Well now, what have we here? A rather large parcel, it would seem.
Portable inner assembly for scale, of course.
After a bit of digging, the treasure peeked out at me... As a side note, I now have more packing peanuts that I can probably use for the rest of the year.
Well, you can probably tell what it is by this point. I mean, what would it be save for an...
Amazingly beautiful, magnificent, and awesome Fox?
This machine comes to me from fellow Typospherian Nick M. off in the Netherlands. Its one of those nice times when you know exactly what you'll be getting. And boy oh boy, did I know what I was getting. One of the last machines to ever be produced in the Fox factory, with its celluloid keytops and improvised decals. I couldn't find one here in the states for years, so I knew I had to jump on the opportunity to grab one from across the big pond.
Its dirty, but all my machines come to me dirty. After an initial inspection, I already know that mechanically its sound. And honestly, it will clean up nicely.
This little card came with it, and I must admit that I laughed. Robocop and Fox typewriters will forever go together now.
As a side note, a serious mystery has finally been solved for me. I purchased a Fox 28 carriage awhile back and was perplexed at the fact it lacked a gear on it, since it made it inoperable on all my Fox desktops. I couldn't get a straight answer about if later machines were different from the people I ended up asking, but now I know; Fox transferred the gear to the frame of the machine way late in its life. My Model 28 carriage can be used, should I so choose, on this machine and for that I'm even more thrilled. Not that I know what I would even type on such a bloody large carriage.
See that little Corona special on the workbench? Yeah, it's been pushed back time and time again. And alas, it is now pushed back again. Its time for this workbench to go into Fox Overdrive mode.