My brother had a birthday at the beginning of this year, I think I sent him my present about 4 months after his birthday
in my defence it was a pretty cool present.
I got one of these kits from Evil Mad Scientist. I bought this thing sight unseen from Amerikkka, and took it on with only the barest of soldering ability.
I got a mate to show me how to solder small components - to my amazement it turned out to be very satisfying, so much so that I was disappointed when there was no more to do. Every soldering attempt in the past has been (a) messy and (b) incredibly frustrating.
I bought a lot of LEDs from here - even at only 25c each, it really adds up when you're buying hundreds.
I got them all soldered on after much deliberating over the layout. In case you don't know, my brother DJs under the name Haszari - he made himself a logo which is essentially an 'H'. This is what I built:
It has a light sensor, so it won't drain those big D cells during the day:
Photos courtesy of Haszari cos I forgot to take any.
P.S. after TOO LONG editing the template for this blog, the photos no longer overlap the words at the side. No worries.