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« on: Sun, 11 September 2011, 23:51:10 »
Been playing with keycap combinations to get something more unique.

First, is my black Filco with cherry MX red, wearing black Cherry double shots mixed with Dolch alpha and function keycaps and black Moogle Kit.  Just put this together today.  I should probably mix in more Dolch keycaps for the 6-pack above the arrow keys.  I thought this looks pretty nice already.




Second is something that I have had for a while.  It is my Realforce 87UB variable weight SE1700 wearing yellow Topre keycaps from Korea and red WASD from RiGS who got it from Finland or Sweden, I think.  Notice the smaller font size for the red keys.


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« Reply #1 on: Mon, 12 September 2011, 05:56:22 »
I noticed something about the Topre keycaps and it is that some yellow ones from the Realforce 91UBY can't fit the Realforce 87U because of the stem.

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« Reply #2 on: Mon, 12 September 2011, 06:19:38 »
I absolutely adore the looks of your Filco board! I would really like to do something similar with my Filco but I am not sure how to go about obtaining compatible keycaps. Even more - I use the UK layout.... Now I wish I bought an ASCII layout board... Just so that finding different key caps would be easier.

Any tips on how I could obtain key caps?

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« Reply #3 on: Mon, 12 September 2011, 07:20:28 »
That is one classy looking Filco. I'd love a set of Dolch caps for my Poker. :D

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« Reply #4 on: Mon, 12 September 2011, 07:59:33 »
Very nice looking boards!

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« Reply #5 on: Mon, 12 September 2011, 09:41:17 »
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I noticed something about the Topre keycaps and it is that some yellow ones from the Realforce 91UBY can't fit the Realforce 87U because of the stem.

Yes, some of the red keycaps for the front row I got from RiGS don't fit the 87U.  Don't remember for sure off the top of my head, but I think the left CTRL key for some reason has its switch turned 90 degrees, making it incompatible with 87U.  I bet the 91UBY has the old style 86U layout as well.

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I absolutely adore the looks of your Filco board! I would really like to do something similar with my Filco but I am not sure how to go about obtaining compatible keycaps. Even more - I use the UK layout.... Now I wish I bought an ASCII layout board... Just so that finding different key caps would be easier.

Any tips on how I could obtain key caps?

Best would be to get a STANDARD set from Round 4 group buy and add an UK kit.  You can also check on ebay for UK and DE to hunt for ISO Cherry keyboards.  Look for the letter H in the model number for double shots.  I rarely see ISO cherry boards on US ebay.  There is an Italian ISO Cherry board on US ebay though.
 
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That is one classy looking Filco. I'd love a set of Dolch caps for my Poker. :D

The easiest is to get the Round 3 STANDARD set in the Round 4 group buy again.  7bit is making the Round 3 set available in Round 4.  This set is a replica of the Dolch keycaps.  

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Very nice looking boards!

Thanks!

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« Reply #6 on: Tue, 13 September 2011, 10:44:58 »
a quick thank you to all those that worked on getting the wiki up and readable for noobies like me. Just finished putting
together a custom Orange set of key caps for my Cherry black Mekka G1 board. Loving it so far!

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« Reply #7 on: Tue, 13 September 2011, 14:27:37 »
Very nice!  Here's mine.  I was bored so I started rearranging the keycaps. lol =P

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« Reply #8 on: Tue, 13 September 2011, 17:18:09 »
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Very nice!  Here's mine.  I was bored so I started rearranging the keycaps. lol =P

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This is pretty as well! Good job sir! (=

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« Reply #9 on: Tue, 13 September 2011, 17:22:39 »
^ Thanks! =D

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« Reply #10 on: Tue, 13 September 2011, 17:25:10 »
Yes, people, keep posting pictures of your creations!

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« Reply #11 on: Tue, 13 September 2011, 17:30:19 »
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Yes, people, keep posting pictures of your creations!


I've posted these in other threads, but since you asked...




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« Reply #12 on: Tue, 13 September 2011, 17:37:28 »
^ I like the checkered one.  Very cool indeed.  I just might do one later on. =P

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« Reply #13 on: Tue, 13 September 2011, 17:54:38 »
Thanks!  I think it looks less busy and jarring than other checkerboard jobs I've seen since I just did the alphanumeric keys.

