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Old 06-14-2020, 11:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default DIY Night Blade Tutorial (2020)

I put together a tutorial for how to make DIY night blades.
It is 10 simple steps and is laid out well with pictures and instructions.
It includes a materials list with links of where to purchase everything so you don't have to go hunting for parts.

Please take a look. Any feedback is appreciated. The link is sharable so feel free to pass it along.

LINK: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1...it?usp=sharing






This is not something I developed, as it has been around for years. I just consolidated everything into a tutorial.
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Old 06-15-2020, 08:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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And a video of the blades in action

Satinder night fly (3 min 23 sec)
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Old 06-15-2020, 08:55 PM   #3 (permalink)
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This is awesome!!! Can’t wait to build a set for myself especially having seen them in action.
Thanks for putting this together and making it so easily accessible!!!
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Old 06-16-2020, 01:33 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Pretty nice, I'm going to recommend you have a look at this post in the stickies though, and reference it and some of the videos and techniques in your guide:
https://www.helifreak.com/showthread...08#post1817984

Key things to add from there:
  • Check continuity of the blades, and spray with automotive laquer if needed. Having the CF short elements of your night blades is not fun.
  • Add a video to "the booger technique". Great video on how to solder these 0805 resistors and LEDs together.

You also need to add some shrink wrap, hot glue alone may not reliably hold that battery, and if a battery comes off, you can write off your blades, boom, and a chunk of head parts. I like to use the clear heatshrink that sets solid without any glue for the battery. If you place the heatshrink that so it goes over the shoulder of the blade you can actually create a pocket for the battery, making the batteries removable, and allowing you to get a lot more flights in.

Add a note that you're using a 2-pin JST-PH battery connector lead, your eBay link may not last forever, so let people know what type they need.
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The continuity check and heat shrink have been addressed in the additional notes.

The eBay link is for the battery, not the connector. So if the link dies, they can just read the link to see what battery they need.
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Good write up, i just wish someone would just make some night blades..

what was that heli in the video using to make the lights move and change colors?
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Good write up, i just wish someone would just make some night blades..

what was that heli in the video using to make the lights move and change colors?
Send me some blades and I'm happy to put it together for you for free.

The heli lighting is something that I developed. Not willing to share or discuss it yet.
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Cool just added link to show notes for houdinircheli podcast. This should help people more. Thanks for the write up.
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Old 09-20-2020, 09:46 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Satinder makes some killer blades. Nice to share the DIY.

Iíll add this if itís ok. I used double sided foam tape and heat shrink to hold the battery. One set ejected a pack. I didnít crash, but I found some thin tin if I recall .020Ē or roughly 1/2 mm think. I cut out the Tin, drilled holes Bent the tabs and added some shrink wrap for this. Be sure to bend the tabs around something with similar thickness to the pack you select.
One benefit is you can now have multiple blades that use the same packs. And possibly easier to balance the blades. I also checked the packs for balance.
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Good idea, although I think the main concern would be to balance them exactly the same.

The benefit to that is being able to swap batteries.

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They balanced perfect easily. For testing I bolted them up no blades and spooled it up and it was totally smooth. I think the angle might slightly help aerodynamically, as well itís a bit easier to access the connection.

Basically I failed with my double sided tape and shrink wrap- thatís how this came to be.

There might be a better angle or no angle with just one tab bent up on the end with shrink wrap should also work well.
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What is the smallest blades this could be done on?
I would love to have night blades for my OMP M2
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What is the smallest blades this could be done on?
I would love to have night blades for my OMP M2
For a model that small, you're better using a small battery over the head. The M2 looks to have a head button, so you could use the same technique I've used in the past for a Trex 250:

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https://www.helifreak.com/showthread.php?t=567735

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https://www.helifreak.com/showthread.php?t=665431

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My latest test shows the color changing blades

Color Changing Night Blades Test (2 min 30 sec)
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