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Old Mar 01, 2015, 11:56 AM
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Can you identify this plane?

I recently acquired this plane. I was told it was built in the 50's. It has a wingspan of 46" and a length of 34". It's a 3 channel plane powered by a .20 OS Max FP glow engine.

I was told it might be a Sterling Mambo or a Hal Debolt Livewire Cruiser among other guesses. I don't know much about period planes as I mostly fly foam planes however I gaining a real interest in these planes and any help in identifying it would be most appreciated.

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Old Mar 01, 2015, 12:09 PM
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Looks very like a Livewire Trainer, and it's the right size. Two differences though, the LT had a two wheel undercarriage, not a trike, and the tailplane should have a straight leading edge whereas this one looks to have some sweep on the LE. But it's so close those could just be builder's mods. Nice model with a good colour scheme whatever it is.
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Old Mar 01, 2015, 12:49 PM
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Possibly a DeBolt/Livewire "Sonic Cruiser"
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Old Mar 01, 2015, 01:19 PM
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I don't think its a live wire trainer, the nose is also different, but its definitely one of the live wire series
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Old Mar 01, 2015, 04:27 PM
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The Sonic Cruiser has a 72" wingspan.
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Old Mar 01, 2015, 07:39 PM
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Thanks for the responses. I found the ad selling it to the gentlemen who I purchased it from and it was described as a Hal deBolt Live Wire Trainer.
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It looks like a very well-built model. I'm sure you'll enjoy flying it.
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Old Yesterday, 04:18 PM
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It looks like a very well-built model. I'm sure you'll enjoy flying it.
Thanks it is well built and in very good condition. I did fly it last year at an event and that's when I informed the owner that if he ever wanted to sell it I was interested.

In any event I'm happy to have the plane and I will enjoy flying it this year.
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