Isthmus Engineering sent us another load of scrap materials and machine shop bits that were being discarded! These guys are great, if you ever need equipment built that’s the size of your house, there’s no other choice out there
Dave broke out his toy helicopter sent to him from his brother on his birthday. Note in this shot the laptop sitting just behind Dave’s right arm – that’s his brother on video chat watching Dave careen his birthday gift into the floor! Technology is great
Peter tried out the hot air rework station to try reflowing the dreaded RROD on the Xbox360. The fix was initially successful but ultimately reverted to red after a few days. It will be returning shortly to try again at higher temperatures.
Interesting laptop power cord fix was spotted: (that’s a nail jammed into the insulation to make contact for the ground conductor)
Ann learned to solder and put together a micro-mouse soldering kit/toy. We were initially a little underwhelmed by performance until the 9V battery was measured at 6VDC. Swapping for a better battery led to insane speed being unlocked and chaos ensuing
Craig took out some aggression on a MagLite flashlight. The batteries had been damaged when the flashlight was struck, leading to the leaking of all of the acid into the case which then sat idle for some time. The entire interior of the flashlight was corroded into a giant ball. He ended up using a 4ft solid steel prybar to get the last cell dislodged. The flashlight amazingly survived with all critical features entirely intact – MagLite - if you’re out there please send us a new flashlight so we can put this one out of its misery:
All this RC plane and helicopter madness led to a rethinking of a junk RC helicopter, could it work as an RC paper airplane? Initial results are not good, but we’ll see how things go over the coming week, last seen this plane was under the hot-wire knife getting a new pink foam body!
Micah’s Focus, despite the drag posturing in this picture, has unfortunately thrown a few important bits in the transmission
so some time was spent removing it from the vehicle and getting a new transmission installed: