Friday, November 13, 2015

Remington Portable in tangerine and cream

Comes out a very bright and sunny looking machine!

New feet were manufactured to order for the machine. That sounds very excessive, but is not too bad really. More expensive than 20 cents for a simple grommet, but at just over a Euro for a custom made foot it is an entirely affordable extravagance. This machine has the extra angled plate at the back, so a slightly changed 3D model was made for front and back feet to allow for the thickness of this plate. These were then ordered to be 3D printed like the previous set in PU rubber.

The machine is now assembled and works, but still needs a lot of adjusting and tweaking to make it work smooth. These Remington Portable typewriters are capable of being very light and easy to type on, just takes some work to get them there.

It has the platen from the parts machine that is still 'soft' and rubber-like. The wooden core needed to be shortened a fraction of a millimeter. Probably from moisture damage it had swollen uneven and was fouling the brackets. This pressed the linefeed ratchet against the bracket and return-lever, making the line-spacing unreliable. The end-flanges of the platen screw off and the platen core can then be sanded down carefully (at right angles) and put back together again.

The newly made decals didn't come out quite as hoped. Discovered that the bonding agent I used corrodes the copper in the gold ink. A next time we'll know about that...

The case lid from the parts machine cleaned up well. Strong detergent in warm water removes most of the accumulated dirt. On some areas cleaned with a brush to loosen and then a rag to take up the dirt. A general brushing up with wax and polish revived the leathercloth. Most of the rust on the fittings came off with the Moto-Tool and steel-brush. The leather handle taken from the old case to complete it; now again a presentable and functional carrying case.

Showing off the two-tone orange and cream color scheme... (yes!, in an unusual angle)

(To go with this late twenties' deluxe typewriter :-)


  1. Totally delectable!

  2. Absolutely...just...I...[speechless]...

    If I may ask: what final dimensions were used for the rear feet? Kind regards,

  3. That's a Tangerine Dream - I went back and looked at the "before" pictures - an amazing transformation. And the sound clip is delightful.

  4. Great work. I missed your original post on the 3D printed feet; that looks like a great solution and very affordable.

  5. Thank you all for your kind words and encouragement :)
    For the feet to have room for just the plate (not the washers), stretched the flange by a mm for the back feet and stretched the base for the front feet. Will be uploading the files and share.