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Dragon Thlayer
« on: April 19, 2023, 07:23:44 PM »
James the graphic guru has lulled me to the dark side of etching and I find myself with an empty enclosure.  I have a horrible track record of hits and misses in etching so I was skeptical to say the least but I only shot it with a single coat of clear to cover the waterslide so removing it should be fairly easy (hint: painters tape and a stong sense of disconnect from your previous graphic endeavors).  The etch was easy since I already had crossed the line to the evils of ferric chloride and although the PCB stock I used was recognizably the cheapest crap that eBay has to offer it worked out ok.  I had to repair a slight miscommunication between my pcb transfer process and my etching process (sharpie fix be damned) with a bit of jumper wire but the damn thing works so let it go.



I socketed the transistors, knowing full well that by the time the smoke cleared from the original gut shots (JHS internet fodder) there might be some deviations.  Josh has become the master of internet knee-jerks.

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Re: Dragon Thlayer
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2023, 07:56:15 PM »
Yeeeea boi, work it! I haven't etched in ages, so I bought one from an OG :P  can't wait to build mine.

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Re: Dragon Thlayer
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2023, 08:35:55 PM »
I love the blue FR-4. It's been years since I had any. But really - try a clear white LED instead of the red diffused. It's way better. I will update the doc.

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Re: Dragon Thlayer
« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2023, 08:38:35 PM »
Nice!


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Re: Dragon Thlayer
« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2023, 09:23:06 PM »
Dang Gordo, you got all the skills.  That looks great!  How's the sound?

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Re: Dragon Thlayer
« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2023, 12:50:45 PM »
Great looking etch! I may attempt Brian's or Storyboardist's layout this weekend.

This reminds me, as Im getting back into this pedal building madness, I think I still have some of the blue and also red FR-4... time to make a mess in the garage looking for them. lol

Also need to see if Ferric Chloride has a shelf life.


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Re: Dragon Thlayer
« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2023, 02:21:49 PM »
Itís totally on!


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Re: Dragon Thlayer
« Reply #7 on: April 20, 2023, 04:36:13 PM »
I love the blue FR-4. It's been years since I had any. But really - try a clear white LED instead of the red diffused. It's way better. I will update the doc.

3mm or 5mm or doesnt matter? Im curious


Nice etch by the way. Its a long time since I did one, but the last etch was a Lovetone Brown Source on blue FR4.

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Re: Dragon Thlayer
« Reply #8 on: April 20, 2023, 05:21:43 PM »
I love the blue FR-4. It's been years since I had any. But really - try a clear white LED instead of the red diffused. It's way better. I will update the doc.

3mm or 5mm or doesnt matter? Im curious


Nice etch by the way. Its a long time since I did one, but the last etch was a Lovetone Brown Source on blue FR4.

TY! It reminded me why I don't do handmade boards anymore, haha. Hard to believe I made literally thousands of them.

Anyway, I used 5mm but I don't think it will matter much.