Friday, December 21, 2007

Parts from camera's

After taking apart the camera's shown in the previous post these are some of the parts I kept for future projects.For example there are the lenses in the upper left corner;dials directly under it;various metal parts in the lower left corner;the prisma's and mirrors in the upper right corner and part of the housings in the lower right corner.

Some of the motors from automatic camera's,the two on the left are shown in their black plastic casings the way they are in the camera,three on the right without and two smaller motors at the top(those are used for the zoom lenses).

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Part of this weeks collection

You might think I'm starting a camera collection here,but this is just part of what I picked up this weekend for free.When taking apart an old broken camera I found out that it had a very useful motor in there.Almost the same size as an AA-battery.So that led me to the hunt for more of these motors.The two silver coloured ones on the right were a bonus when I picked up an old enlarger(which I'll convert into a lamp,but more about that in a future post),and naturally don't contain any motors.The same goes for the two on the left(under the Nikon),but they came with the Canon(which I'll keep in one piece).
I also picked up a stereo/record-player combi,and about 9 printers and scanners.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Useful parts from a cassetteplayer

Cassetteplayers yield many useful parts from motors to rollers.This is or was an Akai one but any one random would do.I took every part which could be used in some way in future projects,normally I don't keep as much.
So,the list includes:
two motors,two rollers,screws,a large selection of metal parts,springs,knobs,two flywheels,rods,drive belts,a few plastic parts,cables(not shown),electronic parts(also not shown),and of course the black metal housing.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Philips VR 2220

This is Philips portable Video 2000 system,with the separate tuner/timer VR2120 and the Video400 camera from 1984.Don't let the word "portable" mislead you:altogether it weighs about 5 kg's.
Obviously you wouldn't carry the tuner with you,but that is the lightest part of the whole set.
This piece of 1980's nostalgia is still in working order although I can't get the camera to focus correctly.For now it resides in my growing collection,but I might take it apart in the future.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Pioneer TX 500/A and SA 6200

These two beautifully designed Pioneer devices I got for free(do I really have to mention that?)two weeks ago.They are the tuner TX 500/A and receiver SA 6200 both built in 1974(very handy those serialnumbers at the back)and should be working.I will keep these for my growing electrorphanage and maybe one day find other components of this series.

Monday, December 03, 2007

This weekends loot

As usual i went out this weekend to pick up some free things,and this is what I got:
Philips 19TX530A/75 television from around 1966,not one of the most beautiful TV's ever produced by our friends at Philips so I don't know yet which fate this item awaits.

Philips(yes again) taperecorder ,but without any type indictation other than "automatic".

Sony TC 105 taperecorder (but don't know the year yet),which I'll find an interested person for or,if I fail at that,it'll be taken apart.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Oscilloscope:the autopsy

Today I performed the postmortem on the oscilloscope(see two posts down)which decided to smoke.I fully expected to see some blackened parts once I removed the covers.But the circuit boards are in perfect shape,so wherever the shortcircuit happened it must have been in another place.
After working on it for a few hours I still haven't found the origin of the smoke,even though a strong burned smell still hangs over the remains of the scope.To be continued.......

Thursday, November 22, 2007

A cd player is a box with air......

Or in other words:not much goes in a cd-player nowadays,so it's mainly filled with .....air.Nevertheless there are some useful parts to be had from obsolete cd-players.Many have 3 small motors in them,very handy when building small BEAM projects.Then there are a few metal parts like rods,electronic components from the circuit board,cable and the metal housing of course.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007


Yes,I know it's spelled oscilloscope,but that's poetic freedom for you.I was going to tell all about the Philips oscilloscope I got for free last weekend and me getting to learn how to use it.Well,when I was testing it last evening it kinda started to smoke.Somehow having two probes plugged in and then starting to turn knobs at random was too much for the poor device.

There is a chance that it isn't as bad as it looked(and that was pretty bad),but I'll find that out tomorrow when I do the autopsy.
The last few days I have been more busy with taking apart things than actually building them.But I have a few designs for pendulums/magbots in my head and the parts to build the frames.What I need to do is to test how good the coils are which I took from the old VCRs.
I have plenty of them right now or, if those don't work very well,I'll make my own coils out of the copperwire taken from transformators.

