Top #43 “Firefly”

Houston, we have a problem

6/29/18

Lets talk tungsten mini’s. Whats your preference?

as you go smaller, details gets much more difficult due to tool size when it comes to milling. This will definitely not be anything crazy in the milling department

Tungsten mini clarification video 😛 (click to watch on FB)

7/3/18

Tungsten mini update!

This is the basic start and we will see where it goes

super basic for now to get ratios then it will be time for a makeover 

but its tiny

.73”

First prototype op done

molded inserts for W make it look all sexy like

As we wait for the second machine to get tooled up, just a reminder…this is a process. The process starts by making a boring looking top to get the right ratios. Once I get the right feel and spin performance I will beautify it. Hang tight, I know you all gots tons and tons and tons of ideas but please just let the process flow and enjoy it 

aaaaaaaaaannnnnnnndddddd we’re off!

Turning done, now to mill

Little directional love

$125 range

I will more than likely make copper and brass variations that don’t cost as much

I will make both directions if I stick with the directional grip.

oh yeah, the bad news…I only have so much tungsten. I will make others out of copper and brass too. I also have a butt ton of tungsten copper in bigger diameter I might use for this too if there is enough interest. This top should be a fun little spinner!

I need time to prototype the next top so I am willing to make this top out of pretty much anything I have in stock.

it will end up the same size of .73″

I just meant I will turn it down. There will be some scrap but I have had this stuff for a few years

I have an idea for the grip and it is a crazy idea. I have no idea how it will even look so it probably wont work but I just got to try it. This will be “in addition to” what is already there. Could trick it out to something I would be proud to call a BilletSPIN!

dude I am in my element today 

I will do my best. I am confident it will perform. Looks will be the tough part. Its just so tiny lol

I am just happy I have all day tomorrow to contemplate changes. I should be able to come up with plenty of idea by thursday morning
I just tells yall whats on my mind at the time! Enjoy the ride 
we are getting close. Should have a proto in less than 2 hours…
I get crazy excited about this time. Once the proto is done then my head starts to hurt about how to make it look beautiful
We are at about 16 grams currently

I get way more rpm from smaller grips but I know I am in the minority.

I can’t spin most of the tops Gavin makes well because of the huge grips but everyone else loves them. I always make my tops with bigger grips than I prefer so they fit the majority better

I am getting 12-14 [minutes] on the prototypes but do not expect those times yourself. These are just proto’s and final version will be quite a bit different

Timing spin now. This is 5 minutes in

9 minutes in

12 minutes in

1st spin, no practice, not bad

How am I doing DrPhil Gandini? 16 gram top, almost 14 minute first spin. Making changes now, next one should be close to 1:1

I think I can get there without going with Mg or plastic for the core. My issue is the W wobble. I hate it and the more I lighten the core the more pronounced it will get

I could hit 16 minutes with a few practice spins but I like trying to do it dry. I am purposely not spinning the original just so I can see what the next iteration does dry

I am just shooting for 1:1 dry

Next proto is being made. You all enjoying the process? I know I am having fun! Still making changes to enhance performance as much as possible then we beautify.

Number 2 down to 15.5 grams

Number 3 live vid timed spin (click to watch on FB)

Ok last one! #4 live vid spin (click to watch on FB)

7/5/18

We might be there. (click to watch on FB)

Here are some better pics. Scale at home puts it at 16g. More info coming shortly!

OK all, here is the full spin vid of the BilletSPIN Firefly! One more video with full details coming later today.

Firefly video uploading to YT now. Hopefully you can finally see the grip design!

Some people…

Ok all here is the official Firefly video! Let me know if you got any questions!

7/6/18

Official BilletSPIN Firefly information post:

-.73″ in diameter

-16g

-1/8″ carbide bearing ball

-Spin times in excess of 10 minutes (I am getting 15-16)

-EXPECT FLUTTER!!! We will not refund due to flutter so see Full Spin Video Here (skip to 12 minutes to see flutter):

-$125 plus $5 domestic and $15 International shipping

-Directional grips!!! When looking down on the top as it is spinning, the direction it is spinning (clockwise or counter clockwise) will determine the grip you want. You will NOT be able to swap grips if you choose the wrong one!!!

