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Offline qluboards

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[GB] mako.TKL - Premium Classic WKL TKL - Invoices Out
« on: Sun, 11 October 2020, 04:09:23 »
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mako.TKL
A premium classic top-mounted WKL TKL
253415-0

Table of Contents
1. Introduction
2. Design & Specs
3. Pictures & Sound Test
4. GB details
5. Thanks

1. Introduction
I love sharks. And you should too.

2. Design & Specs
I, and the community as a whole, has been on a bit of a 60/65 and gasketing bender recently so I decided to take a step back and go with a more classic TKL utilizing top-mount. 4 mounting points on the top, 3 on the bottom. The 3 mounting points on the bottom specifically spaced out to avoid making the spacebar feel like a brick (thanks OTD).

Given the shark theme for the mako.TKL, I took some creative liberties to further that. I intentionally kept the case as thin and streamlined as possible to mimic the shortfin mako's ultra-hydrodynamic body. Additionally, I designed the side profile to look like a shark's jaws as its' mouth opens. I also have "shark" 鯊魚 engraved on the weight in traditional Mandarin as a nod to my own familial heritage. Lastly, there will also be a laser engraving of the unique mako tooth thanks to excellent IC feedback.

Specs:
- Top: Anodized Aluminum 6061 (Pantone 533C)
- Bottom: Anodized Aluminum 6061 (Pantone 14-4102tcx)
- Top mount plate: Polycarbonate (plate file will be made public upon completion)
- Weight: Brass PVD and/or Polished Stainless Steel
- PCB: h87c provided and tested by hineybush
- WKL layout (split backspace, split R shift, stepped caps)
- 6 typing angle
- ~2.0kg unbuilt (brass weight)
- Case foam included
- Color options: Navy/Navy OR Navy/Light Gray

3. Pictures & Sound Test
Pictures:
253374-1
253376-2
253378-3
253380-4
253382-5
253384-6
253386-7
253388-8
253390-9
253392-10

Sound Test:
HPs lubed with 3204 | Polycarbonate plate | Stainless Steel weight | GMK Metropolis | case foam
https://soundcloud.com/qlu-boards/makotkl-typing-test-1/s-Mb40HEwbEiU

4. Group Buy Details
Limited Quantity: 40 units available. Raffle Style
I am a 1-man operation and my focus is on providing a timely and quality product so I, unfortunately, won't be able to take on any more than that. It is possible that there will be a couple extras depending on how many of the boards pass QC.

Raffle Start Date: 10/14 0700 PDT
Raffle End Date: 10/15 0700 PDT

Countdown: https://www.timeanddate.com/countdown/launch?iso=20201014T07&p0=234&msg=mako.TKL+GB&font=serif

GB Form: https://form.jotform.com/202838621350047

Invoicing will happen either late on the 15th or early on the 16th. Upon invoicing, there will be a 48 hour window for payment before spots will be re-raffled. If you need an extension for any reason, feel free to DM me here, on reddit (username qluboards), or on discord (username qlu#5475) and we can definitely work something out.

Price: $425 + shipping. (Shipping will be invoiced at a later date upon product arrival).
Extra PCB: +$50 USD
Extra PC Plate: +$35 USD
Extra weight (SS/brass): +$85 USD
Limit 1 extra per item.

Expected Ship Date: April 2021. This is already a pretty conservative estimate, but timelines in the hobby are particularly volatile right now due to continued coronavirus shenanigans.

Kicker: While current manu/shipping costs are quite high due to the current climate, this has been a passion project for me as I do love keyboards and I do love sharks.
As such, if this project proves to be profitable beyond $500, I will donate $500 to the shark charity SHARK STEWARDS in their effort to not just preserve the shark ecosystem, but also to restore coral reefs.
More info on their amazing cause can be found here: https://sharkstewards.org/

5. Thanks
Thank you to:
OtherAndrew for responding tirelessly to my questions/concerns
CJT for the IC renders and design advice
hiney for the PCBs and answers to my questions
ai03 for creating a fantastic design community
the community for normalizing our obsession with expensive chunks of metal and for the large amount of thoughtful feedback from IC
« Last Edit: Thu, 15 October 2020, 17:18:39 by qluboards »

Offline qluboards

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Re: [GB] mako.TKL - Premium Classic WKL TKL - 10/14 Raffle
« Reply #1 on: Sun, 11 October 2020, 04:11:10 »
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Offline Gondolindrim

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Re: [GB] mako.TKL - Premium Classic WKL TKL - 10/14 Raffle
« Reply #2 on: Sun, 11 October 2020, 14:35:53 »
Pictures are broken
A pessimist will tell you the cup is half empty. An optimist will tell you the cup is half full. An engineer will tell you it's exactly twice the size it needs to be.

