Oh Singapore!

Just a quick write up on Singapore and Phuket.
I made the mistake of not bringing my camera this trip, but it’s probably a good thing, I’ve got over 300 pictures on my phone for the trip.
I didn’t put them all up here of course.
It’s a month worth of pictures squished into one post, and I took out a lot of the trip and tried to keep it as typewriter related as possible… Enjoy ;)

1st December
I finally get to meet two ladies that I’ve been conversing with on Facebook. We had Macca’s for breakfast, we laughed, and squealed over typewriters (that I brought over).

It was epic FUN.

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The girls went home trolley full of machines, and I got the coolest gifts! I have them here and I haven’t had a chance to make a stamp with my new carvers yet, but I’m sure I’ll do it soon :D

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3rd December
I got a chance to watch a local play “Hansel & Gretel” with a pretty wicked local twist. Totally enjoyed it.
And I got a free ladybug balloon.
And popcorn.
AND a cotton candy cone.

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I’d forgotten how awesome the hardware stores are in Singapore. I stumbled across this at the store closest to me and my jaw was just sweeping the floor and I couldn’t help myself but send a picture to Scott.
I bought a few square ones for feets, don’t know for which one, but I have some in stock so I’m pretty happy.
I wish I had more time in there though, there was heaps of useful contraptions for a fraction of the price as compared to Australia… Hopefully the next trip in June.

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And oh my goodness it is a beautiful machine.
I snagged myself a really good deal with this machine and got it sent straight to Singapore. The type feel was excellent. Smooth and light, and the key tops were flat so they had a different feel to the Royals I have at home. It was a lot smaller then I thought it would be too. First typing impression for a Corona – top notch thumbs up!
This piece went to a great friend of mine at the end of my trip – I’m glad it’s found a great forever home with a few other machines to be with!

11th December. I think.
We finally got the the Gardens by the Bay. Thoroughly enjoyed it and I kept smacking myself for not bringing my camera.
We only went to one of the two domes and in this dome you had to take a one way elevator up to the 7th floor where the indoor man-made water fall started… and slowly make your way down through amazing gardens and education points… we were totally freaking out being on the top floor. And walkways made of grills that high up? Eeeeeeehhhh.

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12th – 15th December, Phuket

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We were spoiled rotten in Phuket, Thailand. We stayed in a nice secluded resort and just chilled for four days. Wake up, breakfast, sleep, lunch, massage, sleep/swim, dinner, massage, TV, sleep. It was ahhhhhhhh… relaxing. I was very happy not to do too much.
Hubs and FIL did go to the shooting range though.

16th onwards.

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Adler Tippa 1, green 4B Corona, and what’s this massive case?….

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a SCM Classic 12 as a surprise super-early-birthday gift for me?!
AHHHHHHHHH :D
Sometime ago I spotted this machine on Etsy and shared it with a few friends. I had just blown my budget then with the pink L22 with the interestingly messy script face and I passed this up. A little while later this machine was sold on Etsy. I didn’t think too much about it…
And then it lands on my lap (well its probably a really poor choice of words because it’s a pretty huge machine!) as a beautiful birthday present!
Will blog more about it later on, I haven’t had a chance to clean it up just yet. :)

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The last weekend I was in Singapore was a pretty crazy one, I’d volunteered to help out with a wedding and the prep work was insane (but not as bad as my wedding, thankfully!). We went to the florist’s and got the flowers the day before the wedding and did a 12 hour stint just doing all the center-pieces and tying ribbons till something like 2 in the morning of the wedding.
Sometime in between the purchasing of flowers and vases and trying to find a bridesmaid’s (bride’s aunty?) dress I got a friend’s place (who was helping out in the wedding too) and before we did any work for the wedding she took out her machines.
A Remington Travel-Riter, and a Royal. I’d seen her Royal in pictures before, but when I saw it in person it only dawned onto me that it was a Royal Junior with sloped-top body (read more here from Machines of Loving Grace’s Royal page) and I got pretty excited. Then the excitement got killed when I tested out both her machines and they were both not working. Both machines had flat feed rollers and the Royal had other problems. Anyway, this particular friend loved the Consul I brought over that day. At the end of the trip that Consul was hers. :)

Late on the 27th night, I think.
(K you can smack me if I got the date wrong.)
It was pretty near to the day I was hopping back on a plane and I finally got to Karen’s place. She’s the writer of aitype@wordpress. We’re almost neighbours, it’s uncanny. I took the Torpedo along with me even though it wasn’t mine, haha. K has a thing for red machines and she loved using it for the little while she had her hands typing away on it.
We chatted, had tea, and I got to see her whole collection which was FANTASTIC. (Thank you so much again!!!!)
Two hours later (I think it was) we had to get home, the husband was with me and he was not functioning by then, haha. :)

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Food, glorious food!

