• Also THANK YOU @Gordon and @Robin for your help. This was solved fairly quickly and I now have my favorite toy.

    Yes Robin the flex cable is SUPER close and Yes I used an old pair of tweezers to semi protect it and the flex cable survided without a scratch surprisingly even though (especially when desoldering) I'm sure I got very close

    and gordon, yes, the Pixl.js nodebadge survived perfectly. the ESP8266 of course is a new one, but it connects and seems to work perfectly.

    thank you again!