Offline qluboards

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Re: [GB] mako.TKL - Premium Classic WKL TKL - 10/14 Raffle
« Reply #3 on: Sun, 11 October 2020, 14:39:38 »
well thats unfortunate now isnt it. lemme go ahead and fix that

Offline qluboards

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Re: [GB] mako.TKL - Premium Classic WKL TKL - 10/14 Raffle
« Reply #4 on: Sun, 11 October 2020, 14:42:41 »

Offline cwoissant

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Re: [GB] mako.TKL - Premium Classic WKL TKL - 10/14 Raffle
« Reply #5 on: Sun, 11 October 2020, 15:27:22 »
Looks awesome! Ive been waiting for the GB!

Offline tngpq

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Re: [GB] mako.TKL - Premium Classic WKL TKL - 10/14 Raffle
« Reply #6 on: Wed, 14 October 2020, 09:06:23 »
Finally!

Offline Mearaz

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Re: [GB] mako.TKL - Premium Classic WKL TKL - 10/14 Raffle
« Reply #7 on: Wed, 14 October 2020, 09:07:47 »
In the raffle. Hope I dont win, so my wallet will be spared.

Offline Liub

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Re: [GB] mako.TKL - Premium Classic WKL TKL - RAFFLE LIVE
« Reply #8 on: Wed, 14 October 2020, 10:12:55 »
Submitted, thanks and gl all.

Offline hrelling

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Re: [GB] mako.TKL - Premium Classic WKL TKL - RAFFLE LIVE
« Reply #9 on: Wed, 14 October 2020, 10:15:31 »
Excited for the raffle! I may have entered twice by accident (the submission button errored on my end and I got two confirmation emails). Hope to get this board, even if it breaks my budget!

Offline thor_r

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Re: [GB] mako.TKL - Premium Classic WKL TKL - RAFFLE LIVE
« Reply #10 on: Thu, 15 October 2020, 11:54:31 »
I'm in. Just hope this doesn't get botted.

Offline qluboards

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Re: [GB] mako.TKL - Premium Classic WKL TKL - RAFFLE LIVE
« Reply #11 on: Thu, 15 October 2020, 17:18:21 »
Thank you for all the interest! We ended up 436 entries total for 40 spots. The first round of invoices just went out and any unpaid spots will be rerolled in 48 hours!

Offline polarhanakan

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Re: [GB] mako.TKL - Premium Classic WKL TKL - Invoices Out
« Reply #12 on: Thu, 15 October 2020, 18:37:35 »
Would the invoice be coming from email or the platform that we chose in the form? Seems like I didn't get it :(

Really like the design. Congrats to the winners! :)

Offline thor_r

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Re: [GB] mako.TKL - Premium Classic WKL TKL - Invoices Out
« Reply #13 on: Thu, 15 October 2020, 19:47:29 »
Just received my invoice, one step closer to this beautiful board! :) Congrats on the GB!  :thumb:

Offline tngpq

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Re: [GB] mako.TKL - Premium Classic WKL TKL - Invoices Out
« Reply #14 on: Thu, 15 October 2020, 20:11:18 »
Thank you! Looking forward to the Baby Mako  ;D

Offline qluboards

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Re: [GB] mako.TKL - Premium Classic WKL TKL - Invoices Out
« Reply #15 on: Thu, 15 October 2020, 21:53:51 »
Would the invoice be coming from email or the platform that we chose in the form? Seems like I didn't get it :(

Really like the design. Congrats to the winners! :)

Would be through the email provided on the form.

Apologies if you didn't win :( If any invoices aren't paid within the 48 hour window there will be rerolls though!

Offline Curin Derwin

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Re: [GB] mako.TKL - Premium Classic WKL TKL - Invoices Out
« Reply #16 on: Sat, 17 October 2020, 10:42:33 »
Thank you! I just received the email and paid.  :thumb:

Offline polarhanakan

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Re: [GB] mako.TKL - Premium Classic WKL TKL - Invoices Out
« Reply #17 on: Sat, 17 October 2020, 14:56:00 »
Would the invoice be coming from email or the platform that we chose in the form? Seems like I didn't get it :(

Really like the design. Congrats to the winners! :)

Would be through the email provided on the form.

Apologies if you didn't win :( If any invoices aren't paid within the 48 hour window there will be rerolls though!

Were there any spots that were rerolled? Not sure if the 48 hour window has passed yet.