It has been a long and wonderful journey since the beginning of this project and if given the chance, I would do it all over again. For any readers who did not purchase a board, we are closing in on the end of the project. All of my boards and parts have arrived and I am simply pumping out completed board one after the other. Surface mounted components are very easy to do granted you have a hot air station, which I clearly do! Now that I have a little practice on the machine, SMT components take less time than through hole components. An FT232RL chip takes me less time to solder than a Through-hole resistor! Who would have guessed?
Anyhow, I know that all you're waiting for is pictures, so here they are:
In rough order from delivery to completion.