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Jun 22, 2018, 10:41 AM
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Night Flight RC RG


One of my customers did this and it turned out pretty well. He sent some parts and here is my flight.

Dynasoar Rocketry Stratodart X Night Flight (1 min 36 sec)


The parts to do your own version and what I used are below:

Small gauge wire to make the jumpers to solder to the strips and connect + and – terminals from all the strips to each other. The strips can be connected from any set of pads since they are in parallel.

Red jst connector to fit the battery.

Lights

https://www.ebay.com/itm/LED-Strip-L…72.m2749.l2649

LED Strip Light SMD 3528 Flexible Tape 300led DC12V indoor outdoor lighting rope 5 meter length


Battery

https://hobbyking.com/en_us/turnigy-...pack-5pcs.html

Plan battery size, count your diides, current draw is 1 amp per 150 diodes(what I used), so with a 180mah battery using about 80 % of capacity to be safe would give 8 minutes, plenty long for pad wait, flight plus recovery.

I simply applied light strips to wing and fuse to make it easy to tell the difference between bottom and top and give light on the tail. I then used clear packing tape over the lights to protect them and hold them down.

On my stratodart I needed just a few grams of nose weight to rebalance. I left the 1s battery installed for receiver power and placed the small 3s battery for lights on the cg via a hatch. Battery weighs 19 grams so my starting weight was 11.6 oz without lights, with lights 12.2 oz, with 3s batt for night flight 12.9 oz. The stratodart has the most wing area and is able to carry the weight better.


For night flying, more is not necessarily better, you can blow out your night vision.


Here is my stratodart that I built using these parts.
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