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Everything posted by lorenzo

  1. lorenzo

    Electrical question

    Trying to design a decent reactive metal anodizer for less than $50, hitting that pesky 100V is just not easy. I was thinking that stacking several cheap power supplies might do it but probably more trouble than it's worth.
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    Scale vest shoulder clasp

    Those look to be the first generation of large nickel plated tempered steel scales, no longer available unfortunately. Although I do have a stash myself.
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    In need of historical photos...

    You should contact Erik Schmid, he's the authority on historical study of maille, I'm sure he could help you out.
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    Some serios mind blowers

    Good job, now try spiral web.
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    Period scale construction.

    Well, years of research and testing generally, but point by point; 1. More solid, both designs have a scale held in place by 4 rings, but in mine the scale is locked in place by the arrangement and weight of the armor, the historical scales just hang off the weave and can be lifted and shifted around easily. 2. Heavier, there are more rings per area of each scale in the historical piece. If the weight were equalized by using heavier plate for the scales in my version, it would be stronger armor for the same weight. 3. Less flexible, the historical plumata restricts the natural stretch of the european 4-1 weave to a minimal level, my design is based on the more flexible Japanese 4-1 weave and has a max stretch of about 24% with ideal ring sizes. 4. A huge PITA to make, I think your prices make my point here for me, there are a lot more rings in the historical version it takes a long time to put together. Mine has only twice as many rings as scales and the process can even be automated. But in all seriousness, I already know your position and you already know mine, let's not dance this dance again. I'm willing to put my design up against the historical one in head to head testing, similar sizes, weight and materials and see which one comes out on top.
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    Period scale construction.

    Well it's really not more solid, in fact it's less solid. But it is heavier, less flexible and a huge PITA to make. In fact the only benefit it has over my scale design is historical accuracy. there was a tutorial floating around at one time, it was entitled "Constructing a Lorica Plumata" by Ernst der Dunkelwolf, the internet seems to have swallowed it up. Maybe if you ask around at one of the other boards someone has saved a copy.
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    Period scale construction.

    Those first pictures look a lot closer to what we think of as lamellar rather than scale. Here are some more scaley looking pictures. Keep in mind that there were really no standard patterns at that time. Every armorer made things differently. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lorica_squamata http://www.romancoins.info/MilitaryEquipment-Body-Armour.html
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    Someone out there with MHWC modded for 22g!

    As the person who makes the modified hard wire cutters, I can tell you that there is no way to be sure. Each one is ground by hand and will be slightly different they will cut the size rings that they are rated for, smaller than that is a crap shoot. However if you order them and make a note on the order of what rings you would like to be able to cut I'm sure that could be accommodated as long as it's reasonable.
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    A new weave...

    Not mine actually, the inventor of that weave went by WarlordOfChaos, I only reposted it after the first MAIL site went tits up.
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    Punched rings

    We only have one punch, I think that scales will be the priority for months to come.
  11. lorenzo

    Thinkgeek's "Maille" shirt...

    Thanks for the review and the pictures as well, the quality is actually a little better than I had expected.
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    In the Name of the King

    Not only that, in one scene he actually had it on backwards. They were alternating rows of aluminum and neoprene, so the double row of aluminum was at the back, looked like a bright line across his chest.
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    How far with the mass-production of maille go?

    Just to be clear, not every setting needs to be within 1/1000", especially on the larger machines. Usually you can get away with a few things being "out" a bit but any misalignments show up as flaws in the finished weave. In the same sense it is possible to slightly tweak a setting in another way to counteract an imprecision in another setting. I could even run rings that are slightly smaller or larger if I really wanted to, but the problem is that these improper setting gradually wear into the tooling as the machine runs and eventually ruins it.
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    In the Name of the King

    I don't remember exactly who made what now, it was mostly Mas, Pure Evil, Misshapen Gumby and I who worked on the scale stuff. Lot's of people collaborated on the maille shirts for minor characters, and yes they were all made going the wrong way on purpose. That's what they wanted.
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    anyone else having Mini Pulse III issues?

    You could make a cheap TIG welder out of that which would do the job but be tricky to use. stick to tig conversion plans are rampant on the internet.
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    How far with the mass-production of maille go?

    Yep you've got a point there, I'm not in anyone else's head or body so I can't speak for others but really no one can. I would illustrate the difference for me in this way. When we work in maille we measure in 1/16", 1/32" or sometimes 1/64" increments, it's very rare to need to go to 1/128". When I work with the chain machines I measure in 1/1000" and often it's still not accurate enough. That's one of the projects I'm working on, it is likely going to happen but there are a lot of difficulties to work through yet and it will be a while. I'm also experimenting with the semi-automated production of Japanese weaves and scale fabric with promising results, those might be closer to production.
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    Have you seen this!?