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« Reply #14 on: Wed, 14 September 2011, 10:11:37 »
Here it is my new add to the Realforce 87U:


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« Reply #15 on: Wed, 14 September 2011, 12:27:27 »
Interesting.  What's the significance of the red keys?

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« Reply #16 on: Wed, 14 September 2011, 12:34:54 »
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Interesting.  What's the significance of the red keys?

They are letters to spell deskthority.

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« Reply #17 on: Wed, 14 September 2011, 13:02:04 »
Litster can you post your white keyboards? The ones I remember from the filco group buy you posted in were nice.
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« Reply #18 on: Wed, 14 September 2011, 22:06:04 »
Here is a white Filco MX brown with black Cherry double shots and RGB modifiers from the recent group buy.  



The next one is my IBM Spacing Saving Keyboard with Unicomp's RGB moodifiers and yellow WASD keys.




The 3rd one is another white Filco MX red with OxyCleaned Wyse terminal keyboard's double shot keycaps.  The yellow arrow keycaps are one of my favorites.


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« Reply #19 on: Wed, 14 September 2011, 22:26:46 »
Love, love, and love.  Especially the SSK.

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« Reply #20 on: Thu, 15 September 2011, 00:51:15 »
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Love, love, and love.  Especially the SSK.
this.

first time ive actually wanted an SSK. now im even more excited to get my white filco and white leopold!
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« Reply #21 on: Thu, 15 September 2011, 00:56:05 »
Keep it coming lister...love all the white keyboards.
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« Reply #22 on: Thu, 15 September 2011, 01:24:05 »
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this.

first time ive actually wanted an SSK. now im even more excited to get my white filco and white leopold!

I lusted after a white Filco + R3 set for a while, but after seeing keyboardlover's pics, I gotta say that white 2-shots on a black Filco looks better.  That look is my current goal.

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« Reply #23 on: Thu, 15 September 2011, 17:21:51 »
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The 3rd one is another white Filco MX red with OxyCleaned Wyse terminal keyboard's double shot keycaps.  The yellow arrow keycaps are one of my favorites.

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Aww, that is such a beauty! Great job! (The other keyboards of yours are also pretty but I have only a Filco myself so I look at those most ^^) The only thing i dont like is the default "sculpted" windows keys, I would like to replace mine...

Which of the keys are "OxyCleaned Wyse terminal keyboard's double shot keycaps" ? Is it the lighter gray ones for the letters? Those are really sexy! How could I obtain a set from those as well? Would you be so kind to link to the "Group buy round 4" that you mentioned in your previous response to me? I searched in the group buy section of the forum but there were so many threads and I wasnt sure which one you were referring to.
Thanks!

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« Reply #24 on: Thu, 15 September 2011, 17:57:35 »
This is the link to Group Buy Round 4: http://geekhack.org/showthread.php?20485-Double-shot-replacements-ROUND-FOUR!

The lighter keys (alpha + numeric) were very yellow after years of exposure of sunlight.  They returned to their original color (or much closer to it) after spending a day in OxyClean solution under the sun.  OxyClean info on these keys:
http://geekhack.org/showthread.php?19644-Dang...-peroxide-DOES-burn&p=377061&viewfull=1#post377061
http://geekhack.org/showthread.php?19644-Dang...-peroxide-DOES-burn&p=377779&viewfull=1#post377779

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« Reply #25 on: Fri, 16 September 2011, 11:47:11 »
Filco Cherry Blue with group 4 SP keys.

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« Reply #26 on: Sat, 17 September 2011, 20:52:16 »
POKER with RGB


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« Reply #27 on: Sat, 17 September 2011, 21:14:12 »
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POKER with RGB

Very nice!

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« Reply #28 on: Mon, 19 September 2011, 06:52:41 »
Here we go!


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« Reply #29 on: Mon, 19 September 2011, 09:42:58 »
I've toyed with something like this , but when I make my purchase today I doubt I'll go with it.... Mainly because I doubt I will be glad to have it 3-4 years from now... lol



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« Reply #30 on: Mon, 19 September 2011, 13:12:41 »
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POKER with RGB

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Is that a kbc white engraved set? Looks awesome.
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« Reply #31 on: Mon, 19 September 2011, 14:52:16 »
If this....
 
