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  • John Bäckstrand
    Comment on Making Night Blades for R/C Helicopter (November 18th, 2011 at 12:30)

    I would love to see how you soldered the leds in more detail. I just bought what I assume is the exact same tape, and I already taped it to one of the blades in original width, figuring it didn’t matter it was so wide. But now I have no idea how I am going to solder the leds on there, oh well.

    • John, I’ll see if I can get a video of the soldering job this weekend. It’s not particularly difficult but took a bit to figure out the first time. I solder the resistor to the LEDs first. I tape the LED to a glass table top and tin the exposed end of the LED and then push the resistor up next to it and hold it with a toothpick while heating up the LED and resistor contacts, then hold it till it cools. Once you have these little LED+Resistor modules you can put them on the copper strips, get a little solder on the tip of your soldering iron and bond the joint. I use my finger to hold the LED down while soldering the first joint, but it may be too hot and a toothpick would work fine.

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