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02-04-2008 07:18 PM  11 years ago
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WRC1610

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Flying in the rain
What do you guys think about flying in the rain? My dad used to race motorcycles in the Northwest and there was a saying: if you dont race in the rain in Seattle, you dont race very often. I'm finding the same to be true for flying. Is there a way to waterproof a heli?
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02-04-2008 07:24 PM  11 years ago
lightningrc

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I find my self some times in light rain but I dont think it does the electrics alot of good , think it my start off a little corrosion in the plugs /joints

I usually give my heli's a light coat of wd 40 especially around the electronics, you need to be extra carefull with the radio also , it may not show a fault until the connections inside start to corrode and give bad connections
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02-04-2008 10:12 PM  11 years ago
Ben-T-Spindle

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The Key is keeping the electronics. Align helicopters are not designed very well to do that because lots of components are not covered be the canopy. If it’s raining I fly my Raptor E620 because everything is up front under the canopy.

A scale helicopter with a full fuselage would be excellent.

... BTS
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02-04-2008 10:28 PM  11 years ago
aerton

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Just clean it up, the main rotor metal parts could get corrosion.
Other than that I flew fine in rain and snow. It's not devastatingly dangerous, it's just wet.
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02-04-2008 11:07 PM  11 years ago
lightningrc

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Yes but like all electrics you will have problems if they get wet and im sure the danger is very high with an rc helicopter.
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02-05-2008 12:59 AM  11 years ago
WRC1610

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I would imagine if you came up with a box for your gyro and reciever and the bec as well it might be ok? I'm flying a 600 btw. I'm also kind of curious if the blades might keep everyting relatively dry? I mean its basically a giant fan sitting above your electronics yeah?
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02-05-2008 06:53 AM  11 years ago
aerton

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It doesn't keep it dry. I flew with and without fuselage in the rain.
I can't imagine a short circuit from rain really, but just using commons sense helps a lot. most of my electronics are outside canopy.
The metal itself really takes a beating more than electronics, some, seams like all, bearings don't have corrosion protection of any kind, but other than that it's fine.
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