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10-08-2012 07:17 AM  5 years agoPost 1
jackheli

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Hi guys,

Could you help with info on the layout and type of navigation lights on the Tow Defender from Funkey? There are 3 red windows already installed. Should the lights inside flash? at what rate?

How about port and starboard lights? strobes? landing lights?

Thanks for your help.

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10-08-2012 08:34 AM  5 years agoPost 2
Copter Doctor

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exept for the one on the vert stab, the other two arent quite accurate. the one under the front should be aft of the front crosstube and both do flash. the rates of flash vary form machine to machine. as for the one on top of the tailboom, ive never seen one in that spot ona fullsize 500 but i would roll with it and make thata flasher as well
the navlights on that model in the civiliam world are usually located in the tips of the skids (also known as the "toes" of the skids} and remember red left, green right.
there is a white position light also in the top of the horizontal tail (the "T" facing aft and is a steady while alont withthe red and green. hope this helps. will tryto dig up some pics.
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10-09-2012 04:18 AM  5 years agoPost 3
jackheli

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Thanks Emile.

Wiring the nav lights to the tip of the skids could prove a challenge. The landing gear struts are solid plastic. Drilling a channel there could be impossible. I could route a thin black wire on the outside, but it would look weird. Maybe use copper tape painted black...?? what do you think?

Would drilling a small hole on the skids for a thin wire weaken them unacceptably?

Didn't quite get the last phrase
while alont withthe red and green
Is the aft white light solid, and right where the cross of the T meets the vert stab?

No landing lights, pointing forward?

Thanks again for your help.

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10-09-2012 05:16 AM  5 years agoPost 4
Double E

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I ran my wires down the side of the struts and then used black heat shrink to cover the wires all the way out to the tips. Then I cut a notch and epoxied the LED's in place. The light at the base of the vertical stab is a strobe. The light on the bottom of the fuse I think is suppose to be a rotating beacon. I'll post a YouTube video of my light setup. It isn't exactly scale because I'm using the Hobby King light kit and I don't think it's programmable. If your looking for programmable lights, I really like the Delite setup from Esprit Models.

http://www.espritmodel.com/delight-starter-kit.aspx

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10-09-2012 05:52 AM  5 years agoPost 5
Double E

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Here is the video of my lights. Like I said, accurately scale but as good as I could do with the Hobby King light kit I had.

Watch at YouTube

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10-09-2012 06:02 AM  5 years agoPost 6
jackheli

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Thanks Double E, looks really nice.

Are the two front lights solid white and pointing forwards? Is that scale?

Thanks again. I wish mine was at the stage yours is...

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10-09-2012 06:16 AM  5 years agoPost 7
Double E

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Thanks, the two lights on the front are landing lights and idealy they would be programmed on a switch so they can be turned on and off for landing. I wired my landing lights using a micro deans connector so that when I install the nose the micro deans acts like a extra position pin but it also electrifys the landing lights.

I'm really starting to enjoy building and flying scale helicopters. They're very popular when I bring them to the field because most people won't take the time to convert a 3D machine to a scale or sport scale helicopter. I've got a 450 size Apache I need to get built then I'd like to put my G30 Radikal gasser into a Vietnam Huey fuse. Good times.

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10-31-2012 05:05 AM  5 years agoPost 8
jackheli

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Hi guys,

one more question: the lights on the skids... do they only exit to the side, like this picture? or do they point forwards?

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11-01-2012 03:09 AM  5 years agoPost 9
Double E

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On some pictures of the full scale heli it looks like they face out to the sides so they don't interfere with the pilots vision during flight.

I cut my heat shrink so that it simulated the full scale Heli.

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11-01-2012 07:59 AM  5 years agoPost 10
SSMKN2

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Research photos on airliners.net. Over the years the md500 have had lights in various places. The army era oh6 from Vietnam had position light just aft of rear doors on little pads. Earlier md500d models had nav lights near the front doors. I would def research the tow defender to see the unique locations of these lights. And as far as the flash rate, real ones flash erratically for the most part, ESP the old 58's

Joel
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11-01-2012 11:14 AM  5 years agoPost 11
SSMKN2

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Here's a few ideas for ya...most of the tow defenders I found have lights in skid tubes. The OH6A has them on the sides just aft of passenger doors. Hope this helps.

Joel
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11-02-2012 05:28 AM  5 years agoPost 12
jackheli

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Thank you for sharing your ideas and pics. I'll do my research now that I have a starting point.

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11-02-2012 03:41 PM  5 years agoPost 13
coptercptn

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acutally the front Lights should be "Light" as the upper hole is actually a cabin fresh air vent..and is not a light

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11-02-2012 09:36 PM  5 years agoPost 14
darksidedave

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good info here ,..i'm in the middle of a Century H500E military build myself

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11-03-2012 10:14 PM  5 years agoPost 15
coptercptn

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the 500 and the OH-6 are different... Just so you all know. Lighting and other fuse changes...I own an OH-6.

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11-11-2012 07:42 AM  5 years agoPost 16
jackheli

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This is how it looks like in my heli. Is it a 500 or an OH-6?

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11-11-2012 10:13 AM  5 years agoPost 17
SSMKN2

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500...oh 6 had v tails vs t tails and 4 blade heads vs 5 or 6. The oh 6 also squats lower in the tail where as 500 tail booms are more parallel to the ground.

Joel
MD 500D
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