FW3A, a TLF/BLF EDC flashlight

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Thanks all for the answers to my questions.
Love the fact that its a 3 channel light for better efficiency and regulation.

Looking forward to see the final version come to life.

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Well, instead of waiting around or moaning about the FW3A's production  I had to get creative and make my own version ;)CRX SR4-T

Copper, Brass & Titanium construction
Quad Nichia 219C 5000K emitters
20mm Copper DTP MCPCB
20mm x 7mm solid copper heatsink
22mm x 2mm dual coated ARC glass
Emisar D4v2 ramping driver
Copper & glass tritium momentary tail switch
Lockout-able
Magnetic cell contacts
56, 2mm x 2mm magnets in tail
18650 cell compatible

Length – 97mm
Width – 25mm
Weight – 185g (with 18650 cell)

I could have shaved another few millimetres off the length of the light but wanted a decently thick copper heatsink, magnetic tail and tritium vial in the momemtary switch button, still managed to keep it below 100mm.

It is not 100% finished yet but near enough.

Size comparison:

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This is cruel CRX Silly

You could start mass production, the model is functional, the tint is good and it has the looks we need Evil

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Nobody would want to pay the price though Cash
Funny thing is, this one only took me a day to make.

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MascaratumB wrote:
This is cruel CRX Silly

You could start mass production, the model is functional, the tint is good and it has the looks we need Evil

Took him a day to make. I don’t think he’s completely human. LOLShocked

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CRX, beautiful! Do you ever sell your lights? How much would this one go for?

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I want one! +1

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nottawhackjob wrote:
I don’t think he’s completely human. LOLShocked

Oh no, I think he’s onto me Big Smile
Pavlo wrote:
CRX, beautiful! Do you ever sell your lights? How much would this one go for?

This one’s a keeper, I never know how to price these things, by the hour + materials?
My time varies between £30-£50 an hr for work so if I said £30 × 12 = £360 + £40 + a niche skill set & unqiue item?….
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I can’t speak for CRX, but it would have to be expensive, both parts and labor wise.

Beautiful!

Edit: beat me to the post.

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Would like to purchase when available.

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CRX wrote:
Well, instead of waiting around or moaning about the FW3A’s production  I had to get creative and make my own version Wink

… Emisar D4v2 ramping driver

That’s really nice. It may even be closer to the original spirit of the FW3A than the real thing. I’m curious though… did you flash the driver or use it stock? There are builds of Anduril for that driver if you want one.

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Thanks. I used what I had on hand – a stock Emisar D4 driver with the switchwire connected to a brass ring sitting on the spring side, insulated of course.

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Interested in 1. Thanks.

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CRX wrote:
nottawhackjob wrote:
I don’t think he’s completely human. LOLShocked

Oh no, I think he’s onto me Big Smile
Pavlo wrote:
CRX, beautiful! Do you ever sell your lights? How much would this one go for?

This one’s a keeper, I never know how to price these things, by the hour + materials?
My time varies between £30-£50 an hr for work so if I said £30 × 12 = £360 + £40 + a niche skill set & unqiue item?….

We were hoping you’d do it pro bono. You know……for BLF members…….in your spare time. EvilBig Smile

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Interested in 1 when available Smile

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No clue how I overlooked the FW3A being a 3 channel, 1+7+FET driver. That just sweetens the deal.

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Deep from the abyss, now comes this photo of the FW3A with the Emisar in the center.

Note: It’s not the final ‘tint’ of the anodisation yet, still in ‘Host’ form (more greenish than grey), but at least you’ll believe this project is on track and it’s coming our way sooner than later:

Edit: The photo might not be a final representation of what will become the production version.

It’s more for the purpose of showing that this project is very-much alive and hopefully bring hope to those fellow members who are losing enthusiasm because of the looong wait.

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What are the extra ribs cut in it under the head?

Are the ends not screwed down?

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JasonWW wrote:
What are the extra ribs cut in it under the head?

Are the ends not screwed down?

At the moment I only have the photo, so please bear me my friend. If I answer your question, it will only be speculative so I am not qualified to answer in a responsible manner haha.

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tatasal wrote:
Deep from the abyss, now comes this photo of the FW3A …

What do you think guys?

No major host shape changes have been approved, so I hope that’s just unscrewed and missing the clip and O-rings.

I also think it’d be nice if the people involved in the project didn’t have to get news from forwarded social media posts. It’s a bit frustrating.

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ToyKeeper wrote:
tatasal wrote:
Deep from the abyss, now comes this photo of the FW3A …

What do you think guys?

I think no host changes have been approved and somebody has some explaining to do.

Yeah, better to iron out all discrepancies before full-blown production commences.

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I have no trouble being speculative Smile : it looks to me that both head and tail are not screwed down and that you can see o-ring grooves and maybe how the inner tube is sitting in the shell (how exactly that fits in I can not figure out.

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ToyKeeper wrote:

I think no host changes have been approved and somebody has some explaining to do.


There might not be any host changes. It’s looks pretty much exactly like it’s supposed to.

It’s just the ends being unscrewed that make it look different.

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JasonWW wrote:
ToyKeeper wrote:

I think no host changes have been approved and somebody has some explaining to do.


There might not be any host changes. It’s looks pretty much exactly like it’s supposed to.

It’s just the ends being unscrewed that make it look different.

You are most probably correct in that observation.

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With the parts unscrewed to the point of being completely loose, it can be made to look similar to the photo. I don’t know how the parts are being held in position though, since gravity makes it fall together a bit more than that in the prototypes.

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ToyKeeper wrote:
With the parts unscrewed to the point of being completely loose, it can be made to look similar to the photo. I don’t know how the parts are being held in position though, since gravity makes it fall together a bit more than that in the prototypes.

They are laying flat on their sides.

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JasonWW wrote:
They are laying flat on their sides.

You are correct, sir. And I think I should go get some sleep.

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JasonWW wrote:
ToyKeeper wrote:
With the parts unscrewed to the point of being completely loose, it can be made to look similar to the photo. I don’t know how the parts are being held in position though, since gravity makes it fall together a bit more than that in the prototypes.
They are laying flat on their sides.
Maybe… but the tailcaps look like they are sitting/standing on the green to me.

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tatasal wrote:
Deep from the abyss, now comes this photo of the FW3A with the Emisar in the center.

Note: It’s not the final ‘tint’ of the anodisation yet, still in ‘Host’ form (more greenish than grey), but at least you’ll believe this project is on track and it’s coming our way sooner than later:

Edit: The photo might not be a final representation of what will become the production version.

It’s more for the purpose of showing that this project is very-much alive and hopefully bring hope to those fellow members who are losing enthusiasm because of the looong wait.

Great color as is. I like the slight green in there.

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DAYUM! That looks sexy!

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