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PETER ROB

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On the rebuild of the 1/4 scale Vario Schweizer, I am in the process of lighting
With flashing boom light, flashing strobes, navigation lights and a switchable landing light, there is a lot of wiring and connections
As all this lighting is from the same 12v source
This source battery is switched separately from the receiver packs

I decided to 3D print a box to contain the 4 Deans sockets
There is a shelf within the box, to keep the sockets at the correct level

The wiring, I split the strands, folded one half back across to form a bar, to be soldered across the 4 terminals

The finished article will attached to the battery case

Undecided at the moment as to fill the terminal side of the box with silicon?
The photos say the rest
Peter R

12-25-2016 03:17 PM
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chopper37

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Pretty neat idea there, might have to try that.

12-25-2016 04:08 PM
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Jerry K

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Does lighting really draw enough current to warrant Deans connectors? It seems like smaller RC connectors ganged, could be utilized. They are good for about 1-2 amps.

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12-25-2016 05:10 PM
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Mojave

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Looks good Peter! We use "potting" material in aerospace connector back shells. It's basically 2 part epoxy and keeps the connections from vibrating loose.
Barry

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12-25-2016 05:34 PM
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PETER ROB

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Does lighting really draw enough current

Jerry K,Not sure, but the lamps are 12v motor lamps
I have found that the RC types are not visible on sunlight days, and too small for 1/4 scale models
One of the guys I fly with found some servo lead clusters used for multipul servos off one input, they could come in handy on smaller scale
Peter R

12-25-2016 06:34 PM
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modtron

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I have found that the RC types are not visible on sunlight days, and too small for 1/4 scale models
Peter, If that's the case, then you have been looking at the wrong ones.
Most of the current systems are outstanding, even in very bright sunshine.

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12-25-2016 08:11 PM
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PETER ROB

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Schweizer lighting

Nigel, I do not post often, fed up with people picking holes,
When I post it is about my own work or experiences
I do not have access to everything that is available, although I do look
I have yet to find a lighting system that is generic to all models
Maybe with your extensive knowledge as to what is available, you could point me in the direction of a combined light for my latest project, see photo attached
Happy New Year
Peter

12-25-2016 11:04 PM
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ssmith512

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Thats cool! I would definitely fill the terminal end. Resin (like Z-poxy) would be my suggestion. I've used resin as a cheap and easy "potting material" for a few of my own electronic projects.

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12-26-2016 12:13 AM
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goodhunting

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Peter

I don't know if you have seen this page... this is not a complete plug and play thing for your example but I guess you can always write them an email and ask...

http://shop.rc-electronic.com/LIGHT...=catalog&p=5295

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12-27-2016 07:42 AM
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