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Posted by FeiJi | Apr 07, 2017 @ 04:42 AM | 6,737 Views
Saw this strange looking helicopter. The rotors are synchronized to not hit each other. Try an rc version of this.
Kmax Start and Takeoff in Agassiz BC (2 min 28 sec)

Posted by FeiJi | Apr 06, 2017 @ 06:48 AM | 6,609 Views
Added 2.3mm El wire to my Lighting. Using 12v inverter that I spliced into the 3s lipo/ESC leads and just taped it all on until I see if I like this night flying stuff. Football field is partially lit at night anyway so visibility should not be a problem. Inverter has two El wire lines out. Cost 4 dollars for the inverter and the two color el wires (1.5 meters each). I am always bragging how cheap I get stuff but that is just because I am working in China as an ESL teacher and I buy stuff off taobao.com which is really cheap here including their shipping fees (usually less than two dollars).
Inverter and El wires total 55 grams.

I flew the Lighting with the el wire and it flies nice, no noticeable drag or adverse flight characteristics and lands without dragging the el wire on the ground. But it was dawn and too light to really see the el wire so will have to get out to the field at 5:00am next time.

Update April 15: flew it this morning in the dark - easy to see and as long as I kept it in the football field it was ok but I let it get outside and lost orientation and crashed - broke wire off motor and motor mount. First time I crashed this plane. I don't really enjoy it as all I see is the lights and I don't get the feeling of flight as I can't see the plane itself. Will repair, fly once to get a video and then probably stop doing it as it isn't much fun to me. Maybe if the whole plane was lit up with leds from the inside it would be different.

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Posted by FeiJi | Apr 01, 2017 @ 11:29 PM | 6,062 Views
This wing is usually flown with 2s batteries but I want to put some el wire lighting on it so need to go to 3s and I also wanted to see if battery would fit in fuselage without having to modify it. Happy to say the 3s fit perfectly since I fly with the ESC mounted on the top of the fuse for cooling. Flies pretty fast with 3s for about 5 to 6 minutes full power. Plane is a little touchier but still easy to fly. Love flying this wing - haven't crashed it yet.

Clip binder is there to attract magnets in hatch door. Could have used more magnets and may do it but the clip was handy and it is entertaining, I smile whenever I see it. Still can remove ballast coin and probably will when I add the el wire which should weigh about 85 grams with inverter.

Lighting EPP WIng with 3S Lipo (5 min 57 sec)