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07-15-2002 02:30 PM  16 years agoPost 1
ycwoon

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It is summer now and there is always a nagging question that I have. I will love to put my helicopter (Raptor or Sceadu) inside the car and go to work and hopefully get a few flights after work. However the outside temperature is now about 34deg C (97F) and inside the parked car maybe 50 deg C (122F).

How will this affects the radio, fuel or the plastic of the helicopter??

Any experience or input will be appreciated...

Thanks in advance
YC

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07-15-2002 02:33 PM  16 years agoPost 2
Taipan

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No chance of bringing it in into your work?

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07-15-2002 02:36 PM  16 years agoPost 3
z11355

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frankly, I wouldn't do that. You might want t
get some sort of cover (maybe those reflective
covers) and one of those window mounted
solar powered fans.

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07-15-2002 02:36 PM  16 years agoPost 4
ycwoon

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No chance mate..and how I wish I could.

Anyway they will know that I sneak out to play..

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07-15-2002 02:48 PM  16 years agoPost 5
greenboot

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I've been leaving mine in the car for years and it gets pretty hot here in the midwest. The landing skids eventually spread apart from the constant weight, so now I keep rubber bands stretched between them. I haven't noticed any other problems.

Tom

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07-15-2002 02:57 PM  16 years agoPost 6
eric_b

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Hi YCWoon

I take my heli with me and fly after work. Lately it's been in the high 90's / near 100 F. I notice that the batteries lose some of their charge when it is so hot, so I just plan on a quick re-charge before flying. I cover the copter (a Raptor 50) and transmitter with a blanket. My biggest concern is the canopy melting, but I've only had problems with that on my Kyosho 222 (the windshield is painted black). If it weren't for taking the heli with me and leaving it in the hot car all day and flying after work, I might not get to go flying at all.

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07-15-2002 03:12 PM  16 years agoPost 7
JSaleska

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The vehicles electronics seem to keep on ticking after the heat of the day so I don't see why your heli would get damaged. Now direct sunlight wouldn't be good for your paint or the LCD screens, but sounds like you have that covered. Make sure your fuel doesn't explode by keeping the bottle as full as possible so there isn't much air in it. The fuel shouldn't expand too much while the air will.

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07-15-2002 04:13 PM  16 years agoPost 8
ycwoon

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Thanks!
I will take the plunge to try it out. Will try to drape the heli with reflective material. My Transmitter and field box are made from reflective aluminum, that should keep heat out a bit.

I find that I need to fly constantly to get my fingers working right....or maybe prevent brain fade...

Thanks again folks...will update you folks if my heli or Tx crap out due to heat :-)

YC

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07-15-2002 05:10 PM  16 years agoPost 9
oldfart

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The main concern is if you use blades made of composite (fiberglass or C/F) and have them folded back. The heat over time can cause them to warp.

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07-15-2002 06:18 PM  16 years agoPost 10
The_Dave

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No Problem
I leave my machine in my truck here in Vegas. When it is 117 degres outside it can easily go well over 200 in the cab of the truck. No problems so far......

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07-15-2002 08:38 PM  16 years agoPost 11
RappyTappy

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I get to take mine into work, Direct sunlight is bad and I personally don't like to leave my heli in my car when its getting over 100 degrees in there. Why take a chance?

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07-15-2002 09:09 PM  16 years agoPost 12
Lwnemesis

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anyone ever thought about putting the heli in their trunk?? I put my Ergo 50 long boom version in the trunk of my car all the time and it never gets hot in there. I have a white chevy caprice.

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07-15-2002 09:21 PM  16 years agoPost 13
fitenfyr

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Your funny!
anyone ever thought about putting the heli in their trunk?? I put my Ergo 50 long boom version in the trunk of my car all the time and it never gets hot in there. I have a white chevy caprice.
That's cause it doesn't get HOT here. Just kidding. Hot to us in the Great PNW is 80 degrees. It has been "hot" lately.
I leave mine in the back of the truck. Canopy windows are tinted and I crack open the front slider. Gets pretty warm in there and so far just the battery issues stated above.
I do keep my tx in the box though to keep the sun off and I wouldn't allow direct sunlight to get on the helis for the reasons stated above.

Jason Stiffey
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07-15-2002 09:25 PM  16 years agoPost 14
Lwnemesis

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Hey i lived in St.louis before i moved to seattle so please dont talk about hot weather.

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07-16-2002 05:37 PM  16 years agoPost 15
ed vega

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if standing still in a car window , then melted window canopies if in the sun @ or beyond 95+ degrees. keep it shaded with reflection screens , keep the tank vented, loosen the plug alittle until your ready to fly

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07-16-2002 09:13 PM  16 years agoPost 16
RappyTappy

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Oh yea, if you leave your radio in the car, the screen will turn black, even if not in direct sunlight. I almost screwed up my radio once like that, never again.

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