Category: Recreation

DIY Switch Air-Surfer

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DIY Switch Air-Surfer is designed to assist individual with limited mobility and fine motor coordination due to cerebral palsy, stroke, and brain injuries participate in recreational play by using a switch to fly the model plane. Materials 1x "Air-Surfer". 2x 3.5 millimeter mono headphone socket. Thin wire (e.g 7strand 0.2 millimeter). Shrink-wrap. Soldering iron (15 to 30 Watt power). Thin solder. Soldering flux. Desoldering braid. Cordless drill with 1x 1/4 drill bit. Knife or wire strippers. Small screwdriver set. Directions Step 1: Drill 2 holes. Open up the casing. Make a small pilot hole where there is enough space to house your 3.5 millimeter sockets. Drill two ¼ inch holes (please refer to diagram for reference), being careful to stop as soon as you're through the surface. Step 2: Remove the screw. Remove the screw (please refer to the diagram for guidance) to free up working on the PCB. Step 3: Test your sockets. As not all sockets are connected alike, you will need to find which 2 of the 3 contacts you need to solder to. Attach a test lamp or multi-meter to any 2 contacts. Plug in your switch, an then press it. If the lamp comes on when pressed you have the right connections, otherwise try a different combination. There are only 3 possibilities. Solder two lengths of wire to the socket. Expose the ends, tinning them if you wish. Step 4: Solder Sockets. Connect each socket to the encircled points as pictured above. Use shrink wrap to insulate your soldering on the sockets. Step 5: Reassemble and test. Put everything back together, being careful not to snag any wires. Test the unit with the plane. If there are any problems, study the quality of your soldering, and use a process of elimination to find the problem. Author: Text and images PUBLIC DOMAIN 2004, 2005- Air-Surfer (c) Hasbro -


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