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01-18-2009 05:57 PM  9 years agoPost 1
easternav

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How many of you out there are night flying? What skill level are you at? And did it actually improve your skills? I will be setting up my trex600n in the next couple of weeks. so until I actually start to night fly I will not post it at this time.

Night flier #0
Skill level just general sport flying.
I will post after i start night flying to let you know if it actually helps to improve my skills.

est. 2006

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01-22-2009 12:32 AM  9 years agoPost 2
The Dude II

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MS Composit 600mm night blades...started night flying @ ircha-08...maybe 50+ flights now.

Definitely has improved my skills...keeping current through the winter & expanding my flight envelope. Wait till you start shooting autos @ night...that puckers the back-side the first few times!

The ms blades aren't as crisp as my daytime vBlades...but close enough. tic-tocs, 70mph+ terminal velocity vertical dives (eagletree data) without being too pitchy on the pull-out. Run them for 2hrs + every trip to the field.

In short...buy a set & go get flying...you'll wish you had sooner!

lotta ins, lotta outs

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01-22-2009 07:07 PM  9 years agoPost 3
FLYINFOOL

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Cudahy, WI

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I've been night flying for about 4 years now, flying helies for 10.
My flying style is closer to radical FAI than to hard 3D.
I have found that a very well lit heli is easier to maintain orientation at night than any heli in the daytime.
Without even realizing it till some one mentioned it to me, I have been learning my new maneuvers at night before transferring them to the light of day. So yes it is easier to fly at night.

I have always used the MS blades but am in the process of making my first set of DIY night blades. I never did like the way the MS blades flew, but they were the best lights available. The DIY blades are a LOT less expensive and I still get to use my favorite blade.


Jeff Borowski
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www.ramsrcclub.com

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01-22-2009 09:39 PM  9 years agoPost 4
easternav

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Hey FLYINFOOL
Can you pm me some photo's as far as the DIY night blades or some kind of info so I can learn about them?

est. 2006

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01-23-2009 12:25 AM  9 years agoPost 5
FLYINFOOL

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I am still working out some details.
Once I have the issues figured out I will post more info.


Jeff Borowski
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www.ramsrcclub.com

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02-24-2009 05:43 AM  9 years agoPost 6
rcmc59

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Asheville, NC

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night flying
Really nice setup Dude. Show up very distinct.

Do what has to be done

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02-24-2009 05:51 AM  9 years agoPost 7
cdrking

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Seattle

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You'll enjoy night flying, it's a blast.

To hover is divine, the alternative is rather PLANE.

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02-24-2009 06:01 AM  9 years agoPost 8
easternav

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Well I just got some more align light for my 600n and two of them do not work. I was going to wrap the tail boom in blue but after looking at a 450 at the field one night. The blue does not show up very well So I will be ordering some more some time tomorrow. Does any one know if it is Ok to run the cold stream driver from a 7.4 lipo?

est. 2006

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02-24-2009 06:14 AM  9 years agoPost 9
cdrking

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http://www.glowire.com/

To hover is divine, the alternative is rather PLANE.

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03-07-2009 03:06 PM  9 years agoPost 10
Jason Adamo

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Port Charlotte Fl

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I have my trex 450 setup for night flying. Its really fun.

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03-12-2009 04:25 AM  9 years agoPost 11
easternav

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Jason Adamo
What's your setup on the 450? I just come across a 450 and was thinking of setting it up to.

est. 2006

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03-12-2009 05:34 AM  9 years agoPost 12
Jason Adamo

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Port Charlotte Fl

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I have 2 hextronik glow wires (green and red) and a hextronik glow-driver with align night blades. The align cold light strings are a little more money but not much and are brighter however i like the hextronik driver because it has an on/off button and it also has solid or 2 speeds of blinking and the align driver tends to have the wires break free when moved around a lot.(i had this happen when installing the back light in my 9303) It also tends to get hot. The hextronik stays very cool and has the same plugs as the align for the light strings and comes with a servo connector for power so you can plug it into your rx and with the on/off switch you can leave it pluged in unlike the align.

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04-09-2009 11:20 AM  9 years agoPost 13
SlowWhite

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Camden, South Carolina

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I haven't had much luck with the MS Blades - but it hasn't been there fault 1 was a tail blade coming off in flight due to bolt backing of the blade grip, the other was an aileron linkage popping off.

both times were 1st flights on my MS Blades, and I don't know but those where the only things I changed on the heli both times, I think it's a sign!!! afraid of going for attempt number 3 with them.

But I do have all there chargers, etc and have been thinking about buying a set while I work on my DIY night blades, basically I just want the MS Blades as a back up in case I'm having issues with my V-Blades.

-Brian Barton

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04-10-2009 07:17 AM  9 years agoPost 14
gearset

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Thunder Bay Ontario

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here is mine, only night flying for 2 years now, align gear even the heli (450 and 600n)

Livin'............

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05-04-2009 10:06 PM  9 years agoPost 15
jbdww

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Round Rock, Texas

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I learn just about most of my new maneuvers with night flight. I enjoy night flying for these reasons.
1. The heli shows up a lot easier making orientation very easy.
2. I can fly in parks near my house when everyone is gone.
3. Winds are a lot calmer at night.
4. I can fly after my kids go to bed.

I have night blades on my electrics, but need to try them out on my nitro's.

Skids Up
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05-09-2009 03:04 PM  9 years agoPost 16
phillips942

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San Diego, CA

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Hey where'd you get blades with white LED's

U.S. Navy [Avant Aurora/2 Trex 700N/600NSP/450Pro]

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05-09-2009 07:21 PM  9 years agoPost 17
jbdww

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Round Rock, Texas

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Those are home made blades. I used copper tape with white led's and 110MA lipo battery.

Skids Up
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05-26-2009 03:03 AM  9 years agoPost 18
Altrex

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WI

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first flight two nights ago
and now im hooked. i love it!!!

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