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Old 10-01-2006, 05:44 PM
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Hello,

How do you go about winterizing r/c planes? What is the standard procedure?

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Old 10-01-2006, 09:16 PM
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Just stick'em on the shelf 'til spring, and build a couple more in the meantime.

I've never stored (read: not flown) one for more than a month. If you're a fan of after-run oil, just lube up the engines good, and then cycle your batteries when you get ready to fly again. Not much else to worry about, unless you've got termites.

My oldest engine is 4 years old (.65 Saito), never had after-run oil in it, and runs as good as the day it was new. My planes all stay in my garage, gets as hot as low 90's in summer, as cold as high 40's in winter, and I don't take any special pains with them.
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Thanks! Sounds good. I have been doing the same thing for awhile but figured that I may ask cause it seems that it would make sense to do something like that. But guess not eh?

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I winterize them by installing snow skis.

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Um...Winter?

Fly anyway! You will likely have the field to yourself and be able to practice new maneuvers as much as you want. Perfect time to work on the low KE pass or the DOD torque roll. I think snow is softer than asphalt. It looks soft in pictures...how do planes do if you drop em in the snow? It seems like a good time to practice low and slow, high alpha maneuvers to me.

We fly all year here, but it does rain sometimes, makes the roads muddy. Paved runways make life a bit easier too.
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