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Old Aug 08, 2013, 08:12 AM
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Illuminated magnifiers

By which I mean this kind of thing

Can anybody who has real-world experience of using one of these please tell me what degree of magnification works best in practice for balsa modelling of the RC aircraft kind?
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Old Aug 08, 2013, 08:32 AM
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I've used them, but wasn't happy with them as I kept having to move the work and my head around to get a good line of sight.

What I've found much more useful are these:
http://www.harborfreight.com/magnifi...hts-38896.html

I have to admit I don't use the lights, though, as my workshop is very well lit. These have 4 levels of magnification (actually, 5 if I also wear my reading glasses), thanks to flip up/down internal lenses, plus the external single lens. Yes, they do look a bit odd - when I wore them and turned on the lights, the dog ran out of the room.

They're great for all fine work, plus they often get used for pulling splinters, etc. And, might I add, they're cheap!

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Old Aug 08, 2013, 08:35 AM
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I use one of those a lot when building electronics, particularly when fiddling with surface mount (SMD) stuff (e.g. making timers for indoor free flight models).

But I've never seen any need to use it with actual balsa modelling, certainly not relatively huge RC models. Sorry .

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Old Aug 08, 2013, 01:02 PM
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I've used them, but wasn't happy with them as I kept having to move the work and my head around to get a good line of sight.
Thanks Captain, I think you've nailed the potential problem there. I know from experience that those things are great for inspection work, but that's a whole different game to building balsa model aircraft!

Right ... Google and "headband magnifiers" here I come
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Old Aug 08, 2013, 01:07 PM
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Ditto on the above Frankly I've found that a small selection of 1$ store reading glasses works quite well. MUCH less cumbersome than those goofy Visor contraptions.
Hey! at $1 each, experiment as to the range of magnifications that are useful
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Old Aug 08, 2013, 03:25 PM
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the visor is great if you have prescription glasses.
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Old Aug 08, 2013, 05:24 PM
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Paid seventy dollars for one at Office depot, a piece of crap! Looked on their web site,
they don't show them anymore.

It has leds and when it is cool, they blink for ten minutes before coming on.


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Old Aug 08, 2013, 06:14 PM
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Paid seventy dollars for one at Office depot, a piece of crap! Looked on their web site,
they don't show them anymore.

It has leds and when it is cool, they blink for ten minutes before coming on.


Got one at harbor freight for dirt cheap that is okay, nice for when I need it, most of the time it stays at the side of my workbench.
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