Musings from the desert written on vintage machines
The Hermes machines of this era used quite soft metal. With a bit of thumb pushing, you will find this will snap into place with a bit of effort.
Actually, that's not a big deal. It's a bit of a pain, but that should go right back on. That's how the bottom of 3000's are meant to come off.Good luck and be patient with it!
Very annoying, but I hpe salvagable. There should be enough overlap to get half-decent solution but I know that bending aluminium back to the original shape can be very difficult. Deep breaths, good luck!
Thanks for the support everyone. I was able to get things disassembled AND i think I'll be able to get it back together with a little reshaping. Luckily I have some metalworking experience. There are some other issues with the machine, though. The metal guard that covers the platen rollers has come loose and, worst of all, the "e" keyslug is missing. I've looked through all the packaging and I think I just need to accept the loss of the slug. I'm hoping Bill Wahl will have a replacement.
Bill Wahl will help but send him a sample of the typestyle.. And that metal guard over the platen is called the Paper Table used by the typist when making corrections. It should present you no problems getting it back on.All postal services around the world are all B*****ds, this is their default position. Typewriter parcels are a challenge to them...
I saw your poor H3000 at Bill's today when I stopped by. That's all kinds of messed up. ):
Yeah - I'm not a happy camper. I hope he can get it back to typing shape. I'm not even concerned so much with appearance at this point.