Tesla valve and a fine Machinist..

GOBLIN X

INVOLUNTARY full time LAB-RAT for MUSC
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#6
One of my notions of a fine old time would be to get Leonardo Da Vinci, Nicolai Tesla and John Browning at a table with beverage and food and listen to the conversation. About the time they started talking with their hands I 'spect we might learn something...
they must draw lines in the dirt with sticks though..........for realism. I like Lenardo's Blueprints\sketches of inventions and mechanical drawings, more so than his paintings.....
 

HandLoad

Mourning In America
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#8
Agree. One International Kite Fsstival, all the top kiters (Japanese, German, Thai, Canucks, New Zealander, Dutch, U.S. kiters, and Me, a TEXAN) were invited to a dinner. We had a FANTASTIC Time, drawing on the tablecloths, waving our arms, etc. The drawings were taken, and are at the International Kite Museum in Long Beach, Washington. Great memories.
 
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Sentinel one

Man is a bad animal...
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#10
Sentinel, if you and me and Goblin was to set in, we might all learn a thing or seven...
Optimist, I already have that table, right here with you guys.. I have spent a lifetime hunting down
and hanging out with people much smarter than I am, hoping that some of that would rub off.. I was
rummaging through the electronics parts box today, looking for my heat sink for soldering, when
I found my old circuit board etching supplies.. right away, I thought of Handload, and Ye Olden Days,
when you would copy a circuit diagram by hand, run to Radio Shack, get the parts, layout the parts
breadboard style, test the circuit.. we still know how to do many, many things, gentlemen. By hand,
if need be.. that is going to be critical given the fact that most folks need instruction manuals to change
a friggin' lightbulb these days.
 

HandLoad

Mourning In America
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#11
Done that so many times!

Once was flown from San Pedro, South CaCaLand, out to Singapore. Ship Couldn't fire its Boiler. Found broken Circuit board, rigt at mating socket. Took 5% cleaning and cooking vinegar, reduced it to one sixth, used Chief Engineer's Wifes Nailpolish for resist, hand painted a circuit, etched, drilled, moved the good parts (not killed by trying to salvage from bad board), soldered, tuned, and fired that mutha up. Continuous 68 Hours from going on board.

That trip, did not partake of the sinful delights after...just slept on return flight! Made a pretty penny, though!
 

Sentinel one

Man is a bad animal...
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#15
Heathkit.. that catalog was heaven.. we have " The Source " up here now. It is a re-branding
of Radio Shack, and it is pathetic. Way overpriced, and electronic supplies are reduced to
one little cubby hole in the corner.. but they will order stuff in for you, if you don't mind a
6 to 8 week wait, plus shipping, of course. Brother Jack is an electronic engineer, so one
phone call and Purolater gets me military grade components.. just got a TL 081 op amp
for a new onboard preamp for the bass guitar.. waiting on a piezo bridge and buffer as
well. One of these in a few months once things settle down: