MMm…. the smell of hot solder in the evening.

Lots of Soldering to Look Forward To!

I spent a chunk of the evenings this weekend soldering together the aforementioned kits from Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories.

As I said before, truly awesome kits.

While assembling the kits, I whipped out the camera and took a few random photos.

The kits are done, but I’m holding on the final photos until tomorrow.

So, for now, click on through for a bit of macro electronic assembly pr0n.

Pile o' Big LEDs

The kits included a huge pile of 10 mm LEDs. Big frosty LEDs in several different colors.

That are completely impossible to tell which color is which without powering ’em up.

Not a problem — the LEDs are nicely separated by color.

Bags of Resistors

One thing that has changed since I built kits over 2 decades ago (Sheesh!!) is the prevalence of digital over analog.

One aspect of digital is that it tends to result in fairly repetitive circuits. And repetitive means lots of the same kinds of components.

I really appreciate the big bag of zero ohm resistors, too!

More LEDs

The boards are designed such that the LEDs sit completely flush to the board.

Took me a moment to realize that components with fat bottoms area easy to keep flush by simply bending both leads the same direction.

Once I made that realization, I could populate the boards with all LEDs of one color and then solder ’em all in one pass, doing one lead of each LED at a time to minimize heat.

In any case, I had a lot of fun building these kits. And I have some awesome photos of the final products.

More soon…

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One Response to “MMm…. the smell of hot solder in the evening.”

  1. bbum’s weblog-o-mat » Blog Archive » January 31st, 2007: Never Forget. says:

    […] To that end, I purchased memorial kits from the fine folks at Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories and put them together over the last few days. […]

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