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Funway 3 spotted in the wild

Discussion in 'Electronics & Electrics' started by Supplanter, Nov 30, 2016.

  1. Supplanter

    Supplanter Member

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    I saw a boxed set of Dick Smith Funway 3 (I think) in an antique/second hand shop in the Mornington Peninsula. There was another set there that I didn't recognise.
     
  2. JackalGuru

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    I kinda regret not getting into Funway 3 back in the day as I jumped directly into their proper kits.

    Just hearing about it brings back many fond memories of building electronics kits while growing up.
     
  3. mr camouflage

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    Which reminds me, saw this old loud speaker type horn a couple of weeks ago in an op shop.


    Click to view full size!
     
  4. merlin13

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    Guffaw - just remembered I've still got one of those speakers that I purchased back in the '80's (aka last century) sitting inna Manshed... unused...
     
  5. Symon

    Symon Castigat ridendo mores

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    Am I the only one that thinks that Funway 2 was the best? And that Funway 3 kind of sucked?

    Also, who had one of these?

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  6. rainwulf

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    I had something similar. Always lost the damn wires.
     
  7. th3_hawk

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    I had one very similar to that but was flatter and didn't have dials on the front edge. It was awesome :D
     
  8. cam99

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    Mine was the full wood case and opened up to have parts on both sides

    I think it was before nand gate chips

    I got it after I made a crystal radio from salvaged parts
     
  9. Life_Essence

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    I have a very similar one at work. Except it has a breadboard in the center and more knobs and buttons and twizzlers. It's good for quickly slapping something together for testing or prove an idea.
     
  10. Splade

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    Yup. Funway 2 was what really got me started.

    Avionics tech by day and my desk is covered in various bits of Pi and Arduino now.
     
  11. PabloEscobar

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    I was looking for something similar to that to get the kids for Xmas, I could only find them from Amazon in the US, do you know of any still sold locally?
     
  12. Splade

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    Im sure I've seen them at Altronics
     
  13. cam99

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    The original Funway 1 came with a wooden board. Later on they moved to a plastic board.
     
  15. Symon

    Symon Castigat ridendo mores

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    For Funway 1 my Dad cut a heap of wooden boards for me to stick the circuit diagrams onto, then drilled all the holes out to put the screws in. I kept them on the shelf like a CD library, before I even knew what CD's were.

    I was about 6 or 7 at the time, fond memories.
     
  16. PabloEscobar

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    Cheers for that, I was close to ordering of Amazon US :).

    Now I've gotta decide if Lego Mindstorm, or Arduino Kits are the way to introduce young minds to the powers of computers.
     
  17. sanjay

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    I have that exact one sitting in a box somewhere. From memory one of the 7 segment LEDs didn't work :(

    I got it for $4 at an auction about 30 years ago :Paranoid:
     
  19. kombiman

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    Quality parenting, right there.

    1. Funway
    2. value added to the instructions
    3. father/son time
    4. memories
    5. didn't lose instructions
    6. win!
     
  20. Hive

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    Still have one of these packed away :thumbup:

    Nostalgia...
     

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