PCB Printing

I printed the circuit onto photo paper and cleaned the PCB board using a kitchen scrubber thingy, brand new. I then ironed the print onto the PCB board, I don’t think I ironed it for long enough or hard enough, so I wound up spending my evening colouring in the blackness using a Staedtler Permanent marker pen as supplied by the etching solution people from Ebay.


Easter Weekend

We didn’t get up to a great deal over the long weekend, we did have Lynn and Gerry to visit on Friday and on Sunday visited Portsmouth where Hannah cooked a great roast! We visited Basildon Park (NT) on Saturday, which was pleasant but busy. Mowed the grass and kept busy around the house the rest of the time.

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 I started to design a printed circuit board for the shift registers to expand my Arduino board on Monday.


New weller 8 spoke

Spent ages looking for a second hand weller 8 spoke of the right size. Failed. So for £34 I got one from paddocks delivery paid.


 I shall get my new the put on that rim and it’ll be the best part of my land rover for a time.

Also got a bit knife delivered the other day, it enables one to spread hard butter into soft bread. It was a kick starter project that I bought into.

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Social visit to Cornwall

Last weekend we visited Ian in Cardiff then on Saturday I travelled on to Cornwall, stayed one night then back home via Cardiff.

Here is my location history ;

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In Cornwall a few of us visited a mine shaft, tossed a few rocks down. About 4 seconds to the water. So given that 0.5 x gravity x time squared, it’s about 76m deep.


 And also talked about putting an electric speedo onto the land rover to run via the Arduino.

Testing it on the lath;


Higher ratio transfer box

Spent the weekend swapping out my low range transfer box for a slightly higher ratio one. Dave lent a hand. We dropped the transfer box out, swapped the center diff for my dog clutch arrangement for Ash Croft. Then refitted the new transfer box. In all it took about 8 hours. Here are a few pictures from the earlier part of the process.

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Snowing again

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This morning on the way into work it started to snow, I think it’s going to stop again soon through, not that it would be too much as fun as we’re in the Renault today. Dave sent me a great picture of Alan’s place yesterday;


Burncoose Nuseries

We visited Cornwall, friends and family this weekend gone. We went for a walk in Burncoose Nurseries, it was beautiful.

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 I had my land rover to run about in for the weekend also, this was where I left it on the Monday.

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DIY weekend

Today my new skids for the helicopter turned up. I crashed while flying at Alan’s a few weeks ago and broke one ski of. It took just a few minutes to replace the skids. But after my crash last weekend I am now awaiting the arrival of a new servo.


I bought some disc brakes for my disc conversion project.


And then this afternoon I finally built a little stand, so that Tigger’s litter tray stay in the bath room, but we could also have a drawer unit there too.


Today we went to Waddesdon Manor, which is a National Trust property. The house wasn’t open, but we walked all around the grounds.


Fixed Land Rover

I spent my weekend fixing the Land Rover, it had fail to continue running the last time we’d all gone green laning. I thought it was going top be the carburettor, but after rebuilding that it still wouldn’t run, I checked the fuel pump bowl, emptied the water from it and replaced it. Still no signs of life. I cleaned the spark plugs, distributor cap and arm, checked all the leads, tried another coil. All to no avail. I ended up going to Mill Auto’s and getting a new coil and four new plugs. It fired first time without the chock. Also replace the head light bulb that had blown and put the last tax disk into the holder, probably for the last time ever.

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