We just had the anniversary of 31 Jan 2007, the day that shook the city of Boston. Prior to this day, we here in Australia had not even heard about Moonitites, or the Adult Swim Channel. Once the Boston Police did what they did best, the whole world knew...
The stupidity of the event shocked me, so I decided to make my own small scale version to remind the kids that problems can be solved - not simply blown up!
Step 1: Lay the Parts Out on the PCB
Lay the components out, and use point to point wiring on the back of the board to connect them.
Step 2: The Construction Method
The boards are held together using bolts and spacers.
A big magnet that I salvaged from a microwave oven magnetron is glued to the bottom board. Using a big magnet means that your Boston Bomb will be able to hold many school notes.
Step 3: Circuit Diagram
It is essentially a DC-DC converter, and a PIC 16F84 (or PIC 16F88) to drive it.
Sw1 is a test switch - push it to cause the device to flash.
There is a LDR on the board to detect when it gets dark - that's when it flashes for a while.
Step 4: PCB Layout
In the PCB version, I did not worry about the eyes.
Step 5: PCB Parts Placement
Step 6: Best Fridge Magnet in the World!
If you would like a detailed construction article (rejected by an Australian Electronics Magazine Publisher - Because 'Our readers don't like veroboard'!) drop over to
The Construction Pages
There you will also find the source code for the PIC.