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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay R View Post
    Did these some time ago. Not as neat as yours but I was trying to go for a rough finish look so that it looks more like wood.
    Hi Jay R,

    They look just great! Very Well done

    Tgwnn

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    Quick Update:

    Some final test parts due on Monday, then I can get to finishing up the first small batch, but as soon as I confirm the parts are a good fit, I'll go ahead and order more of everything

    Tgwnn

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    Default Re: MBI #7 - The MBI MatchBook, Got A Light anyone?

    Interested in Saltytri lights. Pm me!


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    Received the latest sample parts this morning...

    Only enough time for a fast photo, something like this...



    The font is a little larger than planned but I can reduce it somewhat in the next batch but the gold color looks very nice in the flesh. Was able to reduce the thickness/diameter very slightly.

    There's a little bit of variance between the black body and LED red sheath.
    The longer this distance, the easier it is to switch them off.
    If it's too short, the only way to do it is with your teeth or some pliers.
    (Push the top down to switch on, pull back up to switch off)

    If we increase the distance too much, you'll see the bare battery so it's a fine balance.

    It is easy enough to remove some of the black covering if you want to try using a sharp cutter but you need to be careful not to sever the metal contact between body and head &/or not cut into the red plastic which would loosen the head.

    Tgwnn

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    Looking good. So what you are saying is we need to invest in good strong finger nails!

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    Default MBI #7 - The MBI MatchBook, Got A Light anyone?

    They look great! I can't wait to get a book!

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    Quote Originally Posted by monanza View Post
    Looking good. So what you are saying is we need to invest in good strong finger nails!
    Mo, you are a genius
    I should just include a bottle of fingernail strengthener and everything is solved!

    Quote Originally Posted by th8tredude View Post
    They look great! I can't wait to get a book!
    Thanks th8tredude,
    Gonna do a final size check this evening and book printing can get underway

    Tgwnn

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    Default Re: MBI #7 - The MBI MatchBook, Got A Light anyone?

    Quote Originally Posted by monanza View Post
    Looking good. So what you are saying is we need to invest in good strong finger nails!
    Quote Originally Posted by the_guy_with_no_name View Post
    Mo, you are a genius
    I should just include a bottle of fingernail strengthener and everything is solved!
    All I have to add is LOL!
    Marduke - Solitaire...I've seen matches which are brighter AND have a longer runtime. 光陰矢の如し

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    Default Re: MBI #7 - The MBI MatchBook, Got A Light anyone?

    You are right about the nail strengthener. The first time you turn one off it can be a real battle and your nails better not be too short to grip it or too long to snap. They do get a bit easier after the first time though.

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    Default Re: MBI #7 - The MBI MatchBook, Got A Light anyone?

    Quote Originally Posted by the_guy_with_no_name View Post
    I should just include a bottle of fingernail strengthener and everything is solved!
    I'll take mine in sparkly pink!

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    Update:


    Awaiting arrival of some metal sheets (that stick to magnets) tomorrow along with a ton more magnets.
    I need to test if the metal sheet is ferrous (magnetic) enough to hold the matches securely.

    There is also one issue I discovered as follows:
    In my first protos, I use a 3mm x 1mm disc magnet. It's ok and holds the matches well on a metal surface but not ultra strong in the MatchBook (some vigorous shaking and they'll fall out).
    I've switched to 3mm x 3mm. These are good, very strong!

    In the small test batches I've been making, when I secure the magnets to the bottom of the lights, all with same polarity, the matches don't like being next to each other and need about 3mm between them. If I reverse polarity so one light has a + on bottom, and the one beside it has a -, the next a +, etc... they can sit side by side with no issue.
    The other alternative is to use the small 3D printed holder which works well too, but adds about 2mm of thickness.

    I'll test out the metal sheets tomorrow and if they work out well, I'm thinking of going with +,-,+,-,+,-,+,- BUT it does mean you need to put them back in the MatchBook in that formation (though they do tend to work themselves out and know which ones want to stick to which ones).

    Feedback and suggestions very welcome of course.

    I have not yet ordered printed MatchBooks until I verify the metal sheets tomorrow, so I know the exact size.

    It's now about 1min per match (going at light speed, )

    Tgwnn

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    Default Re: MBI #7 - The MBI MatchBook, Got A Light anyone?

    Would definitely be in for a couple of these - they look fabulous!

