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Old Jul 01, 2001, 08:29 AM
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Night flying slowflyer

Has anyone made a lightweight lighting system for a slowflyer?

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Old Jul 01, 2001, 08:49 AM
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What about little glow sticks,taped on the wings or fus.I'm gonna try it once I get one of my slowflyers flying again.
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Old Jul 01, 2001, 09:10 AM
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At the Toledo show, RAM was showing off the prototype of their night flight system for slow/parkfliers. Might want to check them out. In fact, if you find that they have a website, let me know.
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Old Jul 01, 2001, 09:17 AM
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I flew my Pink Shadow with the little 1.5" glow sticks taped to the wings and vert. stab. Used different colors but the green seemed to show up the best. The weight is negligible. After I was done I gave the still glowing sticks to the kids to play with.

Keep 'em hummin'

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Old Jul 01, 2001, 09:38 AM
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As soon as I get my model built I'll be adding this to it .....
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Old Jul 01, 2001, 10:14 AM
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Have a look at Go to the Nightfly menu and select Construction Method. It works amazingly well, and it's lightweight. It could be made even lighter with a little thought.
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Old Jul 01, 2001, 10:54 AM
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Few months back there was an article in MA about using LEDs in wing compartments covered by see through plastic covering.
By using ribs and spars as color separators, interesting patterns could be made.
AMP draw on the LEDs was very low.
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Old Jul 01, 2001, 11:01 AM
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This is a method of night flying / lighting that works very well and is pratically fool proof. I took a 6" light stick, and started it glowing I poked a small hole into the bottom and inserted a hypodermic needle and sucked all of the "glow juice" out. After you insert the hypodermic you need to poke a hole in the top of the light stick to let the air in. Then you need some plastic tubing, what I used was medical IV tube, it is thin wall about 1/8 ID. Use 6 feet of tubing and hold both ends up filling into one so the air comes out the other. Once full plug the ends, what I used is Robart "point hinges". They are "barbs" that are hinged in the middle just break them apart and you have 2 plugs. Your finished rope is 6'feet long and weighs 20 grams, depending on what tubing you use. It can be taped to the model as you like. Around the wing and tail or designs etc. It will light strong for 4 hours and can't fail you, even if a plug came out the tubing still glows for a while. Happy Night Flying!
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Old Jul 01, 2001, 11:44 AM
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I used led's from radio shack. They have all the color's even HD, be sure to get the ones that blink. I Y'ed the wire to the battery plug. The wire is from a ear piece that went to a pocket radio.
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Old Jul 02, 2001, 11:28 PM
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Check out these lights they are awsome for night flying.

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