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HelicopterScale Model RC Helicopters › Which lights, Mini-Flasher, RAM, Maxxi, etc.
03-31-2008 08:13 PM  9 years agoPost 1
tauscnc

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I am trying to figure out which lights to get for my bell 222 project. I see RAM makes rotating nav, strobe, etc but their site is....well crapy.

I want the strobe that gets brighter and brighter and than flashes really bright.

Anyone know which one that is?

If you have movies of the lights you have please post and let me know which one they are.

thanks
taus

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03-31-2008 08:40 PM  9 years agoPost 2
CLB

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Hi tauscnc,

I don't have any experience with other lights as I'm working on my first scale project. However I bought a set of lights from ElectroDynamics. Really fast shipping and confirmation.

http://electrodynam.com/rc/EDR-117/117cmp.shtml

These lights are very bright and seem to work very well but as I said I have no other experience for comparison sake.

Christian.

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04-01-2008 02:00 AM  9 years agoPost 3
busyflyin

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You are right, the RAM site is not adequate and I shared my feelings with them about it but unfortunately they are stuck in their ways and have no plans to improve. I've done a bunch of research on this.. nothing conclusive, but I have an opinion that I will share; LED lights are relatively inexpensive in their raw form of lights, wires, resistors, etc. Many vendors such as Lazertoyz & Maxlights offer packages that do a good job.. I've purchased from both Agusta and MD530. This time I went to http://www.diyrc.com and bought the mini-flash and single LEDs which I am assembling into a harness for the project. The mini-flash is a 4 channel programable flasher that allows you and your PC to program it any way you want; to flash in any pattern, and is controllable from your TX. Each of the 4 channels has two ports/outputs so you can plug in 8 series of lights. More if you wire them in parallel. The mini-flash with the programing cable was $45. I spent $100 for the whole package but bought plenty of lights for future projects. Also available from other vendors are a number of RC switches that allow you to turn lights on/off from your TX. My point is that many scale builders overlook the opportunity to do the lights themselves and customize them for exactly what they want for the same or less cost than fully assembled systems. Both light sets that I purchased were excellent, but I've gotten to the point where I would rather DIY and save the money to buy servos/etc, and have the experience of doing it myself. That is half the fun for me as a scale builder/flier. My advise is that if you like to DIY, do the lights yourself, get a customized system, and the cost will be no more (or less) than a purchased system. In my research, most LEDs are generally the same with a couple of vendors selling brighter white LEDs. One vendor in the Detroit, MI area offers an ultra bright system but it is very expensive. That is my 2C worth and I didn't mean to offend any of the LED vendors.. just another option.

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04-01-2008 03:45 AM  9 years agoPost 4
tauscnc

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No offense should be taken....I too was shocked to see one LED with wire and a JST plug going for anywhere between $15 to $25 each. I can buy a flashlight with a 1 watt white LED for around $10. That is freaking bright!

For that price one could easily spend an extra $100 to $150 for just a few lights! That is half of the entire fuse I just bought (centruy 50 bell 222).

I love DIY, and have many tools available to me... will have to research this some more.

thanks
taus
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04-01-2008 11:50 AM  9 years agoPost 5
paul999

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hi guys

cine scale do very nice lighting systems and are very bright can see them in bright sunlight,also flugmodellbau.de do everything you will need the down side of course is the price but have say iv used both and do like them both

best regards
paul

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04-01-2008 12:51 PM  9 years agoPost 6
chopper37

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I used the maxxlites on century 500E with no problems, VERY bright

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04-01-2008 09:11 PM  9 years agoPost 7
tauscnc

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04-01-2008 09:40 PM  9 years agoPost 8
Pistol_Pete

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http://www.discovercircuits.com/

http://www.discovercircuits.com/L/LED.htm

happy reading and building....post your creations!

~~Enjoying the hobby one flight at a time~~

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04-02-2008 12:47 AM  9 years agoPost 9
gadgetdude

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Here is my 2 cents worth.

I purchase two different sets. The first set I purchase from Maxxlights. It was the Heli 5 version. These are very, very bright, with very nice finishing. Will(owner) takes very good care of you and will replace the lights should they ever burn out. HOWEVER, there standard heli light package says that it has strobes but they are not the strobes you or I would have in mind. They simply flash on-off. They can and will provide you with special lights that strobe. The best way I can describe it is a fast burst of light. Still not a 'strobe' like on a real heli.

