root42 wrote on 2020-07-10, 11:36:
The Lite was available assembled: https://chipkin.ru/product/sobrannaya-plata-gusar-lite/
Not anymore though. But maybe someone here on the forums can assemble it for you, for a fee? I would, if I got a bit better... but my chinese SMD training kits are already ordered. Might take some weeks to arrive though. 😁
After my experience with the Xi8088 and the TVGA9000i and CF sockets, having the right tools is the best. Having a kit with some SMD rework tools (tweezer, picks, etc), soldering whick and liquid flux, will help clean up the soldering bridges and make it nice and neat. Get a jeweler's loop to view the traces. Tack one corner down, make sure all is square, tack down another corner, don't use too much solder. Use your favorite method of drag soldering or go pin by pin with proper tip. Let the flux do its work.
Hot air stations are great, some even use plain ole heat guns or toaster ovens. I did start on a few starter kits with SMD, and so far, so good. Having the right rework tools available helped a lot.
You feel a whole lot more like you do now than you did when you used to.