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POKER with RGB

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and this had a baby =P
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My variation on that theme.
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« Reply #32 on: Mon, 19 September 2011, 17:32:36 »
WOW! There are some really nice keycaps arrangements here! This is my humble re-do of my Filco Majestouch 2. I just put some white PBT keycaps on it. Again, excuse the camera.

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Keyboards currently in my possession:
Filco Majestouch Cherry MX Brown 104 key, Unicomp Spacesaver 104, Rosewill RK-9000RE (Cherry MX Red), Leopold 660C Mini Capacitive keyboard, HHKB Type S, Logitech Illuminated Keyboard

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Leopold 210TP Mechanical Keypad (Cherry MX Red), Leopold FC210TP/NB Mechanical Keypad (Cherry MX Brown)

Other Keyboards I have tried:
Filco Majestouch Cherry MX Red, Leopold  FC500RR/AB Linear Touch Cherry MX Red, Razer Blackwidow Ultimate, Razer Blackwidow Ultimate Stealth Edition, Realforce 103U/UB, Realforce 103U Black All 55g, Noppoo Choc Mini 84 Mechanical Cherry MX Black keyboard, Noppoo Choc Mini 84 Mechanical Cherry MX Red keyboard (white and black color versions), PLU G3000 NKRO keyboard (white w/ Cherry MX Red switches), Dell 101AT (black Alps switches), Mattias Mini Quiet Pro (modified white Alps switches), KBT Pure Pro, (2)Happy Hacking Keyboard Professional 2, Leopold FC210TP/CB Tactile Click Cherry MX Blue Tenkey pad

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« Reply #33 on: Sat, 24 September 2011, 22:28:09 »
Received my 87UW45g today, and put on the black keycaps from my 87UB.  I have my own opinion on these two configurations, but I would love to what you all think.












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« Reply #34 on: Sat, 24 September 2011, 22:33:28 »
^ I like the first one since it's similar to what I have on atm.

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« Reply #35 on: Sat, 24 September 2011, 22:36:07 »
The second one looks fantastic.  I would like to see the inverse of the first.

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« Reply #36 on: Sat, 24 September 2011, 22:36:23 »
I like it!

Nice pics.

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« Reply #37 on: Sat, 24 September 2011, 22:43:37 »
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The second one looks fantastic.  I would like to see the inverse of the first.

Inverse and on 87UB?

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« Reply #38 on: Sat, 24 September 2011, 23:07:28 »
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Inverse and on 87UB?

White board, white modifiers, black alphanum.

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« Reply #39 on: Sun, 25 September 2011, 00:04:37 »
Did 2 different variations.

In my opinion 87UW looks best in its original white/grey color combo.  But I will keep it as is for now to see if it would grow on me.








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« Reply #40 on: Sun, 25 September 2011, 00:27:41 »
Cool, thanks for posting more pics. :)

Seeing them now, I don't really care for the mixed white/black caps in any combination.  Original white/gray or all black caps looks best.

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« Reply #41 on: Sun, 25 September 2011, 01:42:02 »
white case + black keys = awesome
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« Reply #42 on: Sun, 25 September 2011, 23:18:10 »
I really like the gray colored keys. A real class to that shade.
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« Reply #43 on: Wed, 28 September 2011, 00:32:07 »
White doubleshots with some extra blue legends, Poker and Filco flavored:




Can't wait for round 2 moogle kits!

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« Reply #44 on: Sun, 02 October 2011, 12:53:47 »
Just swapped in the Dolch number row as well.  I thought it looked kind of weird before.  Just realized that it was because the number row was missing.  And now, featuring Creeper!


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« Reply #45 on: Sun, 02 October 2011, 12:55:30 »
Looks awesome!

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« Reply #46 on: Sun, 02 October 2011, 15:40:39 »
Added the RGB kits to my keyboards.
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« Reply #47 on: Sun, 02 October 2011, 18:28:57 »
So the best keyboard can also have the best keycaps. Looks very nice, Dox.

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« Reply #48 on: Sun, 02 October 2011, 18:41:50 »
Thanks dorkvader! I may end up ordering some shorter right shifts to complete the set and a matching spacebar for the wyse keycaps buy SP charge 50$ for a single spacebar...
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« Reply #49 on: Sun, 02 October 2011, 19:58:57 »
Everyone's keycaps are looking sexier than ever.