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    Here's the story... I got this Ti Aleph head off of CPFMP a while back and I needed a body for it.




    I decided an all Ti twisty would be really cool, but was bummed when I found out there wasn't really anything available.

    So, I contacted Chris at TnC last week.

    He sent me some CAD drawings of some plans he had almost immediately, and after a day or two I had my mind made up, and let him know which style I wanted. This was on last Friday...

    Well On Monday, Chris Emailed me pictures of the finished product, I paid for it, and it is now Thursday and I have the finished product in my hands, and it is SWEET!

    Without further ado, here is my new E SERIES Ti TWISTY!!!







    A few pics of the head on the new body...







    And this is what it looks like with a McGizmo Sundrop XRU head, (Drool...)
    (This has a L/M/H GDUP LE with a HCRI XP-G that I made BTW...)







    And this wouldn't be complete without... HANDSHOTS! Here are 2 more for comparison.






    Chris told me he actually made 3 of these, so there should be 2 more available directly from his website right now!

    I would act fast, these bodies are AWESOME!

    Thanks, Chris!


    Images removed because they were too large. I will repost soon.
    Last edited by brandocommando; 09-12-2012 at 11:32 AM.

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    That looks great!

    Can't find it on the website right now, though (maybe could you PM me the link?)

    I would *really* like one of those in CR2 ...
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    http://ogazent.com/cscart/index.php?dispatch=products.view&product_id=29826

    Here is 1 more size comparison pic. My Sundrop is really small now!

    Last edited by brandocommando; 04-05-2012 at 02:53 PM.

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    It does look reallly nice with the Sundrop head, very impressive little twisty!

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    Quote Originally Posted by THE_dAY View Post
    It does look reallly nice with the Sundrop head, very impressive little twisty!
    Thanks, I got it for the Aleph, but it is such a great match with the Sundrop now I don't know what to do!

    I think I might need another one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by brandocommando View Post
    Thanks, I got it for the Aleph, but it is such a great match with the Sundrop now I don't know what to do!

    I think I might need another one!
    Haha, I know what you mean. I'm a sucker for small twisty lights and that twisty looks awesome with both heads.

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    Thanks for the link!

    I sent them a PM about a CR2 version, so we'll see what happens
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    Fitting title. Awesome it is!
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    They are on the site. Well, one is

    I ordered one. I have always likes the look of the valiant little twisty. I might make my own Ti version!

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    Nice grab S1LVA, you are gonna love it...

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    This combo does not work.
    Just for fun...


    I think I will have to insulate the Ti VME head in order for it to work. I will find out when it arrives this week!

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    Yup, I was having some connection issues with the Sundrop head also...

    There is not enough room to wrap the LE with insulating material. I was probabally going to sand it down a bit so the side of the can does not touch the body.

    No biggie, I have 4 different Aleph/E series LE's to play with.

    The other head/LE works perfectly though.

    That Mule head looks great!

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    Thanks! I love the little body.

    I'm sure it will be easy to insulate a Malkoff drop-in inside the VME head. I'm just impatient.

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    Another option is to remove the spring from the tail of the twisty body, add a shim to ensure proper contact with the negative terminal of the battery, and add a foam ring to the back of the Aleph light engine. That way the battery won't rattle when the head is loosened, and it won't make contact until the head is tightened.

    If the spring is particularly soft, it might not be necessary to remove the spring, actually.
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    I wrapped the malkoff in tape so I get full twisty action!

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    I am glad to see all the different ways for the twisty to work. Looks nice and small.

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    Convert the Makai to a twisty, just for kicks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fyrstormer View Post
    Convert the Makai to a twisty, just for kicks.
    I did the other day haha. It doesn't work but it was funny to see.I'll do it again to post a pic for laughs.S1LVA
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    Quote Originally Posted by S1LVA View Post
    This combo does not work.
    Just for fun...


    I think I will have to insulate the Ti VME head in order for it to work. I will find out when it arrives this week!

    S1LVA
    Any solution to make this (mule twisty) work? I like the combo but the light turns on before i can even screw it.

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rewdee View Post
    Any solution to make this (mule twisty) work? I like the combo but the light turns on before i can even screw it.

