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The REAL Greenhouse problem -- Canopies

posted Oct 23, 2010, 9:17 PM by Higgins Field

Clear canopies expose the radio compartment to direct sunlight which results in additional heat in the model's interior. Sealed canopies can expand in the sun and break the glue holding them in place. The sun causes no problems during flight, but makes shading your model on the ground very important. Cover the canopy with a white towel; or better yet, park your airplanes in the shade. This will help keep the electronic components cool. Fortunately Higgins Field has plenty of shade, not all fields do.  Some modelers also recommend that a very small hole be left in sealed canopies so as the air inside expands from heating the pressure will equalize.