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Posted by FeiJi | May 27, 2017 @ 09:37 PM | 5,831 Views
Formerly I had just taped some green LEDs onto my wing and that worked ok but you could hear the increased drag as the plane flew by and it cut down on flight time so I decided to cut some forward facing slots and insert the LED strings into the BOTTOM of the wing. Here are a couple of photos. I cut the slot, then push the wing apart and insert the string into the slot and then used a little hot glue in few places and just spread it over the slot to give it a little more strength. The LED string is flush with the wing so no increased drag.
I have done both wings and ironed on some bi-directional tape over a few areas. Hope the tape sticks.
Currently am using two small 1s lipos to power the 3 volt strings but plan on buying some 12 volt strings for the future so can just run them off the main lipo.
This should be loads better than taping on the wing. Here is an awesome writeup by CrashTestHobby.com about how to do it.
http://www.crashtesthobby.com/night-...ed-lights.html

Also an acrylic painting I did of one of my students.

Update: flew last night on football field and flies great. No drag and very visible. Unfortunately one led battery was dead so flew with only one wing visible but still easy to fly. Now can fly with or without lights and no difference in fight characteristics.
Posted by FeiJi | May 13, 2017 @ 08:16 PM | 5,849 Views
Put couple of LED one meter strings on my wing. Wow, very bright at night and dawn (totally ruins night sight). Much better than EL wire. My LED strings were 3 volt which posed a problem as I had to power them separately from my ESC battery but I had two small 1s lipos that are light and power the strings just fine. I tried using the 6 volts off the receiver but it almost killed my ESC - drew too many amps. I suppose 6 volt LEDs might work but could still draw too many amps. Other alternative is to use 12 volt LEDS and use ESC battery - probably the lightest solution and better if having more than 2 meters of LEDs.

I put the leds face down on the EPP so that they light up the wing more. Need to tape down the wires I guess for less drag. Very little weight added to the wing.

I bought my LED one meter strings (3528) for 11 rmb each (about 2 bucks) which is a whole lot cheaper than US prices that I have seen. Was worth the try. Guess I will keep them on the wing for a while and do some dawn flights since I go out running on the football field at that time anyway before the students start arriving for their runs.

Have a strange problem in that when I solder connectors to the strings and plug in the battery, only the green lights work. The red and yellow just blink on briefly and then go out. Guess the plug causes a touch too much resistance for the current my batteries are supplying (450mah). Not s
ure how I will get around this problem except with larger current batteries. Would be nice to have some other colors on the wing.

Lighting Wing with LEDs (7 min 50 sec)

Posted by FeiJi | May 02, 2017 @ 07:42 AM | 6,310 Views
Mounted my Canon 350HS Elph on my baseball cap. Much better at taking night video than my micro camera.

Lighting Dawn Flite May (4 min 18 sec)


Here is longer version of dawn flight.
Lighting Dawn Flite May 2 (8 min 47 sec)
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Posted by FeiJi | Apr 30, 2017 @ 08:31 PM | 6,461 Views
A snippet of an early morning flight. Camera barely picks up the el wire lighting on the wing. Need to try leds. Will also mount my Canon Elph on my hat and try that first.
Lighting Night Flight (1 min 19 sec)