Zenit (Zenith/Зенит) - Soviet typewriter, which presumably produced at the Novosibirsk Bullet Plant. It is the "collective" copy of the 53-57 Royal Quiet de Luxe. Thus, the rear side of the body and the "Speed Selector" knob on the left side are taken from the wound version of the model, and the front part of the body and the keyboard - from late. Unfortunately, I can't compare Zenit with the original Royal, but judging by the many photos on the Internet, there are no meaningful differences between these two typewriters. Functionally I can note an absence of line finder scale and button on the left shaft knob.
All known Zenit was painted terrible wrinkle paint and have the galenith tombstone keys. Unfortunately, the keys are not preserved in it's entirety at any of known typewriter.
My Zenit looked no better than the other - peeling paint, covered with some strange "mold", shrunken and cracked keys, "gray" shaft.
BUT! Inside the machine it was in perfect condition, absolutely clean, lubricated and don't require in any interventions.
Among the defects was a broken paper release lever and broken leash of carriage return lever. Chrome parts are perfectly clean, no rust at all.
The wooden case is in perfect condition too.
Overall typewriter is very pleasant, easy and clear in operation.
Now the machine repainted in blue ice. There is an active process of searching the appropriate beige keys to replace the original.
Status: Typewriter Hunter
I'm Sergei, I was made in Russia)))))))
I wouldn't call myself a hunter - I just love typewriters, use them and collect some of them.
Many of it comes and goes out, solds to someone else, and others who "gets" me, remains)
I can't tell where I've developed a passion for typewriters. It seems that I was born with it. At least for as long as I can remember, I have always loved it. The first machine I bought in 2008. It was our, Soviet "Lyubava", a copy of "Erika". Before it, I've seen typeriters only on pictures)
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