Wednesday, June 15, 2016

HO-Series ㄷshape Tile-roofed Korean Traditional House

Today, I introduce you a HO-Series ㄷshape Tile-roofed Korean Traditional House
This is a model made by YOUNG MODELER.

This model consists of several parts made of woods and rubber tile roof.
In real life, the roof tiles are  made of clay tiles.

The kit manual said the entire process will take about 5 hours.
When I was first making the kit, I expected to finish building the kit in 3 hours.
However, once I reached the roof tiling part, I struggled very much because the rubber pieces
WON'T stick on other rubber!

First, I removed all the parts and colored all.
This process took about 5-10 minutes I think.

Then set up all the piece nicely.
This process was very much easy enough.

However, I must be careful when doing this.
The woods are delicate and fragile, they can break easily.

This is how it looks like after I set everything correctly.

Then I put up the top plate to install the roof.

Ready the roof top to place tile-roof.

I started to get mad and upset as the rubber roof pieces are not
holding in their places. I tried several different cement and glues.

I eventually used the masking tapes to hold pieces.
However, this solution resulted white markings on the tiles.

Looks fine to me but those white marks and
glazes decrease the quality.

I have two more different kits to build.
I hope I can do better on those.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

How to Use a Korean Typewriter, and what makes it special.

How to Use a Korean Typewriter, and what makes it special.

I have something very interesting for you all: a Korean typewriter!

Korean typewriter is different from other alphabet typewriters because of the characteristic of its language. While alphabetical typewriters simply line up characters, Korean needs to combine different characters by placing one underneath of, above, or next to other character.

Here is a short video I filmed to briefly explain:

There are three significant differences in Korean typewriters from the English typewriters.
1. Shift key works to lower the type guide so that it can type a character 'underneath' or 'lower' of other characters.

2. Typebars are not straight or rectangular shaped. The type slugs are insane! This is because so that the typewriter can type a character after another without using backspace. Please see the picture of typebars.

3. Shift key will unlock only if either space bar or consonants is typed. (Please see the pictures with annotations as well.)

This typewriter is made in around 80s I think. There were not so many Korean typewriter companies back in time. Generally, all the typewriters are made by either Clover or Marathon. I also posted a picture of the rear or the typewriter with a clear label, "made in Korea."

Kyungbang, or known as K-Mech in foreign nations, produced and exported many different typewriters.

If have any questions, please.

Crazy type slugs!

Quality Inspection Sticker from K-Mech

A Few Pictures of South Korea