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Dear Diary,

This is a picture of me soldering my first PCB. I told Daddy that what he was doing looked very complicated, and he told me that it was not so hard, and that I could do it, and here I am doing it. I made one of the three controllers that are going into Dad's next model train layout. It worked when we tested it too! Howzat for 6.85 years old?!

I did all the soldering myself, and I put the components into the holes on the board, and I clipped off all the pigtails with side cutters. I read the diagrams, but Dad was making the third board at the same time so I could cheat by copying him when I got lost. Dad says the contacts all wetted properly, too, whatever that means.

Soldering irons get pretty hot. Just once I brushed it quickly and the burn stung, but it was not bad. Dad showed me his scar where he soldered himself when he was at high school. That's why he doesn't solder in his pyjamas any more.


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