A friend of mine is works in electronics and after reading the assembly instructions is confident he can build the DIY kit for me. Thing is I don’t exactly understand what is included and what I need to source myself?
Can anyone help so I know exactly what else I need to source?
Thanks for asking, Bigun, and thanks for the info, Marqs. I came here to ask the same question 😀
Marqs, the DIY kit I’ve read is for peeps with decent soldering skill. I don’t have a lot of experience, but I was able to install e-Tim’s N64 RGB on the smaller chip (MAV??) with 0.8mm pin pitch. Is that the sort of skill needed, or is the DIY recommended for users with broader electronics experience?
I’m pretty sure I will be able to complete the DIY, I’m really just trying to find out if there are any parts of the construction/assembly that are particularly difficult.
In my point of view soldering a row of wires to the MAV-NUS is more difficult than assemble the OSSC. But this is just my point of view!!!
For soldering the OSSC components you need the ability to solder large QFP chips with pin pitch of 0.5mm and some other small ICs with 0.65mm pitch. Also two of the QFP have ground / thermal pads on the bottom side (see assembly description: https://www.niksula.hut.fi/~mhiienka/ossc/diy-v1.5/assembly_tips.txt). I have soldered them using soldering paste and hot air.
If I were you I would look for some defective hardware with a few QFP chips. Desolder them and solder them into place back again. That’s good for practicing. Then you will see if you are able to solder them correctly 🙂