vaugue musings...

From: Hans Franke <>
Date: Wed Dec 23 11:20:46 1998

> > > > > Not having an assembly manual for any of the early 8bit kits (altair, imsai,
> > > > > etc...) I was wondering about the experiences/success of anyone
> > > > > DISassembling one *back* to kit form. Anybody?

> > > > You cannot be serious about that. The soldering and board etches are not
> > > > always the best quality and desoldering all them holes is a major task
> > > > never mind the potential of cooking a soldered in componenet..

> > > > I've built three altairs (8800A or earlier) and they were not fun to
> > > > assemble but it saved a bundle.

> > > Un-etching a board is a challenge I would not accept.

> > Un-etching?
> > For unsoldering if this is what its about, [...]

> No, un-etching was the term I used. Kits used to start with a
> sheet of material coated with copper and (usually you applied it
> yourself) wax. You scraped off wax where you didn't want the
> traces to be, then you dipped it in acid to remove the bare
> copper. You'd find out quickly whether you'd applied or scraped
> the wax properly. Un-etching would imply putting the copper back
> on the board to return the kit to its virgin condition.

Jep, this was also what cames to my mind, but 'un-etching' is
... lets say nonsense ! Or had the kids only to-be-etched Boards ?
I guess he only thought about puting them back to components.

> Stripping components from a board is easy. I was doing that
> before Clinton seduced his first cheerleader in high school.

You mean Hilary ? :))
(I still can't get all this Clinton stuff - You (Americanos)
must live on the happiest place of this world, if you have
the time to go for this zipper thing ...)


Ich denke, also bin ich, also gut
Received on Wed Dec 23 1998 - 11:20:46 GMT

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