Always wanted to solder those small pesky SMD part but you were afraid? This kit challenges you to solder 36 0805 resistors (0.08″x0.05″ or 2.0mm x 1.2mm). Once finished you end up with a variable resistor which you can use in your next project.
I made this kit because I was once also afraid of doing SMD work. I started with 0805 which is quite doable with a regular soldering iron, tweezes and solderflux. Once I understand flux was the key I moved on to even smaller pitch components.
The pads were the resistors go are a bit bigger to help you gain in confidence.
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I’m a dutch guy who studied electronics a long time ago. Due to work sort of forgot how nice it is to thinker with electronics, till somewhere in late 2009/begin 2010 my interest was sparked again by dangerousprototypes.com and I bought myself a buspirate. I registered on the forum and started to improve the firmware on this wonderfull device. The firmware finally arrived at version 6 and was modular then ever before. Ian (owner of dangerousprototypes) was living at the time in the Netherlands and we met regularly. Together we did some crazy project under the Dangerousprototypes name, most noticable are the ATX breakout and protoboards. Later on (2011/2012) we went together on the first geek tours to Japan and China and had a wonderful time in the ‘candy stores’ there.
Later on Ian moved to Shenzhen, China to start there his new business. In 2015 I finally got the time to attend ‘Hacker Camp Shenzhen’ and there I showed a prototype of a simple soldering iron controller. Ian and others were super enthusiastic and encouraged me to get it produced in Shenzhen.