Repair and Restore of Radio Shack's Armatron Robotic Arm from 1984.

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  • L Mulligan
    L Mulligan 4 дня назад

    I love the defender sound on your intro.

  • pa0l080
    pa0l080 8 дней назад

    I'm sure you can buy plastic gear replacement cheap on chainese online shops example aliexpress. I found a lot of gears there sim to fit. Ofcore dimensions must be checked but there are a lot of them. You can also find a loot of gears on remote contreoled cars shops online like towerhobbies.

  • Leandro
    Leandro 9 дней назад

    It looks the same like the Tommy version only it's a other brand.

  • Never Stop Learning
    Never Stop Learning 11 дней назад

    Procrastinator: I'll do it later.

  • 3DPen Nerd
    3DPen Nerd 13 дней назад


  • HighRevRyan
    HighRevRyan 13 дней назад

    I got one of these from a consignment sale. And It was given away when I got older this was in 2007 around when I got it.

  • Paul Conty
    Paul Conty 14 дней назад

    I do not care that I'm not the targeted age, I want this.

  • Chris Crissey
    Chris Crissey 16 дней назад

    very cool
    we had one of these when I was a kid, Id love one of these.... I could have sworn there were also little barrels....

  • MishalEnYusefTV
    MishalEnYusefTV 21 день назад +1

    i would use the armatron to hold pcbs for me when i'm soldering things.

  • Krog TV
    Krog TV 25 дней назад +1

    On the off chance that you see this comment,
    the next time your remove rust from metal surfaces
    (like the joysticks themselves) you can totally
    just wipe aluminum foil along the surface with
    water or soapy water as a lubricant. It does an amazing job,
    did my whole motorcycle that way, now rust free :)

  • Gulo 3077
    Gulo 3077 25 дней назад

    I have a working wone!!!

  • Drew
    Drew 26 дней назад

    I love your restoration videos!!

  • Peter Wiernicki
    Peter Wiernicki 29 дней назад

    I had this toy, and I loved it.

  • bob gowbrown
    bob gowbrown Месяц назад

    I love you so much that reason why I like you soo much is because you don't tell us to subscribe or tell us to click the like button

  • nikulaye
    nikulaye Месяц назад

    just play the video on reverse

  • Daniel Kobert
    Daniel Kobert Месяц назад

    We all love Doctor Who

  • [GD] InTheDepthsGD
    [GD] InTheDepthsGD Месяц назад

    itz a fucking Star Wars reference!

    NAWLE TORRE Месяц назад

    nice t-shirt

  • Kyle 1971
    Kyle 1971 Месяц назад

    Me and my friend were trying to get an old Hess by plane to work once we open the battery compartment it was horrifying how much corrosion there was we had to get a screwdriver and some tinfoil because neither one of us know how the hell do I get all the corrosion off so it worked enough to get it to work

  • Ro Schott
    Ro Schott Месяц назад

    lol whovians!

  • Drone master Halloween
    Drone master Halloween Месяц назад

    You can buy that gear on eBay

  • Sarcasm Studios
    Sarcasm Studios Месяц назад

    "A thousand taams"

  • joseph gonynor
    joseph gonynor Месяц назад

    I want one

  • cklinejr
    cklinejr 2 месяца назад

    at 2:29 I hate that beak!

  • daveobot
    daveobot 2 месяца назад

    The patent drawings are avaliable and it seems like it would be too complex and time wasting for average person to fix. It's great that there are people that are into things that others think are silly or useless because it keeps history alive.

  • daveobot
    daveobot 2 месяца назад

    I got one like new in the box for $4. It took 1 minute to fix. I just moved the arm around with it off hoping I wouldn't make it worse. The forced movement and clicking was a bit unnerving!) It realigned everything and works fine now.

  • Jesse Shakarji
    Jesse Shakarji 2 месяца назад

    Still waiting for that follow up.

  • William Midyette
    William Midyette 2 месяца назад

    Here is a two part article on getting your Atari Home Computer to control the Armitron:

  • charl Videos
    charl Videos 2 месяца назад

    Could you please do a video on history of Apple mice

  • helistorm98
    helistorm98 2 месяца назад

    i want to see the repair video of this, i know you have the gears now thanks to a subscriber!! looking foward to see this toy working again!!

