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1972 Hermes Ambassador Electric Serial # 4134081 1972 Hermes Ambassador Electric typewriter, Serial # 4134081 Hein Reinders's 1972 Hermes Ambassador Electric typewriter. 2022-05-21 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Hein Reinders: 1972 Hermes Ambassador Electric Serial # 4134081 Hermes Ambassador Electric

This Ambassador has been with me for 35 years. It didnt work well and little grains of plastic came of it if it did. It had to wait in the attic for my retirement.
Alas, this Ambassador Electric has not survived its long storage. The powerroll is lined with Vulkollan polyurethane, which seems to degrade. expand and grab hold of all the single-stroke-clutches that are built around it
See the drawing (servicedoc courtesy of Jaap Horstink)

The donor machine that I bought suffered the same disease.
If the roller could have been refurbished to the exact size, the task of rebuilding the machine would be beyond my abilities, so I thought.

I have decided to disect both machines and donate their organs to art (see www.typischkunst.nl) and to engineering design, see their picture gallery.

No typeface sample, alas

1972 Hermes Ambassador Electric #4134081

Status: My Collection
Hunter: Hein Reinders (heinemaat)
Created: 05-20-2022 at 08:30AM
Last Edit: 05-21-2022 at 02:27AM


Description:

Hermes Ambassador Electric

This Ambassador has been with me for 35 years. It didnt work well and little grains of plastic came of it if it did. It had to wait in the attic for my retirement.
Alas, this Ambassador Electric has not survived its long storage. The powerroll is lined with Vulkollan polyurethane, which seems to degrade. expand and grab hold of all the single-stroke-clutches that are built around it
See the drawing (servicedoc courtesy of Jaap Horstink)

The donor machine that I bought suffered the same disease.
If the roller could have been refurbished to the exact size, the task of rebuilding the machine would be beyond my abilities, so I thought.

I have decided to disect both machines and donate their organs to art (see www.typischkunst.nl) and to engineering design, see their picture gallery.

No typeface sample, alas

Typeface Specimen:

Photos:

work of art
work of art


two works of art
two works of art

belt tensioner
belt tensioner

the work of anonymous designers and craftsmen
the work of anonymous designers and craftsmen


escapement from behind
escapement from behind

escapement module on wooden pedestal.
escapement module on wooden pedestal.

artwork by unknown craftsmen
artwork by unknown craftsmen

exploded view
exploded view

unknown design engineer, toolmaker, and metalworder
unknown design engineer, toolmaker, and metalworder

the casting with the linear slide for the capital letter adjustment. It also carries the escapment, here not mounted
the casting with the linear slide for the capital letter adjustment. It also carries the escapment, here not mounted

link
link

the the right: an excenter-bolt
the middle part-set serves to adjust and secure the pointed spindle.
the the right: an excenter-bolt the middle part-set serves to adjust and secure the pointed spindle.


the part with the bow that pushes the typebars to their resting position
the part with the bow that pushes the typebars to their resting position

the powerroll with some of the clutches and what is left of the vulkollan layer on the powerroll
the powerroll with some of the clutches and what is left of the vulkollan layer on the powerroll

overview
overview

the frame with some 44  links where the typemechanism hooks in
the frame with some 44 links where the typemechanism hooks in

the links that need grinding to fit
the links that need grinding to fit

the actual mechanism in the flesh
the actual mechanism in the flesh

Aluminium as scrap metal?
Aluminium as scrap metal?

linear guides, steel plated surfaces
linear guides, steel plated surfaces

The castings of the carriage, one  sliding through the other
The castings of the carriage, one sliding through the other

The spaceframe with the crossmember that carries the module with the linear slide to shift the the segment uo and down. the segment is up for the lower case, and down for the upper case.
The spaceframe with the crossmember that carries the module with the linear slide to shift the the segment uo and down. the segment is up for the lower case, and down for the upper case.

links that require grinding them flat due to space requirement, see other photo
links that require grinding them flat due to space requirement, see other photo

segment with slot for pivot-wire.
How is that slot machined?
segment with slot for pivot-wire. How is that slot machined?

Typelace.
46 numbered typebars
Typelace. 46 numbered typebars

type specimen
type specimen

Overview of the servo type mechanism. 
The powerroll turns in CCW-direction.
A, B, C and D are pivot point fixed to the machine.
 A, B, C and D are stationary pivot-points.
Overview of the servo type mechanism. The powerroll turns in CCW-direction. A, B, C and D are pivot point fixed to the machine. A, B, C and D are stationary pivot-points.

the black circle is the powerroll, continously driven by the electric motor (in CW-direction)
The toothed elements with the white dots are two brakeshoes that just run free of the powerroll. When releasing the catch to the left, the element A is grabbed by the powerroll, It make one rotation, hitting the type-lever hard, is freed from the roll and caught behing the latch again
the black circle is the powerroll, continously driven by the electric motor (in CW-direction) The toothed elements with the white dots are two brakeshoes that just run free of the powerroll. When releasing the catch to the left, the element A is grabbed by the powerroll, It make one rotation, hitting the type-lever hard, is freed from the roll and caught behing the latch again

Hunter: Hein Reinders (heinemaat)

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As a retired product development engineer, I am fascinated by the design of electro-mechanical products in which parts move, make noise and, preferably, radiate a little heat. Most preferred are products that are operated by keys, like typewriters, accordeons and pianos.
My genetics and statistics on lifetime expectancy suggest that it is time for me to let you know about the fantastic design, product engineering and manuacturing skills of the generation before mine. I salute mr. Munk for the opportunity that he has created for me to show it to the world. Okay, a bit bombastic.
Comments? Email me at hreinder1950@gmail.com



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