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01-23-2012 10:44 PM  6 years agoPost 1
Supertoyz

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When I first started in Heli's we had the bleach bottle canopy's or $250 custom painted fiberglass canopies from Arizona heli. In comparison today's Canomod/Fusono Canopies are a bargain offering cheap prices, decent quality and large selections. What I don't like about them is the attaching methods and brittleness. It's usually only a matter of weeks before the paint starts to crack around the grommets from repeated on/off cycles. Today's lexan seems like a good alternative. The bodies offered on today's Trucks and buggies come with nice details molded in and have preprinted graphics on the inside and look really nice, simply spray on your accent color, peel off the protective layer and you have a sweet looking body. They are cheap enough where you could have several for every heli. They would hold up better and would resist cracking. I don't think they should replace a nice fiberglass canopy but they could make a nice alternative. I'm also curious why nobody has tried to come up with a better attaching method. I'd be interested in seeing a clamshell type system like a snowmobile cowl where the belly pan is fixed and the top (cowl) would hinge forward exposing the heli's internals. The top cowl would close over the belly pan and attach by a simple elastic on each side. Maybe it's not as easy as it sounds but as a consumer I'd be very interested in a heli that made improvements in this department. What do you guys think?

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01-23-2012 10:48 PM  6 years agoPost 2
helidevil

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i get tired of burning my fingers on the muffler when i take my canopys off lol. a light weight and low cost solution like this would be great! Just who's going to do it?

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01-23-2012 11:15 PM  6 years agoPost 3
red_z06

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I'm also curious why nobody has tried to come up with a better attaching method.
I guess you have not used RCBooya or HeliOption Quick Release mounts.

Once you use them, you will not go back to paint stressing grommet pulls.

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01-24-2012 12:08 AM  6 years agoPost 4
dragonflya

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+1 on RC booyas I have them on all my Helis,
They work great.
It would be nice to try the lexan...


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01-24-2012 12:33 AM  6 years agoPost 5
VANHELI

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RcBooya quick release on my logo and QUK mounts on my 550. Havent cracked one since using both of these. Highly recommend either!!

I think a clear lexan canopy painted from the inside would scratch away quickly from sliding it on and off multiple times...imo

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01-24-2012 12:43 AM  6 years agoPost 6
Toadster25

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I remember my first xcell 30 came with a lexan canopy. It worked pretty good but was made out of two halves that had a seam down the middle where you glued them together after painting on the inside.
There is one picture of it in my gallery.

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01-24-2012 01:35 AM  6 years agoPost 7
AltecLansing

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RC Booya for sure.

Man, I miss the eighties.

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01-24-2012 02:12 AM  6 years agoPost 8
Supertoyz

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I'd looked at the RCBooya system before but hadn't ordered any yet, I guess I'll give them a try.

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01-24-2012 06:36 AM  6 years agoPost 9
karade

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I've been having a think about using lexan for canopies, specially since vacuum forming it looks very easy. The only problem I've come up with is the heli canopy goes back on itself and getting that out of a mold could be tricky.
On the other hand we have beautifully painted canopies, take the paint job away and how much do you reckon they'd be worth? $20 I imagine, or less.

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01-24-2012 06:42 AM  6 years agoPost 10
cabeng

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Yip, same issues , I use these http://www.fast-lad.co.uk/store/can...24-p-16100.html
with lynx screws on 1 heli and quic uk on another, works 110%

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01-24-2012 07:30 AM  6 years agoPost 11
whoamis

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For material, I really like this "polycarbonate" canopy. I fly them and they are light, indestructible (really) and look great.

http://msheli.com/Item.aspx?IDItem=173

They make one where the colored area is clear so you can paint it to suit, but I've never done that. It doesn't sound quite as tricked out as the car bodies described in this thread.

oops, bounced it!

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01-24-2012 09:20 AM  6 years agoPost 12
Bob Wales (RIP)

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Quick Uk earth magnets best mounting system so far for me. Very quick to take off as well.

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01-24-2012 11:19 AM  6 years agoPost 13
Justin Stuart (RIP)

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Doesn't that Lexan warp with the slightest bit of heat?

I had a plank windscreen that I believe was made out of Lexan. It melted just from letting the aircraft sit out in the sun for 20 min.

At least fiberglass doesn't melt.

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01-24-2012 12:33 PM  6 years agoPost 14
OldNewbie

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It probably wasn't Lexan (polycarbonite) because I believe Lexan does not get soft until about 300 degrees and melts at about 500 degrees. If it deformed from sun light it was something much cheaper.

I think PET, the stuff 2 liter pop bottles are made of, would make a tough canopy.

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01-24-2012 05:52 PM  6 years agoPost 15
JasonJ

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I think PET, the stuff 2 liter pop bottles are made of, would make a tough canopy.
I remember seeing some pics of ghetto canopies and pop bottles were used as canopies. I think they were on 450 size helicopters but it was pretty funny.

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01-24-2012 07:45 PM  6 years agoPost 16
Bob Wales (RIP)

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I think I would rather stick with fiberglass as I have experienced a bad esc fire and that would have made it worse melting all over the place.

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01-26-2012 04:05 AM  6 years agoPost 17
dragonflya

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Mr Revo has taken serious abuse, rollovers, crashes, hot engines, sat in the August Sun for hours etc.. A canopy that is that light, and holds up and can handle a great paint job...bring it on!
I am kinda hard on my Fiberglass canopies. they get heavey after I recycle them like 5x, er, uh but I never crash...


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02-01-2012 09:59 PM  6 years agoPost 18
geink

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paint?
Hi,
I guess this has been asked a hundred times before , But what is a good fuel proof paint, besides epoxy.
Thanks.

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02-01-2012 10:28 PM  6 years agoPost 19
heli-cuzz

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But what is a good fuel proof paint, besides epoxy.
I don't know of any fuel proof paints. Use an automotive clearcoat over the paint for a fuel proof finish.

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02-01-2012 10:55 PM  6 years agoPost 20
Justin Stuart (RIP)

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Whatever happened to Imron? That stuff was the best.

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