-Both CW and CCW will be available on July 11th noon central www.billetspin.com and will be LIMITED! I am trying to get more material in and if successful this combo might be available again later but don’t count on it!! I make no promises

-This design will be available in a few weeks in different combo’s. The design will be altered slightly to accommodate. The directional grip will ONLY be available on the W/Al version.

-See informational video here:

Let me know if you have any questions!

One Firefly clarification. On the grip, there are 12 flutes. two point up, then 2 down, then two up, then two down. I made it sound like they changed direction each flute but its two at a time if that makes sense. Pics and vid is correct, just my wording was off. Sorry about that!

7/9/18

Firefly mini long spinner going live Wednesday noon central www.billetspin.com!! Shipping will now have a 2 week lead time due to unforeseen circumstances. Let me know if you have any questions!!

7/10/18

Firefly discussion live vid (click to watch on FB)

7/11/18

17 minutes!!!!

they are live

well over half sold out

Fun to watch!! Thanks all for the amazing support. Means a lot. We got all hands on deck to get these made so we can get them shipped out as soon as possible! Have a wonderful rest of your day, I love yooze 

7/12/18

Firefly update. Today was a good day. All aluminum stems are done. Shipping will begin on Monday 7/16 and should be done Tuesday. We are set-up and running titanium stems now and they are going well. I should have other material proto’s coming late tomorrow into middle of next week. Next release will happen on www.billetSPIN.com next friday (7/20) at noon central. Some will be unlimited and others will be limited to very limited depending on material supply. NO tungsten this release. There will be one more tungsten/aluminum release coming in a few weeks and it will be limited.

yooze want some pics of the titanium stem? Bodies won’t be started for a while

Here you go ti lovers

7/13/18

Check this out

Timing our first Copper/al proto. Weight is about the same. Outside Diameter went from .73″ to .9″ It feels GREAT to launch. Maybe I will start a live vid towards the end of the spin

ATTENTION: due to the results of in this vid, we will NOT be doing a cu/al Firefly. Instead we will be doing a WCu/al. I got 16:30 in this vid compared to 12 minuted for Cu/al so I am going with it instead. More details of all combos being released will come early next week. I will get you some pics today of this top next to the W/Al. Thanks and have a great day!

(click to watch on FB)

7/16/18

Well we ended up at 10 new combo’s for this thursdays firefly release. I will get pics and a vid up later today. Got a visitor coming and will head to the studio after that! I hope you like them, I think they turned out great!!

Ready to see the other 10…

7/17/18

2nd Official BilletSPIN Firefly release! July 19th at noon CDT www.billetspin.com
-.9″ in diameter
-1/8″ carbide bearing ball

This release will feature the following 10 combo’s:

1. Tungsten Copper/Aluminum $125 24g (unlimited over 24 hour sale)
2. Spirograph Dammy/Flamed Titanium $200 16g (45 available)
3. Twist Dammy/Zirc $200 18g (8 available)
4. Black Timascus/Zirc $250 14g (8 available)
5. Timascus/Flamed Titanium $230 12g (30 available)
6. All Zirc $175 16g (80 available)
7. Zirc/titanium $165 14g (15 available)
8. Flamed Titanium/titanium $165 11g (20 available)
9. Reptilian dammy/Timascus $300 17g (60 available)
10. All Stainless Steel $110 20g (unlimited over 24 hours sale)

Shipping will be $5 domestic and $15 International ($35 DHL) PER ORDER!! No limit on orders. Sale for each combo will be until sell out or 24 hours (whichever comes first). Shipping will have a 2 week lead time!

Let me know if you have any questions and have a great day,

Rich

7/18/18

Any questions about tomorrow’s firefly release? (click to watch in FB)

Looks like the Fireflys were a hit 🙂 I am so happy you are enjoying them. Very fun little top!

7/19/18

We got just over 3 hours until the next release of the Firefly! Strap in!! I am flaming some beautiful Black Timascus right now in celebration 

Any last minute questions? If not, here are my last words:

Good luck all!

Dont forget it is a 24 hour sale or until sell out. Still a ton of great combo’s left! THANK YOU all for the support. The firefly was a huge success and convinces me to make sure it is not our last mini. Have a wonderful day!!

