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Old Jun 21, 2012, 11:30 PM
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I did my first night flights tonight. Two flights after sunset, lasting until 10:20. Ultimate Night Lights on an ancient Kadet Seniorita powered with an OS 40FS. It was fun, but I think I'll put a couple bright whites just under the front of the nose to light the ground a bit for landings.
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Old Jun 22, 2012, 08:21 AM
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Nice layout. I've been night flying for quite some time, so I forget what it was like the first time. Alot of people I talk to now have reservations about it. I am trying to drum up interest at my local field for some night flys.

What was your impression prior to the flights...and then what was your impression afterwards?

Rob
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Old Jun 22, 2012, 09:41 AM
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Well first things first, I decided when I did this I was going to do it with a 'real' plane, not a foamy (sorry foam guys, but I've owned a few and so far remain largely unimpressed). I chose Bob Umberger's light system because it looked pretty Cadillac, and I chose my Seniorita because I could still fly it if I were in a coma, so I didn't have any issues of confidence. We had a couple guys in our club try it a few years back without much success, so my flight last night was announced at our previous meeting and a few guys came out to watch, with one of the other guys doing a take off and landing with it as well, so I'd say the attempt was successful enough that the other guys are now going to be wiring up planes. The one thing I think I will do though is wire a pair of bright whites to shine a little light on the ground for landings.

I'm still thinking a purpose built stick profile with transparent covering lit up like some I've seen in this thread would be a real hoot, but we'll get there.
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Old Jun 25, 2012, 04:15 AM
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Love night flying!

here is my night flight plane!
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Old Jun 29, 2012, 08:25 PM
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That is awesome going through the tent!

here is mine
How many LEDs is that? Are they inside the monokote?
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Old Jul 01, 2012, 11:49 AM
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Titan

Finally a pic of my Titan. kinda fuzzy. I'm on the left and Joe "Satriani" is to the right.

I also put some blue leds in the cabin of my Fox glider. I do not think I will be flying it at night.

What a blast!
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Old Jul 01, 2012, 04:34 PM
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Harry's & TIm's Night Radians.wmv (1 min 19 sec)
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Old Jul 01, 2012, 06:20 PM
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Finally a pic of my Titan. kinda fuzzy. I'm on the left and Joe "Satriani" is to the right.

I also put some blue leds in the cabin of my Fox glider. I do not think I will be flying it at night.

What a blast!
That first picture looks like Scobee field. I've not been out there for several years, do they allow night flying now?
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Old Jul 01, 2012, 06:35 PM
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Hi Eclipse. Yes, both pics of the Titan were taken at Scobee. Yes, they do allow night flying at Scobee. We do not have a huge night fly group, but most night fliers take to the sky on Saturday night. Come on out.
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Old Jul 01, 2012, 08:03 PM
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Pretty sweet, Harry!
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Old Jul 01, 2012, 09:15 PM
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Pretty sweet, Harry!
Thank you my friend!
You, your Dad and your Blue-wing airframe were the beginning inspiration to my nite-flying addiction and I'll always be grateful for that! (and my blue-wing is still gracing the night sky's around Tuscaloosa!)
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Old Jul 04, 2012, 12:49 AM
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They are fantastic! Got any info on light set-up etc???
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Old Jul 05, 2012, 03:28 PM
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They are fantastic! Got any info on light set-up etc???
Alex,
Thanks! Lights are from hobbypartz.com (about 1518 LED's) and the LED controller is from Low Price R/C.

http://www.lowpricerc.com/product_in...-wremote-p-983

And a whole lotta time wiring up!
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Old Jul 05, 2012, 03:34 PM
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Very nice setup, Harrymc. I especially like how the leds are arranged in sort of a feather pattern near the wing tips.

I have the lowpricerc controller too. I also sell a much smaller version...and you could put several on a plane for many other possibilities.
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Old Jul 05, 2012, 06:52 PM
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1500 LEDS? Jeepers! I've got about 100 on my Radian; now I feel lame.
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