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HelicopterMain Discussion › OK to fly electric Heli in light rain???
12-02-2007 10:14 PM  10 years agoPost 1
wurthless

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Worried about damage from shorting in the motor or sum-tin. I have a Miss Hanger One with an outrunner behind the prop I'd also want to fly in the rain,,,

QUICK! ,,,can someone turn the gravity off for just a second,,,,

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12-02-2007 10:17 PM  10 years agoPost 2
Ted Toth

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I would be concerned about the Tx

I once got a drop in the gimbel and had bad

glitch till it dried out about 60 minutes

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12-02-2007 10:23 PM  10 years agoPost 3
hollycopter

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no

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12-02-2007 10:29 PM  10 years agoPost 4
wurthless

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My lovely wife made a killer TX cover with a clear plastic see-thru top,,,,

QUICK! ,,,can someone turn the gravity off for just a second,,,,

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12-02-2007 10:48 PM  10 years agoPost 5
MrMel

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Most heli dont have stainless steel on screws, ball-links etc, so I dont fly when it rains for that simple reason, did it once and the heli looked like crap afterwards.

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12-03-2007 02:52 AM  10 years agoPost 6
A. Gordon

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I don't fly in the rain mainly because I don't like to get wet. Secondly because it is hard enough to keep everything in running order as it is, don't need moisture adding to problems.

All for the spectators!!

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12-03-2007 03:34 AM  10 years agoPost 7
heligrom

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Usually the rule of thumb is: Electronics + Water = BAD!!

T-rex 450S CF, Blade CX, Blade CP, A few planks

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12-03-2007 03:41 AM  10 years agoPost 8
rogeroverout

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The electronics will most likely be fine. Servos are well sealed. Water in the RX is unlikely. Water generally won't hurt the batt, connectors, ESC, or motor, unless truly excessive.

But...

Your shafts and bearings will rust! Even the lightest rain is deadly for any heli, glow or elec. You'd think all that lube would avoid the problem... it won't. Fly in the rain and regret it a week later. Regret it even more a month later.

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12-03-2007 04:13 AM  10 years agoPost 9
dick smith

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Usually the rule of thumb is: Electronics + Water = BAD!!
you know it makes sense........

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12-03-2007 04:17 AM  10 years agoPost 10
MasterCrasher

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This is why I don't buy used heli's.

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12-03-2007 03:40 PM  10 years agoPost 11
wurthless

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I fly my glow in some pretty nasty weather,,,,just can't stay in outta the bad stuff,,,,,I've never had the rusting problems mentioned (that I can see anyways),,,thanks for all the advice,,,

QUICK! ,,,can someone turn the gravity off for just a second,,,,

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12-03-2007 06:17 PM  10 years agoPost 12
TerranAce007

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This is why I don't buy used heli's.
Same here

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12-03-2007 06:21 PM  10 years agoPost 13
Cope

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I have flowen my 300 in light rain a few times, I stand under the covered porch and fly off the lawn! The little thing comes back dry?

Only seems to get wet when I crash into the wet grass?

I figured it was the blades throwing off the moisture?

?????

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12-03-2007 07:25 PM  10 years agoPost 14
Christopher B

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I dont generally fly in the rain cause I dont like getting wet.

Just always dry the heli off completely straight away after.

The only people I know with rusty helis keep them in the garden shed!

The one day of snow so I had to do it, Just dont use too much negative or they dissappear downwards if the snow is deep enough.

Chris

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12-03-2007 07:42 PM  10 years agoPost 15
QuantumPSI

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That's awesome Christopher. I was told though to not fly nitros when the snow is like that because if the snow gets on the hot engine, it can crack the casing. I wonder if it's ever happened to anyone though. Definitely seems reasonably plausible.

...now where was I, dh/dt = BS-dx/dt
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12-03-2007 09:22 PM  10 years agoPost 16
michael88997

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I was told though to not fly nitros when the snow is like that because if the snow gets on the hot engine, it can crack the casing.
i doubt that because 1. its not going to be alot of snow on there anyway because the blades will blow it off even when your inverted... and 2. you might as well say rain will crack your car engine

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12-03-2007 09:50 PM  10 years agoPost 17
QuantumPSI

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I meant if the helicopter was sitting in the snow like in Chris' photo, not flying through the air. If the helicopter is sitting that deep in the snow, the engine is definitely going to be in contact with it (depending on the helicopter of course)...

...now where was I, dh/dt = BS-dx/dt
I will fly you forever... till earth do us part

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12-03-2007 10:16 PM  10 years agoPost 18
dannyh5

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you will not have any issues with the motor, I used to run in brushed motors in a bucket of water. DC is no that bad in water, your servos will not like getting wet at all, if they are under your canopy they sould be okay. Your radio is your main problem, don't let it get wet.

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12-04-2007 12:34 AM  10 years agoPost 19
Topher

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The engine will only crack if there are very high rates of heat transfer. I doubt you could crack a heli engine that way even if you tried.

will wash your heli for a quarter

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12-04-2007 03:05 AM  10 years agoPost 20
Sam2b

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Electronics + Water = BAD!!
Well put. I've always said electronics and water don't mix. Some of my friends did not listen to me one day, flew anyway, and then were scratching their heads wondering why they were having problems. (durrrrrrr)

Wait for a sunny(ier) day, or use the sim.

_Sam B_
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