Rich

7/20/18

Heads up! Firefly sale ends today noon central. Last chance  Thanks again for the tremendous support and I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

7/27/18

Firefly update: Machining is going well. We should start shipping Wednesday of next week and should be finished on Thursday. The last release will be of the W/al (same as first release) on August 3rd at noon central www.billetspin.com. We will have around 60 available. These are made so they will ship on the following Monday! Let me know if you have any questions!

Rich

8/3/18

Update! All firefly orders have shipped. The next/last release will be of the W/Al Firefly and it is identical to the ones from the first release. These will be in the CW and CCW grips. They will go up on www.billetspin.com on 8/7 at noon central. Price will be $125 plus shipping. These are already made and once gone, they are gone for good. As with any design, we make a few extras for customer service reasons so you might see a few pop in a year from now.

We are currently working on the Twist Damascus Whistle bodies. These will be available later next week. I will get pics and more details on Monday.

I have started designing the next top! The tentative plan is to have it ready for the USN show in Vegas. I am not sure how I will unveil it or sell it. This will be a more complex 3-5pc top and around 1.25″ in diameter. We will be using exotics. I have no idea on anymore details as the designing has just begun.

The big/low CG top will happen but is on the back burner for now. I have no idea at this point when it will be made.

Let me know if you have any questions!

Rich

8/6/18

ll, here is the full spin vid of the BilletSPIN Firefly! One more video with full details coming later today.

Firefly video uploading to YT now. Hopefully you can finally see the grip design!

Some people…

Ok all here is the official Firefly video! Let me know if you got any questions!

7/6/18

Official BilletSPIN Firefly information post:

-.73″ in diameter

-16g

-1/8″ carbide bearing ball

-Spin times in excess of 10 minutes (I am getting 15-16)

-EXPECT FLUTTER!!! We will not refund due to flutter so see Full Spin Video Here (skip to 12 minutes to see flutter):

-$125 plus $5 domestic and $15 International shipping

-Directional grips!!! When looking down on the top as it is spinning, the direction it is spinning (clockwise or counter clockwise) will determine the grip you want. You will NOT be able to swap grips if you choose the wrong one!!!

-Both CW and CCW will be available on July 11th noon central www.billetspin.com and will be LIMITED! I am trying to get more material in and if successful this combo might be available again later but don’t count on it!! I make no promises

-This design will be available in a few weeks in different combo’s. The design will be altered slightly to accommodate. The directional grip will ONLY be available on the W/Al version.

-See informational video here:

Let me know if you have any questions!

One Firefly clarification. On the grip, there are 12 flutes. two point up, then 2 down, then two up, then two down. I made it sound like they changed direction each flute but its two at a time if that makes sense. Pics and vid is correct, just my wording was off. Sorry about that!

7/9/18

Firefly mini long spinner going live Wednesday noon central www.billetspin.com!! Shipping will now have a 2 week lead time due to unforeseen circumstances. Let me know if you have any questions!!

7/10/18

Firefly discussion live vid (click to watch on FB)

7/11/18

17 minutes!!!!

they are live

well over half sold out

Fun to watch!! Thanks all for the amazing support. Means a lot. We got all hands on deck to get these made so we can get them shipped out as soon as possible! Have a wonderful rest of your day, I love yooze 

7/12/18

Firefly update. Today was a good day. All aluminum stems are done. Shipping will begin on Monday 7/16 and should be done Tuesday. We are set-up and running titanium stems now and they are going well. I should have other material proto’s coming late tomorrow into middle of next week. Next release will happen on www.billetSPIN.com next friday (7/20) at noon central. Some will be unlimited and others will be limited to very limited depending on material supply. NO tungsten this release. There will be one more tungsten/aluminum release coming in a few weeks and it will be limited.

yooze want some pics of the titanium stem? Bodies won’t be started for a while

Here you go ti lovers

7/13/18

Check this out

Timing our first Copper/al proto. Weight is about the same. Outside Diameter went from .73″ to .9″ It feels GREAT to launch. Maybe I will start a live vid towards the end of the spin

ATTENTION: due to the results of in this vid, we will NOT be doing a cu/al Firefly. Instead we will be doing a WCu/al. I got 16:30 in this vid compared to 12 minuted for Cu/al so I am going with it instead. More details of all combos being released will come early next week. I will get you some pics today of this top next to the W/Al. Thanks and have a great day!

