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Sep 30, 2011, 06:30 PM
Flyin' low & slow T-28s!
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Originally Posted by Belem
I saw a post a while back where someone listed the parts and vendor to build a champ from spare parts for about $50. Anyone remember where that is? I've searched a bit but can't seem to find it again.
I have an old um J-3 that needs a new fuse but I thought I'd replace the foam with the Champ and teach the boy to fly with it. Can't belive the J3 parts are nearly twice as expensive as the champ. Plus, it's harder to fly.
wholesaletrains.com
Click on Hobbyzone (of course) then Champ, of course, then scroll beneath the description and you can click on a button that will only show Champ Parts.

Ah what the heck.....

Here ya go!
http://www.wholesaletrains.com/Airpl...e&Item=HBZ4900
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Sep 30, 2011, 06:44 PM
REALJDMEK9
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Originally Posted by MaladroitFL
wholesaletrains.com
Click on Hobbyzone (of course) then Champ, of course, then scroll beneath the description and you can click on a button that will only show Champ Parts.

Ah what the heck.....

Here ya go!
http://www.wholesaletrains.com/Airpl...e&Item=HBZ4900
How good is this company?
Sep 30, 2011, 06:46 PM
Flyin' low & slow T-28s!
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@Blu
Get that champ up and get us some vid, bro! I have my AWESOME stock tx here and will be flying Champ #2 in the AM.

@Lee
Hey Brother Lee, this Yankee loves you like family and will be praying for you and Miss Tina constantly. You will be fine. I too, am still struggling since I have trouble getting my bosses to check-off my work so my invoices can be rubber stamped. Despite pleas that we are really low on cash, it falls on deaf ears.

But I know you will come out okay, Lee. I've been in the sh !t house so many times I feel like I'm draggin a porta-potty around behind me.

You always come out the other end of even the darkest tunnel, man.
Sep 30, 2011, 06:47 PM
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How good is this company?

I have given then lots of money and never a problem.. Love the member pricing.. They don't tell you the shipping cost but I most of the time spend over 150 bucks and get free shipping with only a 2 dollar handling charge..
Sep 30, 2011, 06:55 PM
REALJDMEK9
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Cool, will give them a shot. Going to order parts to build my second Champ.
Sep 30, 2011, 07:11 PM
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How good is this company?
peopleorder from who they get info from, and I found Hopmeup, was quite reasonable, his ebay site order 1, shipping is.. order 5 and shipping is free etc....

well he fluctuates in orcie but never over what others charge. and he seems to be the best prcie around, problem is can you trust him, Yes never had a issue, 2 days to my door, 3-4 days at my door at times , I am sure if something went wrong he'll back up the problem wit ha new part. called trust.

i think no matter who you order from, just make sure you check others out and not get ripped off. good luck. I stopped my order from them for reasons of shipping was not worth for me due to distance. I chose a closer person,
Sep 30, 2011, 07:47 PM
Diverted by planks
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Tonight I decided to just grab my Champ and my Mini-swift and head to the park at dusk, hoping to beat one little ribbon of thunderstorms moving through.

No helis needing to adjust. No hat or sunglasses needed since the sun was going down behind cloudy sky. No spycam videos to remember to start and stop and mount this time. No shakedown, or debug, or plan or agenda -- nothing other than a little simple pleasure time between a boy and his toys.

So I get to the park and figure the hotliner needs to go up first, to take advantage of remaining light, since the Champ has lights.

Last time I had nosed it in, but a little CA and some tweaking and it seemed okay. Well, the truth is it's now way down on power compared to original. The two good things about that are that it was a little overpowered for me to begin with, and that it's easy to control with less power. So I got in two great 8 minute flights with it, mostly at medium altitude, and gathering more confidence in my ability to control it. I did a little bit of gliding, and a few loops, but mostly just pattern, circles, low passes, and concentrated on keeping wings level and turns smooth. Perfect dead stick belly landings for both batteries.

Unfortunately the first battery I put in the Champ, the wind picked up and while at first it was fun to park it in one place overhead and watch it fight the gusts, eventually they ovepowered even full throttle, and as it went further downwind, I was unable to bring it back... rain started, gusts were very heavy, and eventually I just forced it to ground but keep it from going nose first. Very ugly, and then it blew around on the ground, I had to chase it! I know know how much wind is too much for even the spunky little Champ.

The good thing is this line on radar looked thin, so I drove to a place 10 minutes West, and sure enough after a short wait in car of 15 minutes, I was able to go out in only light sprinkles after storm passed. The light was beautiful, and even formed a double rainbow, with the Champ silhouetted against the clouds. No I did not freak out like the guy on you-tube, but I did enjoy the beauty of a deep blue sky, the Champ, the combo of puffy and dark clouds, with lightening in the East as it made its way around the field, and dusk started to settle back in.

