IC] Modern F | Top Mount 60% Case
« Reply #13 on: Wed, 01 July 2020, 22:38:09 »
I liked the OG badge, but I think this is looking pretty classy RN.

Thanks! Yeah personally I'm leaning towards the new badge, but I need to find a way for it to show better in renders.

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Re: [IC] Modern F | Top Mount 60% Case
« Reply #14 on: Wed, 01 July 2020, 23:27:57 »
Something I thought about after submitting the IC form:

Some of the renders make the IBM off-white look pearlescent, and that seems to go well with the brass / copper of the badge and plate. I have no idea whether that can be achieved with anodising, electrophoretic deposition or Cerakoting.

But if you feel like it, maybe investigate it?

Also, I was kind of torn. I liked the industrial gray, but few keyboards have clear anodising showing the aluminium. That would be special.

But then again, it might end up looking more industrial that what you aimed for. Maybe it would only be suited to something like a Fat Boy or HMKB, thatís intentionally industrial-looking.


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Re: [IC] Modern F | Top Mount 60% Case
« Reply #15 on: Thu, 02 July 2020, 01:47:06 »
Something I thought about after submitting the IC form:

Some of the renders make the IBM off-white look pearlescent, and that seems to go well with the brass / copper of the badge and plate. I have no idea whether that can be achieved with anodising, electrophoretic deposition or Cerakoting.

But if you feel like it, maybe investigate it?

Also, I was kind of torn. I liked the industrial gray, but few keyboards have clear anodising showing the aluminium. That would be special.

But then again, it might end up looking more industrial that what you aimed for. Maybe it would only be suited to something like a Fat Boy or HMKB, thatís intentionally industrial-looking.


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Yeah definitely something I'm looking into - whether or not the Off White will come off well, and that's why I'm going to get prototypes and evaluate from there. Off White would definitely be something I would like to offer, but if doesn't match well I'm probably looking elsewhere.

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Re: [IC] Modern F | Top Mount 60% Case
« Reply #16 on: Thu, 02 July 2020, 10:08:23 »
Yeah definitely something I'm looking into - whether or not the Off White will come off well, and that's why I'm going to get prototypes and evaluate from there. Off White would definitely be something I would like to offer, but if doesn't match well I'm probably looking elsewhere.

To clarify, my preference would be for some pearlescent metallic colour rather than the old off-white colour of IBM and other PCs from the early 90s. If that can't be pulled off, I'd prefer the industrial gray together with brass plate/sign.

But you're the designer, and this is supposed to be a retro design, so your call.

Offline kazoosco

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Re: [IC] Modern F | Top Mount 60% Case
« Reply #17 on: Thu, 02 July 2020, 13:12:47 »
Yeah definitely something I'm looking into - whether or not the Off White will come off well, and that's why I'm going to get prototypes and evaluate from there. Off White would definitely be something I would like to offer, but if doesn't match well I'm probably looking elsewhere.

To clarify, my preference would be for some pearlescent metallic colour rather than the old off-white colour of IBM and other PCs from the early 90s. If that can't be pulled off, I'd prefer the industrial gray together with brass plate/sign.

But you're the designer, and this is supposed to be a retro design, so your call.

Yeah I think my intention for the off white is be a matte finish like the original, but Fusion is a bit tricky when it comes to color reproduction and finish. I still need to learn more about how to show my renders in the best lighting and such.

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« Reply #18 on: Thu, 02 July 2020, 13:29:37 »
Iím in!!!! Plate option for 75 key orthos would be great.
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I'm also interested if I can cut a plate to make it work with an XD75 or Boardwalk PCB.

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Re: [IC] Modern F | Top Mount 60% Case
« Reply #19 on: Thu, 02 July 2020, 15:43:53 »
Iím in!!!! Plate option for 75 key orthos would be great.
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I'm also interested if I can cut a plate to make it work with an XD75 or Boardwalk PCB.

When running the group buy, I plan to release the plate as Open Source so that people can make their own plates. I have realized that I'm not going to be able to support all the layouts that people are requesting, so I hope releasing the files will bring more attention to it.