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1960 Torpedo Dynacord Serial # 2003231 1960 Torpedo Dynacord typewriter, Serial # 2003231 Kevin Stallaert's 1960 Torpedo Dynacord typewriter. 2022-04-25 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Kevin Stallaert: 1960 Torpedo Dynacord Serial # 2003231 After I saw a Torpedo Dynamic S on a German auction site (and lost the bidding war for it), I went looking for one of these Blue Whales like a mad captain Ahab. These machines are quite rare apparently. So far I've spotted a first generation in Germany (local pick up only), a second generation in the Netherlands and this machine in France. With the help of a Typewriter Discord member, this machine made it safely to Belgium. It's a true beast, littered with bureaucratic battle scars, and full of gunk when I got her. But Gloria lives once again. The machine is so big I'm unable to properly fit it on my white background (a big sheet of A1 width paper)

1960 Torpedo Dynacord #2003231

Status: My Collection
Hunter: Kevin Stallaert (KStallaert)
Created: 04-18-2022 at 04:24AM
Last Edit: 04-25-2022 at 09:32AM


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After I saw a Torpedo Dynamic S on a German auction site (and lost the bidding war for it), I went looking for one of these Blue Whales like a mad captain Ahab. These machines are quite rare apparently. So far I've spotted a first generation in Germany (local pick up only), a second generation in the Netherlands and this machine in France. With the help of a Typewriter Discord member, this machine made it safely to Belgium. It's a true beast, littered with bureaucratic battle scars, and full of gunk when I got her. But Gloria lives once again. The machine is so big I'm unable to properly fit it on my white background (a big sheet of A1 width paper)

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Left side of this machine
Left side of this machine

Front left side
Front left side

Front with extended paper support
Front with extended paper support

Front right side
Front right side

Right side
Right side

Back side
Back side

Bottom. Not much to see because of the bottom plate.
Bottom. Not much to see because of the bottom plate.

Ribbon cover opened
Ribbon cover opened

The slugs of the beast. Ro1 Classic Pica.
The slugs of the beast. Ro1 Classic Pica.

Serial number
Serial number

Top view without shell and carriage
Top view without shell and carriage

Left side without shell
Left side without shell

Front side without shell
Front side without shell

Right side without shell
Right side without shell

Backside without shell and cover plate
Backside without shell and cover plate

Underside without shell or bottom plate
Underside without shell or bottom plate

Out in the sun next to my Torpedo 18b
Out in the sun next to my Torpedo 18b

Left side without shell before cleaning
Left side without shell before cleaning

Back side without shell before cleaning
Back side without shell before cleaning

Extremely gunky ribbon vibrator. Don't spray WD-40 in a typewriter and assume it fixes everything!
Extremely gunky ribbon vibrator. Don't spray WD-40 in a typewriter and assume it fixes everything!

Right side without shell before cleaning
Right side without shell before cleaning

Bottom of the machine before cleaning. A lot of loose tabulator bars.
Bottom of the machine before cleaning. A lot of loose tabulator bars.

Carriage without shell before cleaning
Carriage without shell before cleaning

Quality control sheet
Quality control sheet

Skull of captain Ahab inside Gloria the Blue Whale for scale =D
Skull of captain Ahab inside Gloria the Blue Whale for scale =D

Hunter: Kevin Stallaert (KStallaert)

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I fell into the typewriter rabbit hole due to nostalgia: I used to have a massive Olympia SG1 when I was a kid. It formed my typing habits, which is why I am called a "furious typer" by my coworkers. Came across the r/typewriters page on Reddit which rekindled my love for these wonderful machines. Lets just hope I don't start pushing screens off my desk when I reach the end of a line...



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