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Old Jan 24, 2012, 01:57 PM
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You spent $89+dollars on it now get all the value out of it you can. Go on, and have FUN!
That's the right attitude!

My little UM T-28 got bashed in so much while I was learning I was about to give up on it. But I decided to try to patch it together one last time, even though it was very ugly.

Since then, using the 'beater' T-28 and saving my less beat up planes for later, I learned to do ROG landings, and touch-n-goes, until the front gear support finally collapsed (I think the foam mounting was just totally gone).

Well, that was an opportunity to remove the gear and fly it in cleaned-up configuration as a belly lander. And it still flies that way as late as just this morning.

The air this morning was not just still, it was totally still - a rarity! It gave me a perfect opportunity to 'hyper-trim' the T-28 I thought was already flying pretty well, but because of the fact any breeze knocks it around, sometimes it is hard to tell if it is just right. I spent 3 of 8 batteries that I flew this morning in slow careful flight, just paying attention to the way the plane was flying, and then making tiny adjustments to the trim on landing to get it to fly perfectly neutral at half throttle. Now, it rises slightly at full throttle, descends gently at dead stick, and flies level at midstick, and with my hands off the right stick, it flies level and true in the perfectly still morning air. I was able to really slow it down, and use the rudder to guide it around, and to get nice loops and rolls with minimal correction needed to keep them looking tight. I am amazed at how well this little thing still flies, but I think a lot of it is that the horrible damage has been to the nose and fuse, but the wings and flight surfaces are still pristine and original.
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Old Jan 24, 2012, 07:15 PM
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got my new/first champ today!
I'll fess up, haven't read the thread....
I have a bunch of eflight 200 mah mcpx 1cell lipos that I would like to make a connector for to match the different connectors, also planning on using the floats from edge pilot, will the stock motor and prop get the floats and 200 mah lipo off?

glad to search if ya give me a few tips
can I up-prop stock motor?
thanks!
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Old Jan 24, 2012, 07:26 PM
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OK, poking around I see some of you use hyperion 240's, I got a bunch of those so maybe I'll just replace the lipo connector on the champ to fit the bigger lipos!
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Old Jan 24, 2012, 07:27 PM
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Welcome gatorb8,

I'm a little ways west of you.

Short answer...

5043 gws prop, adapter, and the elctrical plugs you need are all available from rcg member rcbabbel. He also has two choices of hotter motors, with correct pinions ready to go.

PZ p51/T28 motor is another choice.

Big thing with the floats is drag from surface tension. Circle while taxiing to create ripples to take off across.

Welcome to the Champsters!!

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Old Jan 24, 2012, 07:53 PM
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Welcome gatorb8,

I'm a little ways west of you.

Short answer...

5043 gws prop, adapter, and the elctrical plugs you need are all available from rcg member rcbabbel. He also has two choices of hotter motors, with correct pinions ready to go.

PZ p51/T28 motor is another choice.

Big thing with the floats is drag from surface tension. Circle while taxiing to create ripples to take off across.

Welcome to the Champsters!!

Greg
thanks for the heads up! somehow, I have some 5043 props, some kind of prop adapters that look like they fit, and some connectors so I'm off to a good start. If that doesn't do it, I'll look at the motor upgrade!
cheers!
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Old Jan 24, 2012, 07:57 PM
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Thanks Greg!

Any winter flying going on in your world?

Sorry I don't have more time to check in on the Champ threads.

BabbelBatts is growing.

Product list is now on my blog.
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/member.php?u=54990

Soon to be on www.babbelbatts.com

Roger
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Old Jan 24, 2012, 08:28 PM
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first step done.
bigger lipo connector on, foam trimmed

I have a umx beast 3D prop adapter that fits the shaft but has these three legs on it, maybe I'll just cut them off?
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Old Jan 24, 2012, 08:49 PM
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I ended up trimming the 3 legs off and shortening the prop screw, looks like it may work
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Old Jan 24, 2012, 08:56 PM
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put some bush wheels on
hope it's not windy tomarrow, I'm dieing to fly this succah!
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Old Jan 24, 2012, 08:58 PM
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this thing seems to have a ton of down and right thrust...is that right?
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Old Jan 24, 2012, 09:00 PM
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this thing seems to have a ton of down and right thrust...is that right?
Yep.

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Old Jan 24, 2012, 09:06 PM
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5043 props are notorious for being out of balance. Might wanna check it.
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Old Jan 24, 2012, 09:12 PM
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5043 props are notorious for being out of balance. Might wanna check it.
thanks! I'll check it!
got my velcro on and ready to go!
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Old Jan 24, 2012, 09:28 PM
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5043 props are notorious for being out of balance. Might wanna check it.
Wow! that did take quite a bit of sanding off one side, thanks again!
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Old Jan 24, 2012, 11:19 PM
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Ok... With everyone's encouragement I went ahead and starting fixing the ol gal up tonight...with tons of tape and some CA glue this is where she is right now...

I was thinking... its great exercise for my pup to chase the champ all over the yard but landing is where she's most vunerable. What do you think of an arresting hook system a few feet off the ground to catch the champ on final? Anyone try that yet?
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