Packaged arrived and using the online video built the BusRaider within an 1hr and a half. It was slow due to my bad eye sight but using a magnifier it went smoothly. Ran the test for the PI which went fine and then when I tested the ESP32 in stand alone didn't go as detailed. Contacted Rob and that evening he replied with some help. After a reprogram it worked. Connected it all together and had it all up and running. This is a great design and well made and easy to put together if your eye sight is better than mine. Looking forward to using it to debug a Z80 card I have and seeing what it can do.
The product name for the BusRaider pretty much summarises what this self-build kit presents to you: I'd add that it's a great aid to development of your own, software-defined machines or as the means to create and test your ROM code for a standalone RC2014-based machine.
The kit supplied has good quality components - I had a slight issue with soldering some of the components which seems to be down to some residue on a few of the through-hole pads, but once cleaned-up, it was a straightforward build. At Version 2.2, the designer has taken the trouble to extend the UI in order to setup the included ESP32 module, enabling connection to your own WiFi network. The ability allows code developed off the rig to be imported as well as the importation of pre-existing code, such as games and other software as well as the environment (ROM) in which such software runs: your RC2014-base can become a TRS-80, Spectrum as well as being able to run RoMWBW et al.
This is a great product for someone like me that likes to tinker the hardware and software. It makes the process so much more accessible!
The BusRaider was easy to construct, from the full kit provided, worked first time and provers a very clever and interesting option for RC2014 owners to provide various emulations and connectivity over a network connection. A very interesting product that I can’t wait to see what else it will be capable of in the future.