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Old 06-26-2002, 04:28 AM
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Has anyone flown RC at night? I know you can put lights on RC airplane models, so it looks like the real thing. It looks fun, but I am a beginner though.
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Old 06-26-2002, 05:38 AM
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Flown at night and you can use scale lights. Our club has an annual night fly in August with competitions. I have flown a heli and planes at night. Ways to light other than scale lights are chemical glow sticks, glow wire, spotlights held from ground, onboard LEDs or other onboard lights. Seen many night fly planes done in transparent covering and the lights are internal.

It takes courage (or a lack of good judgment) to fly at night... I figure I fit into the lack of good judgment category. However, I've never had a problem (i.e. crash) at night and I'll even do aerobatics at night. The key is that your plane/heli must be lit up really well. If you are a beginner, you may wish to seek the assistance of a local "expert" that has flown at night.
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Old 06-26-2002, 01:46 PM
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Default Flying RC At Night

Look for the Ram light system. It comes with three strands of
in-line elements. I've put the system in my Ben Buckle Giant
Quaker old timer. The fuse is trans. yellow and the wings are
trans. red. It's like a big glowing "T" in the black sky. Be sure and
wait till it is totally dark so you won't lose the plane if it flys into
the sunset glow. Be sure to use red lense on the flashlight when
working on the plane to keep you eyes adjusted to the dark. Also,
set a light at each end of the runway to give a reference point.
I'd suggest you start with a slow big plane first.

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Old 06-26-2002, 03:04 PM
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Default Mosquitos...

We don't fly around here at night...

We don't even go outside at night for that matter...

The mosquitos in the Mississippi Delta would probably cary the plane off too...

Sounds fun though!
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Old 06-26-2002, 09:45 PM
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Not only do you need good lights but a good set of stones helps too
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Monkeyboy,
How and where do you attach glow sticks?

rreiss,
Where do you find Ram light system?
How much?
How do you attach?

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Old 06-27-2002, 04:45 PM
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Default Flying RC At Night

I guy I met at the field a few weeks ago was planning on flying his heli at night. He bought a light kit that had lights on the tip of the rotor and about 4 inches inward of that, lights on the canopy and tail rotor. His goal was to have someone call in a UFO.
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Old 06-28-2002, 12:09 AM
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The KW Flying Dutchmen host one of the biggest Scale events I have ever seen in September of each year. On Saturday night they do a night flying demo that has to be seen to be believed. Planes and helicopters- and very visible - unless they turn them off - which they do once in a while. I have attached their web site - you can ask them what the use.

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Yes i flew 2 great flights with a H-9 Cessna 182 without any problems at night time, at a night fly in. was fun and would do it again.
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Old 06-28-2002, 04:51 PM
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OK, I want to try it, but how do you attach the lights,glow sticks or whatever???
I assume you would tape them so they can be removed. If so any particular kind of tape hold better when fuel soaked, yet still easily removed when done.
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Tim:
Any of the 2" clear tape will work if you clean the wing with
alcohol first. (rubbing that is ) Be sure not to put the tape over
the small bulbs since they get so hot. Make sure that you have
a good strong 7 cell RC car pack so that the plane doesn't go
black at the wrong time. Last summer a friend was doing a fly-by
and pulled up sharply with the battery being shot out of the
bottom hatch and then the helpless feeling of only hearing the
plane and trying to make a turn to land then the sudden silence.

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Old 06-29-2002, 04:58 AM
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Default Night Flying in Yuma (Arizona)

Sat nights from October to May is Night Flying at our field outside of Yuma. Seeing 4 or 5 aircraft in the totally black air is a sight not soon forgotten!

Most of the guys fly stable, high-wing trainers with imbedded "spagetti" strands of colored lights. Coverings tend to be clear.

Runway lighting is optional because the aircraft light up the landing surface, once they get within 3-5' of the ground.

Neat stuff. Calm air and a ZILLION stars makes black air very inviting.

Come to Yuma and fly with us....day or night!
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FYI

The web site for Ram is: www.RAMRCandRAMTrack.com

They have quite an assortment of lights for planes and cars.

Enjoy the night.
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Old 06-30-2002, 02:22 AM
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I've flown gliders at night using light sticks rubber banded to the wing tips. The darker the night the better, and the light sticks get dim pretty quick if you get far out. I've wondered how a couple of little flashlights shining on the underside of the wings would work. Or somehow to illuminate the airplane instead of just seeing the points of light. Anyone tried it? Or do the commercial lighting systems tend to do that?
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Default NEON LIGHT

I found a couple more web sites that sell portable neon lights.
www.thatscoolwire.com
www.neontrim.com

I think I will try some glow sticks tomorrow night to see how it goes before I buy the lights.

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Old 07-10-2002, 01:57 PM
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I have 5 seven foot lengths of glow wire(neon) in my 9' span quaker. one loops through each wing, one down each side of the fuse then through a side of the hor stab and one underthe bottom of the fuse then up an through the vertical stab, this one blinks...I can fly it higher at night and see it than I can in the daytime. No question on attitude or what it's doing. Got a standing ovation at Joe Nall with it this year.
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Evan,
I was very impressed with the quaker at joe nall. I did not get a chance to meet you but I did wan't to tell you that I enjoyed each and every tank of fuel you burned. I hope you take the plane next year...
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You know there is a cheap why what i did was take christmas lights and put them on it looks great on plane using 3 1.5 volt batterys and for 2 christmas lights and wire to where ever from batterys to Lights
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Been ther done that and have found a set of tinie lights at Wal-Mart Ten to a set and they are powered by a couple of penlite batterys. I have one set in Red one in Blue one set in Green and last a set in orange. I'm talking very little lights the kind that you would find in model Rail Road setups or those little lights on the little town setups. I also used a set if led jogging lights that use hearing aid batterys on the wing tips and on the bottom of my plane looked awsume
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Old 07-11-2002, 11:07 AM
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Where is Fairmont?, we fly alot at night here in Charlotte, another friend, Matt and his brother Pat have their planes done up like Ury did, doing side by side tail touches at night. And yes I plan on being there next year, Working on a 16 footer now.

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Evan,
I was very impressed with the quaker at joe nall. I did not get a chance to meet you but I did wan't to tell you that I enjoyed each and every tank of fuel you burned. I hope you take the plane next year...
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The LED's im going to use for an idea i have, compair the size to a 5mm standard LED and the light output, it'll blind you if you look too long. should look good under clear coloured film
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Just to make you other guys envious, I live in the extreme north of Iceland and in the summer (when we do our fluing) it DOES NOT GET DARK for three months (I mean so drak that you cannot see your plane). So we go out flying at 8 PM and it is still light enough to fly at 2 AM. --- eat your hearts out ---
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Gaui, I feel sorry for you, it's more fun to fly in the dark!!!!!

Phillybaby, I've seen the bright leds and to get a proper outline of your plane they aren't really practical, they do work good as landing lights, neon is the way to go, good light, shows the outline, light in weight and doesn't need big batteries
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evan,
Glad to know that you will be at the Nall next year. I will be waiting to see that fine night flying.
Oh, Fairmont is a little hole in the earth just south of the crossing of Interstate 95 and hwy74.....just don't blink.....
I fly at Midway rc club, just south of Lumberton
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