The BLF DIY Forum First Annual Scratch made light contest - CONTEST IS DONE - WINNERS are Announced! in the OP

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Ja7 has the most artistic build and I think Texaspyro did the most professional job on a light designed to attract alien attention. Buckminster Fuller would be proud of the coke light. I guess it depends on whether you like apples, oranges, peaches, nectarines… No two are alike so how do you decide?

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a huge shiny .50 bmg (Big Motherfudgin Gun) round that puts out a decent amount of light... i really like all the builds, but i am partial to militaria 

 

the machined class was most difficult. i like the bare look and contrast of the different metals of DNF, but i am a stickler for good knurling too

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Rufusbduck wrote:
Texaspyro did the most professional job on a light designed to attract alien attention.

Yup, it fries them big eyed little gomers to a crisp… that’ll teach ‘em to keep them probes to themselves…

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texaspyro wrote:
Rufusbduck wrote:
Texaspyro did the most professional job on a light designed to attract alien attention.

Yup, it fries them big eyed little gomers to a crisp… that’ll teach ‘em to keep them probes to themselves…


I was thinking it’s going to signal them to come. Think about the warp signature that thing is putting out! J)

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I was thinking it’s going to signal them to come.

Yup, lure them in with one of the beacon modes. Then crank up the volume to “11”…

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And I’ll pick off the strays while DBCstm plays hide and seek out in the asteroid belt. Ja7 can pretend to be an asteroid. The tower of power would light up the dark side of the moon. Relic could be posing for glam shots and when the visitors stop at the coke machine, they’d get a big surprise.

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The winners have been announced, in the OP.

 

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Congrats to all the winners for your well deserved victories!!  I can't begin to say how inspired and awed I am by your ingenuity and patience.  You are all winners in my book!

I will add that as good as they all were, I fully agree with the final decision and placings for the winners.  Just like I'd have picked 'em.  :bigsmile: Beer

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With your own two hands and the smarts in your head


Heat up the iron ‘till it glows cherry red


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I knew that ray gun with both flashlight and laser was a sure winner, simply too ingenious and well implemented to not come in 1st in a landslide. Nice wins everybody, and thanks so much to the sponsors, WooHoo! Bounty! Smile

Seriously, I really do appreciate the compliments on the GDB 50BMG. My first flashlight build and it was a smashing success, loved doing it and super loved the expression on my cousins face while he soaked it in when I gave it to him! I’m already doing things I was scared to try before, so it’s opened doors to me (I’m sure I’ll destroy some things as well, but it’s not like that’s never happened before!)

I have a 25mm build in store, just about have the necessary parts to get started. It will sport a custom made triple xp-g2 at 5.4A from Australia. Smile This one is massive, the empty case literally swallows the entire 50 BMG!!! Smile

More news at 11. Wink

Thanks again, very very much appreciated!

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Congrats to everyone who took part!  It was awesome watching these builds!  Personally I took a liking to ruffles build. 

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Awesome! I won something! Sweet! Paydirt! Well, I’m still $60 in the hole, but I have a decent light and green fingernails Big Smile

RBD deservedly gets the top prize! That was an amazing build. :hat:

Congrats to all contestants, everyone walks away with something, especially the experience of building your own light Smile
Until next year (maybe not right in northern hemi summer though Wink sorry Aussies )

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I had the Green Fingernail Syndrome as well, that bright green copper tarnish…kinda cool and freaky at the same time. lol

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Until next year (maybe not right in northern hemi summer though Wink sorry Aussies )

Any time will be bad for someone, but I think next year it should be posted in April and started in May and closed the end of June. That would give a month to enter and two months to finish the build.

It's all a learning experiment. I would love to get a china seller to offer a couple dozen of the same light and have contestants each do their thing with the same light, just to see the results...

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Woohoo! I agree Garry only I liked them all. What I find incredible is the variety. No two were even similar so the judges must have had a hard time deciding. I never considered it a sure thing but thought it was a good idea and proceeded to make the best MTM raygun I could using the tools and time allowed. If you’ve read through the build thread you’ve seen what it took to transform, reshape, solder, and stich this thing into it’s present form. Thank you Justin for putting on a fun challenging contest. Thanks also to the sponsors for pitching in to make this happen. And a big group hug with all the other contestants in the a first annual BLF DIY Forum Scratch Made Light Contest. It may be years before I recover enough to enter another. Would it be inappropriate to yell YABBA DABBA DOO?

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Many Thanks to all people involved! The organizer, the judges, the sponsors and the fellow contestants!
I may repeat myself, but that was the most fun time I had in a forum for a looong time! Smile
Was so great to watch all the ideas grow to real lights, and the own building was fun of course!

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Would it be inappropriate to yell YABBA DABBA DOO?

I think it would be an adequate reaction.
Give it a try, might be a quite rewarding/liberating experience! Wink
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What a contest – what a thread!
Thanks for organizing this 8)

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Congrats to RBD for taking a well-deserved top place, & congrats to all of the other builders for taking the time & effort to share with us all. Beer Beer

Thanks to OL for arranging the comp & initial prize money, & thanks to Illumination Supply & LightsCastle for kicking in with all of the gift certificates!

It will be interesting to see where all of the builds end up in time-to-come.

I’m looking forward to next time. Beer

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A huge thanks to OL for making this contest happen, and to the sponsors (members and sellers) as well! THANK YOU!

It was a joy to see what everybody came up with!

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congratulations everyone! and thanks to the sponsors too!

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CONGRATULATIONS everyone!

It was amazing seeing all the unique builds in the detailed build threads. The creativity demonstrated here was incredible. 8)

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Congrats to everyone that entered this contest!You all have so much talent…thanks for sharing your amazing builds!I am humbled to be a member here!-Rick

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Well done guys and again thanks to all that made this event possible. I believe that the hand built lights are the winners here for the obvious reasons taking nothing away from vestureofblood. You have shown us all more than a thing or two about patience, workarounds and creativity. You have all thought outside the square here. Thanks for the last time. Cheers guys.

 

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This was a wonderful contest, incredible builds and prizes. Congrats to all contestants for your fantastic job

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Not sure I can say anything that hasn’t been said, but massive thanks to O-L for bringing this to us.

Big gratitude to Illumination Supply and LightsCastle for sponsorship.

Congrats to all the other players for creativity and determination. And while nobody likes to admit that they like one of their children more than another, RBD’s entry really showed us how a bit of metal and leather could be turned into functional art.

See y’all next year!


 

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i would like to pass on my winnings to which ever contestant finished their light that Justin thinks deserves a little more for their contribution.

 

as i did not finish, i do not feel i deserve a prize. if i had actually put in a little more work i may feel different...

 

thanks for the offer though, really appreciate it Laughing

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Old-Lumens wrote:

The winners have been announced, in the OP.

 

WOOOT!!    I actually won something.    This is the first time in 5 years of this hobby I have every won anything.    Never hit the lucky number on a give away or anything until now!!

Probly didnt hurt my chances any that I was the only one in the machine class with a multi emitter light though LOL!!!!!!!!!

Thank you SO MUCH for doing this Old Lumens!   And to all the sponsors cuz I can sure use the extra $50 bucks right now!

I am already looking forward to next years event!


PS:  I agree with your choice for best over all light btw that gun light was super bling and made by hand, WOW!!!       

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Congrats to all of you, it was a real pleasure to follow all the builds step by step. I loved all the ideas, such cool stuff. Big Smile

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Congrats to the winners

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It’s like a historical moment or something. It feels so substantial…so filling.

Awesome job guys!

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