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    Default Introducing "Draco" - - - PART 2

    This is the continuation of the Draco Introduction thread. You can view all the specification, pricing and design challenges there.

    Here are some photo of what we have achieved

    The family lineup ... Bare Ti - TiCN - TiN - Chrome - 24K Gold


    Beauty in the rough.


    Titanium Draco preview




    09-13-2006 Turbo Head Prototype




    08-29-2006 Standard body Chromed completion




    08-11-2006 Hand polishing results


    08-09-2006 Prototype converters


    08-04-2006 Sample keychain view


    07-14-2006 15 minutes submersible test


    Left - McLuxPD / Arc4+ / FF2-CR123 / FF2-CR2 / ArcLS / Exolion / Draco / Draco Lanyardless / Orb-Raw / KI / KI-B / Fenix L0P / Fenix L1P - Right
    07-09-2006 Size comparison


    06-20-2006 Ti coating decision


    05-26-2006 Prototype teaser


    05-21-2006 CAD Design


    === Production Status ===
    Light body Aluminum AA6061 - completed
    Ti AAA Extension & Turbo Head - completed
    Electro & Hand Polishing - completed
    Chrome plating - completed
    Laser Engraving - completed

    Light body Titanium 6AL-4V - received
    Ti AAA Extension & Turbo Head - completed
    Electro & Hand Polishing - completed
    TiN & TiCN coating - completed
    Laser Engraving - received

    Saphire Lens - received
    McR-11 Reflector - received
    Luxeon emitters - received
    Electronic converters - received
    Custom Orings - received

    === Update Post ===
    1. CroMagnet teaser prototype pics 1, 2, 3, 4
    2. Beam shots @ 3', 6', 14'
    3. Pre-Production tuning
    4. Prelimimary Pricing Schedule Released
    5. Finalized Pricing Schedule Released
    6. Submersible, hi/low beam shot
    7. Aluminum Chrome plating announcement
    8. Deposit/Payment thread.
    9. Titanium Draco preview.
    10. Draco ... "The Rocket"

    === Reviews Post ===
    4sevens - Draco -- review in pictures
    jeffb - Keychain Light Picture Review
    jeffb - Draco, Draco Turbo, MxLuxPD, HDS EDC beamshots
    lightrood - Runtime Review
    Last edited by modamag; 01-23-2007 at 03:40 AM.

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    Default Re: Introducing "Draco" - - - PART 2

    I love mine so much!! Everyone I've showed it to says It looks great. Then they get hit by the amount of light it puts out

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    Default Re: Introducing "Draco" - - - PART 2

    Everyone please review the Payment thread for pertinent information regarding what is needed prior to shipping your Draco - Aluminum version.

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    Default Re: Introducing "Draco" - - - PART 2

    Johnathon,
    Balance paid, order is correct on spreadsheet and my shipping address is in the paypal.

    Thanks

    Ryan

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    Default Re: Introducing "Draco" - - - PART 2

    Balance shows $0.00; order is correct

    Address is same as PayPal..............


    Thank You,

    jeffb
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    Default Re: Introducing "Draco" - - - PART 2

    jeffb,

    I know we have most nice ppls in CPF but ...
    R U sure you want to post your info in a public forum?

    Just for your sig line they would want to make a visit to your place.

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    Thanks Jon,

    removed, another senior moment!

    jeffb

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    Hi Johnathon,
    Balance is $0
    Spread sheet is correct
    Address is confirmed Paypal address
    Thanks Scott

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    Default Re: Introducing "Draco" - - - PART 2

    yeppers, balance correct, spreadsheet correct, address correct... light 'em up!
    • this • that • the other thing •

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    Default Re: Introducing "Draco" - - - PART 2

    I might have to consider getting 2, my gf will want the first one.
    Stan Teate
    Systems Engineer

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    Yep, paid in full
    spreadsheet details correct
    paypal address is correct (its my mums house, i`m always at work)

    Thanks modamag
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    Default Re: Introducing "Draco" - - - PART 2

    Paid in full, spreadsheet looks good, address in Paypal.

    I'm moving to a new house at the end of November. If the shipping date gets fairly close to that, let me know and I'll give you my new address.

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    Default Re: Introducing "Draco" - - - PART 2

    I made a major boo boo. I got everything produced (and some complete light assemble) but then I forgot to make the N-AAA spacer. I recently found last Friday.

    My mentor (the shop owner) came back from his Euro trip and open the shop to me this weekend. I had to make a choice between making the Ti Draco vs spacer. I oped to make the body at the shop instead (luckily). These Ti battery tubes takes ~15 minutes each to maintain tolerance, minimize vibration and tooling wear. Now only couple more easy components then then Ti will be ready for plating.

    As for the spacer, I didn't leave you guys who order the Al out in the cold. I made about 2 dozen spacer yesterday evening on my toy lathe for the first shipment.



    The first ten shipment went to the following members:
    4sevens, AW, Darkstar, Dr_Joe, frankvz, frisco, jdriller, jeffb, marcspar, pokkuhlag

    I will be making another two shipment next week. Still trying to meet the Halloween deadline.
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    May I say again how much this work is appreciated? Yes, I can. Jonathan, your design work, build work and project management are very much appreciated. I saw a pic taken at your recent modfest of the Draco in action in a dark room. It's amazing that much light can come from a torch this tiny.

