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Old Feb 12, 2013, 12:13 PM
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Could the Champ use a 450 mah 1s batt? Though it may be pretty heavy, it will provide a lot of flying, possibly 30+ minutes. Along with a keychain camera to... Just ideas
Yes. I've flown mine with a 500 mAh 1s battery for 45+ minutes with a keychain camera attached.

It's also a good way to add extra wear and tear on your motor --- I've gone through several motors on my champ in just the past 8 months.
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Old Feb 12, 2013, 02:38 PM
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Welcome back mutha. Lets just say he re-invented himself...


Hmm FC had some good things to say in the past (albeit a little awkwardly) and some of his videos were entertaining.

My little champ sits in its box becoming increasingly jealous of the 3D Beast and the new Blade nano CPX. I must finish the paint work and get it back in the air.

I have been flying bigger stuff so much that I sometimes forget about my fab little micro.
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Old Feb 12, 2013, 02:44 PM
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Yes. I've flown mine with a 500 mAh 1s battery for 45+ minutes with a keychain camera attached.

It's also a good way to add extra wear and tear on your motor --- I've gone through several motors on my champ in just the past 8 months.
Ha yes you forget that this plane is as fragile as it is because it just flys so well and with so little effort. But it is really small and motors, servos etc. are not as robust as bigger stuff.

Still, think of all the enjoyment that we have had with it.
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Old Feb 15, 2013, 03:26 PM
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Bi-plane Champ

Biplane Champ!

CG moved back, so counter weight needed in nose. Flew very slow.

Just installed p-51 Motor for more speed and power to counteract extra weight. Too windy now. Maiden flight in about a week
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Old Feb 22, 2013, 01:47 AM
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There is so many posts in here. I was curious to know if anyone has done any clear canopy mods to their champ? Maybe even with a pilot in it? Now that i think about it, it probably isnt even be possible as there isnt all that much room in that area anyways. Just a thought.
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Old Feb 22, 2013, 01:58 AM
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You'd need to restore the strength considering how and where the wing attaches... without adding too much weight either. As much as I like scale and tinkering and have done some ambitious stuff to mine, it's a road I know I personally wouldn't go down... for a small aesthetic gain.
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Old Feb 22, 2013, 02:04 AM
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Yeah I see your point, I to love the scale looks on planes but I guess its best just to ignore it on this plane.
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Old Feb 22, 2013, 09:25 AM
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Biplane Champ!

CG moved back, so counter weight needed in nose. Flew very slow.

Just installed p-51 Motor for more speed and power to counteract extra weight. Too windy now. Maiden flight in about a week
Welcome to RCG Rick. I like your Bi-Plane,,.. Champ style I hope the P-51 motor works out for ya.

Mike.
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Old Feb 22, 2013, 03:49 PM
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There is so many posts in here. I was curious to know if anyone has done any clear canopy mods to their champ? Maybe even with a pilot in it? Now that i think about it, it probably isnt even be possible as there isnt all that much room in that area anyways. Just a thought.
You and I think alike, I have thought about this as well and here is my plan when my champ gets here, Monday hopefully! I plan to take the top fuse half and vacu form it from clear plastic (like some of the rc auto bodies) I may include the bottom half as well (just to insure good paint surface). I will most likely order the fuse as a part to use as a mould for my vacu-form plastic fuse. I will check weight and I hope it will be close to factory using .020 thick plastic. Anyhoo thats the idea, any thoughts?
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Old Feb 23, 2013, 04:09 PM
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There is so many posts in here. I was curious to know if anyone has done any clear canopy mods to their champ? Maybe even with a pilot in it? Now that i think about it, it probably isnt even be possible as there isnt all that much room in that area anyways. Just a thought.
I do remember seeing someone do that, although I'm not sure if it was here on RCG. I also don't remember the final outcome.
Zardoz337, your idea of vacuum molding, is an interesting concept.
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Old Feb 24, 2013, 08:28 AM
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Nice way to get clear windows!

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You and I think alike, I have thought about this as well and here is my plan when my champ gets here, Monday hopefully! I plan to take the top fuse half and vacu form it from clear plastic (like some of the rc auto bodies) I may include the bottom half as well (just to insure good paint surface). I will most likely order the fuse as a part to use as a mould for my vacu-form plastic fuse. I will check weight and I hope it will be close to factory using .020" thick plastic. Anyhoo thats the idea, any thoughts?
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If I was going to try that, I would make a female mold from plaster of paris, (a top one and a bottom one), and then vacuum-form the .020" clear plastic sheet inside those. That way your finished parts are exact copies of the original surface.
Have you tried vacuum-forming over foam model parts before? I would think that it would distort, from the heat.


I got my Champ out, to see how that project would go, and decided I would pass on doing windows, for now. Given what a great flyer it is, and how, when it is in the air, how much it looks like the 7AC Champ I rode in, in 1947, I'll be satisfied with the changing to more scale "NC" numbers I've put on it, and just fly it!
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Old Feb 24, 2013, 06:34 PM
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Molding clear canopy

I would like to claim this idea as my own..but it has been done before, I am simply using the ideas of others on this site for the champ. If anyone is interested checkout "Simple & Easy Clear Canopy Making........ " Thread started by J Morgan on this site about 7 years ago, great info on making a vacu-form and how to do it. The champ seems a natural for this process with the "turtle back" half of the top fuse just a big canopy! I am thinking if you have a vacu-form setup and a "reprap" 3D printer you can make just about any part you can imiagine
Well I expect the champ to get here tomorrow, The fuse I ordered should arrive in about a week or less so I get to fly and work on my vacu-form while waiting for the extra fuse to show up! Take care and happy flying all!
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Old Feb 25, 2013, 09:29 PM
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New champ!1

After perrusing this thread, i couldnt help myself... I bought a champ to do the mods to it to fly it...
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Old Feb 26, 2013, 12:56 AM
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I thought I could put an AR6400 brick in a HZ Champ and still use the stock Tx. When I plugged it in the right control stick that used to control rudder/elevator now controls the elevator and the aileron channel. The rudder now works off the left stick along with the throttle. How do you fix this?
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Old Feb 26, 2013, 09:46 AM
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I thought I could put an AR6400 brick in a HZ Champ and still use the stock Tx. When I plugged it in the right control stick that used to control rudder/elevator now controls the elevator and the aileron channel. The rudder now works off the left stick along with the throttle. How do you fix this?
You could buy the Flysky 9X transmitter and a transmitter module, program any of a number of open source alternatives into the transmitter, and make any channel do pretty much whatever you want.

You could see if the transmitter you have lets you mix 100% aileron to rudder.
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