I’m thrilled to introduce SA Skyriter, a vintage inspired, deep forest green, olive, and seafoam sculpted keyset design. The colourway is based on the early 50s typewriter, “Skyriter” from Smith-Corona.
Cleaned up Base modifier kits and split into child kits
Received preliminary quotes for new kits
Colours will be matched to actual typewriter keys that will be sent to Signature Plastics. This will mostly affect the modifiers which are now a bit of a cooler green. New renders reflect the updated modifier colour as close as possible. Final keycaps will use the typewriter alpha and modifier colours along with the previously provided Pantone legend colour.
I am not currently planning a monotone modifier kit but I am still developing a novelties kit and/or a single metal artisan. These are early stages so plans are subject to change.
I’d love to get any additional feedback on the new kits. And even though I’ve put tremendous thought into these kits, now is the time to let me know if anything is glaringly wrong or missing!
Thanks for that feedback! I’ll be adding more renders as this goes along so perhaps the typewriter colour can be used on a future case. At the start I wanted a colour that people might actually use but still convey a vintage look.
I do like that muddy textured typewriter finish though!
Massdrop x Zslane Mercury Rocketeer Keyboard turned out, in a way that I was not upset I missed out on the Drop. If there was a case with the typewriter look to it, I would pick up a 3rd job for it, super fast lol
I wish there was an all dark green version with just the olive for accents on esc, enter, and arrow cluster. I know that’s similar to SA nuclear data but this is sculpted and I like this green/seafoam better than nuclear data green/white
Is it possible to have an optional modifier kit? Dunno, maybe it’s fine the way it is.
I don’t know anything about typewriters, but I love the look of this one.
Sadly, I don’t think I could redo moulds for all of the legends although I like the idea! As for the finish on the case, you miiight be able to reproduce a similar finish with powder-coating. I honestly don’t know how this finish was applied to the original typewriter. But it is really nice.
Thank you! I’m considering the addition of novelties and if I go the way of splitting up kits I’ll definitely add a novelty kit.
Thanks! I’m considering splitting the base kit into smaller kits and if I go that route I might add a monochrome modifier kit as there have been a few requests for that.
Thanks everyone for your interest and feedback so far! The reception of this set has been wonderful and I look forward to moving it towards GB. I’ve got a few things to think about at this point and will be working on some kit options, novelties, and reaching out to SP and other vendors.
If you haven’t already, please make sure to fill out this form as it helps me to gauge interest and gather feedback.
You know, I’m of two minds about this. Because on one hand, yes, novelties (a M R novelty would be great) and the color swap mods would be excellent, and would make a lot of people happy. But on the other, this as-is is just a simple kit that you just don’t see anymore, and I think it’s something our hellish, 38-kit keyset market crazy world of keycaps needs at this point. Just some good ol’ retro simplicity that recalls both typewriters and days gone by for our little modern keyboard community.
Hey everyone, please have your tickets ready and prepare to board flight SA Skyriter. We will be taking off in August 2020 with the support of these vendors who will be hosting:
North America - NovelKeys
Europe - Mykeyboard.eu
Oceania - Daily Clack
Asia - zFrontier
In other news the reception to the new kits has been great, and while there may be a few tweaks to be made, I’m pretty happy with them. If you have any concerns about the kits please let me know!
Lastly, a novelty kit is in development and I’m really excited to share it with you. Right now I’m experimenting with a few different concepts. Given the amount of time until the GB I want to take it slow and get things right but I’ll post the novelties as soon as they’re ready!
If you’d like to show your support or offer feedback please consider filling out the Interest Check form.
Thank you all for your ongoing support. I’m looking forward to seeing you in August and I’ll keep you up to speed as we approach takeoff.
Yes, In keeping with the flight analogy it’s similar to how it feels like the plane takes forever to taxi to the runway before taking off
But yeah, no surprise GB in 2 days announcement here! Save up your pennies!