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Jul 04, 2001, 02:27 AM
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Night flying- What a Hoot!

Did some night flying tonight with my lil meat flyer. I used 3 LED's wired in serries with one resistor. Power is supplied by the battery by way of a "Y" off the ESC power in lead. The LED's were not as bright as I would have liked but considering I was flying on the street in front of my house in an area 40' x 80' it worked great. Orintation was no problem. The only drawback to flying at night on the street is you cant judge where the trees are too well

The whole system weighs 5 grams. Have a look
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Jul 04, 2001, 11:21 AM
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I've flown at night, but didn't add any lights to the plane, just picked a well lit parking lot after closing time. There was enough light to see, no wind, and no cars to avoid.
Jul 04, 2001, 12:26 PM
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I was out last night with my Litestick and Glowire for the first time. The Glowire was purchased for a big wing and is way too long for the Litestickso I had to go around the wing perimeter, down the fuse and around the tail. There was enough weight on the wings to give them anhedral! But it took off and climbed just fine. It was easily controllable at any distance or attitude.
Night flying is a blast! I can't wait 'till winter when I don't have to stay up so late!
Jul 04, 2001, 10:16 PM
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You're right, it's a blast! I used 1.5" glow sticks taped on. The thing looks like it moves twice as fast and twice as touchy. Winter flying with a full moon should be neat.

Keep 'em hummin'

Jul 05, 2001, 02:35 AM
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I used the 1.5" glow sticks for a test flight of a litestik, the night before an event, it was lots of fun,

I plan to put lights on planes in the future, like the LED setup, there was an article in Model Aviation a couple months back on how to do it.
Jul 05, 2001, 02:48 AM
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Night flying IS great fun.

Off the water it is also very pretty.....
Jul 05, 2001, 08:55 AM
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Use a 25-365 blue led from Hosfelt Electronics. These are very bright. At night if I stand in the street with my plane I can put a blue spot on my house that is about 40 feet away. If I set it in the yard I can go blocks away and still see it. I also used a bright red one.
Oct 02, 2001, 01:45 AM
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Thats exactly what Im looking to do, just ordered glo wire for the outline, but would like two different colored LEDs on the wings.
Did you run this off your main battery?
I use 7.2V 1600Mah packs on my Soarstar, I guess I will have to read up on how to change the voltage to support the 25-365 blue led you used.