X00 in 1 Toys

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by Wendy, May 11, 2011.

  1. Wendy

    Thread Starter Moderator

    Mar 24, 2008
    This is something that would be best presented to the forum instead of PM, and there are many, many versions of this by different companies, it it is possible that you can get what you want locally (or at least much closer) and much cheaper.

    A good example would be something like this. I googled both 300 in 1 and 500 in 1 and these kits came up. I'm showing them by way of example, I am definitely not recommending this vendor (don't have anything against him, but they are expensive and far away for you).


    Again, there are many versions made by different people, but they will give you a good grounding in schematics, and if you study the circuits you are building you will come away with a better understanding of principals.

    When my Dad gave me and my brother one way, way back when we managed not to blow anything. I am still amazed by that. I did build several of the circuits permanently by getting parts off to the side. It was also my first taste of making a DIY printed circuit board, I used a Sharpie magic marker, drew the layout on copper, and etched it. I still have several circuit schematics on file from those days, and have posted them on this site.

    Never like the look of this one, but it may be OK...


    This looks a lot like what I had back when...

    Last edited: May 11, 2011
  2. Markd77

    Senior Member

    Sep 7, 2009
    I had one of those PL200s when I was a kid. I think it was pretty good, but it was a long time ago. It got a lot of use anyway.
    If you are in the US I saw that Radio Shack has one with instructions from Forrest M. Mims III. Should be pretty good.
  3. radiohead

    Distinguished Member

    May 28, 2009
    When I was a kid, for Christmas 1978 I got a 200-in-one radio shack Electronic Project Kit. I still have it and am teaching my kids how to use it. I also have one of those chemical kits that they don't sell anymore...
  4. Wendy

    Thread Starter Moderator

    Mar 24, 2008
    We probably had the same unit. We had some people who were planning on buying my Dad's old property throw everything into a hole and bury it. Needless to say they didn't get to buy it, it still hurts a bit. A lot of stuff that would have been passed down was destroyed by these folks, for no particular reason I can figure.
  5. KJ6EAD

    Senior Member

    Apr 30, 2011
    I recommend the smaller of the kits since the interest of the person using it will determine the next step. If they lose interest, no problem, not much money wasted. On the other hand, if they are excited by this type of experimentation, their abilities will soon outgrow the kit and be better served by breadboards, grab bag parts and schematics/books.