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Big Ben "fly_mo" (Bedford, UK)

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Best 3D Printing Build Surface - 8x8 Square Bases - Bin the Blue Tape, Kapton Tape and Hairspray, No Prep 3D Printer Base
Best 3D Printing Build Surface - 8x8 Square Bases - Bin the Blue Tape, Kapton Tape and Hairspray, No Prep 3D Printer Base
Offered by IDL EU
Price: £22.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Work OK when new, but removal is potentially toxic, hard to do and takes far too long., 13 Sept. 2017
We've used similar Build Surfaces to this, with 3M self-adhesive backs exactly like these.
They work fine at first, do just what is said on the tin. No complaints there.
But when they become old and worn, they no longer work well - at least with the PLA filaments we use.
The base layer or raft would come undone on machines making models that had worked repeatably before.
Fair enough, remove the old one, stick on the new one! Not that easy.
Removing the old one can take H O U R S.
The force needed is considerable, so it's wise to remove the bed from your machine, if that is possible.
You do not want to bend the bed or the mechanism, that would be expensive.
Then one can use a hot air gun (or hair dryer) to soften the 3M adhesive and get the removal started.
Sometimes a part of the surface will come off cleanly, more often there is a papery layer still stuck to the bed plate.
Most solvents have no effect, but a glue remover or acetone do seem to help. Not safe indoors! Toxic fumes!
Once all of the build surface is off the bed plate, it is time to clean the plate thoroughly. Near enough is not good enough when you are printing in 3D. So more Acetone/Glue remover and careful use of the scraper to get all the glue residue removed. Green washing-up pads can help with this, as does a couple of rolls of kitchen paper, maybe more.
It's grim work, and unkind to the hands. Proper skin protection is needed when using acetone, since you may be working with it for well over an hour. Don't forget the ventilation!
So, not recommended, especially at over twenty quid for four.
For that money one can get a couple of borosilicate glass beds which are attached with clips.Signstek 3D Printer MK2 MK3 Heated Bed Borosilicate Glass Plate Panel 213*200*3mm
Used with the spray of your choice (we like 3DLAC, one can lasts longer than one of these 3M surfaces) you have a perfect system where you remove the glass bed after printing and pop in another one for the next print.
When the glass plate has cooled, PLA prints usually pop off by themselves.


Volans UK plug 12V 2A Seagate Expansion 1TB External hard drive replacement power supply adaptor
Volans UK plug 12V 2A Seagate Expansion 1TB External hard drive replacement power supply adaptor

5.0 out of 5 stars Good power brick!, 12 Aug. 2017
Does what it says on the tin, fits well, runs cool. Recommended!


Mudder Felt Picks for Ukulele, 8 Pack, Orange and Grey
Mudder Felt Picks for Ukulele, 8 Pack, Orange and Grey
Offered by Mudder Online UK
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality felt plectra., 12 Aug. 2017
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Excellent small plectra that work well with ukuleles. They respond well to a bit of abrasion of the tip if the sound is too bright, and
the two colours help identify the 'soft' one if you choose to do this. A small hole can easily be made in them - I join two plectra on a light lanyard a
that is looped around the machine heads, which prevents them from disappearing when I drop one.

Recommended if you play anything that might benefit from a felt plectrum.


Cherub WST-550U Clip-On Ukulele Tuner - Easy to use!
Cherub WST-550U Clip-On Ukulele Tuner - Easy to use!
Price: £4.60

5.0 out of 5 stars Precise tuner for smaller ukuleles, 12 Aug. 2017
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This tuner does exactly what it should do - some don't.
What the others often do is tell you that all is well and the string is in tune - but it's not.
It's "near enough" for the tuner, but that may not be near enough for the player or their audience.

This tuner is much fussier, and it is very accurate too - confirmed with a selection of *much* more expensive hardware including Roland GR and VG boxen. It is *exactly* what I need, since I'm a devil for getting the instrument in tune. A very young beginner might find it frustrating as a first tuner, since it is so very picky and precise.

It is switchable between C and D tunings ([G C E A] & [A D F# B]) which are usually associated with the smaller Ukuleles - the Soprano, Concert and Tenor sizes. It does not do the D G B E for a Baritone.

I like this so much that it is now permanently attached to a Mahalo 'Wide Neck' Soprano uke. Works well.

Recommended for smaller ukuleles that need tuning precisely!


Battery for British Telecom Verve 410 450 5M702BMXZ 2.4V 600mAh
Battery for British Telecom Verve 410 450 5M702BMXZ 2.4V 600mAh
Offered by UK Battery
Price: £9.77

5.0 out of 5 stars Decent reliable battery from a good supplier., 12 Aug. 2017
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Proper BT battery by the people who made the originals. Plug-in replacement that works at least as well as the originals, rejuvenated the in-laws 'phone system!
Recommended.


