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Guess this got popular enough of a topic and seems that my ECF thread got archives, so I cannot edit it anymore to add summaries of little details, so I’ll go ahead and just post everything here:
BIG, BIG note – I have a clone R91% (said to be a “2014 model” whatever that means, off of eBay), thus I have no idea what similar clones on the market or original units (Kayfuns, other Russians) share this one’s main deck, but as you can see above, mine has VERY roomy juice channels. They’re about 2mm deep on the bottom and about 1-1.5mm deep inside the chimney. I’ve seen some picture where the channels are shallow, but that should NOT prevent you from pulling this build off.
I highly recommend a VV/VW battery with built-in ohm check feature to make everything much, much faster.
And so, you simply measure out enough mesh to,
– be long enough to go from bottom of the chimney/chimney’s channels all the way over and across the coil area and into the other channel.
– be thick enough to fill your channel tightly, unless your channel is very shallow, in which case you can just run it towards it and not inside.
Prepare it however you like, roll, test fit. If all of that goes well, find a drill bit the closest size to your rolled mesh and wrap a coil of your choice around it. I did 30 gauge nichrome to 1.4 ohms.
Set the coil, lift it above the air hole, etc. Pull the mesh through the coil, try to have it fit snug but not too tight nor too loose.
Pinch and bend enough of the SS mesh roll to reach desired area around one juice channel, then do the same on the other side. Trim excess with scissors.
Screw the chimney bit on and start testing ohms and doing quick test firing (preferable on the lowest wattage possible) to find the hot spots. Adjust the coil around using anything fine and pointy until you work all the hot spots out and it glows evenly EVERY time you fire it. Don’t be afraid to shift the mesh a bit to help kink out the hot spots.
Put enough juice to saturate the wick and wet fire it to see how much the ohms drop when its wet. You’re looking for .1-.2 drop tops. (Note that this build does not like to be part-dry, so that could be the sole source of any discrepancies, but it never hurts to make sure.) If its more, carefully burn it until its dry and test for dry hot spots again.
If all is well and consistent, build everything back up and do a few final dry burns to make sure it still works when assembled. Looking into the chimney will let you see if the coil heats up fine + checking the ohms.
Fill, set your wattage, and enjoy. I like mine best at 6-8 with PG and 7-9 on VG.
Final note – check your ohms periodically to make sure it’s all running as it should. If it suddenly start to drop .3 or more ohms, I would suggest draining, and checking the coil even if it still tastes about the same. No reason to let a good coil pop from a hot spot when you run low and don’t notice it.
So my numerous sessions with Christian Hofer of http://www.hoferart.com finally got updated into his website and I couldn’t be happier to see everything be put to good use. The cover shot as well as everything under Live Painting section.
Future collaborations will be on an even higher level since I’ve since overhauled my workhorse to a full frame sensor and the quality of the picture it puts out blows most of these completely out of the water.
Apparently, and I had no idea solely due to assuming that Canon’s eternal rivalry with Nikon led to their cameras sharing most of the basic features, but I guess not.
So Nikon’s full frame bodies support crop sensor lenses with smaller glass elements by using an equivalent portion of the whole sensor that the crop lens will cover – crop mode. Though you lose more than 1.5x the megapixels, you can still enjoy the old lenses; especially if you’ve invested into pro-level, f/2.8 ones. Since Nikon offers pro-level crop bodies, it surely does lenses and they cost about as much as their full frame counterparts. In short, no Nikon lens ever becomes useless even as you climb up the body ladder.
Seems that on the contrary, Canon made a straight and simple split between two sensor formats AND with them all of their lenses. So if you’ve saved up for that sweet pro-grade 2.8 crop lens before you scraped the money to move to a glorious full frame body, you’d have to save ALL over again for a different lens to do the same exact thing in a larger format.
So never mind Canon cutting off their vintage selection of glass from all their modern bodies, that’s honestly not what enough of the population is even interested in, but essentially splitting up their current selection in half forcing you to re-acquire everything per jump into full frame is simply retarded.
So my Canon folks, why do you even bother with the company?
So a year some went by since I realized that I wanted to man a camera seriously with 48032 clicks on my D5100 (via camerashuttercount.com).
This thing was a real trooper and survived more than your average camera gets put through these days- various lenses, traffic slalom, snow, poorly lit conditions, and not that much rain due to its lack of weather sealing (snow doesn’t count since its magical substance that simply shakes off before getting inside of anything).
It saw the kit lens days, including 55-200 that quickly made me realize that I DO want a long telephoto and I want it in a much better quality than ‘5-200 had to offer…
Not that I didn’t take some neat snaps with this one,
But it really does not compare to my realistic tele-zoom dream- 70-300 VR.
