Okay, Dave sent me the replacement 750 ohm resistor (I could have used two 1.5K ohm resistors in parallel but not really in a rush since I'm working on the mechanics of my lead screw) I need and it arrived yesterday. I installed it and tried the 5V test using a 12V field battery (for you non RC types it's just a 12V gel cell you haul out to start your aircraft engine). 6.55V ... what ... no way I was so careful and this part of the circuit on has three parts ... WTF. So I walk back through the instructions step by step and there is is in caps:
From memory so it's paraphrased "Insert the LM317 next with the tab oriented towards R12" ... DOH! Looks like I got cocky at the end and stuffed the two voltage regulators facing the same way . So I dug out my old solder sucker since my fancy desolder station was on loan to a buddy. I resolder it the right way, plug it up and get 4.99V.
So now I need to decide if I believe the superstition of "spinning the motors" or not. NOT! I assumed I already had the proper parallel cable so I didn't get Dave's kit ... $15 later I have a 10' cable en route.
My plan is to use old an AT PC P/S to drive my motors. Since I'll be turned aluminum (mostly) I don't need/cant use a lot of speed.
Note: If anyone is intrested in me assembling/testing their board/kit send me a PM ... I had forgotten how much I enjoy soldering.