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Offline akerasi

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Another Variable Force mod: Ricercar SPOS (G80-62410EUADSA)
« on: Fri, 24 February 2012, 18:55:48 »
So, I got my beautiful Ricercar SPOS, and I loved it from the minute I got it. Great layout, good size, really nice lasered keys, and it came to me in near-new condition, other than a few bits of cat hair inside (hey, people have pets. It happens). However, I've become very accustomed to typing on my Variable Force G80-11900 HRMIT, so it was time to make this one variable force as well. The process and layout was pretty much the same as my other one, and the second one I made (which I didn't post here about) as a gift to a friend who fell in love with mine. Pretty much the same mod, just another board... and it came out very well. Here's some pics from the process:
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After removing the keys, before diving into the switches
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Extra parts, from one of the 4 G80 POS boards I've harvested over time. I actually built the board these came from into a Ghetto Reds board for gaming, since it was NKRO and in decent shape.
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My parts storage box, with various odds and ends
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The switches that have been replaced are all Ergo Clears at this point. All others are to be either standard Clears, or my one row of Tactoblacks.
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Currently open switches are the Tactoblacks.

It was just a crappy cell phone camera, but it'll help you get the gist. Just figured I'd share my new project, and new main at-home keyboard (the HRMIT board of the original variable force mod is what I use at work).
Owns, no particular order:
Ricercar SPOS (Variable Force Mod number 3), 122-key IBM terminal board (future project to learn a Teensy), 1993 IBM Model M, Dell AT101W, 3x Cherry G80-8200LPBUS (2 in pieces, 1 modded to Ghetto Reds), Cherry G80-1190HRMIT(Variable Force Mod), Wang 724 Terminal Keyboard (Pink Alps), Cherry G84-4100, Cherry G81-LUMUS, a pile of random old ALPS Macintosh boards in poor condition.
Odd keyswitch boards for cheap (NEC sliders, space invaders, other weird stuff), Cherry Blues for cheap

Offline elbowglue

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Another Variable Force mod: Ricercar SPOS (G80-62410EUADSA)
« Reply #1 on: Sat, 25 February 2012, 22:26:51 »
Siiick.  The ricercar is the bomb, best feeling board I've ever had the pleasure of typing on.

Consider removing the top bezel to reveal another row of character you can map with AHK:
My keyboards: Filco Cherry Blue Tenkeyless(daily home), Compaq MX11800 (modded to blacks), Compaq "MX 84u",  Wellington\'s Dampened Endurapro, Pinkalicious Filco Blue Cherry, Chicony KB-5191, Chicony KB-5181, Desko MOS 5023 UP "elbowglue" spos (modded to blues), Siig Minitouch (monterey blue), SMK-88 (blue cherries), Ricercar SPOS
Smallest to biggest keyboards in inches (Length X Height) - Length is most important for a midline mouse position

KBC Poker: 11.6 x 3.9 - HHKB: 11.6 x 4.3 - Siig Minitouch (Geekhack Space Saver): 11.6 x 6 - Deck/Tg3 82: 12 x 6 - Noppoo Choc Mini 12.4 x 5.3 - Compaq "MX 84u": 13.1 x 7.5 - Filco Tenkeyless: 14 x 5.3 - Cherry "ricercar spos" G86-62410EUAGSA: 14 x 7.75 - Topre Realforce 86u: 14.4 x 6.65 - Desko "elbowglue spos" MOS 5023 UP: 14.5 x 8.4 - IBM Model M Spacesaver: 15.3 x 7 - G80-1800: 15.9 x 7.1 - Adesso MKB-125B: 16 x 7.3 - Compaq Mx11800, Cherry G80-11900: 16.25 x 7.5 - Filco Standard: 17.3 x 5.4 - Unicomp Endurapro: 17.9 x 7.1 - Adesso MKB-135B: 18.3 x 6.0 - Cherry G80-3000: 18.5 x 7.6 - IBM Model M, Unicomp Customizer: 19.3 x 8.27

Offline keyboardlover

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Another Variable Force mod: Ricercar SPOS (G80-62410EUADSA)
« Reply #2 on: Sun, 26 February 2012, 08:02:49 »
Nice board, hope you enjoy your "panda clears" ;)