  • GamerHD555
    GamerHD555 2 месяца назад

    What’s the name of the song he uses

  • Tickle Fingers
    Tickle Fingers 2 месяца назад

    I think someone sold you their parts robot arm....

  • Brian Park
    Brian Park 2 месяца назад

    The reason the small pinions break is that they are pressed on the shaft, putting the plastic in tension. over time, this tension causes the plastic to part in a narrow spot between teeth. The best way to fix this is to replace the gear with a brass one. I specifically keep a huge inventory of such gears for this purpose, scrounged from old toys, etc. (Others will most likely fail. Before they do, you can make molds and cast new ones from epoxy. 3D printing usually does not work well on such fine structures which are under high stress, even for bulk material. You could 3D print molds or a master from which you make a mold.

  • Gabriel Barile
    Gabriel Barile 2 месяца назад

    Cant u just copy the gear in resin ?

  • Raguleader
    Raguleader 3 месяца назад

    The Civil Air Patrol uses something similar for the Cadets to use as part of our STEM program. It's also a nice attention getter when we're doing recruiting stuff.

  • Omcsesz
    Omcsesz 3 месяца назад


  • Anime Racer
    Anime Racer 3 месяца назад

    I hope you read this comment but hobby rc car shops sale pinion gears that might work

  • chemicalBR0
    chemicalBR0 3 месяца назад

    my friend had one of these... I was SO jealous :)

  • Shannon Fargo
    Shannon Fargo 3 месяца назад

    Mine doubled as the M.A.S.S. Device for my G.I. Joes

  • FloorManiac
    FloorManiac 3 месяца назад

    My older brother had one!! I remember playing with it and being surprised at how easy and intuitive it felt to control.

  • Don Weber
    Don Weber 3 месяца назад

    Wow , I got this thing, I got it 5 or 4 years ago , pretty sure it's vertical stick is broke but still...

  • iammike
    iammike 3 месяца назад

    Oh man, I had one of these as a kid.

  • ThatMint240
    ThatMint240 3 месяца назад

    Did you ever get the replacement parts in and fix it 100%? Would love a follow up video

  • Volkan Kacan
    Volkan Kacan 3 месяца назад

    had no money for this in 80s

  • Simon Boisjoli
    Simon Boisjoli 3 месяца назад

    Love the t-shirt.

  • Syntax Era
    Syntax Era 3 месяца назад +1

    6:15 BUY A 3D PRINTER ALREADY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Stringer Media
    Stringer Media 3 месяца назад

    I have a working Armatron with orig box and all the pick up pieces. And these things still aren't worth anything. As cool as they are you think they would be.

  • Tokyo/Rin
    Tokyo/Rin 3 месяца назад

    How about using one to make a mold in clay (or something) & using some type of metal melted so that it’ll be stronger? Pretty sure aluminum won’t work for a fact

  • Mud Sh-sh-shark
    Mud Sh-sh-shark 3 месяца назад

    When i went to DeVry in the 80's for my final project I built a Vic20 controlled Armatron, I had to replace the single motor with six twelve volt motors (one for each of the six joints) I had to built bearing blocks from wood and used driveshafts to drive the individual functions. I then used a 4 bit to 16 bit decoder to run twelve transistors to operate the motors in each direction, Since there is no feedback sensors all command were simply timed by programming commands in Basic, I still have it kicking around somewhere BTW it was the coolest project that year at my school p

  • Giuliano Carlachiani
    Giuliano Carlachiani 3 месяца назад

    Whoooooooot, I'm from Argentina and I have one of this in my home. I could not imagine that It was so old. I have memories playing with It when I was a child and I born in 92. I have no idea how It finish in my hands, but I love It.

  • Bob Bab
    Bob Bab 3 месяца назад

    Omg! My uncle gave me one about 4 years ago but I didn’t realise how old it is and I’m in England

  • Axis
    Axis 3 месяца назад

    Super Armatron :)

  • Sonofammonite 1
    Sonofammonite 1 3 месяца назад

    Omg I have one of these

  • Daniel Simon
    Daniel Simon 3 месяца назад

    Man, your channel is one of the coolest channels of RUclip universe... Congrats!!

