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john stones 113/11/2016 17:02:37
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Days are shorter so why not fit some lights on a model and fly into the evening ? Not as difficult as you would think, choose a suitable model and give it a go, any pictures or tips from those already night flying ?

John ideamoon

Richard Wills 213/11/2016 17:42:57
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Here is one of my favourite pictures, my Wot 4 foam-e and my fathers Durafly Hyperbipe.

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john stones 113/11/2016 17:56:44
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Great picture Richard, there's a Super Moon Monday wink

Chris Walby13/11/2016 17:57:26
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Half a sheet of Depron, some old servos, spare RX and bring on the darkness! All on 3S 800 so ESC on the power leads and LED's on the balance lead.

Photo once I have worked out how to do it!

Chris Walby13/11/2016 18:02:44
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And here it is20161021_205547.jpg

Chris Walby13/11/2016 18:29:28
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IMHO advice as follows:

Fly something you are not to fussed if it meets a sticky end. You can throw caution to the wind/have more fun

White LED's tend to be very bright compared to others I have used (Blue & Green) so don't use as many

Plan where you are going to put the LED's...nothing more exciting that finding that you have caused a viewing angle where none of the LED's are visible...

Foam, Depron, EPP models are good

Don't use a 2S battery pack...at fully throttle the LED's can go out....How do I know!

Richard Wills 213/11/2016 18:43:36
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Very cool evening looping around the moon was fun.

My advice, plane has to be foam. Big mistake is lights are far too bright if you mount them facing out, you will get dazzled. Mount them shining into the foam, that way the whole structure glows. Also, wait until it's properly dark, a lot of folks think it will be easier at dusk, it isn't.

Oh and have fun, practicing touch and go's when you can't see the ground is very entertaining.

Gary Manuel13/11/2016 18:47:05
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A few light can transform some old hack you are ashamed to take out in daylight hours into something that looks like its worth £1,000.

PS I prefer to see the naked lights rather than the whole structure but there's lots of ways of doing it.

David Molineux13/11/2016 19:52:07
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A guy at our club flew last night with a set of these. Simply outstanding. I've never really thought of night flying before but I was seriously impressed.

Dave.

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