(click to watch on FB)

7/16/18

Well we ended up at 10 new combo’s for this thursdays firefly release. I will get pics and a vid up later today. Got a visitor coming and will head to the studio after that! I hope you like them, I think they turned out great!!

Ready to see the other 10…

7/17/18

2nd Official BilletSPIN Firefly release! July 19th at noon CDT www.billetspin.com
-.9″ in diameter
-1/8″ carbide bearing ball

This release will feature the following 10 combo’s:

1. Tungsten Copper/Aluminum $125 24g (unlimited over 24 hour sale)

2. Spirograph Dammy/Flamed Titanium $200 16g (45 available)

3. Twist Dammy/Zirc $200 18g (8 available)

4. Black Timascus/Zirc $250 14g (8 available)

5. Timascus/Flamed Titanium $230 12g (30 available)

6. All Zirc $175 16g (80 available)

7. Zirc/titanium $165 14g (15 available)

8. Flamed Titanium/titanium $165 11g (20 available)

9. Reptilian dammy/Timascus $300 17g (60 available)

10. All Stainless Steel $110 20g (unlimited over 24 hours sale)

Shipping will be $5 domestic and $15 International ($35 DHL) PER ORDER!! No limit on orders. Sale for each combo will be until sell out or 24 hours (whichever comes first). Shipping will have a 2 week lead time!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvNzMfHfAPE

Let me know if you have any questions and have a great day,

Rich

OK all, here is the full spin vid of the BilletSPIN Firefly! One more video with full details coming later today.

Firefly video uploading to YT now. Hopefully you can finally see the grip design!

Some people…

Ok all here is the official Firefly video! Let me know if you got any questions!

7/6/18

Official BilletSPIN Firefly information post:

-.73″ in diameter

-16g

-1/8″ carbide bearing ball

-Spin times in excess of 10 minutes (I am getting 15-16)

-EXPECT FLUTTER!!! We will not refund due to flutter so see Full Spin Video Here (skip to 12 minutes to see flutter):

-$125 plus $5 domestic and $15 International shipping

-Directional grips!!! When looking down on the top as it is spinning, the direction it is spinning (clockwise or counter clockwise) will determine the grip you want. You will NOT be able to swap grips if you choose the wrong one!!!

-Both CW and CCW will be available on July 11th noon central www.billetspin.com and will be LIMITED! I am trying to get more material in and if successful this combo might be available again later but don’t count on it!! I make no promises

-This design will be available in a few weeks in different combo’s. The design will be altered slightly to accommodate. The directional grip will ONLY be available on the W/Al version.

-See informational video here:

Let me know if you have any questions!

One Firefly clarification. On the grip, there are 12 flutes. two point up, then 2 down, then two up, then two down. I made it sound like they changed direction each flute but its two at a time if that makes sense. Pics and vid is correct, just my wording was off. Sorry about that!

7/9/18

Firefly mini long spinner going live Wednesday noon central www.billetspin.com!! Shipping will now have a 2 week lead time due to unforeseen circumstances. Let me know if you have any questions!!

7/10/18

Firefly discussion live vid (click to watch on FB)

7/11/18

17 minutes!!!!

they are live

well over half sold out

Fun to watch!! Thanks all for the amazing support. Means a lot. We got all hands on deck to get these made so we can get them shipped out as soon as possible! Have a wonderful rest of your day, I love yooze 

7/12/18

Firefly update. Today was a good day. All aluminum stems are done. Shipping will begin on Monday 7/16 and should be done Tuesday. We are set-up and running titanium stems now and they are going well. I should have other material proto’s coming late tomorrow into middle of next week. Next release will happen on www.billetSPIN.com next friday (7/20) at noon central. Some will be unlimited and others will be limited to very limited depending on material supply. NO tungsten this release. There will be one more tungsten/aluminum release coming in a few weeks and it will be limited.

yooze want some pics of the titanium stem? Bodies won’t be started for a while

Here you go ti lovers

7/13/18

Check this out

Timing our first Copper/al proto. Weight is about the same. Outside Diameter went from .73″ to .9″ It feels GREAT to launch. Maybe I will start a live vid towards the end of the spin

ATTENTION: due to the results of in this vid, we will NOT be doing a cu/al Firefly. Instead we will be doing a WCu/al. I got 16:30 in this vid compared to 12 minuted for Cu/al so I am going with it instead. More details of all combos being released will come early next week. I will get you some pics today of this top next to the W/Al. Thanks and have a great day!