  • One 7 Decimal 2 Eight
    One 7 Decimal 2 Eight 3 месяца назад

    The handjob machine

  • WheresDonkey
    WheresDonkey 3 месяца назад

    holy shit i had this as a kid

  • scottf637
    scottf637 3 месяца назад

    You're my favorite youtuber!!!! Your vids are soooo interesting and I hope i can be like you in the future!! ;)

  • Steve Belanger
    Steve Belanger 3 месяца назад

    i have one, still working, such memories :)

  • Jackson
    Jackson 3 месяца назад

    Dude, why don't you take out a gear from the new one you bought, and pop it in

  • TheStarTrekApologist Channel
    TheStarTrekApologist Channel 3 месяца назад

    couldn't you just mold a new gear

  • Fuck You
    Fuck You 3 месяца назад

    You should take a brush to some of the parts. There are pockets of dust, and dirt, left in the cracks where the towel didn't get.

  • Sunset Rider
    Sunset Rider 3 месяца назад

    I got this from Santa one year, I loved it.

  • Matt Hoffman
    Matt Hoffman 3 месяца назад

    Oh dang! I used to have one of these as a kid! This makes me really happy to see you breath life back into it! :D
    Would it help to grease those gears to better its longevity and performance?

  • Dread Ethis Crow
    Dread Ethis Crow 3 месяца назад

    10 out of 10 just because of Doctor Who

  • Vincent Koenigstein
    Vincent Koenigstein 3 месяца назад

    You could just play the video backwards for assembling the gears.

  • largol33t1
    largol33t1 3 месяца назад

    Holy moly, I had this when I was a kid. I still wish my mom had not gotten rid of it.

  • My Perspective
    My Perspective 3 месяца назад

    I loved those things when I was a kid.👍☺👍

  • Archie Chen
    Archie Chen 3 месяца назад

    I have the Armtron II from Tomy Japan. Exact same toy with different color (white instead of cyan). Seeing this makes me want to open my up and try to fix it.

  • Nerf/RC King
    Nerf/RC King 3 месяца назад

    You should try to find a robie junior

  • stevensonjr
    stevensonjr 4 месяца назад

    why not just use the video to reassemble ? ;)

  • goog le
    goog le 4 месяца назад

    David, we've got to get that Armatron back in operation or she'll belly up!!!

  • ShadowWing Tronix
    ShadowWing Tronix 4 месяца назад

    He made an update video:видео.html Still couldn't fix it. :(

  • Spooksville Scoob
    Spooksville Scoob 5 месяцев назад

    I got one of these for Christmas and played with it for years and years. It was one of my favorite toys. Just picking up random items and manipulating them was so ridiculously fun.
    It's unbelievable how mechanically complex it was on the inside; and all running off of just one little motor!!
    It could do two things at a time, often, but it was obvious that some of the actions relied on common gear mechanisms. For example, when you would move the arm at the elbow, the "hand" part would slightly spin. Fantastic toy. I am so sad that we don't see toys like this today: Surely they'd still do well!

  • Penfold8
    Penfold8 5 месяцев назад

    Dave did you 3d print another gear?

  • Lavre
    Lavre 5 месяцев назад

    David, as you have to undo / re-do so many screws on many of these projects, why don't you get an electric screwdriver?

  • csuhai tibor
    csuhai tibor 5 месяцев назад


  • Joseph Atnip
    Joseph Atnip 5 месяцев назад

    I had one back in the mid 80s I got it for Christmas I'm not real sure what year it was but I lived in Kansas and my dad was in the military stationed in Kansas between 1982 to 1986 so it was definitely one of those Christmas I remember seeing it At Radio Shack I was kind of expensive it was my what was considered my big gift that year

  • Joh447
    Joh447 5 месяцев назад +1

    still waiting for the update :(

  • La Crosse WI EAS
    La Crosse WI EAS 5 месяцев назад

    come back to this project please?

  • Meme lord Does stuff
    Meme lord Does stuff 5 месяцев назад

    My friend still has a working fully functional one from her childhood.

