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mhrackin
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mhrackin   8/22/2014 4:25:57 PM
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Max: I myself hail from Yorkshire in the north (where the real men come from)

That explains a lot... including why the blog "The Coagulated & Curdled Custard of Despair" was written!   Oops, I'm confusing "custard" with "pudding..."

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DrQuine   8/22/2014 4:24:13 PM
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@Max The Magnificent It seemed to me the highest quality (even color) practical solution would be achieved by laser printing on glossy "HP photo paper" and then using double sided tape or glue to hold it on the plate. I believe there is enough space between the plate and the needle to allow the addition of a sheet of paper.

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Clive "Max" Maxfield   8/22/2014 4:17:29 PM
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@Steve: Yes I am and proud of it LOL

Hold hard old friend -- aren't you from the south of England? I myself hail from Yorkshire in the north (where the real men come from) LOL

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Steve Manley   8/22/2014 4:10:32 PM
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@Max & mhrackin: You did now -- Steve is the author of those 8x8x8 LED Cube columns -- but I'm afraid that -- like yours truly -- he hails from England

Yes I am and proud of it LOL

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mhrackin   8/22/2014 3:57:46 PM
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Surely "ink pen" isn't a common Anglicism.... although a lot of "Southern" tradition is drawn from Scots/Irish/English roots.

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Max The Magnificent   8/22/2014 3:52:58 PM
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@mhrackin: I never met anyone who said "ink pen" who didn't grow in te southern US.

You did now -- Steve is the author of those 8x8x8 LED Cube columns -- but I'm afraid that -- like yours truly -- he hails from England

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Wnderer   8/22/2014 3:45:34 PM
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Use PCB design software to create the new reticle and then get photoplots made. Use the old faceplate as the back for the new reticle. The pcb design software will allow you to make very accurate thin lines. If photoplots seem too expensive you can try printing on clear overlay material. If you think the reticle + overlay is too thick, you could paint the back of the reticle or find a different backing.

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mhrackin   8/22/2014 3:43:26 PM
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Steve, you HAVE to be a Southerner at heart! When I moved South about 40 years back, I quickly learned some of the secrets of "talkin' Suthrin."  #1: The law of the redundant adjective: always add an adjective before every noun.  Example: a writing instrument is NOT just "a pen"; it's an "ink pen" so as not to be confused with the "pig pen."  I never met anyone who said "ink pen" who didn't grow in te southern US.

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Clive "Max" Maxfield   8/22/2014 3:40:54 PM
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@mhrackin: You MUST get a computer-controlled high-powered laser to do this.

I resolved not to use any more computer-controlled high-powered lasers following ... the incident... (cue ominous music)

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Clive "Max" Maxfield   8/22/2014 3:38:26 PM
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@Steve: Could I suggest that you use the bigger meter for the minutes. Resolving 60 scale marks on a small dial might be difficult and most certainly harder to read.

Hmmm -- I may try experimenting with different layouts -- I'll have to think about this one...

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