But this thing came much, much later on since I went through a dirt-poor photographer stage and couldn’t event squeeze enough cash out of my pockets for this guy. I did get weary of kit quality, despite upgrading to a much more capable 18-70 DX along the way, and fiddling around to fix its busted manual focus ring (that I honestly seldom used anyway)…
So budget days brought about the biggest revelation and my best to-date photography teacher: Nikkor-H 50 f/2.
This was a true, full-manual bargain that also came with an extension tube that I didn’t fully and properly break in until way, way later.
This lens required me to truly learn aperture as a whole and rewarded me with a realm of speed being an f/2 lens, which IS miles better than kit 3.5 and up. Not to mention its sharpness that really impressed me given that the 50 survived all the way from 1966 (via some internet serial number sleuthing) and that it only cost me ~$45 with postage.
And drove my enthusiasm through the roof, making me try crazy stunts like shooting bees using an ancient piece of glass coupled with some insanity.
This combo (or rather, mostly the 50 since I neglected the 18-70 hence after) lasted me until my decision to invest into some fast auto-focusing glass for the sake of night-time action shots.
Did I like this $200 worth of plastic and silent focusing? Even despite it leading to my discovery of chromatic aberration that I’ve never seen prior to shooting this little guy? Given the power to trust my 5100 to focus for me third of a stop faster, it was quite refreshing indeed.
And the round bokeh! This lens became the new workhorse given the season for DC road skating and me not wanting to have to worry about poor aperture vs manual focus.
Consistent and terrible CA in direct light still bugs the heck out of me, but I just can’t deny the usefulness of this little guy.
Eventually the 18-70 found a new home and has been treated and treating the new owner very well from what I hear, feeling right at home on another D5100 to boot.
I finally mustered up the funds for the glorious 70-300 and it became my primary workhorse of a lens unless I absolutely needed a wider angle than it offered. I absolutely abused it at the National Zoo, which eventually led to some collaborations with a good new friend.
I’ve done some odds and ends with this thing too, like mounting it onto my neglected macro extension tube and using a ring light on its front via step-up rings.
With surprisingly decent results to boot.
And so, now I’m ready to enter a whole new world of full frame sensors and plethora of useful settings to help me fight my ideas and framing more than the ISO and shutter speed on the camera. D5100 has been a solid starter, with pretty capable video capability, but it’s simply not a body I want to trust with small things and feel confident in its judgement of my idea of utmost quality. Hopefully my D600 that should be here in couple of days will rise to the challenge with confidence and quality. Based on all the reviews I’ve watched and read, as well as user opinions, it should be able to do just that for where I am on my learning curve.
With Pyrex RSST and my Smok eGo lost, I figured to try a Kayfun style RBA for its efficiency, general lack of leaks and lack of wasteful condensation.
Nice amount of extras including a fill screw screwdriver, and even 2 spare wicks and wires- 1 SS mesh and 1 Silica. The wire I’ll guess is nichrome 30-32g.
Interestingly enough it comes pre-built, albeit rather poorly given the design and its common out-of-box flaws like relatively poor wicking and/or leaking into and through the air hole.
It does light up nicely though.
So, my guess is that my initial fill caused a pressure-leak and from there I decided to go ahead and mini-overhaul and build it all up. As per suggestions, I added one small silicone O-ring to the bottom contact screw to prevent it ever touching the sides of its well and shorting everything out. Next came drying it all up and looking at the air control assembly, which was indeed quite a pain to unscrew initially. Had to use 2 lockable gripped pliers to even make it budge, but after the initial struggle everything came apart nicely.
Everything on the inside looked fine to me, so I went ahead and jammed another small O-ring around the positive post to make sure it would never touch the well. This should also help prevent any juice from leaking too far into the post’s well. After all that, bottom deck reassembly and testing to make sure the air holes didn’t get blocked while twisting it back together, I went ahead and built the coil.
Here I used my 2.5mm Ekowool with cotton center threads and 6 wraps of 28g nichrome that yielded 1.3 ohm resistance post-to-post.
And it produced pretty decent vapor.
Here I juiced the wick, tucked it inside as best I could and left a tiny little nubs in the bottoms of the juice slots and screwed the chimney on without the provided silicone O-ring. Put the tank on, opened the fill screw, and filled with syringe tip juice bottle using this method: fill with the air control completely closed down and holding the chimney hole with a finger, then screw the fill screw back on, flip everything upside down, open up the air control, and finally let go of the chimney opening.
No leaking now, and pretty solid juice flow thanks to the crazy ekowool.
Now it vapes very nicely and I suppose only time will tell whether or not it will leak again.
Fogger is pretty fun given that its small chamber wastes nothing and delivers pure flavor right off the bat. I can’t think of too much condensation building up and simply wasting away given its design, unlike the RSST.
Juice I got along with this guy is Jasmin Aloha e Juice from Eciggity, and it is very smooth and light. Tastes just like jasmine and that does the trick for me.
