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10-11-2012 11:41 PM  5 years agoPost 1
3dgimble

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Mechanical failures are more frequent in the cold than when its hot or warm. Are there extra preventative tips and precautions one should practice?
Please share your ideas and observations, thank you.

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10-11-2012 11:49 PM  5 years agoPost 2
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Air is thicker (heavier) = more bite!

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10-11-2012 11:50 PM  5 years agoPost 3
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I tend to fly most when its cold out and in general i have experienced more problems of failure in extreme heat then in cold weather electronics dont seem to be bothered by the cold what so ever. The only think i hate is when coming in from the cold into a warm house you get dew build up which then has to be dried to prevent rust thats my experience

Mabey one day i will actually land one of these things !!

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10-12-2012 12:03 AM  5 years agoPost 4
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unless you preheat your packs you may notice slightly shorter flight times and or a tiny bit of a performance drop,but not much.

If you charge your packs at the field and its below 50 or so deg,if you cant fly the packs for any reason,make sure you discharge them before they go in the house,even if its a little bit at the field and you finish discharging inside.

Never bring a pack thats been charged to 100% in the cold, inside.

Charging inside and going out to the cold is nothing to worry about

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10-12-2012 12:11 AM  5 years agoPost 5
MartyH

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In theory a cold battery will have less capacity and lower performance. However, I'm guessing (I don't fly electric) the pack warms up and performance will be similar to that of any other time of year.

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10-12-2012 12:30 AM  5 years agoPost 6
OICU812

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funguy here is an old thread but with some good info for this very question.

https://rc.runryder.com/t669469p1/

...Once upon a time there were Nitros, flybars and frequency pins...

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10-12-2012 12:32 AM  5 years agoPost 7
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Winter flying here is rough, usually in the 60's, darn lol It's the summer here when I limit going outside.

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10-12-2012 12:39 AM  5 years agoPost 8
OICU812

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ALWAYS someone there to rub it in!!!!

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10-12-2012 12:44 AM  5 years agoPost 9
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Yea, but the summers here are brutal to me so its not always cake.

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10-12-2012 02:00 AM  5 years agoPost 10
3dgimble

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Thanks for the tips, but what about the mechanics of the heli?

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10-12-2012 02:18 AM  5 years agoPost 11
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Other than the potential of plastic getting brittle, I don't think there are any concerns.

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10-12-2012 02:27 AM  5 years agoPost 12
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Your packs will have a little lower capacity in the cold. I generally take 30 seconds off my timer when it gets below 40 or so to compensate for it.

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10-12-2012 02:39 AM  5 years agoPost 13
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Ball links tend to shrink in very cold weather and is very noticeable on a 450 and 250. Never worried about my 600 cause the ball links were worn to start with. Battery performance WILL suffer like others have mentioned. On the up side since you're flying electric you won't freeze your fingers from getting fuel on them.

Damn that ground is hard! When's the right time to get out of this money sucking hobby?

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10-12-2012 03:00 AM  5 years agoPost 14
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If you are running a belt driven tail with aluminum boom similar to a logo or furion. Watch your tail belt tension.

When I fly in the winter with my logo I leave the tail assembly loose. Let the Heli acclimate for about 5-10 minutes then adjust the tail.

Just remember at the end of the day to loosen the tail before bringing the Heli inside otherwise the tail belt will get over tight when the boom warms up.

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10-12-2012 03:04 AM  5 years agoPost 15
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+1^^^ Ed

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10-12-2012 03:17 AM  5 years agoPost 16
fenderstrat

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yes good call on the belt/boom.Forgot about that.and give the gyro/fbl unit a few min to acclimate. Other than that just go fly

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10-12-2012 03:59 AM  5 years agoPost 17
Noobyflyer

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The ground is harder and crashes cost more IMHO.

I like to let the batteries stay warm in the sun on my dashboard and don't bring them into the cold until I am ready to fly a pack.

Belt tension is imortant with the boom shrinking a bit in the cold and all.

I also like to let the gyro/FBL system get cold before flying. Funny things can happen when you go from warm to fly in cold without the gyros getting to temp.

Static build up becomes more of an issue on the belts. Grounding the boom is always a good idea.

Ball links tend to become tighter and less smooth as well.

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10-12-2012 04:00 AM  5 years agoPost 18
reddragon

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You're going to have be a bit more cautious in the cold weather. Any extreme in either cold or heat can affect performance. As stated it will also affect things such as your belt for the tail and certainly the plastics. I snapped landing gear several years ago flying in sub freezing temperatures. Cautious.

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10-12-2012 09:49 AM  5 years agoPost 19
Richardmid1

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Just DON'T FLY COLD LI-PO'S (0 degrees C or lower). I run my car with the heater on the windscreen and keep them on the dash.
Ball links tend to shrink in very cold weather and is very noticeable on a 450 and 250.
The plastic link will shrink first yes but after a while out in the cold so will the metal ball and they will loosen up again.

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10-12-2012 02:48 PM  5 years agoPost 20
eddiscus

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Another option to keep lipo's warm instead of running your car.

http://www.etlz.de/

Also makes a good hand warmer.

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