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Old 02-27-2019, 11:55 AM
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So Iíve got a unilight afternurbuner ring for my skymaster F16 but not really sure how to mount it. Iím thinking just four small zip ties would keep it plenty secure?
Whatís the preferred method?
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Old 02-27-2019, 12:44 PM
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I took a tip that gunradd mentioned recently and use lightweight safety wire, 4 wires spaced every 90 degrees around the ring. I want to say the LEDs were spaced too close together for even a small zip tie, because that sure would have been easier.
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Old 02-27-2019, 02:56 PM
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I glued four small wooden blocks to the inside of the tailcone, then stuck the ring to them using silicone sealant. The silicone is good up to 400F, so I should be fine.

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Old 02-27-2019, 03:16 PM
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I do allot of repairs for guys and see some very bad light installs. People think weíll its just lights and donít take it seriously. Well that ring comes loose and gets in the exhaust and burns through the wires causing a short. Then that short melts the wires that are probably tie wrapped to your flight controls servo wires and your plane crashes for an unknown reason.

My my advice would be to make sure itís screwed in or use something that heat wonít effect like safety wire.
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Old 02-27-2019, 07:36 PM
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Originally Posted by joeflyer View Post
I glued four small wooden blocks to the inside of the tailcone, then stuck the ring to them using silicone sealant. The silicone is good up to 400F, so I should be fine.

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Joe,
What rings are you using on your F4?

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Thanks for the info...safety wire it is.
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I bought the LED rings on Amazon for about $12. I did this as an experiment and won't have an opportunity to put the plane in the air for a few months. I expect that they will work out just fine.

See http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/rc-jets-120/11660251-diy-afterburner-lights.html

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Joe,

Thank you for the info. That is a great DIY project you did. Going to look into ordering the parts and set it up on my F4 as well.

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