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Old Nov 23, 2001, 06:29 AM
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Night Flyer


Hey, guys... don't let the darkness keep you from flying. Check out my Mk III IFO with LEDs on it. Dan, I've been flying this one for almost two years, now. Added the lights, recently. Thanks for a fantastic design.

Gary
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Old Nov 23, 2001, 06:34 AM
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Cool!

Are you using flight pack or separate pack for the leds?

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Old Nov 23, 2001, 06:37 AM
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LED Power


Mike,

I'm tapping the 4.8V that goes from the ESC to the receiver. Here's a diagram; I hope you can read it.

Gary
Old Nov 23, 2001, 06:42 AM
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Thanks Gary!

I'm going to try that - daytime is short here in Finland during winter. By using lights I should be able to extend my flying time...

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Old Nov 23, 2001, 06:51 AM
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Long Nights


Mike,

You're welcome. I seem to be adding these LEDs to just about all my models. This one is a GWS powered Wingo. Have fun!

Gary
Old Nov 23, 2001, 07:18 AM
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Gary, I browsed through your web pages and... I just love your B-36J Peacemaker!!! Looks absolutely fantastic airborne!!!

Multi-motored slow- and parkflyers are fascinating. I'm going to build 1.05m (42in) wingspan C-130 Hercules powered with four small taiwanese DC-motors in the very near future...

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Old Nov 23, 2001, 08:47 AM
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SR71,
that was a great night shot of your plane! I've done some night flying and it is great. I don't have lights on mine so I have to take things easy to keep oriented. With the lights, I bet it is alot better.
Old Nov 23, 2001, 07:13 PM
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Very nice, Thanks for the sehematic too. sp?
Old Nov 23, 2001, 08:06 PM
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That looks really neat!

Where can I purchase LEDs?
Thanks

Al
Old Nov 23, 2001, 09:56 PM
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Night Flyers


Mike,

The C-130 is a great design for small electrics. My 36 in. span flies very well on N-20s. Have fun!

mattk17,

Much easier with lights.

Kevin,

You're welcome for the schematic.

Al,

Go to an electronics supply store, and ask for high-intensity LEDs. They may not be on the shelf, because they're a little pricey (3 to 4 dollars).

Everyone,

Still eating turkey? Happy flying!

Gary
Old Nov 23, 2001, 11:20 PM
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My local Radio Shack does carry a small selection of high intensity LEDs. I even bought an orange 10 mm one there. Other wise check out www.hosfelt.com
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Old Nov 24, 2001, 02:00 AM
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Here's my Soarstar's night lights
Old Nov 24, 2001, 05:11 AM
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JT,

Thanks for the link. In case anyone is curious, the blue LEDs on my IFO are 1000 mcd (brightness, sort of).

joemi,

I'll bet you have no trouble seeing your SoarStar! Wow, cool!

Mike,

If I can find it, I'll attach a photo of my little C-130.

Happy landings.

Gary
Old Nov 24, 2001, 07:50 AM
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Wow Gary, great pic - thanks. That Hercules really rocks! I'm going to start building mine as soon as possible...

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Old Nov 24, 2001, 05:26 PM
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You have great site.
Lots of pictures.
I have a video of night flying a teddy on my page.
Going to try the LED on a pico stick soon with your inspiration.


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