Sunday, November 11, 2007


Just came back from a short visit to the US,so there hasn't been much tinkering done in the past week.But I did manage to find a copy of the book "Junkbots etc" by Mark Tilden and David Hrynkiw(I hope I spelled that right)which will keep me occupied for many hours.
I've just noticed that the last pummer I made is actually working,it uses the circuitry from an old solar garden light and parts from a hard disk and record-player arm.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Sanyo vtc M10

Another 1980's product is this Sanyo Betamax recorder,the VTC M10.The rise of the VCR format meant the fall of the Betamax,but there are still quite a few around working fine.
This one was pretty much in working order too,but I have another Sanyo,the VTC 5150.That one is a toploader.

The above picture shows how it looks when you take off the housing and some metal parts on the inside.After a few hours of work these parts I kept for future use:

As usual the circuitboards,plenty of leds,some cableholders,various metal pieces,springs,bolts,spacers,a few coils which came off very easily and can be used for pendulums,three motors and three aluminium parts which looked usable for future projects.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Philips 66 RH 829

Sometimes I find things in my shed which I completely forgot about.A good example is this radio/recordplayer from the 1970's,I think.Like the TEAC V-9 in a previous post,this one suffered from MDS(Melted Drivebelt Syndrome)too and was ,for me ,beyond repair.
But it gave me a couple of hours disassembly pleasure.
These are the innards of the beast:

And here are the parts that I salvaged,but I forgot to add the motors......

-quite a few metal brackets,lots of wire,parts from the circuitboard,nuts and bolts,meters,two sets of lights and the recordplayer-arm.

Monday, October 29, 2007


This TEAC V-9 from the 1980's is a bit different from other cassette decks because of the square lights.Unfortunately this one was not working correctly:the belt on one of the motors had basically melted,leaving a nice black mess.So using it for parts it was.Here is the inside:

After taking it apart these parts I kept for future use:

-The three motors,the front cover(because of the coloured squares),various metal parts,two switches,the counter and electronic circuits.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Pummer premiere

This is a my first pummer(a device that charges during the day and comes to life at night)using various techno-scrap pieces.The copper part with the tube on top comes from the Erres radio,mentioned in the second post.The two "eyes" are from an old sixties audiometer and have leds mounted in them.The pieces of copper covering the wooden case come from a transformer.
The most important part,one that is not visible,is the electronic circuit which I took from a solar garden light.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Solar pendulum

One of the first,successfull,BEAM-like projects is this solar pendulum.Don't ask me how it exactly works,I got the circuit from here.The red circle is a coil which is connected to the electronic circuit.A couple of magnets are on the end of the metal rod which swings.As you can see I've used an old Apple mouse to hide the electronics in.In bright sunlight you get a big kick from the coil,strong enough to make the wooden stand fall over.
So that is something which needs some attention.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Erres KY 587

I got this Erres KY 587 radio for free when I picked up some other stuff.It had spent the last years of it's life stuck in a shed being a home for many spiders.Not surprisingly then that the condition isn't that great:the keys are dirty and some of them have hairline cracks,the wooden housing is faded and marked with waterstains.It is als partially taken a part but all the pieces were there.Nevertheless some good points are:the housing is not damaged,the glass in the front (with the conductor)is in very good shape and there are no tears in the fabric.
I won't restore it to it's former glory(make it play again),but turn it into a decorative piece with a light inside.

Saturday, September 15, 2007


Well this blog was a long time coming,but it finally did.In it I will describe my adventures in electronics which covers a wide area:looking through adverts to spot interesting electronic devices which can be picked up for free,picking them up and bringing them home,evaluate what to do with them.Either keep it because it's something you don't find often,or take it apart because the parts will be salvaged for future projects or convert it into something else.
What's also covered in this area is my interest in the wonderful world of BEAM-bots: .
I really just started exploring into this area,but it fits nicely with all the other electronic tinkering I do.