New build inspired by the most inspirational member here. OL. Updated 26.3.17 post 235. One light has been completed.

I have very little to add as I have none of the experience of most of those commenting here. This may come across as ignorant, but when looking at the pics of the dowel’s and battery tubes the first thing that came to mind was a revolver chamber and bullets. :smiley:

PS. Beautiful work.

The first time I looked at those images, that was my thought too…. looks like my Ruger 41 Mag!!! :wink: TL

:+1: :wink:

:laughing: I cant say that thought ever crossed my mind. May I ask TL what sort of light the chips were coming from? Good to see you back at it. :slight_smile:

I have seen the machined parts and would like to dub this light “The Gatling”.

This update I’ve started the machine work on the head of the light. As this light will get hot in operation I thought I’d go one step further with this idea I used on the XMTG shocker build.

The driver pocket was machined first in the 100mm diameter x 108mm long aluminium round bar. This head differs from a normal head as the battery tube will be bolted to the head as per OL’s way of doing things and not threaded as per normal.

The head was then transferred to the mill where four 3/8’’ holes were drilled through the shelf under the led which is 17mm thick. Here is the marking out for the holes.

The through holes were then drilled.

3/8’’ copper bar was then cut to 100mm in length.

These were then glued and hammered into the head of the light.

The drill used to drill through the 3/8’’ copper bar was 3/16’’.

One down one to go for the heat sinks.

Do the rods intersect?

Yes. I drilled all the holes and then inserted two rods, drilled through them and then inserted the last two rods.

superb work.

Im drooling

Thanks nic. With all the comments on what bits of the light looks like a mate suggested that the head looked like Ned Kelly’s helmet. The other head is now at the same stage as the first one gone away for a bit of r and r so will get back into it when l get home.

Just beautiful!!! That is creative from the start. Danged nice machining too!!

I really just can hardly keep myself from flying down there, to see the light finished! Well, other than money, health, fear of flying, the wrong tide, the moon phase... you get the drift.

I really am very excited to see the glam shots and beam shots of this beauty when it is done!! Your work is impressive, to say the least.

Sorry Steve, I was re-reading this post…. enjoying your great work AGAIN…. and noticed the question. That day I was working on a 26650 light sized for an optic. It was a “Shorty”. :wink: Just over 5” long when finished. It was really a prototype, we will put these in production mid November.

I sure enjoy your images and work. !! TL

Really nice progress, Steve! :beer:

I’m confused again. I can count to two but not sure if it’s one or two. Will there be two of these?

Thanks for the comments guys. It helps a lot.
I’ve had the same thought as Justin on more than one member here, jump on a plane and go visit them that is, but unfortunately a couple of things on Justins list of why he cant is also on mine. :slight_smile:
Yes RBD there will be two lights built hence the time taken to do the build. My problem with making two items at once means that if I stuff up one piece I have actually made the same mistake twice and yes I stuff up lots.
I’m not totally happy with the tale caps and think I will remake them in aluminium. The brass just isn’t doing it for me.
Your lights are amazing TL. Dont forget to post some pictures up for us. :+1:

Sneaky b, if the world stopped turning would momentum pile us all up against the Himalayas? Then we could all visit in one place and annoy everyone with our lights.

With the change in plan from this light using nine cells to six I’d decided that the large diameter battery tube would be the long one to hold onto. When I got up to this stage I had a change of mind and the smaller diameter battery tube will now be the longer of the two. With this plan in mind the build continues.

The driver had arrived from RMM so a couple of driver retainers were machined up along with six 8mm diameter and 5.5mm long brass pedestals.

The brass extension pieces are to extend the positive ring of the driver above the driver retainer. The driver retainer also had a spigot machined onto it to locate the battery tube centrally.

The brass extensions were then soldered to the drivers. These were later resoldered with a little more solder paste applied. I did purchase a hot air gun to specifically to do this step and it worked like a charm. Well I hope it did. I haven’t tested the drivers yet. :person_facepalming:

O’ring grooves were machined into the base of the battery tube and at the tailcap end to keep small rodents out. The o’rings used are standard C8 bezel o’rings. As the plan had changed on the battery tubes the three bolt holes were drilled all the way through as the two battery tubes will be held together with three 100mm x 5 mm stainless cap screws.

The larger diameter battery tube was then parted to a depth that was not far enough to part off. A small step was machined into both ends of this part to centralise the battery tubes together and to the head.

In the Old_Lumens tradition hand tools were used in the making of this light. :slight_smile:

A shot of the assembled light. I’d guess I’m just over a third of the way through this build.

I’m undecided yet, meaning I dont have a clue on how to do the switch and whether to put a handle on to hold the light. Any suggestions greatly appreciated.
Thanks again for following. :slight_smile:

I’m thinking it should be offered with an oven mitt included. And maybe a shield, goggles, and heat suit too. Glad to see you back at it. :+1:

I’m thinking forget the oven mit and go with wheels. Maybe a bi pod with a control stock out the back. Then you just push the light along out in front of you as you hunt for battleships/tanks/missile launchers, that’s what the light is for, right? I want to see that part that bolts on to the helicopter/UAV.