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Old Aug 08, 2011, 01:19 PM
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Night Flying at NEAT!!!

It's amazing - when I first start flying at night at NEAT '03 there really wasn't that many of us, and we were seen as something new. Mostly slow-flyers, it was a pretty relaxing way to get in a few extra hours of flying. Flash-forward to last summer's excellent event, and I'd swear the air was even more crowded after hours than during the show's "official" time. The variety and types of planes and styles of flying covered the entire gambit of RC planes. And bright - I needed my sunglasses for some of the planes up there. I had to retire my original '03 MM Duskstik as I couldn't make it out in the crowd, and that was with an LED upgrade a few years ago I think Tom's Saturday night "slowfly" contest really helped to bring a lot of folks into the fold, and that encouraged others to join the fun (and laughs!).

So, who's in for some after hours flying this year? I'll have my SA SHAFT again this year - I'll see if I have time to do some new programming for the Dimension Engineering controller. I'll also have my upgraded 3D Delta, which I built at NEAT last year but only flew with limited results in the Saturday night contest. After adding a bigger motor and folding prop, and laterally balancing the plane, she's now an awesome flyer, and will be ready for Saturday night's fur ball

So, what'cha got???

Rob
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Old Aug 08, 2011, 02:25 PM
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The night flying was some of the best time at my first NEAT last year.

I plan on upgrading my night fleet this year.

For sure I'll have a decked out Nutball with a theme I'm stealing from Dan @ LazerToyz.

I plan on having a Popwing decked out for some night time fun.

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Old Aug 08, 2011, 06:58 PM
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and we were seen as something new. Mostly slow-flyers, it was a pretty relaxing way to get in a few extra hours of flying.

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Old Aug 09, 2011, 07:56 PM
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Flying jellyfish?

Is there a common theme this year like the night flying jellyfish that were so interesting last year or does anyone else have ideas???
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Old Aug 12, 2011, 12:34 PM
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Hopefully Breck will be back from Burning Man with his Night Flying Sperm....
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Old Aug 12, 2011, 08:57 PM
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I just got a new box of birthday candles to stick on the wing of my P-47 so I can fly her at night.
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Old Aug 13, 2011, 06:56 AM
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I have a lazertoyz fenix 80 laying around and would like to put some lights on it. Do you guys have some pics of yours to see what works and to get some ideas. I will love to join that night battle.
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Old Aug 13, 2011, 07:43 AM
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I've done both ends of the spetrum. My first 2 night flyers had the MPI 8 LED light kit. My current one has 5 strips of the 12V LED strips for a total of 300 lights. Both work. The fenix is EPP right? My Miracle with the strip lights I wiped a 3M glue that's a lot like Goop where the lights would go. Seems to work fine.

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Old Aug 14, 2011, 07:56 PM
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Lazertoyz Lazers

We plan on having receiver ready Lazers lighted and ready to go- they will be $99 pre paid or $139 pick up at Neat- so if you don't have time, this will give you another chance to get into the night flying. This will be a limited supply- depending on how much time our builders have.
Call us or email us if you are interested.
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Old Aug 14, 2011, 08:08 PM
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If you buy it at Diane's booth you can build it at our tent... We plan on doing Fenix 80 combat(we will bring the build jigs) as well as Lazer night flying
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Old Aug 14, 2011, 08:21 PM
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night flying, zero munching mentor

I still have last years multiplex mentor, It has gotten even brighter rescently as I have added some lights to the top, of the wing, and I now need to place probably two or three meters more on it and I will call it good for this year, I flew it last night at the IMAA meet in binghamton and used to to do some deer jacking over by the corn field. critters dont know what to make of it, and thats the way I like it
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Old Aug 15, 2011, 12:59 PM
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Do you guys have some pics of yours to see what works and to get some ideas. I will love to join that night battle.
Rich
My first airplane night flyer was a Fenix 120. It's a great night flyer, docile and predictable in the air. The thing that bothers me is that I get ~7 minutes of flight on a 1300mah battery with this many lights. I used to go 15+ on a 1000mah battery before the lights.

Who said anything about a night battle?
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Old Aug 15, 2011, 01:07 PM
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Here's a shot of my Miracle. On a 1300 I get 5 minutes with 300 lights. I need to put the whatmeter on and measure idle current.
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Old Aug 15, 2011, 01:40 PM
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If you can believe the stats, each meter long strip draws 400ma. I've never really checked mine though. I'm running 2.5M on my slow stick and after a 8 min flight put 650ma back into a 1300 pack motor is loafing though.

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Old Aug 15, 2011, 02:21 PM
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The Tri-copter uses a separate 500mah battery for the lights. I can fly three five minute flights on it without a problem. Maybe I just need separate packs for the lights on the Fenix? Then weight becomes a problem.
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