Electronic Space Shuttle

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I made this project that link together two of my favourite fields : electronic and space. This space shuttle is made entirely from scratch.

Step 1: Plans

The space shuttle is a very nice looking space-craft. I didn't want my model to be disproportionate, so I recommand you to print this plan and use it as a template during the construction.

Step 2: Material

For this project you'll need:

-Electronic circuit in which you can take the components (and the epoxy green board)

-A soldering iron and soldier

-The template (step 1)

-Tools like saw, file, sandpaper, pliers ...

Step 3: The Base

These five pictures show the chronology of the base making :

1- Remove all the components of a board

2- Place the template on it and make sure there is enough space

3- Draw the shape with a marker

4- Cut roughly the external shape with a hand saw

5- Sand (sand belt, file or sandpaper) to have a nice shape

⚠️ Take precautions during the sanding (wear a mask)

Step 4: The Rudder

The rudder is a piece that I cut directly with ordinary scissors in a board of an old hard drive disc.

Then sand the edges with a fine sandpaper to make it nice and clean

Step 5: The Main Body

This step is the most creative one you can make the body as you want!

For my part I welded a capacitor in the middle and I placed two integrated circuits above it.

Then I made the sides of the body with all kinds of little components (resistors, ceramic capacitors ...).

I made the nose of the shuttle with two IC, one LED and differents kinds of resistors.

For the engines part I used three capacitors and two quartz.

Step 6: [tip]

When you have to weld a component to the board you can re-use the pre-existing holes of the board! plus, these holes are already tinned.

Step 7: The Base

I made a little base from scrap wood, I glued a bended wire on the back and I welded the other extremity to the shuttle. This is very simple and it makes a nice support for the space shuttle !

Step 8: End

This project is done, I hope you like it! if so, let me know in comments ;)

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Arty Marty

8 months ago

That's really cool. I love the time and effort you took to select just the right components for each part.

Can't wait to see what you make next.

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There are also white PCBs out there (on Macs for example). I bet the shuttle would look even more dope like that!

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SimonRobAndy_Fuentes22

Reply 8 months ago

hi, thanks I saw that you also made a space shuttle but in a different way ! that's sooo cool !

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Andy_Fuentes22SimonRob

Reply 8 months ago

Yeah, I'm glad to find more people who likes the good old space shuttle. Good luck on the contest!

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Goatius MaximusGoatius Maximus

Reply 8 months ago

I have an several old tablet circuit boards & TONS of components. I will give this a go. Thanks Dude!!!!

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Goatius MaximusSimonRob

Reply 8 months ago

I made it and had a good time with my little brother. Thanks again!

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SimonRobGoatius Maximus

Reply 8 months ago

oh so cool ! please takes pictures and post it in "I Made It !" I Want to see that !!

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MorganeRob

8 months ago

Awesome Horace !

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TheOriginalNerd

8 months ago

Pretty Cool! I like it!! Two of my favorite fields also. Does the LED up front light up or anything?