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    Default *SOLD OUT* SF Z-57 Mod

    Edit March 7 2006
    SOLD OUT

    EDIT 2005 Nov 22 JST
    Ready to ship


    Will PM the following people...

    with payment instructions soon.
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    EDIT 2005 Nov 07 JST
    CLosed,
    EDIT END

    EDIT 2005 Oct 26 JST
    Parts have been ordered.

    - Design: Very close to the piece on the right...
    ...but made with minor refinements and much more precision
    - Material: Black Delrin
    - Price: $US 3.5 each + $US2.0 Ordinary Airmail anywhere in the world in a padded envelope.
    I do not intend to profit from this but do not want to make a loss either and reckon this will give
    me a little extra, no more than a few cups of coffee though
    - Shipping Target Date: Within 1 month. The machinist has his priorities and delays
    resulting from this is beyond my control.

    In order to keep the unit cost low, more than enough pieces have been ordered to cover
    those who initially showed interest. If some of you need more than you first stated,
    let me know. Please post your final order in this thread as I still cannot get accoustomed
    to the PMs with the new software (and the 100 messages limit!).

    Of course, new orders are welcome too.
    Anything can go wrong so I will not accept any payment until the parts are checked to
    work and are ready to ship.

    Thanks for your patience

    END EDIT



    EDIT
    After receiving more requests and enquiries I was prepared for, I am considering to ask a machine
    shop to CNC some of these from aluminum, and if possible Hard Anodized. Wait! Delrin seems a better idea after all.

    Prices are to be kept as low as possible and besides actual costs, I do not intend to profit from this.

    I need a rough idea of how many should be made, or if there is too little interest to go ahead with this project at all.
    Your input is greatly appreciated. Thank you.
    EDIT


    Replaced the stock retaining ring (seen in 1st pic) with a custom made tailguard.
    The ring prevents the light from accidentally switching on, but makes it difficult to activate unless you use the tip of your index finger. Brass adds weight too, but looks rather nice

    Last edited by nekomane; 03-06-2006 at 06:10 PM. Reason: SOLD OUT Thanks

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    Nekomane,

    I too do like this mod a lot, though I am not a brass fan, but this particular mod somewhat remedy the non-candle-able or accidental turn-on issue of common E series SF lights. Cool!
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    Nice nekomane! Could the same thing be made from a grey plastic like Delrin?

    Jon
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    Very nice!

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    Sorry for the late reply and thanks for your comments.

    Quote Originally Posted by StoneDog
    Nice nekomane! Could the same thing be made from a grey
    plastic like Delrin?
    Jon
    I don't have any black Delrin but may make a few (less than 5) when I find some. Quite busy now so no gurantees

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    Looks Great !

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    Quote Originally Posted by nekomane
    Replaced the stock retaining ring (seen in 1st pic) with a custom made tailguard.
    The ring prevents the light from accidentally switching on, but makes it difficult to activate unless you use the tip of your index finger. Brass adds weight too, but looks rather nice
    Hello nekomane,

    a really good idea! Simply ingeniously.

    I took so far the Clicky of the E2D. But your idea is substantially better.

    If you should manufacture a small series, I would be interested in two pieces from brass.

    Thanks

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    That looks GREAT !
    Nice idea, I may have to do that some time !

    What is the threading size?

    ~John

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    Godd idea HA HA. Candle mode of SF.

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    jtice,

    The thread pitch is 28tpi. Due to my limited skills, I machine the thread OD to 18.80mm and fit and adjust for the ID

    BTW, just got some black Delrin

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    I would definitely be interested in buying one of these if you make a run, either in brass or delrin. Man, I gotta get a lathe.

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    I am now seriously interested in 4 pieces.
    No matter whether brass or Delrin.

    Absolute precision is more important to me than a low price.

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    Looks cool, and adds function too.

    I think the weight of the brass would be better than delrin for stability when used in candle mode, especially as the head is larger than the tail end.

    One thought: Becuase the rubber cap for the switch tends to swell out when you press it, a too tight fit around it might make the switch harder to press? The third pic seems to show you have a pretty tight fit, have you noticed the switch is stiffer/harder to press?