    I wonder how much all that crap weighs, this monstrosity would probably need a bipod but I didn't see one on there.
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    How far with the mass-production of maille go?

    Actually I can compare them, quite easily, since I am experienced with both. And quite frankly the idea of skills not translating over to one field from another is total bunk. Sure there is still a learning curve but this is not WoW here the same "skills" apply regardless of what type of product you create. You don't have to re-learn your hand to eye coordination or mechanical aptitude for each new task, just learn to apply the skills you already have. I agree with you one one point however, some people have it and some just don't, call it skill or talent or whatever it amounts to the same thing. This is about the same as saying that every person who makes chainmaille must independently conceive, sketch, design and craft european 4-1. Why are machinists expected to reinvent their own cams, gears and screws when the parts already exist. Should they be expected to smelt their own steel too? Do you? If my brother makes my rings is my maille any less hand made? But besides that, in many cases what you propose IS exactly how these machines are made. Most niche industries don't start out with a team of engineers, machinists and designers to make things, it usually all comes down to the one person who started the company.
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    How far with the mass-production of maille go?

    Ok, I actually stopped reading everything at about this point in the thread, because frankly someone needs to either increase or decrease their medication, preferably on the advice of a doctor. But I don't mean to seem like I'm picking on one individual, plenty of other people in this thread seem to hold to the erroneous notion that hand made is better than machine made. Honestly the only way that I can tell the difference with the high end stuff is that the machine made is too perfect. My view on the subject is that the machine that makes the chain is simply a higher form of art. The level of skill that must be attained to create the machine is more than 100 times that for a simple chain, and those machines ARE hand made. Hell, the skill required just to run one of those machines is many times greater than to just hook a few rings together, and there are very few people on this forum who are qualified enough to even have a valid opinion on that. As to the opinion that machines are somehow "bad", that they take jobs etc. This is an erroneous line of thinking that has been thrown about since the medieval era, history has proved it wrong. Machines actually create better and safer jobs with a huge increase in production of goods. When Gutenberg introduced his printing press a few scribes did find less demand for their skills, but are there more or less people working in the publishing industry today? Was that machine beneficial? Did it create or eliminate jobs? The answer is clear and is repeated again and again ad infinitum ad nauseum up to the present era. It's just the nature of change.
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    Tazer-proof Clothes?

    I tried this over Christmas with a civilian model stungun. A pretty high powered one at 600KV I did several sets of tests using varying blocking materials. In short any metal armor rendered the stungun completely ineffective. From thick gauge Al to 24 g Ti shorted out the device with no noticeable effects, even if the electrodes went right through the holes in the weave and touched bare skin. Although I don't have the resources to test this with an enforcement grade taser, based on the tests I've already conducted and my understanding of how electricity works I predict similar results.
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    Tazer-proof Clothes?

    Like Rosie said, enforcement grade tasers are pretty scarce around here. Apparently TRL has some connections in the RCMP but it's not looking promising. of course anyone with some maille and a more liberal police policy towards taser use could test this on their own.
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    Two knots in one!

    There I cleaned up the posts for you, now it's two threads in one. Very nice looking knot, I can see that the symmetry might have presented some difficulty.
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    Dragon Skin

    Back on topic. Here's a critical review of this and other tests on dragon skin armor. Written by the REAL inventor of dragon skin by the way. http://www.evolutionarmor.com/Rifletile.htm
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    alternatives to rings

    Nice to see you back on the forums again. If you want some scales just let me know and I'll send you some. One of my personal favorite ring replacements is Loren's wire knots, The Japanesesque shirt he did is very nice, if you haven't seen it yet you should check it out. I also think that the "spiders" that Whiting Davis uses for their decorative mesh have a lot more potential than what they are currently used for. I've personally messed around a lot with various types of washers, pop tabs, some coins, lockout tags, zip ties. Mostly just experiments from my "quest for scales" period. It would be nice to see pop tabs done differently too, I've linked them up like my scales before, they work pretty well and have a lot more stretch than the other way.
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    Pretty Flowers(update)

    Just so you know, the new anodized aluminum scales will be superior to the old ones in almost every other way. I think it would be extremely counter productive to petition against innovating to make better products. Also as Norse Dave mentioned there is another source for colored scales, I'm sure he would be more than happy to help with that.