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    Reconfigured Vamo

    Itís certainly not an original idea but I had a go at shrinking a Vamo in 18650 mode so it would fit in my hand. Iíve seen this done a couple of ways. The two that come to mind are 3D printed ends and ends machined out of Aluminum. I donít have access to a 3D printer or a lathe I had to come up with another way.

    Step one Ė buy a cheap chrome Vamo and dismantle it.

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    Step two Ė Strip it back to brass. I tried a heap of different solutions to try and strip it off but none of them worked. In the end I just used emery paper with progressively finer grit and then a wire wheel on the Dremelike.

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    Step three Ė Make the ends. I just used a piece of Meranti door stop. Mainly because I had it but itís also easy to work with and has a nice colour that complements brass. After marking them out and drilling out the holes I needed I shaped them with Dremelike and then drilled and glued brass sheet on the outer ends. Apart from being aesthetically pleasing the top bit of brass actually forms the negative connection between the two tubes. To make the positive terminal I got a brass washer, put a brass eyelet in the centre, crimped a wire in there and then tinned the eyelet with solder. Then I roughly trimmed it down so it wouldnít contact the battery tube and epoxied it in place.

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    Step four – Reassemble the Vamo. Filed down the bit where the top connects to the battery tube, soldered the PCB back to the top cap then put the buttons and screen in, glued the PCB into place and pressed top cap on. Then I cut some 3mm brass rod to act as the ‘bolt’ to keep the top and bottom together, carefully applied epoxy to the ends of the Vamo sections and the brass rods, put it together then clamped it overnight for the glue to cure. Once dry, gave the brass ends a polish and a couple of coats of Danish oil to the wood part.

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    Overall, pretty happy with the result
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    I am holding my breath to see the finished job. Hurry up!!!
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    That was quick. Thank you!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Robray View Post
    I am holding my breath to see the finished job. Hurry up!!!
    That quick enough for you?
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    Class piece of work. Nicely done.
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    This looks exceptional. The wood and brass really go together well. Great job!
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    Damn that looks good

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    Lovely work, Dalmas! Very nice indeed.
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    frikin sweet modification!

    *looks at the pile of purple heart floorboards in the corner*
    Almost tempted to hunt down a few Vamo's
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