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    Quote Originally Posted by phosphor22 View Post
    Would definitely be in for a couple of these - they look fabulous!
    Thank you kindly phosphor22

    Tgwnn

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    Update:
    It's almost time....



    I'm getting ready to launch the first MBI indiegogo campaign, for the MBI Matchbook.

    It's just a few days away but if you'd like to see a preview of the campaign (& video) before it's open to the public, please email me (or contact me via my homepage) and I'll be happy to send you the private links.

    As with most crowdfunding campaigns, there's a discount for being an early bird

    I'll post again before I flick the switch.

    Tgwnn

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    A quick post to let you know everything is now set and ready!



    I plan on launching the campaign about 8~12hrs from now...

    Feb 26, approximately midday NY time, 8am LA time.

    Here's what my plan of action looks like:

    1) set the campaign page live on Indiegogo [est. time 5min]
    2) send out a mail to MBI Insiders (email subscribers) [est. time 5min]
    3) update the MBI facebook page with a related tab [est. time 5min]
    4) update the MBI website with a related page [est. time 5min]
    5) send out a facebook post to say it's live
    6) come back and post here to say it's live

    All the content for the above is ready, I just need to click "publish".

    One thing I did notice is when I sent myself a "test" email (subscriber update), it appeared under the promotions tab (in gmail) rather than the default inbox tab so you might want to keep an eye out for it.

    Thanks so much to everyone who's contacted me with feedback and advice, and thanks of course to all of you who read and send me good wishes and have supported in thought and comment

    Wish me luck

    Tgwnn

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    Great news, Guy!

    Dear fellow tribe-mates, please pledge for the multiples packs if you can afford them and let's get this project funded!

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    Let's go, guys! The campaign is live!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonwkng View Post
    Let's go, guys! The campaign is live!
    Thanks very much jonwkng

    I just set it live a few minutes ago, woo hoo!!

    The campaign url is:
    http://igg.me/at/matchbook

    Easy to remember as [ igg me at matchbook ]

    Very much appreciate your feedback and even just visiting the page itself, will help tip the scales in the positive direction.

    Tgwnn

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    I can't get that link to work.

    I found this one:
    https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/f...e-of-a-match#/

    Ok, I got it to work. $32 Campaign done! Now the wait. How long we have?? These look so great.
    Last edited by Str8stroke; 02-26-2016 at 10:29 AM.
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    Default Re: MBI #7 - The MBI MatchBook, Got A Light anyone?

    I just signed up! Picked the wrong perk, but will likely pledge for more soon anyhow...

    Congratulations Guy!

    Best of luck!

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    Cool little project.

    I take it they are one time use like a real match, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by th8tredude View Post
    I just signed up! Picked the wrong perk, but will likely pledge for more soon anyhow...

    Congratulations Guy!

    Best of luck!
    Hey guys, we're at 10%. Woohoo!

    Anyways, for those of us unfamiliar with Indiegogo. If you want to adjust your contributions, click on your username at the top right - My Contributions - there is an option to "Upgrade to Higher Priced Perk" if you decide on getting MORE MBI Matchbooks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AustinWolv View Post
    Cool little project.

    I take it they are one time use like a real match, right?
    A real match don't light for 8hrs but yea once the battery is depleted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Newguy2012 View Post
    A real match don't light for 8hrs but yea once the battery is depleted.
    Figured so, but figured I'd ask in case the lithium cell was replaceable.

    The 8hr comment was unnecessary.

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    Excellent! Heading over to IGG now..........
    Thanks, CPF!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AustinWolv View Post
    Figured so, but figured I'd ask in case the lithium cell was replaceable.

    The 8hr comment was unnecessary.
    It kind of is, you can close it and reuse it. 8hr is a long runtime if plan on using a min daily. It could last over a year. For basic task finding like keyholes or stuff in your bag.

    One time use in the sense of non replaceable battery not that it can't be reuse once activated like a real match.

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    You are making this harder than it is.
    Runtime is eight hours with off and on function.
    Battery is not replaceable or chargeable.

    Sorry if I confused you by saying like a real match. Thought people wouldn't take that literally.

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    Thanks so much for the support so far.
    I do very much appreciate it and we're now almost at 20%

    Tgwnn (Guy@MBI)

    p.s. about to fall asleep as it's almost morning here

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    Got the email, need to rush home and sign up!

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    Signed up!

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