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Old May 22, 2012, 11:55 PM
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Would you believe it was the UM J-3 Cub that introduced me to windy weather flying with a micro!
I love flying that little J-3. It's my choice in wind as well - 15 + mph is no problem. You can always get upwind with a full throttle dive. Experience with 3D helis makes stick movements with this micro in wind seem natural.

After breaking a series of prop shafts with less than conventional landings in gusty conditions I learned to knock the broken shaft out of the prop and push the prop onto the now thread-less shaft. No more broken shafts now.
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Old May 23, 2012, 12:41 AM
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I eventually replaced the stock J3 motor with the Mustang motor. Thicker shaft, more power.
Old Jun 14, 2012, 09:44 PM
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Some fun this week with the Champ!


We had the perfect wind - just enough to provide loft with some thermals and flew 15-20min/battery at 25% throttle and some power off gliding as well.

Just a hoot for 2h with myself and a buddy who also has a champ. I got mine up to 500' before a police heli came by and I was higher than the helo! Used my DX6i on max throws, -10 expos

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Old Jun 17, 2012, 05:41 AM
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I let my son-in-law fly mine today. First time he's ever flown an R/C plane and, other than crashing into a house one time, he did just great.

He proclaimed it 'the most fun thing he'd ever done.' Not sure how my daughter should feel about that.
Old Jul 28, 2012, 01:08 PM
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Having fun with the new BL champ...


I recently (actually planned 1.5 yrs ago!) finished a BL champ a few weeks back. I used a A05 3700Kv BL motor (1S) and a Turnigy 1S ESC (T5A-1S). An AR6400L Rx and brand new spare champ parts I had since 2010 fall.

Well, the system works superbly! I get slightly better flight times and power out of the system, though the trade off is a slightly heavier plane by about 5-6g or so. That is non trivial, however, the power system is very nice, and I am able to do more crazy stuff better with the AR6400L (long throws on the servos). I actually run nominal around 85% for the rudder, and 90% for the elevator, and this thing really zings along!

I flew it last night about 8x (so for around 1.5h total flight time) in moderate 5mph wind, and it handled it great. I even had the plane up at around 500 feet at one point during a flight, just barely turning the prop, and caught some updraft/thermal lift to just cruise around for quite awhile!

The plane requires a fast landing approach (due to the weight) and I have to be careful not to stall it during TD, as the stall is a bit more severe than stock. However, so far no issues, per se. Flying in a grassy field.

The BL motor is mounted on some 1/32" ply as a firewall, and the motor has a bit more noise than the stock brushed system. At ~40% throttle, there is a resonance freq of the motor than somehow attracts dragonflies to it!

They follow it as if it is emitting a siren song to them. I have had upwards of 8 at one time, all following along with the plane, really neat to watch, I'll try to catch it on video sometime...

I use my DX6i Tx for flying this plane. Really enjoyable, and the ESC and motor can run successive flights in general without heating up.

Cheers all! If anyone is curious, check out my blog on the build... Those Turnigy T5A-1S (hobbyking) ESCs are superb!

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Old Jul 30, 2012, 06:42 AM
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I let my son-in-law fly mine today. First time he's ever flown an R/C plane and, other than crashing into a house one time, he did just great.

He proclaimed it 'the most fun thing he'd ever done.' Not sure how my daughter should feel about that.
Hahahahaha!
Old Jan 26, 2013, 10:47 AM
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My son just purchased a Hobbyzone Champ and we have a question. FYI - this is our first RC airplane, we're used to rc helicopters. After you plugin the battery and then turn on the transmitter, does the motor always run? I figured that the motor would shutoff with the throttle all the way down. Does the motor stay on while transmitter is on?

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Old Jan 26, 2013, 10:49 AM
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My son just purchased a Hobbyzone Champ and we have a question. FYI - this is our first RC airplane, we're used to rc helicopters. After you plugin the battery and then turn on the transmitter, does the motor always run? I figured that the motor would shutoff with the throttle all the way down. Does the motor stay on while transmitter is on?

Thx
I believe that when you plug the battery in without the transmitter on it goes into bind mode. Once you bind it you need to turn the transmitter on first.
Old Jan 26, 2013, 11:34 AM
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Turn transmitter on first, never plug battery in or turn on receiver first.
rule of rc of any kind.
On the plane when you do that it is not binding with transmitter and soit will not respond toit
Old Apr 02, 2013, 01:03 PM
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champ parts Up for sale


Compete electronics for Hobbyzone champ http://www.ebay.com/itm/300884962263...84.m1555.l2649
Old Apr 02, 2013, 11:00 PM
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Compete electronics for Hobbyzone champ http://www.ebay.com/itm/300884962263...84.m1555.l2649
Pm me about the electronics. I'm intersted.
Old Apr 03, 2013, 09:00 PM
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Amainhobbies are selling new RTF CHamps for $58.99 (limit 2)
I bought two!

If you're ready, the E-Flite Aeronca Champ .32 ARF is $119.00

I bought one!
Old Jun 03, 2013, 09:51 PM
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Champ #2


I had a brick from a UM Corsair I crashed a while back and decided to build another Champ. I went to my LHS and $35 later, I had my next project underway. I thought about installing the ailerons from the Corsair but decided against it. I have the new UM P-51D Mustang for that sort of flying. Another nice floaty Champ was just what I needed. I installed the brick and motor, assembled and installed the pushrods, and gave her a few extra touches. I loaded her into my DX7s and mixed AIL>RUD because the Corsair brick had the rudder on the left stick. Here are some pictures...
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Old Jun 03, 2013, 09:58 PM
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Continued from post #868...


Apparently, my iPhone will only download one picture at a time.
Old Jun 03, 2013, 10:03 PM
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Continued from post #868...


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