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Post  Levent Suberk Thu Mar 08, 2018 1:35 am

crankbndr wrote:Thats very interesting, I was wondering what image you started with.
Can you do the same for this Strato Bug insert? This is the photo I started with, tried to remove the glare. Your insert came out far better than mine.

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Dimensions of insert are same with Thermal Hopper?
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Post  Levent Suberk Thu Mar 08, 2018 3:26 am

I searched internet images. Blue color seems darker than blue on Thermal Hopper insert. It seems that dark cobalt blue used on Strato Bug insert. Different shades of blue used on inserts, right?
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Post  Levent Suberk Thu Mar 08, 2018 4:37 am

Base blue is right shade?

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Post  Tee Bee Mon Mar 12, 2018 7:31 pm

Got some Thermal Hopper goodies in the mail today. Thanks to Kim for the Kaysun 6x3 prop!!! I'll try to clean it up tonight. Also got a copy of the original instruction manual and parts list. The spinner and mounting hardware arrived from Cox Int. The Space Bug decal was in the mailbox as part of an order from Matt at EX. This weekend, thanks to Levent Suberk's ongoing efforts, I was able to print out the warning sheet on yellow paper.

My latest question about this packaging: was the instruction manual printed on 8.5x11 standard paper? I see the copy has large margins and am supposing it needs to be cut down in order to fit in the bubble pack recess.
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Post  Tee Bee Mon Mar 12, 2018 8:18 pm

Here she is with the latest bits. Correct spinner, prop, and mounting hardware. I also trimmed the insert card a touch here and there for proper fit. Just need to figure out the proper size for the instruction sheets and how they were folded to fit and wait for the wrench that crankbndr is sending. This has been too much fun!
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Post  crankbndr Mon Mar 12, 2018 8:47 pm

Nice Hopper!! I had trouble folding my instruction sheet compact enough because of thick paper, thin paper is key.
I sent your goods last Wednesday, snail mail for sure. Where did you find the yellow paper?
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Post  Tee Bee Mon Mar 12, 2018 8:56 pm

Thanks! Funny you ask. I couldn't scrounge up any yellow paper but stumbled on these dividers at work. Sacrificed one for the good of humanity. A Thermal Hopper Story - Thanks Levent Suberk! - Page 2 Image137
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Post  Kim Mon Mar 12, 2018 8:59 pm

Wow! That turned out great !!!!!
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Post  Tee Bee Mon Mar 12, 2018 9:02 pm

Yep. A team effort. Thanks again!
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Post  Kim Mon Mar 12, 2018 9:14 pm

What's next ??!!! I'm all ready to start rooting through more debris !!!!
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Post  Tee Bee Mon Mar 12, 2018 9:49 pm

Had to print out the instruction/parts manual front and back to get it on 2 sheets, slightly trimmed down. Then I was barely able to fold and crease it to the right size. With the exception of restoring the wrench when it arrives, I'm going to call this one done. Oh wait, the OEM glow head is buggered pretty bad with bent fins and such, so I would be interested in finding an original head that could be cleaned up, whether it glows or not. So there's that. Smile
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Post  Mark Boesen Mon Mar 12, 2018 10:46 pm

The head can be cleaned up pretty easy sometimes by using a small thin screwdriver to straighten fins. Once you're good with that, place the the stem into a drill and using a folded piece of sandpaper (appx. 250-400) clean up scuffs and slight dings. The sandpaper does a great job of recreating the original slight machined marks.

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Post  Tee Bee Mon Mar 12, 2018 11:17 pm

Very nice technique, Mark! Thanks
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Post  Levent Suberk Tue Mar 13, 2018 2:51 am

crankbndr wrote:Nice Hopper!! I had trouble folding my instruction sheet compact enough because of thick paper, thin paper is key.
I sent your goods last Wednesday, snail mail for sure. Where did you find the yellow paper?

If you want I can send print warning sheets on yellow paper. Send your address with PM.
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Post  Tee Bee Tue Mar 13, 2018 3:19 am

Thanks, Levent, but I'm all set. Crankbndr might want it, though.
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Post  balogh Tue Mar 13, 2018 5:47 am

Tee Bee wrote:Very nice technique, Mark!  Thanks

I agree, but one needs to exert caution when spinning the head with a drill...excessive pressure with the sandpaper may cause the central plug element to spin and slip inside the head, and severe the glow filament, or at least kill the air-tight sealing of the plug element


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Post  KariFS Tue Mar 13, 2018 6:28 am

I agree Andras, it's probably best to use something with low torque, like a Dremel set to low speed while doing the head clean-up. Looks effective, I am going to try it on some of my beat-up old-style heads.

Thanks for the tip Mark Thumbs Up
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Post  Tee Bee Tue Mar 13, 2018 5:40 pm

The mailman brought this vintage wrench today, a gift from crankbndr. He even included a surprise gift, a Thimble Drome envelope containing original mounting hardware. Thanks a ton!

I'll start refinishing the wrench tonight.

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Post  Mark Boesen Wed Mar 14, 2018 12:26 am

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Tee Bee wrote:Very nice technique, Mark!  Thanks

I agree, but one needs to exert caution when spinning the head with a drill...excessive pressure with the sandpaper may cause the central plug element to spin and slip inside the head, and severe the glow filament, or at least kill the air-tight sealing of the plug element

it's pretty hard to apply any significant pressure with a folded (to expose both sides) piece of sandpaper, but along those lines of caution, i should probably mention a slow speed and let the abrasive do the work.
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Post  Tee Bee Wed Mar 14, 2018 1:16 am

Well, following Mark's advice, I straightened out the fins as he demonstrated. Then I chucked the head in my Dremel. Used the slowest setting(still too fast IMHO) and folded 600 grit to get her cleaned up. I finished by applying a small spot of Mother's alum polish and hitting it again with the now-smooth 600 grit. Good enough for me. Smile

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