Tank Mouse Goes Into Production!

Lukas Remis, the designer and founder of the awesome Kick Starter project for Tank Mouse has released a new update about the project today. Everything is on track and in production! I have posted his release below, or if you would like to go directly to the source it can be found here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/lukas-remis/tank-mouse-your-new-amiga-mouse/posts/3681988?ref=ksr_email_backer_project_update_registered_users

Hello,

Sorry for a longer break since the last update. I’m happy to let you know that everything is going very well. I’ve been busy with organizational stuff, like signing shipping contracts. Unfortunately the shipment will not start before Christmas and I apologize for the delay.

Tank Mouse is now being manufactured and will be ready mid January. The delay was caused by technical problems regarding color of the beige version. The color was not exactly as I wanted and it couldn’t be achieved using the selected production method, so we had to do more tests to nail the color. But it’s been solved and this is the last phase of mouse production.

I’m also very happy to let you know that the USB-to-DB9 adapter is in production as well. Lotharek informed me that the firmware already supports touch scrolling on Amiga, and the adapter will also work with Atari and Commodore 64. He is still working on the firmware, adding mode selection for example, but hardware is being manufactured in the meantime.

Last but not least, AmigaBill was presenting Tank Mouse in his live-stream and he’s preparing a YouTube video about it. So if you can’t wait for your Tank Mouse you might get a sneak peek at: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/1670688820

Advertisement

Away From the Workshop

I will be gone again and expect to return on the 18th of November. This trip I wont have the ability to reply to any emails for messages. Thanks for the continued support. All boards that have been completed recently are going out Monday the 31st. Everyone with work in should have been updated with information on your packages if they are going out in this shipment.

Away on a Short Notice Assignment

Hello and welcome to another long over due update! One day I will get better and start keeping things more up to date. So much has been happening in my full time job I can hardly take the time to catch a breath though!

So I just got called out on a no notice assignment for a couple weeks. I will be in Japan and out of contact for most of it. I will return on or about October 12th though. I hope to get all caught up and get the couple things I have here done and back to you all then. Thanks for understanding and we will see you all soon!!

-Paul

Service Updates and Current Work Status

Hello everyone and thanks for being here! Its time again I felt to post an update as to what’s been going on. Its been a difficult year and things are not where I would like them to be.

Things in my personal life have been a challenge. While I love the Amiga and love helping as many of you as I can, life just tends to get in the way more times than not it seems. With my family life being strained, full time job stress, health and the parts shortages from the pandemic I just cant keep up with it all. As a result I have decided to drastically cut back on services being offered. Things here will be completed as best as they can and if a repair looks like it is something I cant complete it will be returned, at my expense. I dont like to charge for things I take in and cant resolve as many of you know.

Fear not though! I am not going anywhere and we have plenty of people here in the US now that have stepped up and offer some great services! Many of them are members of the Discord Server we host, and its become a valuable place to get things resolved, have some gun and learn a lot! If you havent visited the server, I recommend you check it out! Here is the most current invite as of this post: https://discord.gg/xBrgrFneqt

Thanks for being understanding and please feel free to reach out any time! I will continue to post updates as things become more clear and as they change.

Pre-Order Amiga 3000 Original Case Screws *NEW*

I have contacted the original manufacturer of the case screws for the A3000 and arranged an order of 50 sets. There will be custom made to order and are brand new sets of 4 screws and the matching washers. If you are interested in a set please email me using the contact form here on the site and let me know your name, location and number of sets you would like. I expect them to be here in a few weeks.

1 set of 4 screws will be $8 plus shipping. 

UPDATE: The sets are sold out! I will arrange for a larger order after these come in next time. I had to raise the price to $8 a set due to the higher quote then expected when shipping to me is added. 

UPDATE #2: The screw sets have been paid for by myself and shipped to me on May 31st. Once they arrive and I sort them into sets I will contact those who reserved them for payment and shipping information. 

UPDATE #3: Screws are in!!! Sorting when I can and will be in touch soon. 

Shifting Directions?

Hello supporters and thank you all for being here for me! I have said it before and I will say it again, those of you supporting me are what keeps the projects I do alive. Saying that its time to move onto this meat of this post.

I am looking to shift direction some in what I do. With the time it takes to repair old boards over making new ones and creating interesting new built projects I haven’t done a lot of repairs as many I am sure have noticed. My full time job, the parts shortages and the fake or remarked parts coming out of China has just taking a lot of the fun out of it for me and many others.

What I am wanting to do moving forward is start some video series for supporters that makes the tings you want to see. I envision getting kits sent in by my viewers and creating a series where I built it on camera step by step, and then sent it back off to you. Hopefully getting the support I need to cover the cists of that. I think this would prove to be an awesome experience and add some much needed content for many of you to see and learn from.

The other goal is to get some gear and parts donations sent in for help in doing all this and having a supply of things to create new video and projects moving forward.

What does this mean for the future? Well it just means that more new builds are desired and less broken and old gear is going to get accepted. I just don’t have the time to dedicate to these old machines, and being honest I think the many new faces in the scene have spread out the repairs to a point now that the machines left in the wild needing it are some of the worst examples of what needs to be fixed. Lets do something new and make this channel grow and become more exciting! If you have something you would like features please get in touch with me at info@acill.com and we can get it going!

-Paul