The MiSTer's Official Case, a Audio Tape Input Board (ADC In) and the In-Line Power Switch were purchased from MiSTer Addons and redirected to Brazil through Direct Shipments, this is the thirteenth time that I use the company's services. Package arrived tax free.
I already showed my MiSTer FPGA and the step by step of its assembly in the last three articles of the series, check:
- Building a MiSTer - Part 1: Terasic DE10-Nano and IO Board w / Noctua NF-A4X10-FLX 5V - via Direct Shipping
- MiSTer USB Hub - MiSTer Add-ons via Direct Shipments - Building a MiSTer - Part 2
- 128MB SDRAM Module for MiSTer FPGA - AliExpress - Building a MiSTer - Part 3
With the arrival of the case and the ADC In, my MiSTer FPGA it's finally complete.
With the arrival of Módulo SDRAM de 128MB my MiSTer was already functionally ready. It was just missing the case so it wouldn't get dust.
The MiSTer's Official Case is made of PCBs (printed circuit boards). There are six little plates that fit together to form the case. I think it looks much more beautiful than solutions made on 3D printers.
The cases acrylic I also like, but there is none available for configurations with the USB card. Furthermore, I think that with time they fill up with dust inside and get ugly.
The ADC In at first I will not use. It is used to connect cassette tape recorders, and thus load programs from cassette tapes to the computer cores. I don't even have anything on cassette tape, I didn't even live that time. But I chose to buy the ADC In anyway so as not to leave a useless hole in the case. And maybe the ADC In have some other future use. You never know. I would spend a lot more on shipping than on product if I wanted to buy one later.
Por fim, the In-Line Power Switch it is also something I should not use now, as I currently switch my MiSTer on and off via a Line filter with resettable circuit breakers Individual Force Line. But how hard is it to find one of these switches in-line that do not greatly reduce tension, I decided to acquire it for possible future use, in case I change something in my installation.
All three items were purchased at MiSTer Add-ons. The order cost US $ $67.50, being $ 50,00 from the case official, US$ 10,00 from the ADC in, e US$ 7,50 from the In-Line Power Switch. I paid even more $ 5,00 freight via USPS First Class to my address in California, provided by Direct Shipments, and more $ 4,05 of fees.
The purchase was made on the day 07/04/2020, still in the pre-sale of case. It was posted on 05/05 no state of Maryland. Arrived in California in 08/05.
Redirect to Direct Shipments
MiSTer Add-ons ships directly to Brazil, but declares the real value on the customs form, which maximizes the chances of taxation, so I prefer to redirect with Direct Shipments, where I choose how the customs form will be filled and I can consolidate packages when this is the case, as I did with the DE10-Nano and the IO Board and also with MiSTer USB Hub.
A Direct Shipments sent me four pictures, two of the package, one of them with him on the scale, and two of the content. Check out:
The MiSTer Addons package weighed only 8 oz. The cost to send it to Brazil by ePacket was $ 17,65, already counting on the service value Direct Shipments.
The package was sent on 09/05/2020 and got my hands on 05/08/2020. Unfortunately, the delay was long due to the situation of the COVID-19 pandemic in the USA, especially in California. I had another package that took a few 45 days to cover a stretch of just 3 hours between one city and another in California.
The few flights from the USA to Brazil also hindered. The packages Priority and Express had priority on the few flights and the First Class were accumulating. O USPS actually sent containers full of packages to Brazil by ship from Los Angeles to the Port of Santos, for lack of flights. This tour alone takes more than a month.
Since USPS tracking is somewhat incomplete in packages First Class, you can't know exactly what happened. Nor can you trust the tracking of the Post Office, who commonly places the package as having arrived in Brazil long after the actual arrival. But the important thing is that the package arrived and that the situation tends to normalize with the resumption of activities.
A Direct Shipments has also changed state and is now in Idaho. In this way, packages redirected with them will also have a lower state tax at the time of purchase.
Unboxing it's Photoshop
A Direct Shipments placed the MiSTer Add-ons box in an envelope, leaving you even more protected. Check out the photos and the video of the unboxing and mounting my MiSTer in your new case:
In addition to the six parts of the case, the kit also comes with four screws, button extender, ducts to conduct the light from the LEDs, and a bridge to connect the Hub USB in DE10-Nano. That last item I already had when I bought the Hub USB, so I got two. Even more items came that I wasn't expecting: four adhesive silicone feet and one MiSTer Kun, apparently done on 3D printer.
