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Oct 27, 2006, 03:25 AM
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Lightbulb graveyard


The objective is to remove the need to hold a flashlight while flying. We are very limited in space here in Rain Ramon, so the only flying time is at night when the winds are calm and there aren't any people around.

Kits to light helicopters look real dim and don't light the rotor safely. The one kit for mounting LED's and batteries on the rotors looks like a Ramadan holiday waiting to happen.
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Oct 31, 2006, 02:02 PM
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Hi,
About using LED's to light the rotor. If the light was acceptable, but too focused, grind the end of the led to make it flat. It will distribute much more light. Try one, and see if you like the effect. Also, lightly sanding all sides of the led will make it "glow" more.

Other people insert a led into each end of a straw. This makes the straw light up like a neon tube. Red and green leds for each side and you are closer! (What color is appropirate for the front and back of a heli?)

Look for tips in the Slow stick night flying thread.
Oct 31, 2006, 10:11 PM
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Put a white canopy on and put light inside to lit up the canopy, and put lights on the blades will make it flyable at night.


A video: http://www.tjtrc.com/Videos/NightHeli.wmv



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Nov 01, 2006, 02:04 AM
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Massive overwhelming lights


That TRex must have every light ever invented on it. I don't have the insurance or the spare body parts to hang things on rotor blades like that + the Corona head has no place for batteries which wouldn't interfere with the flybar.

The solution is probably going to be a robotic spotlight on the ground or massive numbers of LEDs on the fuselage.
Nov 01, 2006, 06:36 PM
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guys you may want to try UV LED's and painting things with fluorescent paint. It seems to have a much better effect.


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