tonight i decided to get somewhat creative ...Oops ..bad idea .!

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tonight i decided to get somewhat creative ...Oops ..bad idea .!

I  decided to grind down the bezel on the  YEZEL Z-1  ,,,not a brilliant idea .. I'm laughing at myself because I heated that sucker up while using the side of the grinding wheel  and  when I was almost finished I'd heated it up enough that I squeezed it out of round with the  channel locks .. it just  warped while i was looking at it , just by holding tension on it ..i sufficiently screwed it up enough not to be able to get it to thread back on again ..so I kept bending it  in the vise again and again looking for  what appeared to be a circle again and got it to seemingly start to thread again .. this time I thought OK forget the channel lock wrench and  just use the flashlight and  finish grinding it and heat it up right on the light ...yep heated it back up .... grabbed it with the pliers and  bang ..i got it  hot enough to flex and  rethreaded it back on and tightened it back up ..Whew that was close ..When you grind off the parts that stick up there's really not that much metal left ..that was pretty obvious at the onset .. when it was hot it showed it's weakness pretty quickly ..if you want to grind on this bezel do it on the light and go easy.there isn't that much material to work with in the first place ...I really wondered why i was even doing it ..

in the photo's it looks sharper  than it really is ..looking back i wouldn't do it again I'd just leave it alone ...but sometimes you just get a little nuts and need to go break something   fix  something .

At this point it's like 90% done and the rest will be done with  either a little file or sandpaper ..Slow and steady wins this race .. it it comes out sexy i'll post photo's .. right now Im just glad to have the bezel intact and back on ..

  That sucker bent right as i was inspecting it ..i went from  curiously interested ...to ....freaked out in about  a  nanosecond

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upload some photos lol

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Thanks for saving me in the near future as i would have attempted it they way you did.

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Lol, looking at photos, those weren't all that big to start off with. I do like mild crenelations, and they look pretty mild to me.. But thats just personal opinion. If I had something needing fixing, I too would probably have had a go by now. 5 mins ago I just stripped the threads on the "titanium" screws for my overpriced clip for the D10. It was tight, but I wanted it a little tighter. Before this I just tried to make the magnetic ring on my V10R more controlled, but ended up putting holes in it, and in the end doing nothing but making it even rougher to control...

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I hope you still have all 10 fingers.

 

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It is times like these I am happy I am a machinist with full access to a massive machine shop...including a fair share of lathes Smile However, I decided not to machine the bezel smooth on my Z1 because the dang thing wont even stay threaded on. Its stripped and useless. Cnqualitygoods told me they were shipping me another bezel, so we shall see if that ever arrives and if it will even work. 

 

Glad you got it back on though! That wouldn't be a fun situation :S

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I know that feeling...some years ago when I got the dremel tried to 'enhance' the polishing of some stuff...wow man  , took me two or three years to figure out how to fix the mess I did, at the end it was for the better since I learned a lot in the process Laughing

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Ok here's a photo .. i tried to do a macro  .. this isn't my camera ..I don't like it .. the bezel is about 93% done ..For it to be perfect it would have to come off ...it ain't commin off ..

http://i469.photobucket.com/albums/rr58/sendemin/yezel%20bezel/IMG_0223.jpg

I remember  being in someones shop at night with my friend .. we were putting in air line drops for machines , and or  power dropped in from the ceiling (water lines)??..Unbelievably sexy cool cad cam million dollar machines.. These guys made  some part for the space shuttle  ..  duffass...(Me) was enthralled with the  sand blaster and was busy cleaning  every tool in his tool belt .. That's right dummy .. go play in the sandbox ...My brother asked for a bridgeport milling machine  every year for christmas as a kid , and 40 years later my mother asked him .."What the hell is a bridgeport milling machine ?"

One thing we learned about tools was ..If dad had one in his hand and was heading towards anything  that could be seriously screwed up ..  intercept him at all costs ..My brothers philosophy "if it calls for a 2x4 and 4 nails  a 2x6 and 12 screws works better "  My dads...If it needs a 2x4 and 4 nails .. a paint stirrer  , caulk and 3 screws to make sure the stirrer splits..."that's what the caulk is for .and then cover it with plastic coated copy-cat duct tape to hide the mess ,,, or support ???

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It dosn't look bad at all Smile

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 You can see that it;s been tweeked and isn't entirely round ..of course I'm looking for it too. there are also tiny bite marks that need sanded down by hand with the bezel off  to make it 96%  I just couldn't force myself to unscrew it  aagin ..My guess is it's done for a while  at 90%..

 As far as the overall look ....I like it better  than the way it was .It thickened the lip and is a little more polished  and classy in appearance ,Like i said if the name wore off tommarrow I'd be happy as can be ,and dump the green tailcap for black .the little gitd o ring under the front bezel doesn't bother me because it really isn't visible and when lit it's rather dim which works for me.

i'm curious what the xml is like since all these lights are very dang bright . 

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