The group buy for Model-V PCBs and the P⁴KCR3 case will run in the
#p4kcr3 channel on the 40% Keyboards Discord server.
Model-V is a drop-in replacement PCB for MiniVan cases. It is designed for maximum flexibility with three "flex cuts" across the alphas section of the PCB between each of the rows. The board is only 0.8mm thick to further increase the amount of flex compared to typical 1.6mm PCBs. Due to the location of the flex cuts, only the 4 outer screw holes for tray mount cases can be used.
Sets of ai03 stabilizer shims will be included with each board. The shims are required to ensure proper fitment of PCB-mount stabilizers on such a thin PCB.
The board uses a USB-C connector to connect to the host. The port is located in the top-right to ensure compatibility with MiniVan cases.
KLE available here: http://www.keyboard-layout-editor.com/#/gists/c82b457e78006c7c56128bf0ad182f74
Model-V features a unique combination of layouts that are inspired by several other Minivan-compatible PCBs. The board fully supports JetVan layout with a 6.25u spacebar and supports modified versions of the MiniVan Arrows layout and m3n3van's 3u/3u split spacebar layout. A 4.25u HuB spacebar is also supported in place of the 2.25u/2u split layout
Five prototype units will be produced by JLC to confirm fit and functionality. The prototype boards will be 1mm thick (instead of the planned 0.8mm) because that is the thinnest PCB that JLC will sell fully assembled. The boards will be black with a stylized handwritten "MODEL-V" silkscreen on the rear. Green stabilizer shims will be produced as well to verify compatibility.
We don't know much about the eventual production PCBs. The board is expected to have blue solder mask. The PCBs will be manufactured by a different fab than the prototype units in order to reach the desired 0.8mm thickness.