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Author Topic: Dad builds play spaceship and control panel for his kids  (Read 9750 times)
W0BTU
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« on: August 08, 2014, 06:33:12 AM »

This is simply amazing. Two computers control these complex toys.

Spaceship video:
http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2014/07/31/this_dad_built_an_amazing_nasa_simulator_for_his_kids.html?wpsrc=fol_tw

Control panel video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6zseFi070E

What talent that Dad has! I'll bet he had more fun designing and building it than his kids had playing with it!
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K5WLR
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« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2014, 11:56:49 AM »

VERY cool!  Cool

73!

Will Rogers
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K7MH
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« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2014, 10:37:10 PM »

Gee... I thought I was doing good with getting my granddaughter's laptop working again and fixing the broken hinges today! Grin
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W0WCA
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« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2014, 04:08:16 AM »

This is absolutely the COOL! My hat's off to you Dad!
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K8AXW
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« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2014, 08:52:50 AM »

That is without a doubt the most fantastic piece of "toy building" I have ever seen! 

This kid would HAVE to be the most popular kid in town!

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« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2014, 09:35:53 AM »

our TV weatherman back in Fargo took some cast-off studio consoles and a whole pile of lights, switches, motor-driven switches, and made a do-nothing wall for his son.  it was cool.  back in the 60s, the way you kept it cool was to use part of the lunch hour while the kids were in school, and change some wiring, so it was always new.
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KD8MJR
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« Reply #6 on: August 11, 2014, 10:56:37 PM »

Wow!
Those kids have one cool dad, that must have taken at least 300 hours plus to make all that stuff and write the software etc.  That's the kind of gift your kid will remember forever.
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N2HBX
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« Reply #7 on: August 13, 2014, 12:45:29 PM »

Definitely the "cool dad" in the neighborhood.

73,
Larry, N2HBX
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« Reply #8 on: August 18, 2014, 12:17:56 PM »

That has to be the coolest kids 'toy' I have ever seen. It is over the top... it's awesome!
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« Reply #9 on: August 18, 2014, 06:35:33 PM »


I met the guy at the Raleigh Maker Faire back in June and saw the control panel desk and spaceship up close and personal. He spent about a half an hour taking me through how they work and how he put it all together. Definitely Father of the Year material.

73 de Tony K1OC

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« Reply #10 on: August 19, 2014, 09:17:57 AM »

Another comment..... this guy is a craftsman!  Looking at the quality of the work, both wood and electronic indicates this guy is very gifted! 
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« Reply #11 on: August 19, 2014, 09:39:51 AM »

That would be impossible to do when I was employed. I would not have any time left to do all the other chores that had to be done and some recreation activities.
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