Originally Posted by C₄H₁₀
Here in Fairbanks we've been hovering around 40-50F... below zero
It's supposed to warm up to positive numbers this week, but I don't have anything to fly anyway.
Yeah, it got down to -38 F in my hometown here in MN last week. Didn't get above zero for a number of days, either. I happened to be up there at the time. I brought a couple planes & helis, but didn't get any RC stick-time. However, I did manage to get in a bit of full-scale stick-time.
The 172's heater just barely managed to keep it above freezing in the cabin. I'd hate to think how brittle an RC plane or heli would be in -40 F wx. I once shredded the Monocote on the top of the wing while flying an Avistar in -20 F temps. After a few minutes, the ailerons started getting mushy, and I noticed that it was taking more than half-power just to remain airborne. Couldn't figure out what was up, so I brought her in. Landed at half-throttle-plus, and touched-down at nearly cruise speed.
To my great surprise, I noticed that the upper wing covering was shredded into ribbons, right along the rib lines (no cap-strips). Looked like it lost a fight with a bobcat. That was my last -20 F RC flight.
Yesterday's forecast called for +37 F & 3-5 MPH winds. I was looking forward to trying my new Hyp 240 3s pack in my Sbach 3D after getting back from the deep-freeze that we call Warroad. Perfect time to head to the club field, after not being able to fly outdoors for nearly a month. Or, so I thought. Woke up Monday morning to 3-4" of fresh fluff, along with freezing rain. So much for testing the Sbach with my new Hyp 240 3s pack.
It's supposed to hit +37 F today, with 7-15 MPH winds. Might get in a few backyard flights with the 130X, and maybe an ROS flight off the fresh fluff with the Carbon Cub on floats.
Losing our indoor spot has given me some serious RC withdrawal symptoms. At least the 3 hours every two weeks was enough to keep Mr Jones away.