Massdrop x Oblotzky GMK Space Cadet Keycap Set
Massdrop x Oblotzky GMK Space Cadet Keycap Set
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Leave it to Massachusetts Institute of Technology to raise the bar for keyboards. In the early 1980s, MIT students were cranking out complex mathematical equations on Lisp machines Read More
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From the MIT Lab to Your Desktop

Leave it to Massachusetts Institute of Technology to raise the bar for keyboards. In the early 1980s, MIT students were cranking out complex mathematical equations on Lisp machines. To do so, they needed a keyboard that could keep up. The Space Cadet keyboard (created by Tom Knight) was lauded for its ability to recreate even the most obscure symbols—and it could produce a remarkable 8,000 different characters if you memorized the right combinations. Now, thanks to Oblotzky (who you may know from the Oblivion and Green Screen keycap sets), you can get the original Space Cadet colorway on a keyboard of your own. Featuring brand-new custom legends, the set captures what it was like to have thousands of single-character commands at your fingertips. Put it on a compact keyboard and you can feel what it was like to access different commands by way of the modifiers.

Note:  To avoid confusion with the current checkout system, we will be changing the drop points manually for this drop. We are paying attention to the number of child kits being bought as well. If they reach certain quantities, we will adjust their prices accordingly. You may notice fluctuations in your checkout price as we make these adjustments on the back end, but you will not be charged more for anything.

To see the current number of kits sold and current drop points, you can check below - updated Aug 31 at 11:39 p.m. PT.

German-Made Doubleshot ABS

Made in Germany using custom Cherry tooling, GMK Space Cadet is compatible with a variety of different keyboards, including those with non-standard and standard layouts. The keycaps themselves are made from 1.5 millimeter-thick doubleshot ABS for longevity and strength. Comprising gray alphas, saturated blue modifiers, and a mix of black and white legends, it’s loaded with unique symbols you won’t find in any other set. There are Roman numerals, mathematical symbols, and additional modifier keys like Super, Meta, and Hyper, which would have been used to access even more characters when pressed in different combinations.

Base Kit

This is the standard GMK base kit. It offers coverage for standard keyboards and the most popular custom layouts like Winkeyless, 65%, 75%, HHKB layout, 96-key and 1800. The alphas will have brand-new legend plates created for them, so there is no pad printing involved in the making of the set.

Assembly Kit

This is a standalone ErgoDox kit. It has the standard custom alphas, just like the base kit.

40bit Kit

This kit is for ortholinear keyboard like the Planck and Preonic, and other 40% keyboards.


This novelty kit contains custom Roman numeral legends and various hand legends that were found on the original Space Cadet keyboard, along with a couple new legends like the Roman numeral V and a palm that faces you.

True Cadet

Included in this kit are black modifier legends (Shift, Alt, Control, Super, Meta, and a few bottom-row navigation keys) to replace the white-on-blue modifiers found in the base kit. This better mirrors the original Space Cadet keyboard, which had modifiers with white legends on the top four rows and black legends on the bottom two rows.

Cherry Icons

A simple modifier kit with icon legends instead of text.

Blue Alphas

This kit has special Space Cadet alphas in blue for those that want an all-blue look.


A kit with spacebars for popular split-spacebar keyboards like the VE.A.


This international kit contains special legends. It will cover keyboards for British, Danish, Finnish, German, Norwegian, and Swedish layouts.


Due to the special sublegends of the set, this kit requires more keys than usual. And to retain the doubleshot technique, even more custom legend plates have to be created.

  • Designed by Oblotzky
  • Produced by GMK
  • Doubleshot ABS
  • Compatible with Cherry MX switches and clones
  • Made in Germany

All orders will be shipped by Drop.

Estimated ship date is Jan 11, 2019 PT.

After this product run ends, payment will be collected and orders will be submitted to the vendor up front, making all orders final. Check the discussion for updates on your order.

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