...typing for peace, democracy, and the glory of the Typosphere
The juxtaposition of those two photos is hilarious!Just looking at that typewriter, I would think it would tip over when the carriage is at one extreme end or the other. Is it stable when at either edge?
Who knows? Probably, it is a German machine after all. They probably engineered a counterbalance system to incrementally re-align the centre of balance as the carriage moves along. Or lead weights slung below.
Holy wingspan!And it's yours for just 99p.
99p plus a tankful of petrol. It is a long way to Bridlington from here.
Wow, and Adler with a larger wingspan than the 18" one I had! I can say that the carriage stabilizer bars worked pretty well on mine, but returning a monster carriage like that is a pain. The carriage assembly weighs a *lot* and tends to bounce off the left margin on returning. I couldn't get used to it despite the machine being quite nice in all other respects.
Not to mention having to reach 3 feet to your left to grab the linespace lever when you're done with a line! :D
The Spruce Goose caught my eye, but that extreeeemly long carriage! I've never seen one that long.
You mention cost of petrol, but you missed crane hire. You're gonna need some serious hardware to pick this guy up.
Is that thing for typing billboards or something? At first glance, I thought a projection screen had fallen onto a typewriter.
Of all the crazy looking typewriters, that one is surely up there!
Whoa... you'll need three people to operate that!
Can you imagine how much it would cost to have that platen recovered? ;-)
That reminds me of a machine I saw in an army surplus shop years ago — two typewriters bolted together side by side, sharing one huge carriage like this. One keyboard was in Latin and the other in Greek.