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Feb 23, 2003, 03:05 PM
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LED Wiring info for DIY kit - Less than $20 and 1hr

Ok Guys,

Here's step by step instructions for installing the LED Do-it-yourself kit I am selling. I will be installing them in a GWS Beaver.

THE ENTIRE SYSTEM (Incuding wire) weighs in at 14g or 12g without slide switch!

This first picture shows what you'll get in the kit.

You'll also need:

-solder and iron
- Radio Shack Wrapping wire (30 ga in 4 colors)- $2.79
- Felt marker to mark the wire for polarity if using one color of wrapping wire.
-Clear tape

6 more pics follow!
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Feb 23, 2003, 03:08 PM
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Strobe circuit

Here is a simple diagram for the strobe circuit.. shown 5 posts down
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Feb 23, 2003, 03:09 PM
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Strobe circuit

Here is the strobe circuit.. I will try to upload a circuit diagram - the current one is too large!
Feb 23, 2003, 03:11 PM
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Step 3

Now attach the appropriate resistor to one side of the LED.

Red - 150 ohm
Green- 75
White- 75

FOR STROBE OUTPUT(With 2 or more LED's)
Red - 75 ohm
Green- none
White- none

Red - 150 ohm
Green- 75
White- 75

-Measure the wire run from the power leads to the LED location.

- Cut 2 pieces of wire to that length.

- Twist the wire together- at least 2 twists per inch to reduce any chance if interference.

Here's the picture...
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Feb 23, 2003, 03:17 PM
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Step 4

- Mark the positive wire with a marker. The positive side of the LED is the side with the LONGER lead.

-Solder + and - connections for steady and/or strobe.

-I would reccomend shrinkwrapping or taping these connections AND the stobe board!
Feb 23, 2003, 03:19 PM
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Step 5


- CAREFULLY hook-up the power lead to the Rx.


TURN ON YOUR TX before applying power.

This will allow you to determine the colors if they were not marked during construction--this step can be skipped if you marked each LED color/operation while constructing the set!
Last edited by Etonic; Feb 23, 2003 at 03:22 PM.
Feb 23, 2003, 03:22 PM
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Step 6

- Tape the LED's to the desired locations...

- Use a wide piece to cover the exposed leads at each LED.

- When running a LED run near the Antenna....Try to keep 1-2in away...The strobing output can cause interference--A toroid has been installed and should eliminate and interference- but PLEASE do a range check!
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Feb 23, 2003, 03:27 PM
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Step 7

Here's a pic of the completed installation..

The picture does no justice--I left the shudder open to capture the strobe output.

The LE has steady and the TE and tail has strobe output!
Feb 23, 2003, 03:28 PM
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Cool!. How much with shipping, and will you do Paypal? I'm hot for it! At least 1 for my SS, and if it works ok, Another for my Zagi. May need more lights for that, but hey, screaming at about 40mph right off the street at night, that'll give the bneighborhood kids something to gawk at!

If you won't do paypal, giomme an address to send the MO
Feb 23, 2003, 03:44 PM
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Hi Everyone,

For anyone interested.

The Kit above is $17.50 shipped (6 aircraft color ULTRABRIGHT 8000MCD LED's, resitors, Strobe board, Rx conn., and micro switch)

Here's a link to the sale:


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Feb 23, 2003, 09:22 PM
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Strobe circuit

OK I'll try to get the strobe wiring diagram uploaded.

Its pretty straight forward....
Feb 24, 2003, 11:16 AM
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Hi Mark,

Got your email, can't wait to check out your LED setup.

Drawing circuits is a pain, ain't it ?
Here's something that might help.

(Circuitmaker student version)
Feb 26, 2003, 01:15 PM
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circuit board pic

Here's a better picture of the strobe circuit. When you get the kit with the strobe, you must make these 2 solder connections.

- I cut the Rx connector down into 2 lengths. I twisted the ends of each length together and tinned them with solder.

- You now have 2 wires joined together- one has the Rx connector the other has bare leads.(2 coiled wires in picture)

- Solder the tinned leads to board as shown - DO NOT REVERSE POLARITY- I marked the positive with a "+" as you can see. This will serve as your power into the board and for the steady LED output!

- Now solder the leads attached to the toroid (donut shaped object) to the board as shown. You may want to twist these leads after soldering to further reduce RF noise.

- The toroid equipped leads are for the stobing LED's

- All LED's are wired in PARALLEL to these 2 outputs!

- Wrap the whole board in tape or shrinkwrap!

- That's it!
Mar 04, 2003, 02:45 PM
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Okay, got it today. Looks good. Time to get some wire from Rat Shack! If the winds calm down tonight maybe I'll try a Slow Stick flight.
May 02, 2003, 04:24 PM
Fly it like you stole it..
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Now this is what I'm talking about.. Can more lights be added? I am going to get this from you...

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