Kingko® Large LCD Digital Kitchen Cooking Timer Count-Down Up Clock Loud Alarm Magnetic
Kingko® Large LCD Digital Kitchen Cooking Timer Count-Down Up Clock Loud Alarm Magnetic

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent timer, does the job., 12 Aug. 2017
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Bought three of these for assorted uses - and they all work fine. The display is clear and large enough to read without my glasses, the beep wakes me up from a nap, and can be heard in the next room if I'm awake and working on something whilst food is cooking.
On hour timers don't work for me, so many things (starting with a nap) need an hour and a half, maybe more....
Recommended, does what it says on the label.


2x Black Plastic Storage Box Case Holder For AA Battery With 14cm Wire Leads (series circuits)
2x Black Plastic Storage Box Case Holder For AA Battery With 14cm Wire Leads (series circuits)
Offered by photography_acce
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Simple and effective., 12 Aug. 2017
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Good battery case. Just what you'd expect, does the job.
Recommended!


3D Prima PrimaValue PLA Filament, 1.75 mm, 1 kg Spool, Black
3D Prima PrimaValue PLA Filament, 1.75 mm, 1 kg Spool, Black
Price: £17.90

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5.0 out of 5 stars Works as well as any other black PLA in our Wanhao i3, 12 Aug. 2017
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Works reliably on the Wanhao i3 v2.1 bargain-price printer - reel is nearly gone now, without any problems associated with this filament despite my not taking best care of it in our damp-ish climate - it just sits on top of the printer all year round. No popping, spitting or breakages to date.
The diameter is a tad less than 1.7 mm - varies a bit but not as much as the bits of filament that came with the printer.

Ideally, one should keep this filament in a sealed bag with dessicant, or use dried air, but we have yet to try that, and get as perfect prints with this as with any other filament.

Recommended!


Mahalo Ukuleles MK1PWTBK Kahiko Plus Wide Neck Series
Mahalo Ukuleles MK1PWTBK Kahiko Plus Wide Neck Series
Offered by NOBUcorporationZ
Price: £92.33

2.0 out of 5 stars Shame about the price..., 25 July 2017
Although this is a fine little uke with a wider than usual neck that plays pretty well, it is usually sold at around thirty quid post paid.
They are currently available here on Amazon for under forty :- Mahalo Soprano Kahiko Wide Neck Transparent Black
We like these at the right price, and bought several of them for friends and family.
This pricing (at over a hundred) is either a mistake, or shameless profiteering!
Regretfully recommended that you try elsewhere.
A search for the MK1PWTBK (black) and the MK1PWTBR (brown) should find you one at around thirty quid if you fancy a ukulele like this.


3D Lac Adhesive Anti Warping Spray for 3D Printers ORIGINAL 400ml can *NOT hair spray*
3D Lac Adhesive Anti Warping Spray for 3D Printers ORIGINAL 400ml can *NOT hair spray*
Offered by Daemon3D Print
Price: £10.87

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent spray that solves adhesion/release problems on a variety of substrates., 24 July 2017
This does indeed do what it says on the tin.
Since getting a kit with this spray, a borosilicate glass bed and a couple of tiny bulldog clips and installing them we have had no, nil, zero bad prints using PLA. That was months ago.

I'm bound to mess something up eventually, but this combination has cured the mysterious print failures (that started an hour after running perfect test prints) thta were probably due to using "the wrong sort of rubbing alcohol" on the 3M Buildtak that quietly lost its magic and refused to take prints. Don't let me get started on the nightmarish removal of the nastily adhesive Buildtak!
Horrible stuff to remove.

The good news is that 3D Lac restored the Buildtak surface - but only briefly, since we had a shiny new borosilicate glass kit to install,
and the combination has worked flawlessly. To release the print, it is advisable to wait until the bed and the print have cooled to help release it - this works very well, but it takes time. So we have invested in another glass bed plate, so that one can be cooling as the other is printing.

If you are new to printing on glass - it is truly wonderful how glossy the bottom can be with a little tweakage. Top quality, and the 3D Lac spray does not leave the streaks we experienced with Pritt Stick.

Despite some long-ish 'production' runs of small musical instrument parts, and some even longer iterative improvements to new designs as I wrestle happily with OpenSCAD, it seems that we still have about a third of a can left, many months after getting it. You really don't need to use a lot of this spray.

In summary, this does the job on a glass surface, or helps to restore a knackered Buildtak surface very well.

Recommended!


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