As it darkened on the second, third and forth batteries, I was really enjoying the look of the LED lighting against the sky, and eventually, being about the only thing I could make out on the last battery!

I started doing some slow circuits and controlling altitude with the throttle, and making sure it was smooth and level -- none of that up-down-up-down porpoising at all today! I got confident enough to not only take off from ground (ground looped a couple times, but mostly got it right) but then to shoot my first ever touch and goes, most of them quite gentle and good, with only two or three leading to wild, too much elevator, near stall climb outs.

As night fell, I loved the look of the nav lights coming at me, with the white light in center, and the secure feeling of knowing which wing would go where when I moved the stick. I don't think I wrong thumbed it once on approach, even on those that I set up to pass right by me as touch down happened.

The times I botched it, I had not concentrated on setting up during the down wind leg to adjust speed and altitude for a 'short field approach'. I found (thanks to the real North Dakota flight school vids linked to here!) that when that part was executed well, the touch and go (or landings) went almost anti-climatic, esp since throttle off /low throttle characteristics of Champ, with no wind to speak of after the storms passed, was totally predictable!

In short, it was one of the most picturesque and successful outings I have had, and I don't feel one bit bad that I did not catch anyof it on video, since that would have brought a whole different dimension, including at least some self-consciousness and nervousness that was not there tonight.

I still intend to video a lot or even most of my outings as a learning tool, but it was great to just grab two planes, tub of batteries, one transmitter and hit the field!

That Champ is awesome, esp with the lighting added, and the Mini-swift is a whole different kind of fun, too!
Sep 30, 2011, 07:57 PM
REALJDMEK9
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Originally Posted by fishycomics
peopleorder from who they get info from, and I found Hopmeup, was quite reasonable, his ebay site order 1, shipping is.. order 5 and shipping is free etc....
Yea, their pretty good. I bought my RTF Champ from them on Ebay and got it to me in 3 days. I was going to order new parts to build my 2 champ but they don't have the wing in stock at the moment.
Sep 30, 2011, 08:48 PM
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I hear tell them thar floats work well on that nasty white stuff ya'll get, too.
Thanks, Olthump. That comment was good enough for me to order a set!
Oct 01, 2011, 07:54 AM
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champ #1 gutted


Hello champ brothers.I have my champ gutted and ready for the bl gear.

@ Ridge can you tell me what bitt you used on you champ when you trimmed the foam out dremal bitt?

@ wsen thanks again for blue hook & loop i like that stuff works good

@ Blu welcome back to the champ brotherhood man!!

@ fishycomics did you get the super cub lp yet? or did you dicide yet.

Been windy every day here in Indy so ive been building.Next week looks good though.
Good luck and flying to everyone I love my champs cheers .......CRASH
Oct 01, 2011, 08:12 AM
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Crash its ordered, still waiting. due to them not shipping same day they ship two days after . Lol. awaitng Cub.
Oct 01, 2011, 08:13 AM
Just Fly!
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Originally Posted by civichb98
How good is this company?
Wholesale Trains is great! They get most of what I spend on this madness hobby.

Troutbum
Oct 01, 2011, 08:15 AM
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Originally Posted by tracknoob
No I did not freak out like the guy on you-tube, !
A priceless Moment, and all we get are memories in ou r minds, that are the best. What did we do when the net was not around, gone out flew more.


NAh that was not directed at me? Ha ha ha

enjoyed the clip note story

Oct 01, 2011, 08:20 AM
Occupying RCG
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Originally Posted by WSEN
Thanks, Olthump. That comment was good enough for me to order a set!
You're very welcome.
I grew up in the North, hated snow and cold from day one. I find hurricanes and ignorance to be a fair trade for 4 months of Fall and 4 months of Spring. Winter is 6 wks of rain, and the Azaleas are blooming by the second week of February. Summer is Hell.

Alaska fascinates me...on the Discovery Channel!

Sorry for the ot.

I Love My Champ!!!
Oct 01, 2011, 09:13 AM
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Crash its ordered, still waiting. due to them not shipping same day they ship two days after . Lol. awaitng Cub.
I think you're really going to like and appreciate the Super Cub, fishy! It is a very stable, versatile, and adaptable aircraft - you will love it on first launch. And then you will begin to discover and innovate all of her possibilities (with your unique style of video, of course!). I'm looking forward to you getting it as much as you are!

Aeronca


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