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List of articles on page 2:
(February 2011 - November 2012)
DIY Printed Circuit Board Manufacturing
Ask Fran: Introduction to the Commodore 64 (C-64) Computer
Ask Fran: Build Your Own Microscope!
Fran's Favorite Toy In History: Mr. Wizard's Experiments In Electronics, 1972
Soviet Vacuum Fluorescent Display Project
Nixie Counter Project
You can make a radio!
The Frantone Fretboard
New Grommet Press Project
The Rotary Puch and Grommet Press Explained

List of articles on page 3:
(November 2010 - January 2011)
Repair and Maintenance of the IBM Selectric II Typewriter
The Vacuum Tube Burner Machine Projects
Vacuum Tube Tester Machine Project
The 'Model A' Stereo Tube HiFi
Real-Time Analog Bias Meter
New York Noise Article in Stereophile Magazine
Hep Cat Article Photo
The Mysterons
What Ever Happened to Fortran?
Of Human Design

List of articles on page 4:
(November 2012 - January 2013)
SMD LED Test Board
The 1984 Heathkit Catalog
Building a Dedicated Bootloader Board for New ATmega328P Microcontrollers
Ask Fran: Build Your Own Friction Welder!
Do It Yourself Digital Fireflies
Fran's Dangerous Toys: The Jacob's Ladder
Ask Fran: AM Radio
The Apollo Saturn V LVDC Project Page:
(December 2010 - July, 2014)
LVDC Project Updates
Dave Jones Tests the Saturn V LVDC Components
Apollo Saturn V LVDC Board Teardown, Part 3
Apollo Saturn V LVDC Board Teardown, Part 2
The Apollo Saturn V LVDC Project Part 1
Cracking the Code of the Apollo Saturn V LVDC Logic Devices
X-ray Analysis of the Apollo Saturn V LVDC Circuit Board
The Apollo Saturn V Launch Vehicle Digital Computer (LVDC) Circuit Board

List of articles on page 5:
(January 2013 - March 2013)
Prototyping The CuteUino
DIY Hold Down Tool for SMD Parts
Modern Chemistry
Make Your Own Printed Circuit Boards
Frantone Shredcam
 Fun with Chris Gammell and Dave Jones:
(August, 2015)
Episode #263 of The Amp Hour - An Interview with Fran Blanche

List of articles on page 6:
(April 2013 - August 2013)
Flown to the moon and back: Luna 24
Ergonomic Pistol Grip for HD Video Camera
Fran Fixes It: Vintage Shop Dehumidifier Repair
AMI R-88 Jukebox
Discrete Life Circuit
Upgrading the Polaroid 330 Land Camera
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List of articles on page 7:
(September 2013 - November 2013)
Fran's Space Attack! Make Your Own Video Multicade 
The Apollo Hoax Conspiracy Epidemic 
Ghost In The Machine
Music Gear Builders Group Meeting

List of articles on page 8:
(December 2013 - February 2014)
"Humorous Birthday Card" In-A-Box Hack
Copper Diodes, Solenoids, Shading Coils, and Lionel Trains
Know Your Displays - Nixie vs. VFD Tubes
The First Light Emitting Diodes

List of articles on page 9:
(February 2014 - April 2014)
Highlights of the 1979 Heathkit Catalog
The Vintage Computer Festival East, 2014
Reverse Engineering the Maillardet Automaton
Recreating The Original Maillardet Writing Instrument

List of articles on page 10:
(August 2014 - February 2015)
Diode Steering For Displays And Logic
TechTourist: Fran Visits the National Air & Space Museum
Philly Fixers Guild Repair Fair, November 2014
Ask Fran: Setting and Regulating Pocket Watches 
The 1939 New York World's Fair Futurama

From the August 2014 issue of Popular Science Magazine:
Welcome To The Lab Of An Apollo Computer Anatomist

Photograph by Ray Lego 

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