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Old 08-06-2010, 05:47 AM
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This is a project that involves more than just the lighting. I acquired this Rascal through a trade with an old friend and found the airframe to have many problems and was badly built (it had been given to my friend and he never had any interest in it). Long story short, after correcting several alignment issues the front wing plug-in separated. This was in the air going into a rudder roll and it crashed with fairly minor damage as a nice soft pine broke the fall. After the crash I decided to fully refurbish the airframe and sure things up nose to tail, and while doing so, to light it for night flying. The result is below. I plan to get it covered this weekend and get it back in the air.

I used a Lumifly system from Hobbyking and several custom extensions. The airframe still balances easily with out any lead, though I am not sure how much weight was added, I will weigh it once covered and fully flight ready. Let me know what you think.
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Old 08-06-2010, 02:55 PM
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Nice job with the rebuild and lights that will look sharp. Are you going to cover the wing panels in different colors to make it easy to distinguish the orientation of the plane?
Nice work Ace looking forward to the pics of the finished plane.

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Old 08-06-2010, 03:22 PM
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I have considered doing different colors on the wing panels, but not sure if I would like how it looked in the day time. I also consider putting a piece of another colored transparent film over the LED in each tip. What I learned flying these lights on the SS is that as long as the outline of the airframe is illuminated, colors for orientation are not needed, though it certainly would not hurt.

I was going to do the typical Rascal scheme in cream and orange, but the UC transparent orange is quite light and nearly yellow off the roll. I won't know for sure until I get it on the wing if that's what I will stick with.
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Old 08-06-2010, 04:12 PM
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I never had a night flyer outlined with lights, but thinking back to videos with the planes outlined in lights ya orientation is not a problem.

I only have a SC with the ring finger lights on it these are setup so I know what ends is coming and going.
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Old 08-07-2010, 02:18 AM
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Awesome!
I love Rascals. I've got the big 110 (glow powered) and I just picked up a Rascal 40 arf that has a .40, but I'm converting it to electric.

Will be watching this thread!
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Old 08-07-2010, 06:38 AM
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I'd love to have the Rascal 110, but cannot justify the space or the $$.

I got the fuse about 90% complete tonight, just need to do the trim on the tail and get some black and possibly green pinstripe to finish off the classic Cream and Orange scheme. I'll post pics once it's done.
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Old 08-07-2010, 04:23 PM
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I'd be interested in seeing a in-flight video... great airframe selection for night flying
docile and slow.... makes for easier maneuvering and orientation in the dark. i've never seen anyone do an entire plane in a single color light set-up.
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Old 08-07-2010, 05:22 PM
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Both the transparent SIG scheme and the flight characteristics are what inspired me to do the lights in this one. Once the sun goes down and the wind dies, I need nothing more than a relaxing little floater to make me happy.

The covering job is complete, just need to run to the LHS to get the pinstripe trim tape, and I can button this project up.
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Old 08-09-2010, 07:01 AM
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I will need to order the pinstripe, but I have it all complete aside from that. Took it out and maidened the rebuilt Rascal this evening and did a little night flying as well. It looks great in the air and everything is well lit and orientation is not anymore of a problem than on any other night flyer. I need to sort out a few little issues with ground handling, loves to ground loop unless the right amount of rudder is applied just as the tail leave the ground. Once in the air it only needed a tiny bit of right and up trim to fly level and straight at half throttle. The final wight is about 3 or 4 ounces heavier that specified. But this is with a 2200mah 3s pack AND a 600mah 2s pack (for the lights), as well as the lighting and an ounce of lead in the nose to balance... Not too bad! The weight doesn't seem to affect it much in the air, or on take off roll. A few daytime flights and I should have everything sorted out. Tonight I have installed the windows, once those are dried in place I'll get some pics. AND As soon as the handling issues are sorted I also plan to get a video of some night flight.
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Old 08-10-2010, 12:19 AM
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can't wait to see the vids. great looking plane!
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Old 08-10-2010, 12:31 AM
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Ace go to your auto parts store you can get pin striping cheaper there and it works just the same. I bought Black pin striping for a tele master and it stuck like crazy.

looking forward myself to seeing this plane all dressed up and the lights glowing.
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Old 08-10-2010, 12:45 AM
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great idea gramps!! if you can avoid the 50% hobby mark-up then do it!!!
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Old 08-10-2010, 01:33 AM
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Already tried the vinyl auto pinstriping, it would not stick well to the Ultracote in a tight radius and would pull itself up.
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Old 08-10-2010, 06:45 PM
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Just thought I would update with some pics... It's been too windy to do any more daytime flights for trouble shooting and to fine tune flight trimming.
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That looks great Ace I like the colors.
You won't have a problem with the orientation that is bright and nice landing light to.
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Old 08-10-2010, 08:51 PM
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Originally Posted by gramps2161 View Post
That looks great Ace I like the colors.
You won't have a problem with the orientation that is bright and nice landing light to.
The landing lights were the easiest part. One facing forward in the nose and one shining down illuminating the gear. When the plane gets within 5 feet on approach, the runway becomes illuminated by these lights and makes for nice landings. One thing that helps here in Northeast Florida is the humidity. Once the sun goes down and the cooler air comes in, there is a nice light fog. This creates a ghostly ball of light around the plane, really neat to see.
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Awesome!
I'm tempted to do that with my Rascal 40.
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Old 08-14-2010, 05:07 PM
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Got in a few early morning flights today and put it through the wringer. I had been waiting to do some daytime set-up flights before putting it through the paces, and finally had my chance this morning. The Rascal can do nice gentle 3CH aerobatics, but with a hot throttle, it will scoot around pretty quick on the brushless set-up and gets pretty snappy. All the trims are about as fine tuned as I can get them but it still climbs a bit too much @ WOT so I do need to adjust the thrust angle. All in all I a happy with the finish rebuilt Rascal.
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Old 08-20-2010, 02:35 AM
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o.k. where's the video??
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Old 08-20-2010, 02:39 AM
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Once I get it all sorted out I'll gladly get some video. For now, I am still playing around with the thrust angle and need to check the incidence on the main wing to stop the climbing issue.
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wow, that yeller rascal is great!
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Old 09-02-2010, 04:50 AM
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Well, I fixed the climbing issue nearly a week ago.... Now if it would just stop raining when I have a chance to fly! Hoping to get a video soon.
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Old 09-02-2010, 06:51 AM
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BEAUTIFUL plane! I LOVE rascals, and thats one I would be REALLY proud of!

it makes me wanna buy the sig rascal kit

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Old 09-02-2010, 02:02 PM
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Wow, I should get a commission from SIG.
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Old 09-02-2010, 02:22 PM
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I talked to Sig they say as soon as you post the flight video showing the Rascal lit up in the night sky they might consider a commission.

The key word is "might".
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