    I've got the original excitement I had years ago the first time I got a Dat2Zip sandwich...like some skilled fellow had built something for me as a favor.
    The oldtimers are forever bound to the universe of flashlights. They reside just above the torch lit stratosphere where the good photons pass by. As these oldtimers locomote on their appointed ways, occasionally an unusual glimmer from below catches their attention.

    They may give a nod or a word.

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    Mine shipped already ! I can't wait to see it !

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    Default Re: Introducing "Draco" - - - PART 2

    Definition of the word "ultimate" according to dictionary.com

    - representing a limit beyond which further progress is impossible

    - not to be improved upon or surpassed; greatest; unsurpassed

    - the best, greatest, or most extreme of its kind

    I am now the proud owner of 2 "ultimate" lights: 1) the USL (Ultimate Stealth Light), and 2) the UKCL (Ultimate Key Chain Light - a.k.a. Draco)

    It just doesn't get any better than this.

    Jim - Have lights, lead, and steel will travel

    The heck with runtime. I just want to hold the sun in my hands!! Brighter is Better!

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    Draco #49 Landed in San Francisco !!!!

    Wow!!!!!

    - Much smaller than I expected !!!
    - Much brighter than I expected !!!
    - Finish much nicer than I expected !!!
    - Much more functional than I expected !!!

    Haven't had much time to play with it yet........

    Thanks Modamag !!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by frisco
    Draco #49 Landed in San Francisco !!!!

    Wow!!!!!

    - Much smaller than I expected !!!
    - Much brighter than I expected !!!
    - Finish much nicer than I expected !!!
    - Much more functional than I expected !!!

    Haven't had much time to play with it yet........

    Thanks Modamag !!!
    Where are the ??

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    Default Re: Introducing "Draco" - - - PART 2

    It's possible my friend, HulaJoe, may have posted his order in the wrong thread. I'm just posting a link here to make sure it doesn't get missed.

    You'll have to admit, he picked a hell of a way to make his first post on CPF - ordered a Draco.
    Jim - Have lights, lead, and steel will travel

    The heck with runtime. I just want to hold the sun in my hands!! Brighter is Better!

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    Are any of these still available. Sorry I was out to lunch on this one until today.

    JV

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    Default Re: Introducing "Draco" - - - PART 2

    Quote Originally Posted by Varriano
    Are any of these still available. Sorry I was out to lunch on this one until today.

    JV
    Still plenty left. Check here. Scroll down to the blue chart. Pick an unused number, then submit your order and pony up some scheckles.
    Jim - Have lights, lead, and steel will travel

    The heck with runtime. I just want to hold the sun in my hands!! Brighter is Better!

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    Hi, Modamag!

    Just like to confirm about my order, everything is correct except I ordered the two CC board for both my lights instead of the Flupic. The balance is 0(correct).

    Thank you for your time, and looking forward to these lights!
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    I posted a review in pictures here: thread

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    Default Re: Introducing "Draco" - - - PART 2

    Balance is 0.00
    Spreadsheet is correct.
    Address has been updates on Paypal and sent via PM.
    All good to go for shipping.

    StanTeate
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    Default Re: Introducing "Draco" - - - PART 2

    Received Draco today............extrermely nice (see 4 7's pix in another thread)

    Went directly to my keychain.

    Flu-pic appears to have three settings from high to low?

    If there is a thread for programming this particular flu-pic, please advise.

    Thank You,

    jeffb

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    Default Re: Introducing "Draco" - - - PART 2

    I don't know if there is an instruction thread or not, but here is the quick and dirty.

    Draco flupic has 5 modes. Each mode is arrived at by tunrning the light on that many times. For example, to get to mode 1, just turn the light on. To get to mode 3, tun the light on-off-on-off-on (i.e. 3rd on = mode 3).

    Mode 1 is preset to burst mode (approx 650 ma)

    Mode 2 is user setable to any of about 10 different levels

    Mode 3 is preset to low

    Mode 4 is null/blank/not used

    Mode 5 is used to set the level of Mode 2 - turn the light on 5 times (no light will show for the 4th on). The light level will ramp all the way up in steps and then ramp down. When the brightness is at the level you want to set for Mode 2, turn the light off and leave it off for a couple of seconds. Mode 2 is now set at the level it was when you turned the light off.
    Jim - Have lights, lead, and steel will travel

    The heck with runtime. I just want to hold the sun in my hands!! Brighter is Better!

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    Thanks Jim, I changed mine by accident as soon as I started playing with it. Modamag Great light!!!

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    Sorry about being so dark on this one, I understand the main menu items but what are the costs for the toppings, fries and various super-size options?

    Again I apologize for being so unenlightened.

    JV

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    Default Re: Introducing "Draco" - - - PART 2

    Quote Originally Posted by Varriano


    Sorry about being so dark on this one, I understand the main menu items but what are the costs for the toppings, fries and various super-size options?

    Again I apologize for being so unenlightened.

    JV
    No problem - all the pricing info is in this post.
    Jim - Have lights, lead, and steel will travel

    The heck with runtime. I just want to hold the sun in my hands!! Brighter is Better!

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    Default Re: Introducing "Draco" - - - PART 2

    Guys, I forgot to attach the User Guide in your Delivery Confirmation email. So here it is just in case if you still need it.


    *** Click on the picture for full size ***

    4sevens: Thanx David for the photography blurp. I've been simply 2bz with work to get home early for a photo shoot. Nice macros BTW.

    JimH: Thanx Jim for the coverage. I guess I'll have to give you the recipe for those spring roll

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