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Old Apr 24, 2012, 08:58 AM
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Hobbyzone Champ - my first successful RC plane

Well I finally did it. I have started a new hobby. Like I needed one after AMG cars, watches, guns and shooting.

I flew my Hobbzone Champ this weekend for only 5 minutes due to windy conditions.

I am hooked!!

Now if only the gale force winds coming of the great lakes would subside and I can go flying again.
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Old Apr 24, 2012, 09:10 AM
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Oh boy, got another one! Welcome to the fold. You may want to read up on what we have gotten into. Then you may want to throw the Champ away and run!

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Yes before it's too la.. wait you already flew, it's too late. Welcome! <insert evil laugh>
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Old Apr 24, 2012, 09:53 AM
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Cracking up!
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Oh boy, got another one! Welcome to the fold. You may want to read up on what we have gotten into. Then you may want to throw the Champ away and run!

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Old Apr 24, 2012, 04:11 PM
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Welcome to the fold! The Champ is an absolute blast to fly and learn with. You'll be looping and flying inverted in no time. Dig around here and you'll find some very neat mods that folks have made. I'm currently putting together a second champ that I can go all mad scientist with.
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Old Apr 24, 2012, 06:04 PM
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Ya buddy! I'm about 3 to 4 weeks ahead of you with the Champ. You'll love it even more when the wind is calm, From experience tho, get rid of the crap batteries your's came with if you bought the RTF new. They dont last long at all, mine were about 8 flights for the controller to go out..
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Old Apr 25, 2012, 02:52 AM
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The fun has just begun!!
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Old Apr 25, 2012, 07:49 AM
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Flew it for over 1/2 hour last night as soon as the wind was calm.
What a blast!!! It is more and more fun.
I love these ultra micros! Have pre-ordered the Spitfire.
Hope my skills will be up to par when it arrives in late June.
Now to build the whole collection. P-51, Corsair, T-28, Mosquito and Spitfire.
WOO - HOO!!!
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Old Apr 26, 2012, 04:30 AM
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allow that lil champ motor to cool some between flights. great to hear what a hoot!
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Old Apr 26, 2012, 06:53 AM
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The champ was the worst thing I ever bought, I now have 4 other planes and have just ordered 3 more Your wallet will be sorry.
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Old Apr 26, 2012, 07:54 AM
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The champ was the worst thing I ever bought, I now have 4 other planes and have just ordered 3 more Your wallet will be sorry.
Yup I already have the Parkzone Spitfire on preorder for June delivery!!!!

Now to pick up the Corsair, P-51, T-28 and the Mosquito......LOL
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Old Apr 26, 2012, 07:55 AM
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By the way just curious....Is is normal now to think "I am going to (insert destination) I can bring my Champ and go flying while I am there."
-O
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Old Apr 26, 2012, 08:13 AM
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Yep. I always want to take mine places. I bought another Champ a couple weeks ago to keep in my office. I don't like carrying things from the parking lot to my office and back again... I took the Champ camping a few weekends back and flew over the lake at the end of the day. I plan to take it on all our trips now.
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Old Apr 26, 2012, 09:19 AM
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By the way just curious....Is is normal now to think "I am going to (insert destination) I can bring my Champ and go flying while I am there."
-O
Normal for me, the wife actually asked me if i was taking it on our vacation in a few weeks!
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Old Apr 26, 2012, 12:51 PM
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The Champ is a great plane to start on.
You should read up on the other threads about the Champ. They are very long! But informative and funny.
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1216910
One of the quickest things you may need to know is how to repair it.
I have folded wings over, cracked the rudder, bent about every part on it and it still works great.
I use "3M Scotch scrapbooking clear tape" for the repairs. It is very strong and very similar to the tape that holds the sections together.

It's funny when you look around your wifes scrapbooking supplies you see many useful tools and adhesives for working on your planes.
In fact I even use her table for repairs and builds when she isn't around.

I went from the Hobbyzone Champ to the Parkzone UM T-28 in a few weeks.
If you think you are hooked now, just wait until you are flying with ailerons.

Even though I have 1200mm and 1400mm warbirds I still fly the micros with my daughter.
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