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Apr 23, 2004, 11:04 AM
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Post your night bats pics here!

Here's mine,

my favorite night flying craft, a variation (sharper shape) of Mugi with GWS 55 EDF
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Apr 23, 2004, 04:24 PM
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wow that looks like fun. how easy is it to keep track of its orientation at night?
Apr 23, 2004, 08:07 PM
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Size and colours matters maybe?

I have a much bigger Mugi with a 47" span that runs off a 500 geared. That one has almost the same Leds setup as above but sports a red Leds at the nose. I would say it is much easier to tell the orientation from the bigger model. But then again, flying the small one is much easier to land, I dun know why but I can estimate the attitude of the dark ground much better with the small one. The big one tends to land way off my intended spots by as much as 50 meters away! Also, I usually avoid doing too much aerobatic moves, 1 complete roll or loop usually, I still remember my stupidility of trying to roll it too many times and had lost complete orientation unknowingly thinking the plane is upright when it was actually upside down. I managed a unscheduled hard landing (belly slam) when I tried to pull a loop right after the rolls.

I also tried Leds lighting on my other planes like the T3D II but it is really hard to fly them at night, I just can't see where it is going other than a ball of lights zipping about, Mugi is best due to the way it dissipates the light internally illuminating the outline of the craft, take a look at, that guy has a really neat website detailing build instructions even for Leds lighting.
Apr 24, 2004, 08:24 AM
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Another Mugi usually for night fly.
Last edited by EdBall Flies!; Apr 26, 2004 at 03:59 AM.
May 06, 2004, 09:01 AM
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Hi Edball,

Great photos! and I should also say thanks for spreading the news on the Mugi.
I find that perhaps the easiest orientation comes from different coloured wings. My favourite Mugi is just two colours - left and right. I try to use red and blue instead of red-green so if someone sees the plane they won't believe it to be a full size plane.

That EDF55 looks like fun!! Do you find your geared 500 version works well? Our own experiments found that for the Mugi a faster direct drive seemed to be more suitable than geared, but then that was with a slightly smaller Mugi.

All the best

May 06, 2004, 11:16 AM
Michele Somaschini, Spain
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My dear LOWWATT with Curteks.

Easy to install and difficult to lose orientation in total darkness once you get used to it.
Got very long flights at night with it.
May 27, 2004, 06:40 AM
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Hey Morgan,

The motor I am using is a Graupner 6300# I think. Black can brushed and I tried running it direct drive before but no matter how I match different props, I can't seem to get the ideal thrust/pitch ratio without getting the amp too high and kill the motor. So I simulate a few on Motocalc and it seems to point me in the geared 3:1 ratio with a 11X7 prop. With that setup on RC 2400 8 cell, I get about 5-6 mins of flight and I am pretty happy with it. It has enough power to climb at a good rate and speed is pretty good as well while still are hand launchable. It is funny, about your mugi, I wished I had seem your design earlier when I was at Brookes pursuing a biz degree, could have flown with you or something. I will see if I get pull a vid someday and give it to ya for addition to your site.
May 27, 2004, 06:41 AM
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Originally Posted by RookieOne
My dear LOWWATT with Curteks.

Easy to install and difficult to lose orientation in total darkness once you get used to it.
Got very long flights at night with it.
Wow! that looks like a real aircraft parked on the runway at night if not for its see thru covering. Nice!
May 27, 2004, 12:40 PM
Michele Somaschini, Spain
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Glad to see you like it.

Night flying has become one of my favourites! Specially those long summer days. With such heat coming off the ground we can thermal with our models at night and stay up there till late.
May 27, 2004, 06:35 PM
prop hangin it (stock)
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Wow amazing pictures, I think I might outline my SS with lights and night fly.. that'd be cool! =D
May 27, 2004, 11:09 PM
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I actually don't own this plane anymore but it was awesome to fly at night.
May 28, 2004, 12:07 PM
89" Kool Aid drinker.
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Gonna have to get some pix of my Dandy with the Curtek Lear Jet system on it. I got to try it last night, but the wind was still up just a little too much at 8:45PM!


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