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

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  • Cesar Cortez
    Cesar Cortez 3 дня назад

    I had one of these when I was a kid. Never really knew the name of it.

  • Lee Delaney63
    Lee Delaney63 3 дня назад

    This was good but you forgot,

    R E T R O B R I T E

  • Dr.John Carter
    Dr.John Carter 4 дня назад

    u can use WD-40 in rusty? I use it here, but idk if vinegar are better.

  • Charles Ray
    Charles Ray 5 дней назад +2

    This RUclip channel is he best. It’s like “what’s inside,” but without hitting everything with an axe. So you get to see the inside of thing without the things being completely demolished. SO YOU ACTUALLY GET TO SEE WHATS INSIDE.

  • Cold German Beer
    Cold German Beer 9 дней назад

    I had that back in the day. LOL

  • flarn2006
    flarn2006 10 дней назад

    I have that toy. Used to love it, but the timer was annoying.

  • Red Forsberg
    Red Forsberg 21 день назад


  • thepizzacar pizza
    thepizzacar pizza 27 дней назад

    2:02 that satisfying click of a motor powering up for the first time in a long time

  • Justin Michrina
    Justin Michrina Месяц назад

    A better way to polish contacts is to rub it with a standard pink eraser.

  • Simon Elzes
    Simon Elzes Месяц назад

    Thnx David! Nice vid ;-)

  • earthboundmisfit79
    earthboundmisfit79 Месяц назад

    5:20 To avoid a dry joint, never blow on a solder joint...let it cool on it's own.

  • chronoboat
    chronoboat Месяц назад +1

    3D printer

  • Meserbee Chek
    Meserbee Chek 2 месяца назад

    I had a dream that was mechanically inclined. If you appear as a child and grub for coins at libraries we need to talk.

  • Avera
    Avera 2 месяца назад

    Just 3D print the gear :p

  • Max Brand
    Max Brand 2 месяца назад

    Holy shit! How did I forget that I had this?!

  • Akia
    Akia 2 месяца назад

    I'd be really interested to see this being connected to an arduino or raspberry pi so you can operate it remotely.

  • Tetex7 Tete
    Tetex7 Tete 2 месяца назад

    you watch Doctor who final another whovian

  • Michael Yount
    Michael Yount 2 месяца назад

    Being born in '71, I was more than familiar with the Armatron. This was one of my all-time favorite toys when I was a kid. I went through more batteries in this device than any other I can remember... except for perhaps the Game Gear, and maybe my Merlin.

  • El Brandon
    El Brandon 2 месяца назад

    This was such a blast to watch! When I was about 10 my best friend and I completely disassembled one of these and thought we were engineering experts... until we couldn't put it back together. We still joke about the resulting 'Bag 'o Parts' I hid under my bed for fear that my parents would find out we destroyed my brand new toy.

    ASPECTHACKER 2 месяца назад

    I still have that in my closet
    I got it back out and it works

  • Yeap Ok
    Yeap Ok 2 месяца назад

    Update please

  • theninjamaster67
    theninjamaster67 2 месяца назад

    i have one of these that my dad picked up from a yard sale forever ago for like 5 bucks or something and it worked perfectly for a long time then one of the gears broke and i gotta figure how to fix it at some point but it's crazy stumbling on a video with one of these things cause i didn't even think to look it up or anything also been watching your vids like all afternoon so definitely a trip to see

  • Simon Legree
    Simon Legree 2 месяца назад

    Damn! I got one of those in my basement in the box with all the accessories!

  • Nitro Boss
    Nitro Boss 2 месяца назад

    maybe this video will help you out?

  • Jaklas 1979
    Jaklas 1979 2 месяца назад

    My mate Vince

  • Ronaldo River
    Ronaldo River 2 месяца назад

    What you need to do is buy a cheap 3D printer to print those pesky parts that sometimes are missing, better yet build a decent one with cheap parts. That's a project on itself.

