RocketBot Robot (Picaxe)

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Thank you for your purchase of this RocketBot Robot from Rocket Brand Studios. You got yourself one great little robot. Follow these instructions step-by-step and you should have no problems. If you do run into an issue (of any kind) please do not hesitate to use any one the links below or contact me directly.

Rocket Brand Studios Homepage
Rocket Brand Studios Picaxe Bot Page (Tutorials and Test Code)

You will need:
  • Soldering iron
  • Solder
  • Pliers and dikes (Diagonal cutters --little snippy things)
  • Small Screwdrivers
  • Hobby Knife (X-acto)
  • Masking tape

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Step 1: Let's Get Started (Soldering)

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Ok, let's get started...

First off, this kit will require soldering and you shouldn't be intimidated by this. Soldering is an incredibly easy skill to learn and there are about 6 million tutorials out there. If you are unfamiliar with soldering, now might be a good time to hit the Googles or the YouTubes and find yourself a tutorial or walk-through. One particular tutorial I like is enclosed below:

Step 2: Assembly 1

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Let's start by opening up your kit and removing the bag with all the electronic parts in it. These little parts have a terrible habit of rolling off your desk and getting lost forever. Use a small cookie sheet or shallow dish to keep them all together. Also grab the main board, it will probably be toward the bottom of the box. I personally use a cheap set of "helping hands" to hold the board while I solder, but this is not required. At this point, all you really need is a way to hold the board stable while working with it, some good light and your soldering iron.