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Old Mar 29, 2010, 05:34 PM
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Reacher, WE got your 35 bux worth. Thanks for the trip.

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Old Mar 29, 2010, 09:11 PM
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It was too windy for the maiden but I found out ther was rotted wood in the battom where the landing gear attached. Did a little lift off like the other day and had a little bit of a hard landing and the gear came off. Thats when I saw the rot. No biggie, it's an easy fix and I'll that area a little stronger.

I also need to put a small piece of glass cloth over the wire thats hinge pin for the rudder.

I'm still grappling with the wind screen. This will require the most effort of all.

I left the clear finish and I think it looks pretty good. Now when I get the motivation the paint will get redone.

The guys at field couldn't believe it was ready to fly already.

Here are some pics.

Hey everyone...Thanks for taking the ride with me.

Stay tuned for the maiden.
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Old Apr 01, 2010, 07:08 AM
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Very nice conversion job reacher. You will find the Champ very easy to fly. I learned to fly with the Dmeco Cub which is similar to the Champ. This is an approved plane in the Vintage RC Society. http://www.vintagercsociety.org. We will be holding an event Labor Day weekend in Owego, NY and I host an event in Southeast PA on the Columbus day weekend.
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Old Apr 02, 2010, 02:28 PM
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If it turns out you're not happy with the aerobatic ability try adding some area to the rudder first before you go back to your aileron option.
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Old Apr 07, 2010, 09:32 AM
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Here's a short video. It's taken with a gum cam but it's something. I'll get some better quality vids as the season progresses.

It flys like..well...A Champ. I can fly it inverted and am getting more comfortable with each flight. It really is a sweet plane. I put a 35-42 1100kv motor with two 3S 2650's in parallel . It's putting out about 280 watts and the extra power is just nice to have. I can get 15 mins NP.

Debolt Champ-IT IS ALIVE.AVI (3 min 8 sec)
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Old Apr 07, 2010, 10:12 AM
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Very nice conversion job reacher. You will find the Champ very easy to fly. I learned to fly with the Dmeco Cub which is similar to the Champ. This is an approved plane in the Vintage RC Society. http://www.vintagercsociety.org. We will be holding an event Labor Day weekend in Owego, NY and I host an event in Southeast PA on the Columbus day weekend.
Thanks Mike,

I just started out a year ago with RC planes, I raced RC sailboats for a few years but it's really nice knowing I own a plane thats got some serious history.

I have a couple of other projects right now however after those I will turn my attention back to the Champ. I'm going to go with the royal blue and cub yellow. The covering job I did came out just fine so just the fuse will get painted except in the area's that have a clear finish. I'll recover the wing to match the paint. The wind screen will be sheeted in wood as there is no way to make it from clear plastic with the battery hatch being a part of it.

I hope the guy who built and flew this is looking down and approves of the changes.
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Old Apr 07, 2010, 11:00 AM
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Beautiful!

Gives you chills when you think about it a minutes.

Thanks for sharing, and caring.

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Old Apr 07, 2010, 09:00 PM
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From the looks of the job done in the photos and that vid he's smiling with you.

Oh, and from the glimpses I saw of your hair and face I have to ask what it's like to fly a model, not a design but THE ACTUAL MODEL that is almost certainly older than you are by quite a few years....
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Old Apr 11, 2010, 02:48 PM
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From the looks of the job done in the photos and that vid he's smiling with you.

Oh, and from the glimpses I saw of your hair and face I have to ask what it's like to fly a model, not a design but THE ACTUAL MODEL that is almost certainly older than you are by quite a few years....
I think I might have the model beat by a couple few years. The horz. stab was raised up on the fuse and I believe this design change was in 62'. I was born in 60'.

As for the hair...yes, at 50 years old I have alot of hair with no signs of it thinning, in fact just within the last year say, I starting using reading glasses and I prolly could use regular glasses. When I went to the optomitrist she said I really didn't need them...go figger.

Been outta work for a year and half so I don't need the office hair cut.
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Old Apr 12, 2010, 11:01 PM
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Ah, well done! I see you've been doing your homework on the history of the Champ. I hadn't known of the shift or when it was done.

You're lucky to have the dome padding still. Being of 1953 vintage myself I had to start wearing hats about 8 or 9 years back to avoid dome burn.....
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Old Apr 15, 2010, 07:24 AM
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wow ! I still have my dad's debolt live wire champ circa 1952.it hangs in my workshop in perfrcy condition never flown! I still have the babcock rudder escapement in the original box and the electronics my dad built to fly the plane.along with vecco wheels.I kep it to remind me it my father that ignited my love for model planes.just before he passed away he gave me his collection of engines.it includes ohlson herkimer, McCoy redheads ,disels.plus a couple ucontrols like a testors with a forester 29.

I thought of covering it and making it an electric .I saw one done by the aeroguidance society of vintage planes .but I just like looking at it and remembering childhood days ..
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Old Jun 10, 2010, 03:42 PM
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Here is my father's Midwest Livewire Champ that I rebuilt:

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...=midwest+champ

I love flying mine. She prefers light wind. Floats/flies like a dream.

-Lee
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Old Dec 21, 2010, 11:28 AM
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Another Champ - with ailerons

Hey y'all, I just found this particular thread and thought I'd throw in my 2-cents.

I recently got a Champ that was originally built with ailerons, for those who might not have tried them on this classic plane. I've flown it since this past summer.

The ailerons work just fine, if used with rudder. However, with winter upon us and very little flying taking place right now, I've decided to remove them and restore this classic to what she should have been in the first place - which in my case means 3-channel.

She's got an old OS-25 in her, which makes her just a bit over-powered, but I tend to fly her mostly at around 1/3 throttle anyway, so that's OK. Also, quite a few novices have tried her (buddy-cord, of course) and she's quite the lady with a newby at the controls.

All in all, a wonderful plane!!

Dave
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Old Dec 21, 2010, 11:36 AM
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Hey y'all, I just found this particular thread and thought I'd throw in my 2-cents....Dave
Dave, thanks for sharing the pics! Looks great. My original kit flew with an OS .20 and was still overpowered.

Too bad you're way up there in Virginia. Would be nice to find another Champ flyer down here in Texas.

Hope the rebuild goes well. Post pics and video.

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Old Dec 21, 2010, 11:57 AM
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Hey Lee - I wouldn't at all be surprised if there aren't a few Champ-fliers in your neighborhood anyway. Since I first posted in RC Universe about this bird I've been contacted by something like a dozen people in and around Virginia that also fly DeBolt Champs, Bipes & Trainers.

Hmmmmm, wonder if something like the old DeBolt get-togethers still exist somewhere. You're right, would be fun to have a bunch of them together for a weekend.

Dave
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