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03-03-2008 08:06 PM  10 years agoPost 1
jackheli

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Is anybody using them at all? Are they highly visible? How good are they for aggressive 3D?

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03-04-2008 12:23 AM  10 years agoPost 2
BladeRex

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I haven't used the Align 600mm, but I've used the 325mm on my 450. Both are sizes are of blades are basically the same as the carbon blades but slightly heavier due to the battery and LEDs. I don't have any problems w/ visibility on the 325mm blades. I use the MS night main and tail blades on my Hurricane 550, visibility is much better on the MS blades (not that there is a problem w/ it on the Align blades), the MS blades are pretty much the same as their 3d carbon blades but a bit heavier.

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03-04-2008 02:07 AM  10 years agoPost 3
helipilot7693

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im new to helis so please forgive me if this i a very dumb question but what are night blades?

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03-04-2008 02:33 AM  10 years agoPost 4
alawel

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align 600 night
I just bought a set of their night blades. Haven't flown them yet but I hope to in the next couple of nights. I can say the lights are very bright and should show up well. They used red on the tip, blue on the top and green on the bottom. If I remeber correctly, the two discs that the top colors make are closer together than the bottom discs. I suspect they fly a bit like MS blades.

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03-04-2008 02:35 AM  10 years agoPost 5
RYOTGEAR

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How much are the 600 night blades?

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03-04-2008 02:47 AM  10 years agoPost 6
TaleGunner

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This is a poor video my daughter did with a still camera in vid mode but you can see how well they show up and they fly the same as the standard align blades.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WY2mAUvE5eo

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03-04-2008 05:28 PM  10 years agoPost 7
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TaleGunner,

nice vid. What tail blades are you using? have you tried any fancy stuff with the blades yet?

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03-04-2008 05:43 PM  10 years agoPost 8
Paul Woodcock

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Hi

I find the Align 600 blades OK.

The visibility is great. The lights are bright and the red tips and green/blue for top/bottom is very good. It is realy easy to see. The blades bake the heli seem big.

The problem is that they bog and loose rpm much more easily than my normal daytime Radix blades. The auto's are about the same as the Radix.

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03-04-2008 05:49 PM  10 years agoPost 9
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Hey, great stuff. Thanks.

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03-04-2008 05:58 PM  10 years agoPost 10
alawel

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How much are the 600 night blades?
I believe I gave 111 for the blades and about 25 for the charger. Check DEETEE enterprises, that's where I got mine.

I'll be flying them a bit later today, I'll report back with my opinions later.

Just for reference, I currently fly Radix and I've flown SAB's and 600 Align's.

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03-04-2008 06:07 PM  10 years agoPost 11
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Yes please. Report back your findings.

I had the SAB night blades as well. They flew ok in 3D but visibility was terrible. I lost sight of the heli so many times I gave up... felt worse than on a roller coaster!

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03-04-2008 07:05 PM  10 years agoPost 12
bigdad390

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im new to helis so please forgive me if this i a very dumb question but what are night blades?
Night Blades are blades that have light emitting diodes placed in them. They receive power and light up, as the rotors spin, they create a circular ring or rings of light that enable you to fly at night. They are usually used in conjunction with light wire placed around the canopy and down the tail boom to illuminate the heli.

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03-04-2008 07:16 PM  10 years agoPost 13
Sam2b

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Is anybody using them at all? Are they highly visible? How good are they for aggressive 3D?
I use them, and yes night blades are highly visible. They are good for aggressive 3D however they are a heavier blade than Radix blades, so performance will feel a little different. I noticed they have good "pop" in the air, and "fart" more in the air. By "fart", I mean blade whipping noises.

It's a good blade to get you in the night sky, but there are other more expensive and quality night blades out there, like Rotortec blades.

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03-04-2008 08:24 PM  10 years agoPost 14
BladeRex

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Yeah yes the Rotortech night blades are the sweetest night blades I've seen, unfortunately they don't make a small enough size for my current crop of Helis but they cost a lot more too, I use their angle tip blades for day. The Rotortechs automatically turn when they spin up so no jumpers to plug in and worry about loosing, their visibility is closer to the Align blades.

Those tail blades in the video are the MS blades as you can see they have a huge area that lights up, that's why they're even more visible than the other night blades, not that you really need them to be. The only thing I didn/t really like about the MS blades is they only use 2 colors, but they do still have 3 LEDs per blade but the tips and one of the LEDs (I forget if it's the top or bottom) inboard are the same color (green, the other is red) but it's still easy to tell if you're inverted or not.

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03-04-2008 09:17 PM  10 years agoPost 15
TaleGunner

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mains were align tail are MS and yes I have fliped rolled looped all the mild to mid 3d moves Im capable of with no problems.

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03-04-2008 10:30 PM  10 years agoPost 16
jackheli

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Thanks guys. I know the Rotortechs are the sweetest thing but boy, are the expensive: almost $220 with the charger!

What do you guys think of the K&B tail blades?

http://www.readyheli.com/ProductDet...roductCode=4003

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03-04-2008 10:48 PM  10 years agoPost 17
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The MS Composite night tail blades will surely be the brightest and best eye candy in the air. They simply are much much brighter.

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03-04-2008 10:51 PM  10 years agoPost 18
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The MS Composite night tail blades will surely be the brightest and best eye candy in the air. They simply are much much brighter.
Well, I currently fly with no lighted tail blades at all, only with the fluorescent sticks on the fins.

So you have seen the K&S and they are that much more dimmer than the MS?

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03-04-2008 10:53 PM  10 years agoPost 19
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hi
pwood..

You autoed at NIGHT??

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03-04-2008 11:30 PM  10 years agoPost 20
alawel

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Blades
Alrighty, just got back from the field. The 600 align blades increased cyclic rate over the SAB's I was flying and the Radix that I have on my pro by about 50%, Very fast. They didn't auto particularly well, but, oh well. I didn't spend much time with the night blades on, but for the brief flight they felt very similar if not exactly like the non lighted 600's. I've flown MS night and non lighted blades and the Align feel pretty similar.

If your not doing autos much and you want a very fast cyclic rate go with the align blades, if you fly a bit softer 3-D and like to shoot a few autos per flight, go with Radix or SAB's. I've not flown the V's so I can't comment on those.

I can't wait to get some night flying in, with the cold air and the faster blades the sport should be pretty fun.

Alan

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