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Back when I bought my DIY 4 Digita LED Clock Kit, I picked up two - one red and one in blue. Unfortunately only one case was shipped with that order. With days to spare before Father's Day, the missing case finally turned up. I put the blue version of the clock together much faster this time, but I also took a different approach to how I soldered it.

The blue version is much brighter than the red.
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The components were the same more or less. The blue kit had fewer left over parts after assembly however.
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Because I was in a hurry to put this one together, I decided to solder as many components as possible from the top side after placing them in their correct spots. This saved quite a bit of time. With the resistors and diode it was pretty much trivial, the capacitors had to be soldered from the bottom still and the transistors were done 2 pins top and the middle pin bottom.

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Some of the solder still came through on the bottom side, but that's not a big deal.
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The clock now sits in my dad's new office room at the parents' house. This is the last kit of this sort that I have. The custom PCBs that I've designed are on the way though! Those will be used to construct another clock-type device soon.

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