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#1 ahofer

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Posted 22 November 2010 - 02:49 AM

There must be something here-

http://www.flashingb...-c-114_119.html

Anyone ever tried to frame a rev with that glow tubing? Or is too heavy?
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Posted 22 November 2010 - 04:19 AM

strobes and a battery system is the way to go,

smaller the better, (a 9 volt battery worth of total weight is out of the question)

must be completely removable

All white lights or R/W/B is expected

needs a couple hours of endurance on the battery (hearing aid, watch, cell phone, all of these are rechargable)

needs to fit (lock-down) on a 1point5 platform, at least light the intersections of the leading edge and down spars
2 lights if not 5 along the leading edge

has to be durable and rigidly mounted, impact with the ground should not dislodge or wink-out the system
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Posted 22 November 2010 - 08:42 AM

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Posted 22 November 2010 - 11:36 AM

Check this nice movie from Team4Fun.....really good nightflight !!!

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Posted 22 November 2010 - 01:47 PM

What do you use for tape to attach? I assume something that won't leave residue when removed or something that could tear away the sail, but what specifically?

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Posted 22 November 2010 - 01:58 PM

When I was playing around with that years ago, I would sew Velcro pads onto the sail. The elements I would attach, had the Velcro hooks attached to them.

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Posted 22 November 2010 - 03:13 PM

The problem with such tubing and wire is that you can't get real long lengths with the smaller battery components. I tried this with velcro stripping on the leading edge. It looked great in dark, but I couldn't frame the whole sail. :/ Not as bright as the LED lights either.

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Posted 22 November 2010 - 04:30 PM

I have used childrens LED rings to light my Revs. I purchased them on eBay and are similar to these:

http://cgi.ebay.com/...=item3a581c3249

The ones I purchased have Velcro (instead of rubber bands) and easily attach to LE end caps and on to the vertical rods. They are bright and last for hours. Both types have identical LEDs (batteries are included).

They also come in handy when trying to wrap-up in the dark as they sit on your finger and are bright enough to do the trick, without holding or toting a flashlight.

I believe the lights Bazzer mentioned are the ones that iQuad attached/used at WSIKF while team flying during the fireworks. The 2030 ultra LED lights are brighter, but also pricy. BUT, if you were fortunate enough to see their (iQuad's) awesome performance I think you'd agree, in their case, well worth the cost! Posted Image

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Posted 22 November 2010 - 08:37 PM

Hi Andy-

As some have said, the different LED's or finger lights work great! I've been using small clip on lights that would go on a baseball cap. They're superbright and light and quickly set up. You do have to make sure that the clip part is past the seam so that it doesn't slip off. I'll show you when I see you. I also have a custom set that are really cool, too.
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Posted 22 November 2010 - 09:01 PM

Got some photos of the type and where you clip them on Laura?

I have some clip on ones, but they tend to come off regardless of where I try to attach.

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Posted 22 November 2010 - 09:13 PM

Hi everybody ever try night lights that is what I use whenever I fly in the dark

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Posted 23 November 2010 - 03:27 AM

3v lithium watch battery. 2030. ultra bright LED. repeat until you have enough.



Hi Bazzer,
can you please quote a materials source,
or is this stuff available from a place like Radioshack?

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Posted 23 November 2010 - 05:29 AM

Check this nice movie from Team4Fun.....really good nightflight !!!

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That looks like the light is projected on most of the sail-half. I wonder how they stand the light off far enough behind the sail (a foot/30cm?) to cover that much?



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Posted 23 November 2010 - 10:21 AM

Got some photos of the type and where you clip them on Laura?

I have some clip on ones, but they tend to come off regardless of where I try to attach.

Bart


Hi Bart-
How's everything?
I'll get some photos and post them in the next few days.
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Posted 23 November 2010 - 10:55 AM

the video had 'em mounted to magic-stick types of structures

and projecting the light onto the back of the sail,

with an all white sail, it's quite dramatic I must say!

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Posted 23 November 2010 - 11:04 AM

Sort of froze up Laura? How with you?

I did a +3C fly with snow on the ground a couple weekends ago. That's the lowest temps I have been out in with a kite. Thinking I may be able to handle some sub-zero if I work hard to convince myself I want to do it. I would like to extend my season as much as possible since I've been in the zone a few times on the learning curve so a real pity not to exploite it as much as possible. I brought back so much from wsikf I think my confidence level moved up a notch!

Thanks for taking pictures.

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Hi Bart-
How's everything?
I'll get some photos and post them in the next few days.



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Posted 23 November 2010 - 11:21 AM

Sort of froze up Laura? How with you?

I did a +3C fly with snow on the ground a couple weekends ago. That's the lowest temps I have been out in with a kite. Thinking I may be able to handle some sub-zero if I work hard to convince myself I want to do it. I would like to extend my season as much as possible since I've been in the zone a few times on the learning curve so a real pity not to exploite it as much as possible. I brought back so much from wsikf I think my confidence level moved up a notch!

Thanks for taking pictures.

Bart


The forecast for Blackheath this coming Sunday is 0C (feels like -4C) and snowing! Winds 8mph from the East. Sounds bracing <grins>

Maybe this should be in another thread!

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Posted 23 November 2010 - 12:01 PM

the video had 'em mounted to magic-stick types of structures

and projecting the light onto the back of the sail,

with an all white sail, it's quite dramatic I must say!


I would agree, looks like the lights are mounted on magic-sticks.

What type of light do they use?
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Posted 23 November 2010 - 12:01 PM

I know I have flown REVs down to around -10C. I use to fly every New Years Day in southern Germany. It could get quite cold.
The main problem flying at those low temps is the lines freezing up. Also the lines will stick to the snow thus creating additional problems. The cure for all of this is to leave your lines outside in the cold weather, don't take them inside. The moisture they absorb inside will cause the freezing when you go outside. Even when you traveling to a site to fly, keep your lines in the trunk(boot) so they stay cool.

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Posted 27 November 2010 - 03:15 AM

3v lithium watch battery. 2030. ultra bright LED. repeat until you have enough.

Here's how we do our lights, as Bazzer describes...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjTP_T-wR9w

Of course, has has a couple more tricks with conductive gel and adhesive pads that make it all work a bit better in application. ;)

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