I believe cockpit building and electronics is a lot like rug weaving. As legend has it, weavers deliberately introduce a small error into their designs because “only god is perfect”. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Assembly of the board went beautifully, except for one small detail: a dodgy power connector. Once fixed, the first (Master Caution) channels worked a charm.

Proceeding with the remaining 5 channels, I gained a new appreciation for my Dremel. The flexible extension and drill chuck is absolutely brilliant for circuit boards – set to the lowest speed setting, I flashed through the boring bits (geddit) without breaking a single bit.

Testing the fully assembled board revealed my very own “god stitch” – channels 4 and 5 are swapped over, probably due to a cabling issue rather than a problem with the board. It has no effect on the final result, and I’m happy as larry that it works.

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