    I may be interested in one if you decide to make some more.

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    Interested as well depending on price. Interested in brass but I have no idea what Delrin is.....

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    Great Job ! I would like to have one in Black Delrin if you make any for sale .

    Does anybody know where to get a tap and die in the size to cut the threads to do this ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geologist
    ... but I have no idea what Delrin is.....
    Delrin® is the registered trade mark of DUPONT for a plastic.

    Here you find more information.

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    I'll see what I can do for those of you who have clearly stated that you want one up to this point,
    but please understand that I can not make many and this is NOT a sign up list.

    Torchwolf:
    I am not skilled enough to boast precision. No 2 parts I make are the same and will make
    any real machinist blush, but they will do what they are supposed to do.

    ths11:
    There is some empty space inside the rubber boot to absorb the 'squish' too.

    As mentioned before, the small diameter of the tailcap does make it more difficult to press the switch.
    An alternative design may come up. I will post a variation and should be able to make them
    according to your preference. Input is appreciated.

    Geologist:
    Price will be set so I can cover the price of material, shipping and padded envelope
    and a cup of coffee
    Brass (if I make any) will be more as it does take more effort.

    I have a long over due vacation coming up too so this project may take some time.
    Please be patient.

    Gotta go!

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    Left: Original design Right: New design

    The new design makes it easier to push the switch and is definitely better.
    All pieces from now on will be made this way.
    Last edited by nekomane; 10-21-2005 at 04:30 AM.

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    It's cool!
    A dream comes true. Maybe.

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    looking great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nekomane
    ...
    The new design makes it easier to push the switch and is definitely better.
    All pieces from now on will be made this way.
    Grandiose idea.

    Small change, enormous effect.

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    Default Re: Surefire Z-57 Mod

    CPFer Mahoney made something like this out of delrin for the A2, L1, L2 tailcap. This is a very useful mod!
    Light is sweet and pleasing to the eyes....

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    Quote Originally Posted by leukos
    CPFer Mahoney made something like this out of delrin for the A2, L1, L2 tailcap. This is a very useful mod!
    Thanks for the heads up, just checked the thread out. Should basically be the same thing without knurling, and has given me some more ideas like HAIII/Al but I will have to consider this later.

    Well, today was a relaxing day off which I spent mostly in front of the lathe. I have the following people covered for Black Delrin tailgurads if they are still interested.
    tylerdurden : 1
    torchwolf : 2 (hope you will accept less than your request)
    ths11 : 1
    Geologist : 1
    mountain : 1

    Price is $US5 for a single piece, $US8 for 2 pieces. Shipping, PP fees, padded envelope and my cuppa coffee included.
    Please PM me within 36 hours from this post for Paypal addy or it will go to someone else.

    I have 5 more for those who have posted here, starting from 1AuroraLite, (StoneDog already gets one free for suggesting Delrin, which has allowed me to make more than planned ), 2Icarus, 3Ledean, 4Emilion, (jtice can make one for himself ) , 5Krit, ...and... belyo(Hi there how'v you been ) and leukos will follow if anyone above does'nt need one. Again, please PM within 36 hours.

    Cheers!

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    Default Re: Surefire Z-57 Mod

    Please advise if it would be possible to get two pieces, and then I will send payment. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nekomane
    ...
    torchwolf : 2 (hope you will accept less than your request)
    ths11 : 1
    Geologist : 1
    mountain : 1

    ...
    Hello nekomane,

    of course I agree with two pieces.
    PM follows.

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: Surefire Z-57 Mod

    Also these look so nice - could you make some for the A2 as well?

    Also any brass for the Z57 or A2 in the "pipeline"?

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    [QUOTE=SNIP...I can not make many and this is NOT a sign up list.

    [/QUOTE]

    Too bad. I am sure you will see more interest, including 2-4 here. I love to see ideas become real.

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    BAH! make my own !??!?! hmfff

    Like I have the time for that

    Your Derlin ones look great,
    It should hold up just fine, I have had good experiences with it.

    ~John

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    I'll take one if available.
    Thanks,
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