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  • wynkin commented on iminthebathroom's instructable The Night Kite - A Glowing Box Kite7 months ago
    The Night Kite - A Glowing Box Kite

    It may be considered wise to warn people that in some countries it is illegal to fly kites with lights. Not that it has bothered me in the past.... I went for the sledge hammer approach and mounted a car headlight reflector with a very bright halogen bulb. I used a large two line stunt kite and used twelve volt flex instead of line to fly it on, and a 12 volt car battery which I placed on the ground between my legs.I waited for dark and flew it on a field close to a main road into town, I'd fly up and spin then turn the light off and also fly parallel to the road. Just making crazy shapes.It didn't take long before a couple of cars stopped and people were running towards me shouting look at the UFO!When they saw it was just me and a kite they were miffed.After about half an hour I had b...

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    It may be considered wise to warn people that in some countries it is illegal to fly kites with lights. Not that it has bothered me in the past.... I went for the sledge hammer approach and mounted a car headlight reflector with a very bright halogen bulb. I used a large two line stunt kite and used twelve volt flex instead of line to fly it on, and a 12 volt car battery which I placed on the ground between my legs.I waited for dark and flew it on a field close to a main road into town, I'd fly up and spin then turn the light off and also fly parallel to the road. Just making crazy shapes.It didn't take long before a couple of cars stopped and people were running towards me shouting look at the UFO!When they saw it was just me and a kite they were miffed.After about half an hour I had been rumbled a few times when finally the police arrived. He said they'd had many phone calls about a UFO and people saying a mysterious light was flying above the road - which was untrue, I explained it couldn't be true as I was tethered with the battery.Luckily the policeman didn't realise that what I was doing was illegal in UK - but I thought it best to make my getaway.

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  • wynkin commented on Grunambulax's instructable Steampunk Menorah: The Grunambulorah8 months ago
    Steampunk Menorah: The Grunambulorah

    If you ask valve nicely sellers they have failed valves you can buy for peanuts.

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  • wynkin commented on j88k's instructable Huge vacuum tube light fixture.9 months ago
    Huge vacuum tube light fixture.

    Non-working valves can be bought cheaply from companies that sell tested valves, they are irreparable so they are only to happy to get rid of useless valves. The place I bought the valves from were surprised that there is now a market for non-working valves.

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  • wynkin commented on botronics's instructable Steampunk Vacuum Tube Night Light9 months ago
    Steampunk Vacuum Tube Night Light

    I contacted one of the people selling valves on ebay. He only sells valves that are thoroughly tested. Because he carefully tests all his valves he has lots that fail his tests. He has lots of discarded non-working valves and was glad to let me have a large box very cheap. He wanted to know why I wanted them, when I explained he was happy to have found a market for his non-working valves as they have no other use.

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  • wynkin commented on PeterD60's instructable Oil Filter life hack1 year ago
    Oil Filter life hack

    Good idea, on my car the oil filter has only about 3mm clearance from the sump and all three of my filter removers would not fit, as the strap or chain won't go through such a small gap. I purchased a oil filter tool that uses a thin metal band. I will give your idea a go next oil change.

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