Feb 10, 20187698 views

GMK Space Cadet

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I recently built my own 'end game' keyboard with 7bit's Round 6 caps, when I decided it was time to bring this classic colorway to the realm of cherry keycaps. I've already drawn up the kits I would like to see in the group buy for this set, but these are of course not final. There are still a few question marks to deal with.
It was important to me that the original keyboard can be replicated closely, hence the extra alpha keys, Black Text Modifiers kit and having blue spacebars available separately instead of putting those into the Blue Alphas kit to not make a purchase of them mandatory.
FAQ:
Q: When? A: Depends on how fierce you guys vote! https://www.massdrop.com/vote/GMK-Space-Cadet
Q: Doubleshot? A: Yes, everything. New molds for alphas etc, no half-assing on my watch.
Q: Colevrak kit? A: Due to the secondary APL legends, a Colevrak kit would need 20+ new molds made as well. With Colevrak kits having an MOQ of 100 and only ever having reached that number once with Laser, we're talking about a 30euro (40-45$ or so) extra, making the kit cost 80-90$.
Q: 40% support? A: I'm not quite sure yet how to add 40% support to this set. I don't want to add that many keys to the base kit which already will be costing more than regular. Maybe a separate kit could be realistic.
Q: Blue alphas? A: This was exactly what Bob Ross meant by his famous saying "We don't make mistakes, just happy little accidents.". I always start my renders with one color for all keys, apply the legends and then split off the alphas/accents etc to change their color. So when I saw the entire keyboard in blue, I knew I have to have it.
Q: Blue NorDeUK? A: Blue alphas are the icing of this cake, getting the gray kit to pass MOQ will be struggle enough.
Q: Why text-only modifiers? A: I'm trying to stick to the design of the original where possible, so using Cherry arrows for Tab/Backspace/Return/Shift keys did not seem appropriate to me. Nobody I showed this to even mentioned that those were missing so it appears people like how this looks. I hope you agree!
Q: Colors? A: Custom, I'll have GMK color match BFP from Signature Plastics for the blue keys, Gray is closest to GD which I had them mix already for GMK Oblivion alphas so I'll probably be reusing that as well. Legends are TBD, probably N9 (near black) and CP (off-white).
Q: Price? A: I can't say for sure, but let's do some napkin math. GMK Red Samurai Base Kit has 164 keys, this has 162 keys, so the price of the keys themselves would practically be identical. However we have 36 new molds that need to be made, each costing 150€, a total of 5,400€/6600$. So if we took the prices from GMK Red Samurai that's on Massdrop right now and added this cost we end up with 500:143$/1000:127$/1500:115$. But again, napkin math. 500:149$/1000:129$/1500:119$ is a good guess though IMO.
Special thanks to t0mb3ry for turning the Symbols (roman numerals and hand signals for the Symbols kit) into vector format and Chyrosran22 for supplying high resolution photos to work off of!
Thank you for reading,
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I am kind of new to keyboards, are these SA profiles?
themartinc123
Cherry profile, produced by GMK in Germany.
@Oblotzky What you think about add one more 1.25u R4 keycap? Because if I replace Caps Lock 1.75u R3 with Control 1.75u R3, so need some any more 1.25u R4 keycap, because I don't want 2x left Control. So 1.25U R4 keycap with Caps Lock/FN/Menu/blank/... anything will be fine.
Yep there is extra Hyper, but i want use this as Menu/FN and Meta instead left Alt because emacs use this. :-)
If I'm only one with this problem, forget it.
I know I'm in the minority, but I really love the GMK 9009 Planck kit I got through Dixie Mech and wish the same option were available for some of these other great designs. Regardless, I'm looking forward to either the base or ergopreonic kits. Looks great!
August is right around the corner and I'm eager for this drop, then i remembered that it'll be well into 2019 before i get these caps in my hands. *sigh*
Needs some space themed novelties
BlueCrowned
Not really. The name might be misleading, this doesn't have anything to do with space really. It is a set based on the original Space Cadet keyboard by Symbolics.
Heyyyy any updates on this set? I need it! 😬
I'm hoping this will drop immediately after the keycap recap and canvas GB. *crossing fingers*
Jino74
SA Green Screen is next for July :) but it won't be much longer!
Oblotzky
July is going to be a longggg month then! :D
Is it intentional to have right roundup on the X key, rather than left roundup? I thought APL used the latter, although I'm no expert. Great work, in any case.
nmos
Good catch! I rotated the legend instead of mirroring it. Very sloppy of me, I'll should do another round of doublechecking.
Any updates on this? Will it be the next massdrop offer now Serika is done?
verdigris
Not quite yet, another set is returning after Serika, and I'm not sure if there will be one more drop after that for July. Kit's have been revised and sent off to GMK for pricing so I should have an update soon hopefully if those are greenlit.
this is my endgame for GMK addict .thank you
I can't wait for this to happen!
I love the all blue set. Looks great!
Please please please drop this in SA profile with an ergodox kit!!! I will give you my kidney and/or first born child.
when will this happen?
OldCat
TBD
What profile? DSA?
mberndtgen
GMK refers to the manufacturer located in Germany, they produce Cherry profile.
Please let’s make this happen soon.
for anyone interested in the SA profile of this design: https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=94288.0;topicseen
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quick! post in on G+
lanyusea
Lol, I did already.
So this is now a thing, https://www.reddit.com/r/mechmarket/comments/80qyvs/ic_hyper_7_r2_pcbs/ I wonder how many sets I would need to cover that...
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The PCBs will likely run yes. everything else would have to be custom made - but if I can do it, so can anyone else :)
Thanks man - yep, the PCBs are likely to run
Can't wait for this. Let's make sure that we agree on the color sample. Last time when we had Triumph Adler... 😂
As someone who is still waiting on 1/2 of a Round 6 order to ship, yes to this! GMK Cherry profile isn't even my favorite keycap material or profile, but I'd buy this keyset.
Let's make this happen.
The base kit is SO close to support a Let's Split / Planck / Preonic layout, basically just needing 6 caps: R2: Tab R4: Return R4: 2x 1U Blancks for space, Raise/Lower,
Throwing in Symbols kit could cover the Raise/Lower and return and tab with the hand symbols.... if it just had some black gray R4 1U's it that'd be perfect... I guess throwing on some period or 0, 00 symbols from the numbed would work.
Kit looks fantastic.
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Yeah, from what I can tell people are happier with a blank variant rather than having legends which dictate a pre-defined layout. So far no one has objected on this project as far as I can tell.
Oblotzky
Glad to see we're getting legends on the modifiers! The assembly modifiers are a great call!
PRETTY NICE_blue_grey!!!Make it group run,please~~
It's nice but i feel like i'd need anything space cadet themed on the Spherical Caps. Not knocking them it's just a personal pref, definitely would pass on a gmk/cherry profile.
Ignition button is sorely needed .... (instead of "return") RUD also needed (rapid unplanned disassembly)
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johnjonathan
What you are looking for is the Godspeed set ;) this isn't actually a Space themed set as @Iredeus pointed out.
ok, now i want
So in.
So much win! Please make this happen
I need that all blue to happen!
I am so fucking hyped for this, and thank you for doing all double-shot for the sub-legends <3
100% in for base, symbols, spacebars & blue alphas :D