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Old 01-15-2014, 01:43 PM   #1
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i am going to order some covering next week for a electricub that i plan on making a night flyer. i was wanting to know if normal colors will illuminate good enough or do i need transparent ones. also any suggestions on a color scheme i really don't want to go with the traditional yellow i want it to be unique. first model i am attempting to cover so nothing to crazy
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Hi what material is the plane made from, foam or balsa, reason I ask, is because you will need a low heat covering for foam, monokote is not a good choice for foam, the foam will melt, before the monokote shrinks and sticks on the foam.

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the EletriCub is built up balsa so Monokote is fine Chillie...

I find the opaque colors do well - sometimes the light better than transparent. With the more solid colors they "glow" more than just shine right through.

More lights is always better - and you need to select a lighter color. The dark ones have a good deal of color added and get very opaque.

I would consider using Nelson/Solite covering. It is lighter and has less pigment (to save weight) and lights have no issue going through those.

Good luck - and remember MORE lights than you think.
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the EletriCub is built up balsa so Monokote is fine Chillie...

I find the opaque colors do well - sometimes the light better than transparent. With the more solid colors they "glow" more than just shine right through.

More lights is always better - and you need to select a lighter color. The dark ones have a good deal of color added and get very opaque.

I would consider using Nelson/Solite covering. It is lighter and has less pigment (to save weight) and lights have no issue going through those.

Good luck - and remember MORE lights than you think.
While looking at build threads, I read that silver solite is a little transparent. I will find out for myself soon, being able to compare to ultralite silver.
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Yea silver is not a great choice but the Solite stuff is more than others.... It, the silver solite actually looks really good! But I would not choose it for lighting...

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Yea silver is not a great choice but the Solite stuff is more than others.... It, the silver solite actually looks really good! But I would not choose it for lighting...

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My issue is I do not want transparent, not planning to have a nightflying warbird. I want the solite for weight, but if it is too transparent I will have to skip it and go to ultrakote kote. Sorry I called it ultralite in the last post. If it is too transparent, then it would be great for illumination though.
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No the silver is very opaque.... You will like it...
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Yeah its balsa. The glow effect is more what I am looking for. My first thought was to go with transparent yellow with some clear sections but the more i pictured it the more blah it looked lol I don't want to see the lights or wires either.
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Yeah its balsa. The glow effect is more what I am looking for. My first thought was to go with transparent yellow with some clear sections but the more i pictured it the more blah it looked lol I don't want to see the lights or wires either.
To avoid seeing the lights or wires, keep them away from the surface, and use a thin coating, a little transparent, but not extremely transparent, the light should glow through it.
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Old 01-18-2014, 04:34 AM   #10
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okay i ordered white and orange as my colors. now i need some more white lights any suggestions on brands and types and where to get them? hobbyking is back ordered on the 2 wire ones that i already have some of. what is the difference in the 2 wire and the 4 wire/pin ones? also i would like to be able to switch them on with my tx what else do i need to make that happen?
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I would stick to having the lights going directly from the battery. I tried the rx as well, and it did not work. You lights have to be fairly low voltage to work well. What is this 4 wire/pin you speak of? For lights, you can look into Heads Up RC products.
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just tap it into a jst plug off of the esc/battery. leds pull next to no power compared to your motor. there's a local place called wasatch rc that sells a controller for the lights that you can turn on and off and even strobe the lights using a channel on your controller(such as a gear switch or flaps).

hobby king also sells something that looks identice to me.

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piper this is what i am talking about http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...een_Blue_.html


stacks the lights i have plug into the balance port on the battery. which controller are you referring to?
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http://www.wasatch-rc.com/

its called the basic blinker.

I have no idea what the difference is between 2 and 4 wire led's. it looks like 4 wires have several different colored leds and the two wire are only a single color. as long as you supply 12v's your fine

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they have just solid colors also. i just need a way to switch it on not really wanting blinking. is there a cheaper way?
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Originally Posted by rcers View Post
No the silver is very opaque.... You will like it...
Silver will show as grey when backlit. Silver is composed of fine metallic flakes which reflect light.

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Originally Posted by FlyWheel View Post
Silver will show as grey when backlit. Silver is composed of fine metallic flakes which reflect light.
I was replying to the post above it - the guy wanted a less see through covering.

So the silver Solite is NOT a good choice for inside lights. Sorry if I was not clear....
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ok i have been messing with some schemes trying to plan ahead lol here are a few. opinions on which looks best and which would be the easiest?
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