OT: Language for the ages
ard at p850ug1.demon.co.uk
Wed Oct 19 18:33:10 CDT 2005
> >>Your comments make me wonder what the history of the buggy was though -
> >>did it start out as a F-T kit in its own right, or was it a joint effort
> > AFAIK it was never an F-T product. F-T never used stepper motors, and if
> > they had they would not have fitted them with screws through the grouves
> > of the blocks.
> Yep, some aspects of it seem a little bodgy - but then the PCB's quite
> nice if I remember, and the curved clear 'lid' was a pretty good job.
The PCB is a fairly simple double-sided thing with wide tracks. It's the
sort of thing that _could_ have easily been made at home (at least the
prototype). The lid is nice, and was certainly custom-moulded for that
device. But it's not essential (see below).
> The whole thing seemed halfway between a F-T product and someone's
> bedroom hack :-)
Personally, I think it started out as a bedroom hack (all but the cover
could have been made at home, using normal electronic bits and stock F-T
parts). It was then turned into a commercial (albeit low-volume) product,
and the cover was made for it.
> (Incidentally, I need to find suitable replacement tyres for Bletchley's
> buggies; they've nearly all decayed now - not sure if rubber O-rings
> would work or be of the wrong substance and therefore too slippy. Yet
> another job to get around to at some point!)
The tyres are not an F-T part (although the wheels, and the little nylon
rods to fill in the slots most certainly are). They look like standard
O-rings to me.
If yoy find a source of them, let me koow, I need a couple too. The
company I normally get O-rings from (for HP card readers, etc) doesn't do
them large enough.
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