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Star Simpson's Circuit Classics Bring Forrest Mims' Designs to Life

Gareth Halfacree

Star Simpson's Circuit Classics

For a generation of electronics enthusiasts there is one name on a book that would make it a must-have: Forrest M. Mims. Forrest's Getting Started in Electronics deserves a spot on any maker's shelf, and the Engineer's Notebook series is often found right next to it. We're not alone in our appreciation for Forrest's work, by any means, and fellow Forrest fan Star Simpson has come up with a great tribute: physical incarnations of his hand-drawn circuit designs, complete with notes.

Dubbed Circuit Classics, Star's project takes Forrest's hand-drawn schematics and transfers them onto physical circuit boards next to a fully-operational implementation of the circuit itself. The rear of each circuit board includes Forrest's hand-written explanation of how the circuit works, providing a quick reference for the circuit without the need to drag your copy of Getting Started in Electronics down from the shelf.

Star, whose previous projects range from a 40KW laser-powered hot tub to a laser-cut 3D whiteboard, sees the Circuit Classics series as being a perfect introduction to both soldering and electronics design for newcomers to the art and those with more experience who simply remember Forrest's work fondly. Schematics destined for the Circuit Classics treatment include the Bargraph Voltage Indicator, Dual-LED Flasher, and Stepped Tone Generator.

Star's Circuit Classics project is to launch soon via the Crowd Supply crowd-funding site, with more information and a sign-up form available on its official page.

Each circuit depicts an original, traced and hand-drawn schematic created by Forrest Mims for his iconic books “Getting Started in Electronics”, and the “Engineers’ Notebook” series. Every board includes a description of how it works, in Mims’ handwriting, on the reverse side. Alongside the schematic is the circuit itself.

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