(click to watch on FB)

7/16/18

Well we ended up at 10 new combo’s for this thursdays firefly release. I will get pics and a vid up later today. Got a visitor coming and will head to the studio after that! I hope you like them, I think they turned out great!!

Ready to see the other 10…

7/17/18

2nd Official BilletSPIN Firefly release! July 19th at noon CDT www.billetspin.com
-.9″ in diameter
-1/8″ carbide bearing ball

This release will feature the following 10 combo’s:

1. Tungsten Copper/Aluminum $125 24g (unlimited over 24 hour sale)

2. Spirograph Dammy/Flamed Titanium $200 16g (45 available)

3. Twist Dammy/Zirc $200 18g (8 available)

4. Black Timascus/Zirc $250 14g (8 available)

5. Timascus/Flamed Titanium $230 12g (30 available)

6. All Zirc $175 16g (80 available)

7. Zirc/titanium $165 14g (15 available)

8. Flamed Titanium/titanium $165 11g (20 available)

9. Reptilian dammy/Timascus $300 17g (60 available)

10. All Stainless Steel $110 20g (unlimited over 24 hours sale)

Shipping will be $5 domestic and $15 International ($35 DHL) PER ORDER!! No limit on orders. Sale for each combo will be until sell out or 24 hours (whichever comes first). Shipping will have a 2 week lead time!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvNzMfHfAPE

Let me know if you have any questions and have a great day,

Rich

7/18/18

Any questions about tomorrow’s firefly release? (click to watch in FB)

Looks like the Fireflys were a hit 🙂 I am so happy you are enjoying them. Very fun little top!

7/19/18

We got just over 3 hours until the next release of the Firefly! Strap in!! I am flaming some beautiful Black Timascus right now in celebration 

Any last minute questions? If not, here are my last words:

Good luck all!

Dont forget it is a 24 hour sale or until sell out. Still a ton of great combo’s left! THANK YOU all for the support. The firefly was a huge success and convinces me to make sure it is not our last mini. Have a wonderful day!!

Rich

7/20/18

Heads up! Firefly sale ends today noon central. Last chance  Thanks again for the tremendous support and I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

7/27/18

Update! All firefly orders have shipped. The next/last release will be of the W/Al Firefly and it is identical to the ones from the first release. These will be in the CW and CCW grips. They will go up on www.billetspin.com on 8/7 at noon central. Price will be $125 plus shipping. These are already made and once gone, they are gone for good. As with any design, we make a few extras for customer service reasons so you might see a few pop in a year from now.

We are currently working on the Twist Damascus Whistle bodies. These will be available later next week. I will get pics and more details on Monday.

I have started designing the next top! The tentative plan is to have it ready for the USN show in Vegas. I am not sure how I will unveil it or sell it. This will be a more complex 3-5pc top and around 1.25″ in diameter. We will be using exotics. I have no idea on anymore details as the designing has just begun.

The big/low CG top will happen but is on the back burner for now. I have no idea at this point when it will be made.

Let me know if you have any questions!

Rich

8/6/18

Official BilletSPIN Firefly information post:

This is the last release of the Firefly!

-.73″ in diameter

-16g

-1/8″ carbide bearing ball

-Spin times in excess of 10 minutes (I am getting 15-16)

-EXPECT FLUTTER!!! We will not refund due to flutter so see Full Spin Video Here (skip to 12 minutes to see flutter):

-$125 plus $5 domestic and $15 International shipping (DHL will be an option)

-Directional grips!!! When looking down on the top as it is spinning, the direction it is spinning (clockwise or counter clockwise) will determine the grip you want. You will NOT be able to swap grips if you choose the wrong one!!!

-Both CW and CCW will be available on August 7th noon central www.billetspin.com

-There are 45 Clockwise and 15 Counter Clockwise available. Once they are sold out, they are gone for good. First come first serve, no limit on orders. Since these are made already, shipping will start the day after the sale.

Let me know if you have any questions!

8/7/18

Fireflies…get your fireflies…noon today…fireflies….

You got a few minutes before the last and final Firefly release

Firefly, Dammy whistle, fun stuff (click to watch in FB)

 

 

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