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Old Aug 15, 2010, 10:13 PM
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Had to patch my elevons this evening. They were start to tear around the vertical fins.

I ran two pieces of blue painters tape along the top exposing the hinge and ran a bead of hot glue across the top and spread it thin with a popsicle stick. Looks to be pretty strong.
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Old Aug 16, 2010, 09:38 PM
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Here's my new LED Swift 2
If it stops raining I will maiden tonight! Fingers Crossed.
I just noticed your thin winglets. Are they corflu?
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Old Aug 17, 2010, 01:02 AM
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??? What's corflu ???
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Old Aug 17, 2010, 06:04 AM
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??? What's corflu ???
Looks like I missed the spelling. It is corflute that they make signs out of. I went to a sign company and got all different colours for my Elle Bees. For my Mini Swift it was a bit heavy so got replacements.
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Old Aug 17, 2010, 09:08 AM
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Yep - that's the stuff I used (never knew what it was called) - it is a bit heavier but the lights show through it much better than the EPP winglets. I am using a 1350 3 cell so the balance wasn't too big of an issue.
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Old Aug 17, 2010, 10:44 AM
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Yep - that's the stuff I used (never knew what it was called) - it is a bit heavier but the lights show through it much better than the EPP winglets. I am using a 1350 3 cell so the balance wasn't too big of an issue.
I bought two of those strip lights from HK. Anything special you do with them. I noticed you slit the foam and insert the lights - any glue? Put in a separate LiPo for the lights? Just cut the strips and solder wires on and wire straight to LiPo?

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I bought two of those strip lights from HK. Anything special you do with them. I noticed you slit the foam and insert the lights - any glue? Put in a separate LiPo for the lights? Just cut the strips and solder wires on and wire straight to LiPo?

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No glue - they fit in nice and tight when pushed in the slit, the backside sticks like a sticker so if you just want to have them on top and not embedded you have that option too. Either way I do tape over them.

For power I run everything off the same battery, just order a female balance plug to go with your lipo's balance plug and you are good to go. That way if you are flying during the day you just leave the lights unplugged and won't get any waisted battery usage. Check out the pic below. Deans for main power and balance for lights.
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Old Aug 18, 2010, 12:19 AM
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For power I run everything off the same battery, just order a female balance plug to go with your lipo's balance plug and you are good to go. That way if you are flying during the day you just leave the lights unplugged and won't get any waisted battery usage. Check out the pic below. Deans for main power and balance for lights.
Forgive me if this is pointing out the obvious or insulting..... The way you have that wired will put the cells out of balance and could be risky. Perhaps if the lights have low current draw and you regularly charge with a balancer no probs?

I'd choose to splice into the main power lead, perhaps with a mini jst to keep the size / weight down. Just my 2c
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Old Aug 18, 2010, 12:44 AM
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No glue - they fit in nice and tight when pushed in the slit, the backside sticks like a sticker so if you just want to have them on top and not embedded you have that option too. Either way I do tape over them.

For power I run everything off the same battery, just order a female balance plug to go with your lipo's balance plug and you are good to go. That way if you are flying during the day you just leave the lights unplugged and won't get any waisted battery usage. Check out the pic below. Deans for main power and balance for lights.
Thanks for the photo. It makes everything clear. I balance my LiPos every time so may be all right.

Is that the only strip (3 pieces) that is needed? None for the top etc. Also where you bend it I suspect you just cut it anywhere and solder wires between the two bits. (Bit of a basic question but have not installed any yet) Must get some of those female balance plugs.

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Old Aug 18, 2010, 01:12 AM
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Very minimum draw - and yes I do balance after each flight (night flights kept short). I have the white strip embedded in the foam along the leading edge, another blue strip, not embedded, on top, and two small strips of green and red at the tips. That allows me to keep orientation throughout each flight without issue. Main thing with the lights is to know when you are looking at the top of the plane versus the bottom. The video I posted of the night flight doesn't do a great job of showing the blue light versus the white, but in reality they are very easy to tell apart.

Hope this helps.
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Old Aug 18, 2010, 01:15 AM
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Very minimum draw - and yes I do balance after each flight (night flights kept short). I have the white strip embedded in the foam along the leading edge, another blue strip, not embedded, on top, and two small strips of green and red at the tips. That allows me to keep orientation throughout each flight without issue. Main thing with the lights is to know when you are looking at the top of the plane versus the bottom. The video I posted of the night flight doesn't do a great job of showing the blue light versus the white, but in reality they are very easy to tell apart.

Hope this helps.
Great - Thanks for that. I was not sure if it was the same one as the video.

Great video.
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Old Aug 19, 2010, 02:14 AM
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Forgive me if this is pointing out the obvious or insulting..... The way you have that wired will put the cells out of balance and could be risky. Perhaps if the lights have low current draw and you regularly charge with a balancer no probs?

I'd choose to splice into the main power lead, perhaps with a mini jst to keep the size / weight down. Just my 2c
Hello,

Normally, the red and black wires of the balancing plug are connected in parallel with the red and black of the main power.

I also plugged my Swift this way and after several flights no imbalance in the cells. Of course, I always charge my lipos with balancer and check every time each cell.

LED on mine consume approx. 200mAh a flight. With my 1300mAh lipos flight time is approx. 13 min. I use almost 3 LED strips from HK ... but for the next "Night Flyer", I think I will not put more than two strips which corresponds to 120 LED to reduce a little to consumption. These HK LED are very intense and it is possible to see them from very very far

A friend has shooted my first night flight, but the camera messed up and not sure of having images ... that will be for the next time
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Old Aug 19, 2010, 03:01 AM
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Forgive me if this is pointing out the obvious or insulting..... The way you have that wired will put the cells out of balance and could be risky. Perhaps if the lights have low current draw and you regularly charge with a balancer no probs?

I'd choose to splice into the main power lead, perhaps with a mini jst to keep the size / weight down. Just my 2c
Been flying wired like this for more than 14 months now ( got the leds the very week Hobbycity announced them ... 120 leds + 12/13 min of ( gentle ) nightflying leaves the 1000 mah still on 3.75v/cell)

it's safe to wire this way ...

cheers

Guy

PS : chriscool : might nice nightswift you've got there !
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Old Aug 19, 2010, 03:49 AM
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The LEDS on the leading edge and winglets are they soldered together and two wires back to the LiPo or do you do a lot of wires back to the LiPo?

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Old Aug 19, 2010, 04:07 AM
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With most of us everything just continues with 2 wires ...
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