AC Holic

Installing HeliLights

by on Jul.31, 2009, under Hobbies

Finally, got around to installing the Helilights onto my Blade CX2 helicopter.  This CX2 has the extreme body parts upgrade as they are tougher than the stock body in a flying model.

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HeliLights pcb fits nicely under the radio and the speed controller.

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Blue police flashers installed to both body sides  and the red rotating beacon simulator on top.

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The Red/Green navigation lights are 603 sized surface mount LEDs.  They are tiny and embeds nicely into the thin plastic stabilizer wing.  The white flasher sits on the tail enclosed by an LED panel cap.  All wires are hidden inside the carbon fiber tube.

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Powered up and ready to fly.


2 Comments for this entry

  • Ed

    Those lights are really cool. I have a huey heli and I would like to install lights. I want to intagrate a sonar system that would turn on the lights when the Heli left the ground and turn off when the heli landed. The componants are available, just getting it alltogather is the hitch!! I know nothing about electronics. Do you know if there is a system like that available that could be purchesed? A setup like that would be really cool. Thanks. Ed

  • rex

    Hi Ed,

    Thanks for the compliment.

    As to your ground sensor, I think an infrared proximity sensor would work and be lighter and smaller for installation into a scale model. Have a look here or do a search on google for “proximity sensor circuits”. For example, you might be interested in something like this:

    http://www.electronic-circuits-diagrams.com/alarmsimages/alarmsckt19.shtml

    It’s a simple circuit and can be built with common parts.

    -Rex

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