  • Cpt Looney
    Cpt Looney 2 месяца назад

    I have one of these. Wow

  • Lisp Machine
    Lisp Machine 3 месяца назад

    Another video of something unfinished.

  • Drwho495 Animations! And Gameplays!
    Drwho495 Animations! And Gameplays! 3 месяца назад

    DR W(O!

  • Dj Paul Villarreal
    Dj Paul Villarreal 3 месяца назад

    2 years later and no update video.

  • Doktor Obvious
    Doktor Obvious 3 месяца назад

    Nice video. But I wonder what that movie scene that he showed after the star wars one was. I think the actor was James veitch

  • OrangetangyOrka
    OrangetangyOrka 3 месяца назад

    Does the Morse code in the intro translate to anything?

  • maggs131
    maggs131 3 месяца назад

    Why o why did you show that god awful remaster of the sarlacc ?

  • Jawad Saleh
    Jawad Saleh 3 месяца назад

    3d print the gear bro. Lmk dimensions i got you

  • psygn0sis
    psygn0sis 3 месяца назад +1

    I had one in the 80's.

  • Tarek Halloun
    Tarek Halloun 3 месяца назад

    this dude has the most annoying "speak from his butt" nasal voice

  • Crazy Harry the Muppet
    Crazy Harry the Muppet 3 месяца назад

    Why not 3d print a new gear?

  • MsJinkerson
    MsJinkerson 3 месяца назад

    the claw is known as the end effector

  • OldSkool 55F100
    OldSkool 55F100 3 месяца назад

    Cast a gear!! JB weld or like Stefan used... Vinegar is the best for corroded contacts... Steel wool works great for rust removal... I use old tooth brushes to get into fins and tight corners.... You can heat them and bend them into any shape you want!

  • robert.a.ziemba
    robert.a.ziemba 3 месяца назад

    I am surprised you didn't use some white lithium grease on the gears........

  • MetanoiaAm
    MetanoiaAm 3 месяца назад

    I remember having one of those when I was real little. Think it broke in the same way as well.

  • lewis dunford
    lewis dunford 3 месяца назад

    i wana see him pc

  • Tom Turnbull
    Tom Turnbull 3 месяца назад

    Very interesting

  • BossSpringsteen69
    BossSpringsteen69 4 месяца назад

    Don't let Howard from Big Bang Theory see this robotic arm. LOL

  • Red Judas
    Red Judas 4 месяца назад

    I would have imagined you could take one of the existing gears, assuming they're all basically the same, and made a mold to create a new one.

  • dead man aof
    dead man aof 4 месяца назад

    Battery acid an objects worst fate

  • carp614
    carp614 4 месяца назад

    I really loved this thing when I was a kid.

  • radiator static monster
    radiator static monster 4 месяца назад


  • Alexandros K
    Alexandros K 5 месяцев назад

    Rather than printing, you ought to try doing an epoxy resin mold of some sort

  • Andrew Barber
    Andrew Barber 5 месяцев назад

    You can’t imagine how much anxiety you gave me when you started taking every little gear and lever out of that thing...

  • DJ Rez
    DJ Rez 5 месяцев назад

    damn this bring back memories :(

  • Gaming Ogre
    Gaming Ogre 5 месяцев назад

    Oh the flashbacks of this wonderful creation! I remember it like it was the best thing
    I saved up my chore money to buy it and was not disappointed!
    Unfortunately, I was the kind of kid that was curious and dismantled mine and never could reassemble it.
    Thanks for the jaunt back to my own childhood!

  • remingtonh
    remingtonh 5 месяцев назад

    Took it all apart and didn't bother re-greasing the gears?

  • Mestrechronos Daiô
    Mestrechronos Daiô 5 месяцев назад

    I have one Armatron until today, and working perfectly. I I was a careful (and boring) child with my toys, and the Armatron is in my parents' house even with the whole box still! It's very cool to see him having an attention here, to this day I consider it a great match!

