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This guide walks you through all the steps for constructing an OpenROV 2.6 from the part included in a standard kit.

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approximately How long does it take to assemble?

Approximately how many hour will it take a fairly bright person to assemble this from a complete kit.. Approximate?

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Not having built one myself but also wondering about that I asked Eric and he said it takes him about one day. I would add a couple of days to make it one full week if you don't know which components (acrilic cement etc.) you need to buy beforehand.

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Brightness helps but experience with buiding kits is a major factor in coming up with a time to assemble. I say this because I used to work for Heathkit as a tech and I could build a full size compter (old style with the monitor and keyboard all in one case. When I started building them for customers it would take me a week at least and that was stepping through a well laid out assembley manual. At my peak I put assemble 3 in a day without any manual.

If you are familiar with kits figure (factoring what you use your time for) about 10 days to do it RIGHT. Careful work and well laid out wiring makes a huge difference over ignoring things that make problems.

It's important to have things not included in the kit such as silicone grease/spray tools (glue gun, top notch soldering station and a few other things you may have to order or shop for and that adds to time.

Once you have everything you need to do the job and have the time figure 4 days unless you want to work from morning to evening. Assuming no mistakes you could do it in 2 or 3 days. If you are not familiar with electronics you will have to learn about some aspects of it...more time.

From my experience go slow your not in a race....the results will speak for themsleves. Good luck with the build !!

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.I suggest acrylic cement from TAP company. Amazon has it. Shipping is only a few days and free. You don't need much and it's not expensive. Think of it as Vodka that smells strong it is a fast setting cement. Acrylic cement is actually not glue at all but a "chemical weld" When you apply some to the two pieces the Acrylic liquid melts the surface of the pieces. In about 5 minutes the joint is strong enough to hold and after 15 minutes the piece will be strong enough that you can continue working. It' kind of like crazy glue in that way except if you get it on your hand it will evaporate without any sticky fingers.


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