RunRyder RC
 3  Topic Subscribe
WATCH
 1 page 1102 views POST REPLY
HelicopterBlades and Night Flying › TT blades discoloring due to sunlight
12-10-2004 10:04 PM  13 years agoPost 1
Raptor Rulezzz

rrKey Veteran

Rockanje, Zuid-Holland - The Netherlands

My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

Hi,

I'm flying a couple of TT600's which are 1 year old, they have been true alot.... mostly hard 3D and mowing gras, but are not damaged in any way.

Anyway I had a new pair of new TT blades and compared to them to my blades and obviously my white turned very yellow(and a bit green, from the grass). and I was wondering if the UV-light that made my blades turn yellow also deteriorates the epoxy that's used to construct the blades.

In other words, will blades fail due to expore to sunlight???

I have no experience with this, I do know that propellors get brittle after a few years so I was wondering if and when I should replace blades with new ones because I don't want to crash because of a bladefailure!

Please don't tell me to crash more... I go to the limit down on the deck each weekend and I've been expecting one since last spring.... still no joy

Cheers,

Rich



Proud Member of Team QuickUK, Team Duralite & Sponsored by V-blades & 4rc.nl

PM  EMAIL  GALLERY  Attn:RR  Quote
12-10-2004 11:56 PM  13 years agoPost 2
JuanRodriguez

rrProfessor

The Villages, Florida

My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

They are bad. Don't fly them !!!!

I'll PM you with my address so that you can send them to me....

PM  EMAIL  GALLERY  Attn:RR  Quote
12-10-2004 11:58 PM  13 years agoPost 3
AzHyper

rrKey Veteran

Peoria, Az.

My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

You might want to store them away from flourescent lights as well.

PM  EMAIL  Attn:RR  Quote
12-11-2004 07:20 AM  13 years agoPost 4
the collective

rrKey Veteran

Bayside, NY, U.S.A

My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

Juan...

I have several sets of TT600's and SAB600's that are a bit yellowed as well... Can you tell me the proper disposal procedure, or can I just send them to you for safe disposal? Wow, I almost flew them this weekend... good thing I checked RR tonight!

PM  EMAIL  Attn:RR  Quote
12-11-2004 01:14 PM  13 years agoPost 5
JuanRodriguez

rrProfessor

The Villages, Florida

My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

My goodness no !!!!

Don't dispose of them improperly !!!!

I'll PM you my address so that they can be properly handled !!!

PM  EMAIL  GALLERY  Attn:RR  Quote
12-11-2004 02:29 PM  13 years agoPost 6
rstacy

rrElite Veteran

Rochester, NY

My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

Juan,
I can help you with disposal if need be.

I have a habit of turning them in to smaller pieces. Good for easier storage.

PM  EMAIL  HOMEPAGE  GALLERY  Attn:RR  Quote
12-11-2004 03:06 PM  13 years agoPost 7
playfair

rrKey Veteran

Rochester, NY

My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

Juan/Ray, you guys are BAD! You do realize some people care about how their heli looks, right?

Rich, I had one pair yellow pretty quickly, yet another hasn't done too bad. We didn't have much sun this year, so my current theory is the oil in the fuel yellows the gel coat. Next time, you can try wiping down well post flight/day with cleaner.


The sky is our canvas

PM  EMAIL  GALLERY  Attn:RR  Quote
12-11-2004 06:57 PM  13 years agoPost 8
Al Magaloff

rrMaster

12,199 Posts- Enough Time Wasted. See Ya!

My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

I put plastic bags over my blades. They fly funny, sound even funnier, but no yellowing from the fuel yet!

PM  EMAIL  Attn:RR  Quote
12-11-2004 11:58 PM  13 years agoPost 9
JuanRodriguez

rrProfessor

The Villages, Florida

My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

Juan/Ray, you guys are BAD! You do realize some people care about how their heli looks, right?
I'm just trying to do my part to help preserve the environment !!

PM  EMAIL  GALLERY  Attn:RR  Quote
12-12-2004 12:15 AM  13 years agoPost 10
2LTime

rrKey Veteran

Walworth,NY

My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

Clean em' with some toothpaste! Seriously. I have only had one pair last long enough to go yellow. But any mild abrasive will whiten them back up, even non-whitening toothpaste.

Doesn't help with cavities or eventual "Decay" though.

Jeff

PM  EMAIL  GALLERY  Attn:RR  Quote
12-12-2004 01:03 AM  13 years agoPost 11
JuanRodriguez

rrProfessor

The Villages, Florida

My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

Hey, Tooltime.......

Don't you be giving that kind of advise......

It may cut into my patetented disposal service !!!!!

