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    Hi Zandar,

    That's no problem. I realize progress is slow so I hope it's not too frustrating. I just don't have the time I used to.

    A bit of a status update:
    - #009 is done and I'm 25% into #010
    - I'm out of converters and need parts to build more so I have to put in an order to Digikey
    - I'm going to do the next few in a batch to hopefully speed things along - we'll see if it helps!

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    Good! I see that i'm on your list. I will take one. Will i get a pm or email when it is ready?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cnjl3 View Post
    Good! I see that i'm on your list. I will take one. Will i get a pm or email when it is ready?
    Of course cnjl3. Waiting on electronic components right now.

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    I've had mine on my keychain ever since receipt late May. Holding up fantastic and I love that little warm spark in the night =)
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    That's great to hear mcmc, thanks for checking in. I'm really glad you are EDC'ing it - please keep me in the loop on how it holds up and any feedback you have!

    Still working on these in my spare time guys. I'm finding it easier and much more efficient to do the work assembly-line style, so I'm currently working on parts for 12 Lamplighters. I'd say they're ~20% complete? Going to keep hammering away at them and should (hopefully) have a dozen ready in a month or so here.

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    for the update. Was #009 not meant to be mine?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Icarus View Post
    for the update. Was #009 not meant to be mine?
    That it is! Sitting downstairs on my workbench beside its shipping box. I'm waiting on a shipment of o-rings so that I can include a spare for you. Once they arrive I'll send a PM.

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    Great!

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    I can't wait for #010 to be complete! I'm looking forward to hanging this on my keys with my McG sapphire. Does anyone know of an additional source to Digikey where we can purchase the SR41 batteries in bulk?
    Cheers from the McGizmo state.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Icarus View Post
    for the update. Was #009 not meant to be mine?
    PM sent!

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    I'm in for one! This and your 1.5v project are so cool

    Edit: looks like I got number 13! That's my birthday so if so it works out well.
    Last edited by mk2rocco; 06-28-2015 at 11:36 PM.

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    Thanks for the post mk2rocco, I'll put you down on the interest list! The numbering hasn't worked quite like that so I make no guarantee which serial # you'll wind up with.

    This thread may be pretty quiet but things are still happening with this project. Our little guy is finally going to bed at a decent time which (sometimes) gives me a free hour in the evenings to putter. I haven't been posting updates because it's been rather boring work. Being a build log though I should probably post more frequently and let you guys decide if it's boring or not. I'll try to snap a few pics of what I've been doing tonight!

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    No problem, I'll just be excited to receive one of these! I'm sure everyone here would be interested in whatever kind of updates you post.

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    What happened to the build pic's?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cnjl3 View Post
    What happened to the build pic's?
    No idea what you mean because (at least for me) the pics are still here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by calipsoii View Post
    Being a build log though I should probably post more frequently and let you guys decide if it's boring or not. I'll try to snap a few pics of what I've been doing tonight!
    I checked the first post and nothing new on it and then nothing posted after his above quote. I just thought that he implied that he might post some recent update(s). I know everyone loves pictures with a paragraph or two. Maybe I misunderstood?

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    I agree, new pics would be great. But I understand the maker is very busy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cnjl3 View Post
    I checked the first post and nothing new on it and then nothing posted after his above quote. I just thought that he implied that he might post some recent update(s). I know everyone loves pictures with a paragraph or two. Maybe I misunderstood?
    Thanks, that definitely saved me a bunch of time going through the pages since the first page actually looked really interesting. Always wanted to do something like this for a fallout get up, without the actual radiation, that is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ID01 View Post
    Thanks, that definitely saved me a bunch of time going through the pages since the first page actually looked really interesting. Always wanted to do something like this for a fallout get up, without the actual radiation, that is.
    You'd be doing yourself an awful disservice by not checking out the middle pages of this thread ID01. Significant progress has been made and several CPF'ers have Lamplighters in their hot little hands.

    Quote Originally Posted by cnjl3 View Post
    I checked the first post and nothing new on it and then nothing posted after his above quote. I just thought that he implied that he might post some recent update(s). I know everyone loves pictures with a paragraph or two. Maybe I misunderstood?
    I did not get the time to take pictures before leaving for a short holiday cnjl3. As soon as I'm unpacked I'll post a bigger update. As Icarus mentioned, my household is very busy lately so I'm doing my best.

    Although.... I guess I do have one picture... I wonder if I should post it...


    Another update with more details coming "soon".

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    Nice! Hope you enjoyed your vacation. I hope mine is included in that photo. Thanks for the teaser.

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    they look great! I cannot wait to get mine!

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    Oh wow you are right, why did that guy said you didn't post anything after? O.o;

    Nice work calipsoii!

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    You guys like sneak peeks at sample prototypes, right?

    Things like 3 window Lamplighters?



    No?!?!? Hmmm... well, what if they were machined by one of CPF's finest?


    Ah. NOW I have your attention.

    Gotta hit the hay but I will post a longer update soon so stay tuned. Long story short, there is the distinct possibility that the most time-consuming and error-prone part of making a Lamplighter (the machining) could be done by a professional who does absolutely incredible work. This would leave me with just the glasswork, electronics and assembly, allowing me to produce them much more quickly than I could before. It also opens the door to more options like 2 or 3 window bodies or even different metals. There's still much work to do but the next step is to gauge interest (people other than those I already have on my list) so that I can size the run appropriately. This is probably best done in the CPF Custom forum where it will get more eyeballs so I'll let everyone know once I'm ready to start a post there. In the meantime, pop by this thread once in a while - things are getting exciting!

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    You have my attention. Chris does incredible work.

    Depending on price and different materials I am interested in another one.
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    Machining by Ogaz sounds great!

    I'm on the list for a brass Lamplighter, but would love to also buy one made of copper if offered.
    " The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten." -Ben Franklin

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    Looking good!

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    It is getting better and better. The 3 windows version looks stunning!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Icarus View Post
    It is getting better and better. The 3 windows version looks stunning!
    It's really nice in person. It was Chris' idea, not mine, so he deserves the credit. I'm not sure which style I like better to be honest: they're both good in different ways. The 2-window exposes much more of the LED but the 3-window adds a nice 3D depth that looks really good as you rotate it.

    I'm super excited by the possibility of having the machine work done professionally (in case you can't tell). I just can't find the time to stand out in the garage for 3-4 hours per Lamplighter. It would take forever to make even a dozen of them at that rate and that's assuming no scrapped pieces. I can find the time to assemble the glass/electronic envelopes however, so I think this is a great way to be able to offer these to anyone who wants one within a timeframe that doesn't stretch into 2016. Plus his machine work is so much cleaner than mine.

    I did mention different metals, right?


    I really dislike prepays (we've all seen how sideways those can go) so I plan to bankroll this initial run completely out of pocket. It's not a small amount of money (especially for a dude with a new kid) so it's important to me that we make enough for everyone but not so many that I can't sell them. Right now the price I posted earlier in the thread is still my target, so if you're wondering what they'll cost, it's right around that.

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    I totally agree that the "three windows" looks stunning! I wonder which version would do a better job of preventing the glass breaking in a "Oops, I dropped my keys" scenario? Should we stock up on button cells? I really like the copper three windows one. Looks like your first run will be brass or copper. I would prefer a copper one if available.

  30. #180

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    Hi all,

    Ok, with no small amount of trepidation I've hit "Post" on the official sales thread over in the WTS Custom forum. I'm going to maintain the interest list over there now. If you've expressed interest and I have you on my list, please reply in that thread or send me a PM with your body material and body style.

    If I have you on the list and you're no longer interested please let me know via PM.

    Cheers!

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