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Old Jun 25, 2011, 05:30 PM
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Old Timer Night Flier

My wife asked me to build a "night flier". I said sure dear, she told me what she was thinking about. She wanted me to build a plane with a bunch of lights on the plane so it would look cool in the night sky. I told her we could put lights in the plane's structure and cover it with clear Doculam. I guess a all stick built plane that would fly slow enough to be able do it at night.

What Old Timer all stick built designs would be the best?
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Old Jun 25, 2011, 06:01 PM
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Like you mentioned, low speed is probably desireable, i.e. the model should be large enough to cope with the extra weight of the light equipment without getting to fast.....

Here is a nice Lancer (72"), built over here last year....

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Old Jun 25, 2011, 06:05 PM
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My wife asked me to build a "night flier". I said sure dear, she told me what she was thinking about. She wanted me to build a plane with a bunch of lights on the plane so it would look cool in the night sky. I told her we could put lights in the plane's structure and cover it with clear Doculam. I guess a all stick built plane that would fly slow enough to be able do it at night.

What Old Timer all stick built designs would be the best?
thanks all

Scott
Scott i have done a fair bit of night flying.I would go for something like a lanzo bomber or quaker both are great flying models.The bomber being very stable.Which make a great light platform.I have just built a 40" Sal Tabi power house for my 9 Y/O son which we might put some lights in before we cover it.


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Old Jun 25, 2011, 06:15 PM
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Hi Shane, thanks for your opinion I am a real fan of the Quaker Flash About a 2m span.

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Old Jun 25, 2011, 06:19 PM
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Beautiful Lancer Gluehand, I just happen to have the Lancer plan all taped together ready to go.

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Old Jun 25, 2011, 07:33 PM
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I have an 84" Powerhouse which is receiving lights now. Hopefully will be ready soon.

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Old Jun 25, 2011, 09:38 PM
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Scott, Here's something to consider....

RC Radio Controlled Night flyer airplane LED flight Light ufo sccmas (3 min 12 sec)


It's a Lanzo Record Breaker from YouTube. Bright!!!
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Old Jun 25, 2011, 09:51 PM
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Thanks aeronca52. This is the video that my wife saw. And as a coincidence,in 1995-96, I used to be in the SCCMAS Tomcats r/c club, Gilroy,Ca.

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Old Jun 25, 2011, 10:10 PM
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Your wife watches airplane videos?
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Old Jun 26, 2011, 04:36 AM
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That is amazing! Does that much lighting draw a lot of juice from the battery, or is it neglible?

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Old Jun 26, 2011, 04:37 AM
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We fly night scrambles down here and that brings with it a variety of lighting options.

With the advent of LEDs and tiny batteries/controllers there's some cool light shows flying about. The basic crack, shake and glow tubes usually get a look in too.

No pictures to show though sadly.

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Old Jun 26, 2011, 05:17 AM
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That is amazing! Does that much lighting draw a lot of juice from the battery, or is it neglible?

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Hi Owl, this is what I am going to use:

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http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...idProduct=8942

http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...idProduct=8941

http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...idProduct=8944

http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...idProduct=7343


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Old Jun 26, 2011, 05:51 AM
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Interesting stuff - I assume the lipo is just for the lights?

This is actually a brilliant idea, seeing as old timers do so well in the relative calm at dusk

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Old Jun 26, 2011, 07:34 AM
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Build the quaker!
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Old Jun 26, 2011, 09:04 AM
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A build thread would be nice showing the LED installation, etc. Have fun, Scott!

Soft landings,

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