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#Audiomo June 19th entry – Workshop and Model kits

Here is my #Audiomo entry for June 19th, I haven’t been very regular in my audiomo entries for lack of time and perhaps things to say. Yeah, imagine that me being reticent 🙂 In any case, this audio entry delves into an old passion of mine that has resurfaced recently, that of plastic model kit building.

In the recording I mention my “new” workshop, it’s really not much more than an IKEA table with adjustable legs, but with a bit of organization, a light magnification lens and some tools it will be nice little work area to do some model building and electronics work.

In the picture below you see my work table with the Raspberry PI computer monitor and at the left the saucer part for the USS Reliant with the warp nacelles.

In the audio I also mention fixing a friend’s JBL Elite 700 Everest Noise Cancelling Bluetooth headphones. JBL sold these things for $300 US or so and after having had them for about 6-7 months the left earpiece stopped working. As I had told them I dabbled in electronics and repairs he asked me to take a look at them and I brought them home to my work bench and proceeded to take them apart to see what could be the problem.

When I first opened up the unit, this is what I saw, note the four small screws, removing these revealed the interior of the speaker driver enclosure.

Once I had the unit opened I was able to troubleshoot and figure out if the problem was with the speaker driver OR if the actual small internal amplifier was the problem.

With access to the small wires on the internal speaker driver, I hooked up to test leads and fed them to a hobby speaker I had lying around.

I eventually discovered that it was indeed the speaker driver and after a few minutes search on eBay bought a pair of drivers for $35 CDN shipped that matched the JBL drivers almost perfectly.

Here are the two Star Trek models I would like to build in the Fall.

The USS Enterprise D from the Next Generation TV show.

and the USS Voyager