KIM-1 restoration advice sought

From: John Honniball <>
Date: Tue Jan 23 05:33:58 2001

On Mon, 22 Jan 2001 20:20:03 -0800 Ross Archer
<> wrote:
> Thanks for the offer, but unfortunately I don't think it has anything like
> standard parts. Everything about it looks custom-molded to fit the
> unusual key shape (curved keytops with painted legends and smoothly-
> rounded key edges), unusual key layout (slide switch + two independent
> buttons and 3 x 7 matrix of scanned buttons).
> The way it's put together suggests to me a very well-designed custom
> keypad that would only make sense if sold in the thousands.

My KIM-1 has a keypad that looks (to me) just like the
keyboard of a late 1970s Commodore calculator. With
different legends on the buttons, of course. There's even
the "on" marking next to the switch. I wonder if it was,
in fact, done by modifying an existing calculator keyboard
design? And, if it was, could you fix it with parts from a
Commodore calculator?

Just in case it helps, here's an image I got over the
weekend of my KIM-1:

It's quite a big JPEG (325k) but it does show the machine
in detail.

John Honniball
University of the West of England
Received on Tue Jan 23 2001 - 05:33:58 GMT

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