  • David Anderson
    David Anderson 5 месяцев назад

    I had one of these

  • Heavy T
    Heavy T 5 месяцев назад

    Omg I remember those. Loved mine

  • Dave Thomas
    Dave Thomas 5 месяцев назад

    I had 1 of these I loved it my mum when we moved she through out a lowed of stuff and my armatrone was thrown I was devastated

  • Liberty Rising
    Liberty Rising 5 месяцев назад

    One of the best toys ever.

  • BeatlezYT
    BeatlezYT 5 месяцев назад

    When I was little I found a perfect condition one of these thrown away I picked it it and now it’s on my shelf of cool vintage things 😂

  • Dreadful Viking
    Dreadful Viking 6 месяцев назад

    I'm wondering if you can make molds of these small parts (the gear that's missing) from the other gears, and use a resin to make a copy. Same with your missing keys on your keyboards. Now, I know you want all original, but it would come in handy for momentary purposes.

  • L Mulligan
    L Mulligan 6 месяцев назад

    I love the defender sound on your intro.

  • pa0l080
    pa0l080 6 месяцев 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 6 месяцев назад

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

  • 3DPen Nerd
    3DPen Nerd 6 месяцев назад


  • HighRevRyan
    HighRevRyan 6 месяцев 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.

  • Chris Crissey
    Chris Crissey 6 месяцев 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....

  • Krog TV
    Krog TV 7 месяцев 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 7 месяцев назад

    I have a working wone!!!

  • Drew
    Drew 7 месяцев назад

    I love your restoration videos!!

  • Peter Wiernicki
    Peter Wiernicki 7 месяцев назад

    I had this toy, and I loved it.

  • nikulaye
    nikulaye 7 месяцев назад

    just play the video on reverse

  • Daniel Kobert
    Daniel Kobert 7 месяцев назад

    We all love Doctor Who

  • [GD] InTheDepthsGD
    [GD] InTheDepthsGD 7 месяцев назад

    itz a fucking Star Wars reference!

    NAWLE TORRE 7 месяцев назад

    nice t-shirt

  • Kyle 1971
    Kyle 1971 7 месяцев 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 7 месяцев назад

    lol whovians!

  • Drone master /Gemmy Collector
    Drone master /Gemmy Collector 7 месяцев назад

    You can buy that gear on eBay

  • Sarcasm Studios
    Sarcasm Studios 8 месяцев назад

    "A thousand taams"

  • joseph gonynor
    joseph gonynor 8 месяцев назад

    I want one

  • cklinejr
    cklinejr 8 месяцев назад

    at 2:29 I hate that beak!

  • daveobot
    daveobot 8 месяцев 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 8 месяцев 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 8 месяцев назад

    Still waiting for that follow up.

  • William Midyette
    William Midyette 8 месяцев назад

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

  • charl Videos
    charl Videos 8 месяцев назад

    Could you please do a video on history of Apple mice

  • helistorm98
    helistorm98 8 месяцев 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 8 месяцев назад

    What’s the name of the song he uses

  • Tickle Fingers
    Tickle Fingers 8 месяцев назад

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

  • Brian Park
    Brian Park 9 месяцев 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 9 месяцев назад

    Cant u just copy the gear in resin ?

  • Raguleader
    Raguleader 9 месяцев 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 9 месяцев назад


  • Anime Racer
    Anime Racer 9 месяцев назад

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

  • MostlyRandom
    MostlyRandom 9 месяцев назад

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

  • Shannon Fargo
    Shannon Fargo 9 месяцев назад

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

  • FloorManiac
    FloorManiac 9 месяцев 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 9 месяцев 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 9 месяцев назад

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

  • ThatMint240
    ThatMint240 9 месяцев назад

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

  • Volkan Kacan
    Volkan Kacan 9 месяцев назад

    had no money for this in 80s