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My first go at Electronics

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Friend and I decided to wire LEDs up to our planes so we could fly them in the evening and still see them. Took 3 runs to Radio Shack and about 4 hours of work. This is my plane.

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What you got those hooked up to? the main battery? Looks pretty cool.

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What you got those hooked up to? the main battery? Looks pretty cool.

Thought about hooking it up to the main battery, but it's hooked up to a 9V battery with a switch mounted on the bottom of the plane.

Need to finish securing the exterior wires and said battery before it can go flying.

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Now what you need is a rig that can light and drop firecrackers so you can scare people $h!less.

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Now what you need is a rig that can light and drop firecrackers so you can scare people $h!less.

Lighting would be tricky but it does have a setup for being able to drop things...

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pretty sweet DF. there is a guy that sells 1/18 scale Police cars that he puts led kits in.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYIcv5oBFLw...re=channel_page

http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=jaimea...amp;view=videos

he has all kinds of cars pretty sick. Also, have you seen this?

http://www.hobby-lobby.com/video-camera.htm

That is cool. I've heard people modding the toy Transformers Barricade's light strip with LEDs.

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Well I've been under the weather for the past few days, but I managed to finish securing the wires. Hopefully I'll get to fly it on Monday.

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Did you get these FCC approved and UL tested?

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Took it for it's first flight with the LEDs, and my friend finally got a battery for his T-28 Trojan. It went well until I saw of the corner of my eye his plane slam into the ground and basically blow into pieces, and in that moment of distraction I crashed mine.

His crash caused the engine to be ripped off its housing and out of the plane, breaking the cowl he just put on it, as well as ripping the wings off.

As for mine, I was able to pull it up enough so that the landing gear took most of the damage (it's flexible metal), but it did rip off one of the rubber bands that secured the wing. Since I forgot to put two of the four bands back on in the first place, this caused the wing to shift enough to break one of the wing struts and a wire that runs to the tail LED. Didn't break the propeller though...for once., haha.

So we go to the hobby shop in the next town and get the parts we need. $&.30 and a little soldering later and it was ready to fly.

So it's dusk now and we can really test out how the lights work. This time the wind has settled down and we go through 3 batteries no problem. He was in control of it and turning around to land, when he made a mistake and it ended up cartwheeling on the ground. This ripped the engine mount off (but didn't break it) and fractured the fuselage just forward of the tail.

It's currently at his house while the gorilla glue dries.

So that was my day. This is an accident prone hobby. :P

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