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Old Jul 26, 2014, 06:26 PM
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I will no longer have any problems with the canopy falling off. Of course you have to take screws in and out each time you fly but that's better then loosing the canopy all the time.
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Old Jul 26, 2014, 06:41 PM
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Additional cooling/air vents in the bottom near the tail takes care it.
No worries now.
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Old Jul 26, 2014, 06:42 PM
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I will no longer have any problems with the canopy falling off. Of course you have to take screws in and out each time you fly but that's better then loosing the canopy all the time.
I can honestly see a lot of the issues with canopies coming off being due to a lack of exhaust holes. I cut 2 in my bandit instead of 1. Exhausts should be bigger than intakes or the pressure can blow the canopy off. It'll not help if the magnets are misset though.
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Old Jul 27, 2014, 12:59 AM
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Additional cooling/air vents in the bottom near the tail takes care it.
No worries now.
Ditto... Mine came out once, even with the recommended vent hole opened, and this after many many flights on the plane which scared me even more. I'm always careful on the throttle management early into the flight when the battery has the most punch, this particular time I opened WOT earlier than usual and "poof"! Retractable top Bandit.

A second bigger vent under the fuselage seems to have cured this indeed.
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Old Jul 27, 2014, 03:21 AM
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Issue normally occurs because the magnets aren't installed correctly at the factory. They end up sitting a bit low and not flush or proud of the surface so that they contact. You can glue a small washer on top of the fuselage ones to get them contacting, they hold on much better then and you won't need a second vent.
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Old Jul 27, 2014, 05:08 AM
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I only have the one vent and I fly my bandit off 4s with a 14x7. Hatch has never blown off
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Old Jul 27, 2014, 05:14 AM
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I only have the one vent and I fly my bandit off 4s with a 14x7. Hatch has never blown off
That's that great PA quality and they're inability to make two airframes the same.
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Old Jul 27, 2014, 05:59 AM
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Issue normally occurs because the magnets aren't installed correctly at the factory. They end up sitting a bit low and not flush or proud of the surface so that they contact.
I'll check this, although I never had the issue before (and flying the plane for roughly one year and a half). In any case the second vent has been cut out already
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Old Jul 27, 2014, 07:06 AM
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My canopy blew off twice (with the vent hole cut as instructed).
I added 2 more magnets on the back side (the vertical face) of the canopy and it never blew off again. Just required adding a piece of balsa to span the open area in the fuselage which gave me a place to epoxy them to.

We shouldn't NEED to do this, but this was my solution.
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Old Jul 27, 2014, 10:54 AM
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Here's the pic and dimensions. It looks gigantic in the picture due to perspective but it is well proportioned for the wing. I think I supplied everything you'll need.
Thanks for that Dan,
A simple and effective mod.
Your using the originals as supports for your mod but I was thinking of just 3d printing some instead of the originals. I recon I could make them as light as the carbon ones.....
I'll post here if I do.
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Old Jul 27, 2014, 01:06 PM
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You could simply remove the covering on the wing tips and glue on a thin piece of plywood and now have a good thickness of material to use very small screws for conventional SFG's.
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