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Old 03-17-2011, 01:11 AM   #1
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We went out in the pitch black over the field and my m8 Paul launched his flying wing, now with the hobbyking strip lights, powered from the balancing cables from the lipo. great fun!!

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Old 03-17-2011, 01:20 AM   #2
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We went out in the pitch black over the field and my m8 Paul launched his flying wing, now with the hobbyking strip lights, powered from the balancing cables from the lipo. great fun!!
Hi Hoody
Very cool great video
Thanks ever so much for sharing that with us
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Old 03-17-2011, 02:17 AM   #3
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NICE!!!
I love night flying, I toss my led equipt Champ up, every chance I get...

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Old 03-17-2011, 11:49 PM   #4
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Yep that's nightflying!!! great flying wing!!!

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Old 03-25-2011, 06:24 PM   #5
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Looks neat. I am definitely going to build a night flyer or two this year.

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Old 03-26-2011, 12:29 AM   #6
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my nightflying poem>>>LOL!!

just as the sky goes twilight,
1/2 dark and 1/2 light,
and the clouds turn pink then red,
IT'S TIME TO BOOGIE,
TO CHASE THE DEVIL INTO THE FLAMES,
TO FLY INTO THE BLACKNESS,
AND FLY BACK OUT AGAIN!!!
YEEE HAAA!!!

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Old 04-12-2011, 05:31 AM   #7
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Do you like the HK leds?
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Old 04-12-2011, 11:38 PM   #8
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flyboy,
the hk lights are perfect for nightflying. easy to install and power w/ a 3cell lipo.
the solid lights on this one are hobby king.

http://youtu.be/x5cWBlyK8k4

and all the lights on this one are hk

http://youtu.be/z5a-qrPDTgI

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Old 04-12-2011, 11:41 PM   #9
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Thats Neet That Flying ORB looked to Be Controled By Aliens LOL, Take care, Chellie

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Old 04-13-2011, 01:42 AM   #10
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how bout some afterburners on my f-18??? i did these in an hour. easy as can be, and after i add the final touches it will be a fun flying lil' e.d.f. (i know it's not a nightflyer, but it has lights on it...)


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Old 04-13-2011, 03:05 AM   #11
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Any tips for a Beginning night flier? I will be lighting up the radian.
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Old 04-13-2011, 03:24 AM   #12
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Originally Posted by flyboy_fx View Post
Any tips for a Beginning night flier? I will be lighting up the radian.
Use red on the left , green on the right and white on the bottom & back this will help you tell where it at and which way she's go'in,,I fly farther away at night than in the daytime as I can "see the light" at night better than the plane in the the daylight without orientation issues at all,
Have Fun!!!!!!!!!!!!! bubsteve

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Old 04-13-2011, 03:35 AM   #13
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Do you think 1 strip/meter per wing is enough?
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Old 04-13-2011, 03:48 AM   #14
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yes and theres two strips in the white but get two packs as there shorter (10 per),
run the color ones off your three-cell and the whites off your RX (4.5 V), you don't have to but use'in 15ohm resisters on the white light's from your RX will make um run cool and you can run two together if you want, or just plug um in and go!, do use a UBEC to keep from overload'in your ESC's- BEC, bubsteve

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Old 04-13-2011, 07:07 AM   #15
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What I was going to do is just wire up all the colors right into a 3s lipo.
Here is just a ruff idea.





Later I might add a brushed ESC to the mix.

I plan on outlining the bottom left wing in green (2mtrs) and the bottom right in red. (also 2mtrs)

The top wings will get a zig zag blue leds. As for the rear, probably just blue down the fuse and green or red on the Stabs. I don't want any white on this one. Maybe next one. Plus, I would want resistors on the white as they seam like they will be bright.
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Old 04-14-2011, 12:02 AM   #16
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my only advise would be.. don't think it to death, ENJOY IT!! do your first flight just BEFORE twilight, just to boost your confidence. then when it's totally dark, your in the groove and flying smooth. i can't wait for it to get warmer here. If possible post vids so we all can check it out.

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Old 04-14-2011, 12:14 AM   #17
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I will do, I take the enjoyment out sometimes because I over think stuff. :| You my friend, have given me the best advice all week.
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Old 04-14-2011, 12:50 AM   #18
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one of the personality traits most associated with r/c pilots is ....
we are tend to over think things. An old friend, fellow pilot and mentor used to say
"the plane knows how to fly,
the only thing that can mess up this flight is YOU...
now lets go fly." lol!!!

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Old 04-16-2011, 06:49 PM   #19
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the nightflying season begins!!!! here's a pic of 3 of us freezin our buttz off last night but having a ton of fun!!!!!


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Old 04-16-2011, 09:01 PM   #20
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I just can't wait to join the ranks of night fliers!!!

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how soon til your airborne???

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Old 04-17-2011, 01:38 AM   #22
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As soon as I get some money for the lights.
Birthday is coming soon so I'm sure I'll run into some soon.

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Flyboy, I see you are in NC, my club is in Mooresville and we are having a fly-in on June 25th and plan on having night flying, love for you to come out and join us if your Radian is all ready then. I am new to night flying as well, so far only a Stryker is lit up.
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I have been using the HK light strips for a couple years now and they have been alot of fun to play with. My buddies have finally built SlowSticks and we had a build day recently where we added lights to all of them. Now we get together about every couple weeks for a night flying session which draws a good crowd of fliers and spectators.

Using a 3 cell battery they are very bright and can be seen for a couple miles around. I have specked mine to about 1000'+ and had no problems with orientation. You can clearly see them in the daylight too.

I recently scratchbuilt a Mig15 which I added some red and yellow LEDs to the interior of the tail area which lights up at about 3/4 throttle in the form of afterburners. I used a brushed esc and mixed the channel with the throttle channel. This I fly just before the sun goes down and it looks really great. Then I pull out the SlowStick for some evening flying. I posted some videos on how to hook up the LEDs with a brushed esc on youtube. Its under the name of fifteenmile. I learned how to do this off of the internet, and is very easy to do.

Here is a pic from out last night flying session. 5 Slowsitcks and 1 wing. The slowstick on the bottom right has bulb type LEDs which are powered by the RX. The kit was bought from Canuck Engineering.

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there's a bunch of night flyin nutjobs!!!! GREAT PIC!!

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