Sunday, January 22, 2012

Philips N4416 taperecorder disassembly

One of the 16 tape recorders I got from the Radio and TV design museum in Haarlem(The Netherlands)is a Philips N4416 from the 1970's.Plenty of useful electronic components in here:a nice big 4700 uF capacitor and 7 sliding variable resistors to name just two.Also 3 motors,two of which are the same and two solenoids.Some useful aluminium sheet metal and,of course,screws and spacers.The two wooden side panels could also come in handy in feature projects.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Akai VC X2-E disassembly

One of the video recorders I got from the Radio and Tv design museums depot clearance is an Akai VC X2-E from September 1982.Taking it apart doesn't reveal too many useful parts,the electronic components of course,the aluminium chassis but most useful are the two gear motor assemblies.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

New loot

Today I went to a depot clearance from the Radio and TV design museum in Haarlem(The Netherlands).Plenty of things to get there but I was after the free stuff(well,they needed to get rid off it right?)I had a pleasant few hours there,which included a quick tour through the museum(a visit is needed in the future).The things I took away included:16 tape recorders,3 video recorders,3 answering machines,a phone,a car radio and a clock in parts,but with a very nice sound to it.Many hours of disassembling lay ahead!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012


I'm working (still)on the large coil magbot but need some good sun to test it and that has been scarce lately,at least when I'm home.Fingers crossed for next weekend then.
Also work has started on the Newtons Cradle,it'll be made with brass ,wooden dowels,copper and Oak wood.

Sunday, January 01, 2012

A new year......with new projects

A new year has it's time to think about new projects.....and finish some old ones from the last year.The first projects will be the magbot pendulum with the large coil and a new lamp.I want to do more sheet metal work and of course there will be pummers.A Newtons cradle is on the list,probably more than one.Parts for another rolling ball machine are slowly being gathered,that one will involve some sheet metal work too.I'm also thinking on trying to sell one or two pieces,see if there's an interest in them.