  • Bando 1017
    Bando 1017 5 месяцев назад

    Make the update video or ima snuff you out next time I see you at the store. Didnt have time to say hi last time, but since yu haven't made a update video ima confront you at the store and make a scene. Not fair to leave us hanging like that. Your a normal guy like the rest of us , that's 1 reason me and my friends didn't approach to bother you. But now since you left me hanging like a retard all that dont bother you shit is off the table. I know your rich you better have unlocked iPhones for me and my friends or else we will follow you home. But you are in no harm if you make the update video to the robotic arm in the next 2 weeks. Thanks for your cooperation.

    • TigerMan1995
      TigerMan1995 5 месяцев назад

      He has a life but I would like to see it but I'm sure he already has fully fixed it.

  • Nighteyes2Sky
    Nighteyes2Sky 5 месяцев назад

    You Got Ripped Off !

  • Hit Your Mark
    Hit Your Mark 5 месяцев назад +1

    Dave, I just rewatched this video and I remembered that you didn't replace the motor despite it was still working. I would recommend in the future to replace the hobby motor because of its age. Your motor sounded as if it was gritty and noisy. The best way to test is with it out of the toy. It should be fairly quiet and not sound like metal grinding. I do a lot of restorations on vintage toys with 3V hobby motors (BTW, that looks like the SVM-260 type motor) and I find an increase in performance. Most of the noise if from the plastic gears moving. Also, try lubricating the gears--it can't hurt. Run/Stop-RESTORE, M.

  • TheFurryGamer
    TheFurryGamer 6 месяцев назад

    *sees Doctor Who clip*
    You are officially my new favorite youtuber.

  • Collin Richter
    Collin Richter 6 месяцев назад

    I have one of those my nana gave me that when my papa died

  • Nite Owl
    Nite Owl 6 месяцев назад

    just put the video off until you get all the parts. then you can make the vid from start to finish explaining how you had to order a second one for partsto get it working. other than that i really love your videos. i loved my c64c so much I found one in 2002 to revisit all my old favorite titles. especially supremacy. hours and hours on that game.

  • Canada ball
    Canada ball 6 месяцев назад

    wonders what space age clockwork clip is from
    hopes someone tells him

  • Tofran Bohk
    Tofran Bohk 6 месяцев назад

    I remember playing with this at Radio Shack as a kid. 😃

  • Serpykologicl
    Serpykologicl 6 месяцев назад

    7:43 lift with your legs man, you're gonna throw out your back like that.

  • Nicholas White
    Nicholas White 6 месяцев назад

    Had one when I was a kid..tool it apart couldn't get it back together

  • Brett Prior
    Brett Prior 6 месяцев назад

    I see that coming to the comments to suggest that you 3D print the stupid gear has been, well... done a few times already. Oh well then.

  • Elliott Thompson
    Elliott Thompson 6 месяцев назад

    2 years ago I took it to a repair shop and they couldn't fix it. now I can't find it urrgh

  • Nicholas Edwards
    Nicholas Edwards 6 месяцев назад

    OMG i had this , was the best toy I ever had , this with the a sound board also from radio shack that had a ton of different sounds on it was endless fun, felt so sad when they broke, I keep if for 10 years just on a shelf then when I moved they where lost somehow .

  • TheValleyBC
    TheValleyBC 6 месяцев назад

    i had one of these as a kid and also bought a used one recently off of craigslist for nostalgia.. cool video thanx for all your work

    MAXEL 6 месяцев назад

    Still no updates 😞

  • Kra Z Kapin
    Kra Z Kapin 6 месяцев назад +1

    I love your videos. Hell I'm a millennial who hasn't used the kinda stuff you handle ever yet I understand everything you say. The presentation is top notch and your voice is really friendly. Good job!

  • Dinkster Man
    Dinkster Man 6 месяцев назад

    Still waiting for the next video

  • David Andersen
    David Andersen 6 месяцев назад

    Did the other Armatron not arrive? really want to see this thing working.

  • OpposingForces
    OpposingForces 6 месяцев назад

    We had one of these at my elementary School. Loved that thing.

  • oscillatine
    oscillatine 7 месяцев назад

    Oh ! I had this one !