Last few words- I would recommend Kayfun style/Fogger RBAs to experienced builders only since making coils for this thing is a very delicate and precise process. You definitely get your effort’s worth, but its nowhere near as easy as Genesis styles like RSST.
Post day-and-a-half of vaping this thing, I can safely say that it IS very, very solid. After a new tank refill it worked just the same and didn’t even attempt to leak. So far, very solid as I have anticipated it to be.
Another thing I’d like to add is that from looking at the Kayfun Lite/Russian 91% designs and concepts, I prefer this more simple wicking method.
And now onto the best part of the night, in my opinion anyway.
I didn’t expect to bump into THE crew at the corner deli, so the fact insured me having a great afterparty as long as I stuck with em. Everyone knows this aluminum monstrosity, and thus many of you will guess exactly who I ran into-
Our very own, Sasha Popper, who skated across America to train for Adrenalina marathon in Cali (in case you didn’t know). Of course, Union love for life!
And where there’s Union, there’s Noel.
Some creative boards were in the lineup as well,
And I had to take a snap of my Freebomb next to Sasha’s rig-
Before I knew it, REY guys rolled right up to us and planning began for where to actually go and drink.
After a bit, we all set off, but still had to figure how to get Andy wherever we were going faster than on foot.
We wandered quite off-course at first, but kept running into more fellow skaters and figuring out where in the world the actual bar was…
And finally figured out our final destination:
Here Noel was hard at retelling the race to others, namely how he was getting Kiefer to keep pushing for the first place.
And for the most part, everyone was just chilling and throwing stories here and there. And lots of silliness. Lots.
The epic thrift board was also making another round to be signed,
Next something rad and unexpected happened, since I had no idea Sasha’s birthday fell on the race day. So turns out Him, Kiefer and myself have our birthdays all in a row, back-to-back, so new development added onto my extended celebration of my own.
And of course there was a song involved, by everyone, for our one and only.
And that naturally ended with a proper shot.
Then two more awesome/random things happened. My boy Bilal rolled up there, randomly, so we had a nice lil reunion of our own since its been about a year at this point. Then, all of sudden, this thing rolled on through…
Best described as “I don’t even…” or “Optimus Grime.”
Showed my deck to more folks who approved it like no other,
New friends were made,
Pool was played,
And random city visitors photographically assisted and partly assimilated into our bunch,
And last, but not least, further plans were formed,
All in all, this was one helluva weekend that definitely came to be on-par with Comic Con if not more fun due to being something different for me this time of the year. Til then year, Broadway Bomb!
After a half hour sprint, everyone needs some fuel. Best part is when your exhausted body has to work another 4 miles to get to that fuel, so our trek towards the BBQ began.
Naturally, we weren’t alone and cruised past Bikes N Boards’ Andy, who managed to mess up his foot right before the bomb and had to be on foot the rest of the weekend, and whom I’d properly meet later on.
I couldn’t resist snapping some pics of the Brooklynscape either.
Water break about halfway was an absolute must too, especially with headwind lagging our arrival.
And finally we made it to the fun madness-
Yet another public service announcement by Ian.
And then the sweet, sweet food-
REY burgers to go with your trucks anyone?
DB boards had a little demo display set up in the grass-
And people were bustin tricks in the basketball court as usual-
And of course the New York’s finest since this was a legal and legitimate after-event
Race naturally wasn’t without some casualties this year either-
And some creative threads were rocked-
Giveaways occurred with the crowds resembling seagulls-
And plenty of usual costumes were worn, since Bomb is skaters’ early Halloween like Comic Con is for us geeks
The mysterious Samurai was there with his Bombin board deco that I saw the night before-
Saw a Flexdex Fat Daddy used right-
And then, unfortunately, BBQ got broken up due to kids climbing the fences of the basketball court, so the afterparties began much earlier than expected. So I set sail once again towards the usual deli across the highway overpass.
Next up, Saturday, the Afterparty.
First half of the day including the race was really rough thanks to the booze-a-palooza I had the night before. I barely glued myself off the bed, got ready, threw myself into the subway to hopefully make it to the race…
I surfaced at Times Square, dashed outside, and started skating down Broadway in hopes of catching one of the schools of racers. For the first minute or so, I was out of luck and worried a bit, but after another glance behind they surely appeared. Now it was time to do foot and camera work.
The rest of this was as fun as last year’s race, although I missed the beginning madness. Everyone was pushing hard just to get to the finish.
Chicks and dudes, all sorts of boards imaginable, incredible stoke and plenty of shralp.
Bomb is truly the best event on the east coast that brings all kinds of skaters together to do whatever they want to do. Race, cruise, hang out, its all up to you with this one. A real skate festival that promotes our culture, wrestles with the traffic laws, and gets on the local news every year.
