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

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  • maggs131
    maggs131 4 дня назад

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

  • Jawad Saleh
    Jawad Saleh 5 дней назад

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

  • psygn0sis
    psygn0sis 8 дней назад +1

    I had one in the 80's.

  • Tarek Halloun
    Tarek Halloun 10 дней назад

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

  • Crazy Harry the Muppet
    Crazy Harry the Muppet 10 дней назад

    Why not 3d print a new gear?

  • MsJinkerson
    MsJinkerson 13 дней назад

    the claw is known as the end effector

  • OldSkool 55F100
    OldSkool 55F100 15 дней 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 15 дней назад

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

  • MetanoiaAm
    MetanoiaAm 16 дней 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 17 дней назад

    i wana see him pc

  • Tom Turnbull
    Tom Turnbull 18 дней назад

    Very interesting

  • BossSpringsteen69
    BossSpringsteen69 21 день назад

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

  • Red Judas
    Red Judas 22 дня 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 26 дней назад

    Battery acid an objects worst fate

  • carp614
    carp614 29 дней назад

    I really loved this thing when I was a kid.

  • peridot237
    peridot237 Месяц назад


  • Alexandros K
    Alexandros K Месяц назад

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

  • Andrew Barber
    Andrew Barber Месяц 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 Месяц назад

    damn this bring back memories :(

  • Gaming Ogre
    Gaming Ogre Месяц 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 Месяц назад

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

  • Mestrechronos Daiô
    Mestrechronos Daiô Месяц 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 2 месяца назад

    I had one of these

  • Colorado Dadalanche
    Colorado Dadalanche 2 месяца назад

    Omg I remember those. Loved mine

  • Dave Thomas
    Dave Thomas 2 месяца 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 2 месяца назад

    One of the best toys ever.

  • BeatlezYT
    BeatlezYT 2 месяца 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 2 месяца 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 3 месяца назад

    I love the defender sound on your intro.

  • pa0l080
    pa0l080 3 месяца 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 3 месяца назад

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

  • Delay Gratification
    Delay Gratification 3 месяца назад

    Procrastinator: I'll do it later.

  • 3DPen Nerd
    3DPen Nerd 3 месяца назад


  • HighRevRyan
    HighRevRyan 3 месяца 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 3 месяца 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 3 месяца назад +1

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

  • Krog TV
    Krog TV 3 месяца 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 3 месяца назад

    I have a working wone!!!

  • Drew
    Drew 3 месяца назад

    I love your restoration videos!!

  • Peter Wiernicki
    Peter Wiernicki 3 месяца назад

    I had this toy, and I loved it.

  • bob gowbrown
    bob gowbrown 4 месяца 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 4 месяца назад

    just play the video on reverse

  • Daniel Kobert
    Daniel Kobert 4 месяца назад

    We all love Doctor Who

  • [GD] InTheDepthsGD
    [GD] InTheDepthsGD 4 месяца назад

    itz a fucking Star Wars reference!

    NAWLE TORRE 4 месяца назад

    nice t-shirt

  • Kyle 1971
    Kyle 1971 4 месяца 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 4 месяца назад

    lol whovians!

  • Drone master Halloween
    Drone master Halloween 4 месяца назад

    You can buy that gear on eBay

  • Sarcasm Studios
    Sarcasm Studios 4 месяца назад

    "A thousand taams"

  • joseph gonynor
    joseph gonynor 4 месяца назад

    I want one

  • cklinejr
    cklinejr 4 месяца назад

    at 2:29 I hate that beak!

  • daveobot
    daveobot 5 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 5 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 5 месяцев назад

    Still waiting for that follow up.

  • William Midyette
    William Midyette 5 месяцев назад

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

  • charl Videos
    charl Videos 5 месяцев назад

    Could you please do a video on history of Apple mice

  • helistorm98
    helistorm98 5 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 5 месяцев назад

    What’s the name of the song he uses

  • Tickle Fingers
    Tickle Fingers 5 месяцев назад

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

  • Brian Park
    Brian Park 5 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 5 месяцев назад

    Cant u just copy the gear in resin ?

  • Raguleader
    Raguleader 5 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 5 месяцев назад


  • Anime Racer
    Anime Racer 5 месяцев назад

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

  • MostlyRandom
    MostlyRandom 6 месяцев назад

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

  • Shannon Fargo
    Shannon Fargo 6 месяцев назад

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

  • FloorManiac
    FloorManiac 6 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 6 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 6 месяцев назад

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

  • ThatMint240
    ThatMint240 6 месяцев назад

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

  • Volkan Kacan
    Volkan Kacan 6 месяцев назад

    had no money for this in 80s

  • Simon Boisjoli
    Simon Boisjoli 6 месяцев назад

    Love the t-shirt.

  • Syntax Era
    Syntax Era 6 месяцев назад +1

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

  • Stringer Media
    Stringer Media 6 месяцев 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 6 месяцев 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 6 месяцев 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 6 месяцев 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 6 месяцев 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 6 месяцев назад

    Super Armatron :)

  • Sonofammonite 1
    Sonofammonite 1 6 месяцев назад

    Omg I have one of these

  • Daniel Simon
    Daniel Simon 6 месяцев назад

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

  • One 7 Decimal 2 Eight
    One 7 Decimal 2 Eight 6 месяцев назад

    The handjob machine

  • WheresDonkey
    WheresDonkey 6 месяцев назад

    holy shit i had this as a kid

  • scottf637
    scottf637 6 месяцев 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 6 месяцев назад

    i have one, still working, such memories :)

  • Jackson
    Jackson 6 месяцев назад

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

  • TheStarTrekApologist Channel
    TheStarTrekApologist Channel 6 месяцев назад

    couldn't you just mold a new gear

  • Fuck You
    Fuck You 6 месяцев 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 6 месяцев назад

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

  • Matt Hoffman
    Matt Hoffman 6 месяцев 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 6 месяцев назад

    10 out of 10 just because of Doctor Who

  • Vincent Koenigstein
    Vincent Koenigstein 6 месяцев назад

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

  • largol33t1
    largol33t1 6 месяцев 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 6 месяцев назад

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

  • Archie Chen
    Archie Chen 6 месяцев 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 6 месяцев назад

    You should try to find a robie junior

  • stevensonjr
    stevensonjr 7 месяцев назад

    why not just use the video to reassemble ? ;)

  • goog le
    goog le 7 месяцев назад

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

  • ShadowWing Tronix
    ShadowWing Tronix 7 месяцев назад

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

  • Spooksville Scoob
    Spooksville Scoob 7 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!