FINISHED pinkpanda's entry for 7th Annual BLF Old-Lumens Scratch-build contest!

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I’d like to say just wait a bit to see what happens but it looks like a few people are milling around waiting for it to happen , meanwhile Xmas is on its way. Unless someone steps up and takes control I don’t think there will be another comp.

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A week!!!

The event only goes for 4 days but I’m allowing for travel at each end, plus I’ll be busy at work when I get back. Today was the first day of the event, didn’t go as well as I hoped but I’m not wrapped in plaster so that’s something LOL

  

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Touch wood. Cool

 

djozz quotes, "it came with chinese lettering that is chinese to me".

                      "My man mousehole needs one too"

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I have asked the question directly.

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Well I’m back to work now. When I do get time to get back in the garage the first thing i need to do is clean it up Tired Will be a few more days before anymore happens to this build.

If you’re interested in seeing the other pics – https://photos.app.goo.gl/yrHrFjygkNWUrA5d9

  

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Looks like you have a dirty mind. Smile
Did it all go well and the only sore part your backside?

 

djozz quotes, "it came with chinese lettering that is chinese to me".

                      "My man mousehole needs one too"

old4570 said "I'm not an expert , so don't suffer from any such technical restrictions".

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Is it written all over my face… Big Smile

Had a great time. Reckon I got held up 10min or so with mechanical issues on day 1 but otherwise was 4 days of riding bliss. Leg muscles are tender but not aching. And the best part, no plaster wraps Innocent

  

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Okay back from hiatus , the comp can continue…

I pressed the ti sleeve into the body with a little locktite wiped on. My vice isn’t big enough for this purpose so I used the lathe to press it together. I had a major screw up, or minor really… I tried to line up the body and tail sections so once it was screwed together the ti alloy rods lined up perfectly. However I was out… a long way out. Still scratching my head as to why I was so far out Facepalm Question

The battery was a snug fit before. After pressing the sleeve in it’s reduced the diameter even more and the battery no longer fits. Previously I was thinking I might skim the inside after it was pressed in but now I’d rather not as that very thin wall is holding the tail section. So I’ve changed tack and will be using an unprotected efest 18350 cell. Aside from being that little bit narrower it is also several millimetres shorter.

I did some more head scratching to work out how to hold it for final external shaping. Initially I thought I would have to mount it twice (forwards then backwards) but instead I made a mandrel so I can do the complete host. Note the gap in the host when mounted is due to a washer/spacer I made to fill the space where the pocket clip sits.

All mounted and ready to go but before I do I need to remind myself of the internal dimensions so I don’t have a disaster.

  

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djozz quotes, "it came with chinese lettering that is chinese to me".

                      "My man mousehole needs one too"

old4570 said "I'm not an expert , so don't suffer from any such technical restrictions".

Old-Lumens. Highly admired and cherished member of Budget Light Forum. 11.5.2011 - 20.12.16. RIP.

 

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Progress on the aesthetics is slow. Mainly because I am not making time to work on this project. When I do work on it I need to go slow, double check everything and make light cuts (read many cuts/passes). My last build, the mokume one, it turned out quite heavy because 1. it’s made of copper and nickel (both as heavy as each other) and 2. I kept a decent amount of wall thickness in the body so it didn’t split like the bezel did. This build I’m hoping it won’t turn out as heavy. At the same time i’m trying to make the most of the superconductor pattern. Still lots to go…

I noticed when turning it down that the copper cut smooth and shiny but as soon as the niobium titanium appeared the cut seemed rougher all over.

I realize the cone shaped tail won’t be the most comfortable shape to hold when screwing/unscrewing but this light is less about the feel and more about the looks Cool

  

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One of these days you guys are going to make me buy a lathe because of your awesome work.. and my wife will put me outside for good.

This project has been very interesting from start to finish. Great work pinkpanda3310!

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Thanks f0xx. If you ever do end up in the dog house I’m okay with that. Just make sure to show us pics of your new lathe Big Smile Wink

  

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A little more shaping today. I put ripples in the body mostly because I’m not a big fan of smoothy bodies. I don’t know if that was such a good idea. It kinda detracts from the patterned metal. I was previously thinking of turning the tail down narrower than the head to try and balance out the look of short stubby head. I had a change of heart when I saw the pattern on the fat tail and kept it. So now it all looks a bit weird. I did some test fitting to see how it looks…

  

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It is different, looks good

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I wasn’t happy with the shape / balance so I decided to remake the bezel. I actually tried to make it on sunday but my head was a bit fuzzy from having a cold and not long into making the part I screwed it up by turning it down too far Facepalm I was feeling better and had some time this afternoon so gave it another shot.

Doh! I just realized I haven’t shown the internal organs in place either. I had lots to talk about my thought process on some parts but I don’t really want to spend too long on the pc right now so the pics will have to suffice.


I still need to do some stuff to the new bezel. I don’t like the beam but i’m too lazy to change it. Will get a shot of that later.

Will be away over the weekend for another bicycle race (this one’s on road) so will be another break before next update.

  

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Progressing nicely Thumbs Up

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Very Nice pp ,your attention to details is Awesome

how do place the photo’s in a grid? when you post.

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lostheplot wrote:
How do place the photo’s in a grid? when you post.

Just set all the pics to 30% width Wink

  

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This is turning into a real ripper pp. Love the style. Thumbs Up

 

djozz quotes, "it came with chinese lettering that is chinese to me".

                      "My man mousehole needs one too"

old4570 said "I'm not an expert , so don't suffer from any such technical restrictions".

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Worked on the bezel this arvo. Looks much better now. It also fits the optic. Last time I test fit the optic into the bezel while it was still mounted in the chuck. I think the bezel had expanded from heat because the optic fit fine but when I finished the lathe work and mounted on the host the optic did not fit anymore Shocked It fits now but I need to use something to hold the optic from spinning whilst fitting the bezel.

  

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Smile Nice to see progress.
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That is an item of extreme beauty. Having a light inside is a bonus……. I’d happily look at it empty lol! Looks like Leopard skin.

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Lol, one of my daughters likened it to a giraffe. It’s a good thing if it’s being percieved this way because I wanted to make the best of the metal pattern. Of the other superconductor ligths I’ve seen the pattern mostly straight up and down lines

  

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@pinkpanda3310:

I cannot see any of your pics in the above post.

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I cannot see any of your pics in the above post.

Me neither, but the others make up for it top job pp

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See pics?

  

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pinkpanda3310 wrote:

See pics?

Yes, now I do.

Thanks!

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I was laying on the lounge floor with this light in my pocket. I took it out so I could lay on my side and placed it underneath the table. I thought that’d make a cool pic….

The bezel is the same diameter as a D4 but the optics sit deeper

The bezel has some marks from the last time I worked it in the lathe and the tail still has machining marks but other than that I think I’m done. I tried to get a ceiling beamshot to show the beam shape but it didn’t turn out so good. Will try for beamshots again later.

  

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Wow, it turned out really nice. I like how the curves highlight the patterns in the superconductor material. I wonder how it will patina.

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Nice work. I like the shape.

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Very nice work pp. The different materials really comes to life in the larger pictures. Beer

 

djozz quotes, "it came with chinese lettering that is chinese to me".

                      "My man mousehole needs one too"

old4570 said "I'm not an expert , so don't suffer from any such technical restrictions".

Old-Lumens. Highly admired and cherished member of Budget Light Forum. 11.5.2011 - 20.12.16. RIP.

 

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