5 Dec 2002 Jhoffa_   » (Journeyer)

It's here. My long anticipated Big Track, the toy I always wanted arrived today.

Looks pretty good too. Little dirty. Ripped it completely apart, scrubbed it with soapy water and a paint brush then hosed it off in the shower.

These things have about the absolute lowest quality circuit boards imaginable. Just unbelieveable. There are several places where the component legs caught the traces and peeled them away from the board itself.. then the whole mess was washed over with a wave of solder. It works though! Which is a suprise because it's supposed to be broken. I wiggled components, cleaned the contacts and it fired right up! Maybe I jostled something while taking it apart, but it works. At least for now.

Hey, there's a little optical shaft encoder in there! (And room for another, but the gearbox is moulded over it. Last minute design change maybe?)

I like this allot. It's bigger, zero turning radius and it adds interest. I think it's going to take the truck's place as platform for my sensor/battery experiments.

(My dog hates it.. absolutely loathes it.)

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