Some of the spectators can be just as ballsy as us skaters, though given the nature of the event I would advise against some of these kinda moves-
All of us have plenty to worry about without people jumping out into our path just to take some cellphone pictures, but publicity is publicity I suppose.
Didn’t quite have to dodge any busses and trucks this year, and best of all the 5-0 was trying to help things finish after their failure at the starting line.
Finish line was bustling and everyone was taking a breather before doing another 4 miles to the BBQ.
Crazy dudes with Pennies. I love those little things, but for the madness that is the Bomb and having a camera out a about it can be a very poor choice of a deck.
And now for another highlight of the weekend- Evolve powered board:
This crazy thing can apparently last a good few hours on battery and sport a whopping 20mph on flat ground! If the price wasn’t an arm and a leg, I would definitely consider something like it for a proper commuting machine.
And then came the time for a grueling 4 mile stretch to the BBQ that was not fun after half-springing about 6 miles down the ‘way.
Next up, Saturday, BBQ.
Better late than never, I suppose; and this will be one helluva long story, so here we go:
-Friday, October 9th 2013 – Longboard Loft. ~5PM-
Things kicked off in the afternoon at the Loft with an all-day chill, skate, and contest sessions. I rolled in around 5 to pre-game for the pre-party at *Uncle Funky’s later in the evening. Things were beginning to slowly wind down given that nightly events were all 21+ and youngins were beginning to turn in slowly. I grazed the very end of the hippie jump and the last bits of daylight.
I promptly hopped across the street to hang by the Loft itself and meet some new faces. Stoke for the race was definitely in the air, as was the wait for the official pre-party. I happened to park up next to the lot in the right side of the picture above and conversation leaned towards my Freebomb setup. As I was getting to the middle of my Surf-Rodz story, that came off as poor customer service until the end, no other than Wayne himself presented me with his business card and a welcome to contact him if anything similar happened in the future. Pretty damn rad and random to just bump into the owner of a very prominent precision truck brand just like that. He recognized my board too, since I linked it to SZ’s Facebook page and was featured in one of their post. Couldn’t resist asking for a shot with my deck either-
Next up were a couple of Pork Slaps at Lucky Jack’s next door.
After that I talked to Anvil Longboards and really enjoyed their integrated, motion-activated light system to help stay more visible while skating in the dark-
The kicktail looked very unique and fresh as well, which actually drew me in initially.
Loft was poppin with a usual prize draw and after taking a few snaps, I headed onwards to Funky’s for the real party.
-Friday, October 9th 2013 – Uncle Funky’s. 7PM-
Usual suspects were posted by the entrance and mild skating was happening around. Things were definitely about to get on the way, but little did I know just how gnarly the party was going to be.
Unknown to me then, I met Roberto who would later on become a new friend and a skate partner after the race on the way to the BBQ.
It was awesome seeing another guy rock one of my home boy’s very first setup by the book- Gravity Hypercarve with Gullwing Sidewinders. Visually sluggish, yet practically nimble longer kind of setup.
I ran into Toxic Surf Jim right away and it was great catching up for a few minutes before heading in. Got a fresh vinyl sticker to add to my deck’s belly and keep reppin his brand.
I went ahead inside to find a good parking spot for my plank before things became crowded. Seeing Jeff always makes my day, and he was already busy dishing out refreshments when I got inside.
Party was well under way despite it still being pretty early for a Friday night, but it sure beat waiting on people to start showing up.
It really didn’t take long for everything to become seriously poppin, to a point where re-surfacing turned into a slow moving line, haha.
Kristen, Noel, and Billy (whom I would properly meet the next day) were hanging outside, working the door, and keeping commotion to a minimum to avoid getting the shenanigans broken up by the 5-0.
On one of my fresh air trips, I bumped into REY Trucks themselves, and their setups put a huge smile on my face-
You don’t really see Kracked Skulls decks out on the streets of the east coast all that often, nor do you really see GBomb brackets/Illuminati complete. KS M1 was my very, very first board and the sentimental value in seeing more on the streets is huge for me. GBomb brackets were a crucial part in my latest build, and they too are just as rare of a sight out in the wild. 2 birds with one stone, perfectly done, REY Trucks!
Sooner than later, the outside was probably more packed than the inside of the party-
And the night would not be complete without our keynote speakers on the race the following morning-
Now, the funniest thing of the evening was selling 2 jacks to some random business suits for a generous offer of $8.
The next day’s Samurai skater had a very rad Bomb planted on the nose of his deck, pretty creative and appropriate-
After I barely survived the onslaught of awesome beverages, I decided to wobble my way towards home via Williamsburg detour to close out some bars and call it a very, late night that I would partially regret the next morning due to my inability to get up.
Next up- Saturday, the Race.