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12-02-2007 05:18 PM  9 years agoPost 1
daytonabeach

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I wonder, since some of us fly all year around and live in the more arctic parts of the world where the water gets hard during winter, AND we want to make money flying, not only 6 months a year but 12

I guess this sport must be almost 40 yrs old now, is it really no one that have made or manufactured parts yet that are made for cold weather, softer plastic links etc, i mean just for cold weather use, same way as we have winter tyres on our cars i mean

Anyone know something about this?
Im pretty sure more of us would fly more during cold weather if we felt secure enough, right?

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12-02-2007 06:04 PM  9 years agoPost 2
jeffscholl

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What issues are you having with the colder temps?

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12-02-2007 06:53 PM  9 years agoPost 3
daytonabeach

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No one personally yet, but i hear others here are talking about it, broken ball links, tailrotors, but i dont know if thats an overaccelerated problem which only occurs on impact with the ground

Take a quick look here and see what people talk about
http://www.runryder.com/helicopter/t378623p15/

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12-02-2007 11:37 PM  9 years agoPost 4
kookboy

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Just do a pre-flight/post-flight inspection on your heli.

Check the linkages for rust (if you flew in rain/snow/fog), all plastics for any signs of fatigue/cracking, bearings for any grinding/dirt.

Try and keep your heli/lipo's warm before flying.

Golf hardshell cases are good size for carrying 50-60 sized heli's and can provide good insulation.

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12-03-2007 04:03 AM  9 years agoPost 5
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People are quick to point out the ball link issues. I checked mine tonight, in 20 degree temps. They are very smooth, no binding.

But I'm wondering if servo's get stiff or jerky at all. My guess is not. They seem to feel smooth in the cold when rotated by radio or by hand.

I also wonder if the Helicommand gets funky in the cold? Is that physically possible?

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12-03-2007 04:05 AM  9 years agoPost 6
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Not sure.

It's hasn't for me but I haven't flow in below zero yet with it.

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12-03-2007 07:00 PM  9 years agoPost 7
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12-04-2007 12:20 AM  9 years agoPost 8
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It is too cold to fly some times?

When your fingers can't feel the gimbals it is to cold to fly

Hard job competing with gravity.

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12-04-2007 12:59 AM  9 years agoPost 9
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12-04-2007 01:28 AM  9 years agoPost 10
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I like the mitt Idea do you have any pictures and how can we get them.

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12-04-2007 01:50 AM  9 years agoPost 11
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12-04-2007 08:06 AM  9 years agoPost 12
daytonabeach

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-12? aah, thats nothing, the other day i took it up to 1500ft in -32degrees, the wind was blowing nearly 200 knots.... NOOT

Ros, tell me, have you experienced any conflicts with the radio switches in front with the radio warm, it looks like the glowe sits pretty tight, i mean causing the switches to fasten in the mitt?

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12-04-2007 08:36 AM  9 years agoPost 13
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12-04-2007 01:22 PM  9 years agoPost 14
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I have to also open my mitt up do to condensation. I plan on adding vents for that purpose and and some type of velcro etc.. to keep the TX from moving to far up in the mitt which makes getting to switches a little tricky.

I think 'Hogster' uses a TX tray with a clear bubble around it.

Will look for a link.

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12-04-2007 01:27 PM  9 years agoPost 15
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12-04-2007 01:48 PM  9 years agoPost 16
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If you are worried about the plastic links in cold weather, you could try spherical links on the swash and see how they might work out. They would be a pain to make adjustments with, but you wouldn't have to worry about the cold making them crack or fail.

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12-04-2007 01:49 PM  9 years agoPost 17
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12-04-2007 02:11 PM  9 years agoPost 18
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I bought my mit from Zach Sparks, I think he is still on the forum. Very well made, has the condensation issue too, but I really have no need to see the radio when I'm actually using the mit anyway. Very well made and keeps your hands toasty even in coldest weather.

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12-04-2007 03:08 PM  9 years agoPost 19
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12-04-2007 03:52 PM  9 years agoPost 20
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I fly with a thin pair of windstopper gloves. They are thin enough to still feel the sticks, etc. But I think I'll purchase a mitt anyway.

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