I went to DIYRC.com and downloaded the free 'Mini Flash' Program and played with it. I really like the control you have so I ordered a 'Mini Flash' module with programming cable from Tom (owner). I got it in about 3 days. Great quality. It is easy to program and works great. I ended up hooking the Maxxilights to this.

I was so happy with this that I have ordered another one for my Bell 222. I also ordered the new lights from him also. They are real cheap.

I will try and take some videos and post later.

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04-02-2008 01:14 AM  9 years agoPost 10
busyflyin

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Caution with Mini-flash

My PC's OS is Vista and as it turns out, it is not compatible with the mini-flash programming software. My project heli is not ready for lights yet, but I will have to use another computer for the programing. For anyone considering the mini-flash, you may want to download the software and make sure it works with your OS before purchasing. This would not stop me from buying the mini-flash because I like to product. This is just an FYI before you buy. However, I did download the software on another computer and played with it a bit. I love the options.

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04-04-2008 07:24 PM  9 years agoPost 11
HeliPolski

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JMDmodels.com has a great light kit.

MIKI

If its not scale I ain't flying it, unless its a TREX

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04-04-2008 07:47 PM  9 years agoPost 12
tomapowa

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Wholly ___ !!
I think I need to increase my prices !

Tom
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Tom

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04-04-2008 08:06 PM  9 years agoPost 13
busyflyin

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NO YOU DON'T!!

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04-04-2008 09:12 PM  9 years agoPost 14
tauscnc

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Tom you can "now" since I have already made my purchase

I can't wait to try out the mini-flasher!

Holy ____ is right Tom, $110 for some lights at jmd. Gezzz!

taus
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04-04-2008 09:16 PM  9 years agoPost 15
jonnyj99

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i know a lot of you guys are in the US but i bought a set of nav/anti-col lights recently for my blackhawk and they are great.

http://www.rclighting.net/

this guy is very helpful and he has a design your own section which he says "
If you have a need for a special lighting set, we would be more than happy to take a look at it
and advise if it is possible to build.

We would then send you a competative quote for the completed kit and whats more, if your
design is original, we will build the kit and send it to you apsolutly free provided the set falls
into our terms and conditions.
"

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04-05-2008 07:48 AM  9 years agoPost 16
gadgetdude

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No way Tom. Don't worry, you keep your service just the way it is and we will all keep you in business

Gadgetdude aka Jon Cloward

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04-05-2008 01:31 PM  9 years agoPost 17
busyflyin

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Tom; why don't you try a RR ad on the front page for the mini-flash?

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04-05-2008 06:02 PM  9 years agoPost 18
HeliPolski

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But At least with the JMD models light kits you don't have to build anything. Just plug and play, with alot more fetures in a small unit.

MIKI

If its not scale I ain't flying it, unless its a TREX

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04-05-2008 06:33 PM  9 years agoPost 19
tomapowa

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Mini-Flash - Programmable LED Flasher/Sequencer with R/C control...

"with alot more fetures in a small unit" ?

Granted, JDM's stuff might be plug&play but certianly it does not stand up to the programmable features of the Mini-Flash. Plus most people custom install their own chosen LEDs... often cutting the LED wires to length, hence why I decide not sell pre-built LEDs/leads. And the Mini-Flash in "Mini"... most likely smaller than ANY controller out their (ask owners!).

Honestly, I have fun building these for hobbysist... I am currently not set up to mass produce these... at least not yet! Therefore... the advertisment/business I'm getting now is plenty to keep me busy! By the way, I just spent my morning today building 4 more Mini-Flash controllers... first come first served!

Thanks for all the kind comments guys... I'll keep building them if you all keep finding a need for them! And please feel free to post some pics of your Mini-Flash installations!

Tom

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04-05-2008 06:38 PM  9 years agoPost 20
tauscnc

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Hey Tom,

I should get mine today and can't wait to try it out. I am glad it is not pre-built as I don' know what wire lenght I really need. Most of the pre-built ones come with 2 or 3 feet of wire per LED and I know I don't need that much on all of them. And on some I might need more...meaning I would have to custom install them anyway.

This way I can do a clean install and soldering a few LEDs is part of the fun!

Can't wait to get it.

thanks!
taus
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