Oh, if I could time-travel, I would tell whoever it was who put this bit of plastic into the Classic 12 that they were seriously out of order. Even the design of the actual bit of plastic itself is deserving of the most florrid shakespearian insult. I have to use a pair of pliers to squeeze the ends to get the spool off. And look! One of the ends on the other side is broken. Hmm. No problems there. I am thinking of breaking the other one in the same way. Seriously! I don’t want to be rummaging in the bowels of the typewriter every time I need to change the ribbon.
I think the moral of the story is don’t go out unless your drawers have good elastic. No. I mean check for plastic before you end up getting your knickers in a twist over bad design choices made 40 years ago. Yep. Oh, what larks!