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May 27

The fans that cool the electronics for the Tetris game had been making an ominous rumbling sound for a long time. Examination showed that they were filthy, and one had a broken blade, which explained the noise. Replacement seemed like the best plan.
Two lovely new fans!
John Taylor Novak has (sadly) departed for the summer, taking his N-scale layout. Wide open spaces have appeared!
After all these years, new batteries for the Makita drill.


November 9

We received a message from the daughter of former member Eric Bott, who made the Coca-Bubblie sign back in his student days around 1970. It's in a prominent location and continues to be admired. The visit she suggested wasn't possible, but we hope she'll call this picture to her dad's attention.

This article includes a picture of the sign which inspired Eric's model. It sat on top of the Coca-Cola bottling plant in Allston, and when the building met its demise in the 1980s, the sign was meant to be preserved, but somehow it got scrapped.

Memory has it that back when Eric made the sign, light-emitting diodes were a new form of technology, and they were expensive. A 4-digit display was beyond our budget, but our faculty advisor Steve Burns wrote to the company that made them, and they donated a unit. Perhaps in those days LEDs weren't as long-lived as they are now, because that original display ended up needing replacement.

John P installed some removable scenery to see how things might be built on the upper level.
The proposed diamond and interchange with another railroad, lit by the lights removed from below the plywood during construction.
Strolling by the Charles, one might pass the MIT sailing pavilion.
One of the boats had a name that we recognize.
It's easier to see in the reflection, so let's turn it upside down. Yes, that's interesting.



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