Okay, last bit, I promise.
Before I flew over I had a long long list of food I missed and was craving to eat when I was over there. I didn’t get through the whole list but I got most of the list checked off… and boy was the food goooooood.

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By the end of the trip I was definitely full of all the yumminess Singapore could ever offer.
And I had gained weight, *sigh*

Oh, and patted this dog.
My friend was given this beautiful Shetland named Butter!

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Aaaaand, that was pretty much my whole trip.
Thanks for surviving the longest post on this blog.

Consul Comet

I thought I should post a couple of overdue things before I start on Singapore.
Ages ago I posted about a mystery machine that I couldn’t reveal – it was intended as a birthday present for a dear friend but she chose another machine. This baby ended up to another lady I know who I believe loves it to bits. And her two kids.
Enjoy!

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Early October, or somewhat. 9:46PM
This Consul Comet came from the other side of the world ages ago and I only got on to fixing it now.

Unfortunately, this was one of the few machines that fell into the unforgiving hands of the wanna-be Olympic postmen. The back plate was smushed in, colliding with the carriage wheel thus hindering the carriage movement. The space bar has a huge chunk missing from the frontal view and looks very much like a child with it’s front teeth missing.
Cute, but slightly heartbreaking.

The beautiful leatherette case was the first thing I got down to cleaning. It was pretty obvious it needed a thorough scrubbing – it was something like three shades darker/dirtier then it should have been.

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The handle on the other hand, was absolutely shocking.
I had scrubbed it so hard and so furiously that all the stitching broke, and at that time I didn’t really care (it was almost like I was in a clean-clean-clean-trance) and I ripped out grimy top leatherette layer and continued scrubbing… until it was nice and creamy looking, like it should be.

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Then I spent a little bit of time de-rusting the metal handle bits…
Sometimes it’s the little details that  makes a typer look beautiful again!

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And finally after a whole night of scrubbing the case, I was done.
That is one beautiful case.
I packed up the typer and didn’t look at fixing the actual machine for a long while.

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Finally I got the need to open it up and have a peek. It had the following pre-existing issues:
1. a dodgey home-fix with the line spacer lever
2. carriage was not moving well
3. margin setters not sliding/seemed stuck
4. margin release was loose
5. and all sorts of small things that I can’t quite remember now.

It was very interesting looking into this machine. I really liked its simplicity: clean linkage lines, no crazy contraptions, and simple movements. The non conventional platen fixture got me a little bit too excited too. I’d never seen anything like that.
First thing I did was to fix that gnarly looking DIY fix. I’m not too sure if you could see it from the picture above, but see if you can see the brass wire in the line spacing mechanism… nasty thing. The skin-bones-L32 I have finally put itself to some good use and I managed to find a nice spring that fit into the mechanism. It’s a terrible picture but if you look where the lever screw is – right under that is a small spring that I used. Worked like a charm.

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I used a spray bottle to spray all the gunk out and let it dry for a few hours… then proceeded to cleaning it out (I also undid the keys, it was an experience) hammering sheet metal and then putting it back altogether.
Then I spent a whole night with a needle, a pair of pliers and stupidness to sew the leatherette back onto the handle. I stabbed myself so many times so badly, it was NOT funny. At one time the needle had stuck itself about 5mm into the side of my finger. Urgh.
Note to self: never do that again.
It was then (here) I wrote that.

I did have to open it up again to fix the spcaebar stiffness (it was just the base being silly and concave, and a little bit of self adhesive felt did the job perfectly) and now… it looks like this:

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Absolutely clean and beautiful!
I must say, I’m already missing this machine.
It was a real job to fix this machine, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Hopefully another Consul will come my way :)