PM  EMAIL  GALLERY  Attn:RR  Quote
12-12-2004 03:27 AM  13 years agoPost 12
high flyer nl

rrApprentice

nieuwleusen ov nld

My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

Juan
richard is serious
he realy takes a lot of time making sure his heli's are in top condition
so he realy want's to know if the blades may fail.
because of the constant exposure to the sun
his and my rule is al ways safety first fun later
and he knows how to have fun

greetz marco peace is a state of mind and a way of life

PM  EMAIL  GALLERY  Attn:RR  Quote
12-12-2004 09:05 AM  13 years agoPost 13
Al Magaloff

rrMaster

12,199 Posts- Enough Time Wasted. See Ya!

My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

HighFlyer, I would think worrying about yellowing blades , is taking the safety issue a bit far.

PM  EMAIL  Attn:RR  Quote
12-12-2004 10:33 AM  13 years agoPost 14
Raptor Rulezzz

rrKey Veteran

Rockanje, Zuid-Holland - The Netherlands

My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

I was wondering if the UV-light that made my blades turn yellow also deteriorates the epoxy that's used to construct the blades.
I was wondering about that, not the part where the blades turned yellow

Anyway I almost feel stupid for asking , then again... it was late at night and I was VERY bored

Cheers,

Rich



Proud Member of Team QuickUK, Team Duralite & Sponsored by V-blades & 4rc.nl

PM  EMAIL  GALLERY  Attn:RR  Quote
12-12-2004 10:50 AM  13 years agoPost 15
Al Magaloff

rrMaster

12,199 Posts- Enough Time Wasted. See Ya!

My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

Some people feel leaving black blades to overheat in the sun, is a bad policy. Could be. As for UV causing issues, I would worry more about my skin, long before the blades. Mine have never lasted long enough anyway. But there could be something to it, because the helicopters I never fly, that sit in the house, have never had a blade failure due to UV exposure.

PM  EMAIL  Attn:RR  Quote
12-12-2004 01:42 PM  13 years agoPost 16
JuanRodriguez

rrProfessor

The Villages, Florida

My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

Anyway I almost feel stupid for asking , then again... it was late at night and I was VERY bored
Rich,

Seems like you really haven't gotten a proper answer to your question and instead, we've had a little fun with the "proper disposal" stuff....

There are a couple of outfits that sell blade covers to protect the blades against hangar rash and from the sun. I've seen some made of reflective material and as Al said, leaving black blades such as NHP's exposed to the sun all day long is probably not a good idea.

When I am out at the field, my helis always find a shady spot away from direct sunlight whenever I'm not flying. We usually have a couple or three canopies set up to protect ourselves. A canopy is probably the best investment I've made relative to RC flying.....

To get a more "technical" answer to your concern, I would send an email directly to NHP to see what they say. My guess is that they will tell you not to leave them in the sun for extended periods of time...

Let us know if you go that route and get some answers....

PM  EMAIL  GALLERY  Attn:RR  Quote
12-12-2004 03:45 PM  13 years agoPost 17
Raptor Rulezzz

rrKey Veteran

Rockanje, Zuid-Holland - The Netherlands

My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

There are a couple of outfits that sell blade covers to protect the blades against hangar rash and from the sun. I've seen some made of reflective material and as Al said, leaving black blades such as NHP's exposed to the sun all day long is probably not a good idea.
Yeah, I agree I never leave the blades in the sun (when it's hot outside) and I put a blacket over the canopy to protect the electronics (have seen electronics fail due to heat!!)
To get a more "technical" answer to your concern, I would send an email directly to NHP to see what they say. My guess is that they will tell you not to leave them in the sun for extended periods of time...
Maybe I'll do that sometime, the point of this tread was to find out if someone ever had a blade fail due to old age... I guess not

Cheers,

Rich



Proud Member of Team QuickUK, Team Duralite & Sponsored by V-blades & 4rc.nl

PM  EMAIL  GALLERY  Attn:RR  Quote
12-13-2004 02:15 AM  13 years agoPost 18
high flyer nl

rrApprentice

nieuwleusen ov nld

My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

girard
he means a blanket

greetz marco peace is a state of mind and a way of life

PM  EMAIL  GALLERY  Attn:RR  Quote
12-13-2004 08:16 AM  13 years agoPost 19
Al Magaloff

rrMaster

12,199 Posts- Enough Time Wasted. See Ya!

My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

Remember Ikarus!

PM  EMAIL  Attn:RR  Quote
01-12-2005 01:29 PM  13 years agoPost 20
Doug

rrElite Veteran

Port Saint Luice Florida....

My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

"Soft scrub"

First member of Member of Bearings Anonymous

PM  EMAIL  GALLERY  Attn:RR  Quote
WATCH
 1 page 1102 views POST REPLY
HelicopterBlades and Night Flying › TT blades discoloring due to sunlight
 Print TOPIC  Make Suggestion 

 3  Topic Subscribe

Monday, April 23 - 10:38 pm - Copyright © 2000-2018 RunRyder   EMAILEnable Cookies

Login Here
 New Subscriptions 
 Buddies Online