    Thanks.
    Have you checked to see if the Mule LE is completely and securely seated (firmly tightened into place) ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by archimedes View Post
    Have you checked to see if the Mule LE is completely and securely seated (firmly tightened into place) ?
    Hi Archimedes, it was no the problem of turning on. The mule+tnc will stay on and no way to be switched of until the head are fully unscrewed (head/body contact path broken).

    However, i already found a simple solution. Instead of putting a washer on the +ve terminal as fyrstormer suggested above (which i find very tricky), i put a washer at the -ve end of the battery. After a bit of experimenting with foam washer and rolled up copper tape (placed in the middle of washers as -ve contact), i found out i need about 4mm thickness for a perfect fit. Not very neat but it works. switching mode with a twisty is a bit challenging though.

    Now, anyone knows where i can get some 4mm thick magnets?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rewdee View Post
    Hi Archimedes, it was no the problem of turning on. The mule+tnc will stay on and no way to be switched of until the head are fully unscrewed (head/body contact path broken)....
    As you know, batteries (of the same type) often vary in size, and the tolerances are rather tight in some of these hosts. I had a Mule with a similar problem (constant on), where the light engine assembly had unscrewed slightly, leaving the positive contact just enough closer to the battery to complete the circuit as soon as the tube (with cell) was attached.

    When the LE was tightened and seated into place, that left enough room for the circuit to be interrupted and turn the torch off.

    Sounds like you had a different issue, but still figured out a solution ... cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by brandocommando View Post
    Yup, I was having some connection issues with the Sundrop head also...
    There is not enough room to wrap the LE with insulating material. I was probabally going to sand it down a bit so the side of the can does not touch the body.

    I am confused about why the sundrop head does not work with the twisty body. Could you not have a foam disk at the +terminal between the battery and the LE to provide a circuit break and leave the other end of the battery (- terminal) spring loaded or with a magnet spacer? This is akin to how a Sapphire/Arc works.

    Is it possible at all to switch modes on a McGizmo head (I know you have to be really fast on the switch). I was wondering how possible it is with a twisty style.

    Thanks,
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    Quote Originally Posted by eala View Post
    Is it possible at all to switch modes on a McGizmo head (I know you have to be really fast on the switch). I was wondering how possible it is with a twisty style.
    I find it very challenging to switch mode by twisting, but with the head position slightly turned from the "on" position, you can always press the head with the thumb and it will make that connection for the light to turn on. That way its easier to change mode ( by pressing the head with a similar clicky rhythm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rewdee View Post
    I find it very challenging to switch mode by twisting, but with the head position slightly turned from the "on" position, you can always press the head with the thumb and it will make that connection for the light to turn on. That way its easier to change mode ( by pressing the head with a similar clicky rhythm.
    I've wondered if maybe that's not so good for wear on the threads ... ?
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    The light stays on because the titanium threads are conducting electricity to the light engine. The easiest way I can think of to stop this behavior is:

    1) remove the light engine
    2) wrap the light engine in Teflon tape, making sure to overlap the edges of the emitter board
    3) reinstall the light engine
    4) test and repeat as necessary until perfect insulation is achieved

    Even then, the rear portion of the light engine could still conduct electricity if it brushes against the inside of the battery tube. A paper tube inside the battery tube should prevent this.

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    Regarding wear on the threads, my TiTi Twister 2 lube should do a fine job of preventing excessive thread wear.

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    I like your other suggestion in post 14. Just have to find a piece of foam with the right compressibility properties.

    I still have not bought one of these, but am very close. Prefer the McGizmo look to the look of the ones on the site right now. I should just post a WTB.

    eala

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    Got mine. Spring that came with it was junk - can be seen below. Body is awesome, as the thread title says. I built a foam donut and better quality spring from heavier brass wire. Took some time to get the right thickness.













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    I keep wondering if one could try to use QTC give the right light engine.

    The shorty Makai RULES.

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    The shorty Makai is actually very ergonomically nice. Sort of like holding a glass of wine with a short stem. I have been very happy with my twisty mod. I use this body a lot. Super compact.

    eala

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