The top of the case strangely has real LEDs, idle, because the LEDs on the I / O board light and illuminate the LEDs on the top. There are also circuits connecting these LEDs and around the buttons, so I suppose they are for some future use, with some different I / O card.
With the aid of the MiSTer Addons video tutorial it was relatively easy to mount my MiSTer in the case. The tutorial just doesn't cover installing the Audio Tape Input Board, but it is also a simple installation. It is secured with the same fan screw. Finally I fixed the MiSTer Kun using double-sided tape at the top, where I thought it would look better. It, so, my MiSTer is finally complete.
This is the tracking information for the MiSTer Add-ons package for Direct Shipments, According to the USPS:
May 8, 2020, 10:10 am Delivered, In/At Mailbox RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, SUCH AS 92688 Your item was delivered in or at the mailbox at 10:10 am on May 8, 2020 in RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, SUCH AS 92688. May 8, 2020, 7:10 am Out for Delivery RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, SUCH AS 92688 May 8, 2020, 3:07 am Arrived at Post Office RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, SUCH AS 92688 May 7, 2020, 5:39 pm Arrived at USPS Facility RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, SUCH AS 92688 May 7, 2020, 4:33 pm Departed USPS Regional Facility SANTA ANA CA DISTRIBUTION CENTER May 7, 2020, 2:25 pm Arrived at USPS Regional Facility SANTA ANA CA DISTRIBUTION CENTER May 7, 2020, 1:51 pm Departed USPS Regional Facility ANAHEIM CA DISTRIBUTION CENTER May 7, 2020, 5:56 am Arrived at USPS Regional Facility ANAHEIM CA DISTRIBUTION CENTER May 7, 2020, 4:53 am Departed USPS Regional Facility SAN BERNARDINO CA DISTRIBUTION CENTER May 7, 2020, 2:57 am Arrived at USPS Regional Facility SAN BERNARDINO CA DISTRIBUTION CENTER May 6, 2020 In Transit to Next Facility May 5, 2020, 11:54 pm Arrived at USPS Regional Origin Facility WASHINGTON DC DISTRIBUTION CENTER May 5, 2020, 10:39 pm Accepted at USPS Origin Facility LEONARDTOWN, MD 20650 May 5, 2020, 7:26 pm Shipping Label Created, USPS Awaiting Item LEONARDTOWN, MD 20650
This is the package tracking information from Direct Shipments to Brazil, According to the USPS:
August 5, 2020, 2:05 pm Delivered BRAZIL Your item was delivered in BRAZIL at 2:05 pm on August 5, 2020. July 29, 2020, 2:05 pm Processed through Facility CURITIBA, BRAZIL July 28, 2020, 8:08 am Held in Customs CURITIBA, BRAZIL July 28, 2020, 7:58 am Processed Through Facility BRAZIL
Unfortunately the USPS disappears with the older information when the package arrives in Brazil, so I ended up missing some package updates within the USA.
This is the package tracking information from Direct Shipments to Brazil, According to the post office:
05/08/2020 14:05 [REMOVED] / SP Object delivered to the recipient 05/08/2020 10:33 [REMOVED] / SP object out for delivery to the recipient 03/08/2020 07:26 INDAIATUBA / SP Objeto encaminhado de Unidade de Tratamento em INDAIATUBA / SP for distribution Unit in [REMOVED] / SP 29/07/2020 14:28 CURITIBA / PR Objeto encaminhado de Unidade de Distribuição em CURITIBA / PR for Treatment Unit in INDAIATUBA / SP 29/07/2020 14:26 CURITIBA / PR finalized Customs supervision 28/07/2020 08:26 CURITIBA / PR Objeto recebido pelos Correios do Brasil Informar nº do documento para a fiscalização e entrega do seu objeto. Click here My Imports 13/05/2020 11:05 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA / Objeto postado Informar nº do documento para a fiscalização e entrega do seu objeto. Click here My Imports
Por fim, This is the table-summary of purchase:
|Payment Method:||Credit Card Mastercard Inter|
|Package Home Country:||USA (USA)|
|Time in Transit:|
|Declared content:||electronic parts|
|Type Marked Content:||None|
|Declared Value:||US$ 38.27|
Finally mine MiSTer It's complete. And since I started editing it has also evolved a lot, with multiple cores getting updates and improving accuracy and other details. Definitivamente é um dispositivo que recomendo para quem gosta de consoles, computadores e arcades clássicos.
Note 10 novamente para a MiSTer Add-ons and also for the Direct Shipments, que mais uma vez me permitiu comprar nos EUA e receber no Brasil.
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