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Posted by ckleanth | Oct 29, 2015 @ 08:36 AM | 2,163 Views
Recently I fitted night lights on my "to go" plane.

We don't get the aurora stuff in the UK plus it was cheaper to DYI a lighting system that It will do what I want.

I bought separate sfg's some time ago and because i didn't want to mess my "good ones" so the second pair is now the night flying /winter ones

I used 3W led 2.5v-3v. two LED in series two on top and two on the bottom on each wing sfg (8 LED total)

I still intend to fit green lights in the canopy (for orientation/looks cool)

I power the LED at 6v with a separate sbec & switch (power directly from rx battery, 1 channel from rx to enable remore on/off. You need to have common ground with rx if you will use a switch and a separate battery.

The LED's are effectively four pairs wired up directly at the 6v sbec/switch. If one pair heats up/ led burns then that pair is out of action. You still got light around the plane but if that happens you'd better be on your way to land

I originally run them straight from the 2s lipo for testing but they got really hot and cut off the power. At 6v regulated they work fine

At 5 minutes on 2s uses 110mah, they are cool to touch so.. all good

This is the first flight with them fitted so I was testing the waters and how much the plane characteristics have changed with the added weight.

20151026 EF Extra 300 EXP 48 RC Flight B 001 (4 min 52 sec)

components and schematic
ref my schematic you can move the small bec after...Continue Reading
Posted by ckleanth | Jul 26, 2015 @ 11:09 AM | 2,258 Views
I started this hobby when I was 14, found a high wing trainer (that had seen better days) at my grandad's that belonged to my uncle. I gave that model some love and attention and went with my uncle to fly it only to be smashed to bits by its owner. I then decided i was better off buying a dave brown sim, in which tought me orientation and gave me the basics to start flying. I started with glow trainers and a few low wing sports planes only to pause the hobby when i went to uni.

Life and family came first and it was only five years ago (2010) when I came back to the hobby. I bought an FMS corsair electric. Thinking "I know how to fly this will be easy"... yea right. I managed to get the thing on the ground ripping all landing gear from the fuse. it never flew again and I immediately grew a dislike for warplanes

I then bought a Top Gun Park Flite MX2 3D 1400mm EPO (HK also does it) this got flown once and my wife killed it (long story and to be fair she was heavily pregnant/hormonal etc)

I had a Top Gun Park Flite Stratus Trainer (motorized small glider thing that end up on a tree. I rang my local friendly firebrigade and they kindly offered to hose it down and obviously the plane came down in pieces. I decided not to stuck planes up on trees again...

I then started with cheap HK stuff as most and then realised I was wasting my money on HK planes. I bought an EF extra 48 which I smashed to bits, then an ADX which I smashed and bought another and together with...Continue Reading