26 Jun 2013

2 Projects: Techno Olympia and Baby Empire

Some questions...
Olympia SM4

Baby Empire

Have you ever seen anything like it?

I used to dislike Senatorial. Now I only love it.

It even came with both original crinkle paint spools!

I am curious how this made its way to the United States.

My Baby Empire seems to be identical to this one on Robert Messenger's blog.
(In worse shape, with the different decal, and minus the travelling case of course!)

Forgot to mention about the Olympia--I'm going to sand down the existing paint first, but I'm not sure if that would be enough considering what is happening to it now. Should I therefore try to remove the paint entirely? I don't want my hard work to come undone.

Typed loudly on my Olympia SM2 with two backing sheets on a rock hard platen.


  1. Using a chemical paint remover is way easier and faster than sanding everything off and reduces the chance of damage both on high points and grooves. To get the logo off, you can either grind the tabs, using something like a Dremel tool ($$) or, preferably, drill the riveted flange off with a regular drill, even a hand (non-electric) drill, or you probably know someone who will lend you such a tool. The drill is easier to control and avoid damage to the cover, even though any damage will be hidden under the soundproofing. Have Fun!
    == Michael Höhne

    1. Ah, I do have an electric drill (hadn't thought of that as an option) so I'll use that!
      Thanks for your help. :)

  2. Good luck with your sprucing up. I have several machines stripped for painting, and have no place to paint. :P

    1. You might just find a place. All it takes is a really big box and a place with little dust and much ventilation.

  3. To get the back plate off my Olympia SG1, I just simply tapped the back of the prongs with a hammer till they came out.

    Good luck with your project. Such a worthy paint project!

    Is that... was that.... a Hermes baby featherlite?

    1. Well it's the version built in England with Swiss parts! I'm assuming it is the very first model made.