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Old Dec 18, 2013, 10:15 PM
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NIGHT FLYING LIGHTS (for micros) review

I just got a set of lights from TACKTHEKAK from RCGROUPS. He makes a great set of lights for your micro rc planes. I decided to install them on my micro T-28 Trojan. They can be found on ebay at http://www.ebay.com/itm/Micro-RC-Air.../251405039704?.
He has them in white, blue and pink and they can be purchased in many color combinations. I went with blue and pink.
Install requires some soldering but its only two wires and they are marked for polarity. The lights get mounted with a small drop of hot glue to the wing tips.
This allows them to shine on the plane for easy night flying.
The leds are plenty bright and don't seem to diminish the flight time by much.

Here are some pics.
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Old Dec 18, 2013, 10:16 PM
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night lights

Here is a quick video of the lights.
I will get another one when the weather improves.
micro rc airplane lights on a micro t-28 trojan (1 min 59 sec)
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Old Dec 18, 2013, 10:27 PM
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Overall impression

The light kit was easy to install but you must be able to solder. If you can not solder find someone who can give you a hand.

The light kit will work better in my opinion on a plane with landing gear. Landing gear will protect the lights from hitting the ground which can happen on belly landers. Good news is that you can just reheat the hot glue and reattach it.

The spotlight method of lighting the plane looks great and is easy to see at night.

The micro T-28 was able to fit back in the box without modification to the box for easy storage.

I really enjoy these cool lights and cant wait till the wind dies down. With it getting dark earlier this is just what the Dr. ordered.

Please feel free to ask any questions.
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Old Dec 19, 2013, 06:23 AM
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Why not turn them 90 degrees to horizontal instead of vertical and put on top of wing. Let both point toward the fuse. Less problem with landing that way. Pretty neat though.
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Old Dec 19, 2013, 07:09 AM
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Why not turn them 90 degrees to horizontal instead of vertical and put on top of wing. Let both point toward the fuse. Less problem with landing that way. Pretty neat though.
That wouldn't allow you to differentiate top from bottom.

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Old Dec 19, 2013, 08:47 PM
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Thanks for the review rcrich, great job. I thought I'd add a few videos. My camera doesn't really show how well the lights light up my planes, but you get the idea. I flew my champ a few hundred feet in the air and maintained orientation just fine. Take a look...


CHAMP LIGHTS micro airplane night flying lights (2 min 23 sec)
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Old Dec 19, 2013, 08:53 PM
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CHAMP LIGHTS micro airplane night flying lights (2 min 31 sec)
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Old Dec 20, 2013, 04:16 PM
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Looking cool. Do you have a dropping resistor in series with the LEDs or are you running them at full voltage?
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Old Dec 20, 2013, 04:41 PM
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They ARE power regulated. If I ran them at full voltage they would probably burn up on the first flight
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Old Dec 24, 2013, 01:41 AM
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pretty cool tip. makes the plane look nice.
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Old Dec 24, 2013, 02:02 PM
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It's great to have a nice little night flyer for the front yard.
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Old Dec 27, 2013, 02:18 PM
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Another review

I ordered a set of pink/blue lights for my T-28 Trojan. When the package arrived, I was very impressed with the set. It's well made, all wires marked well, and instructions were straightforward.

I installed them at a slight angle so that there would be less resistance if the wingtip hit the ground while landing.

It's pretty breezy now, but if the winds calm down at dusk, I'm going to give it a fly.


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Old Dec 27, 2013, 06:49 PM
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Let us know when you try it.
I love mine with the lights.
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Old Dec 27, 2013, 07:03 PM
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Let us know when you try it.
I love mine with the lights.
Will do. I had the T-28 out tonight right before it got dark. I hand launched it and as soon as I gave it throttle, it shot straight up. I recently rebuilt it and didn't put enough downthrust into the motor/prop. I went home, fixed it, but then got called out to work. I'll try again tomorrow night.
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Old Dec 29, 2013, 07:24 AM
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Just a quick update on the lights. I went to a local baseball field yesterday morning at dawn. By the time I got there, it was pretty much light so I was not flying by lights alone. The one thing I will say is that the system is VERY durable. Since I fly without landing gear, I thought that after a few landings the lights would pull off of the wingtips. They did not. I landed at least 20 times in the cold frozen grass and the lights are still intact.

I can't wait to try them out in full darkness.
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