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for providing this fabulous rendition of
the original DMECO decal.

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The Dmeco Models Mark-2 version of the Hal DeBolt LiveWire Champ is my
newest plane for 2010.

I've heard about these incredible old planes since I was 15 years old, and on Sunday, 20 June 2010 I took delivery of my very own
Hal DeBold LiveWire Champ!!!!!!!!

She's an old design, one of the oldest I've ever had.  Originally designed in 1954 (a year BEFORE I started flying control-line
planes) by Hal DeBolt, the design is based on the Aironca Champion, from which she gets her name.  The prototype plane
apparently took the whole world by storm - winning its first contest series by a very wide margin.  Actually, it had a hand at
revolutionizing the whole sport.

The plane I've got was built fairly recently, probably in North Carolina, and I know very little of her history, other than the fact
that she's a Mark-2 version (ca. 1967) and has further been modified to include ailerons on the wings.

She was apparently test-flown some time back and was declared to be uncontrollable - tail-heavy, and that was pretty much the
end of the story.  She has a slight bit of damage to the nose section but it's been pretty expertly repaired so, as I received her,
she's pretty much ready to go.

First job was to re-balance her.  That was accomplished by adding 5 oz. of bullet weights to the nose cheeks.  Pics of her on my
dining room table are just below.

Ready for her first take-off

First flights!!!!  After finally getting the balance something close to right, I took the leap and there we were at the flying field.  
The first pic above, center, was just before I lined her up for her first lift-off, which wasn't all that successful.  I was
taking-off downwind and knew it would be a long liftoff but it was even longer than I thought and I had to cut her and bring her
back for a 2nd try, which turned out just beautiful.

The 3 flight shots were taken after that 2nd try, which was pretty as a picture - a classic (read that "BEAUTIFUL") take-off
and flight, followed by one of the most incredible dead-stick landings I've ever made - and that was with the trims so far off she
was a bear to keep anything close to level on that first flight.  However, I touched her down 50' from me and she rolled right up to
my shoelaces anyway.

I made a total of 4 flights that day.  First was mainly to see what she needed in the way of trimming after my addition of 5 oz of
weight to the nose (10 1/2oz bullet-type fishing weights inside the nose cheeks - 5 on each side (and 1 oz came back off her, she
was actually just a tad nose-heavy).  Ailerons were off and I had to use full left trim on both ailerons and rudder to keep her even
close to level, and the elevator was set WAY too high - even full down-elevator trim had her trying to climb for the stars at little
more than 1/2 power.

After getting the controls right, and the trims back to center on the xmtr, the 2nd and 3rd flight shots were taken.

I actually got brave on the 3rd flight and tried some basic aerobatics with her.  She loops, does rudder-rolls like any other
3-channel bird but more graceful, aileron-only rolls aren't possible - they just don't seem to be very effective, if they work at
all.  Hammerheads are just a bit off from a true "straight" but stall-turns are really nice.  Spins are fair but not tight - probably
due to being a bit nose-heavy.

At roughly 1/3 throttle she's a pussy-cat, at full throttle and the elevator trimmed down a bit she's a howler.  This is a great little
airplane and HUGE fun to fly.  I can hardly wait for Jason to come back to Luray to try her out - he's going to be sorry he parted
with her.

Next was to take her out for a test spin.  That happened on Monday, 28 June 2010.


Three flights, three pics.  The pic on the right was taken while she was flying at about 1/3 throttle, HANDS-OFF the transmitter.
Very stable plane now.
Hey!  This plane's looking like she just might turn out to be one of our more popular planes out at the field.
Click these lines to take a look at her flight chronicles.

Click here to see early versions and specifications for all versions

The Champ, once I brought it back to its original design configuration, was/is classified by the Vintage Radio Control Society (VRCS) as a
Class-2 aircraft, for competition purposes.  As a future reference (for me, mainly), I've included some links to various VRCS documents.
 Each is a .doc and will open with MS Word in a new window.

VRCS Pattern Competition Guide

VRCS Pattern Sequences

VRCS Maneuver Descriptions   


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Some of my flying activities over the past couple years
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My Radio-Control Airplanes
SIG Kadets
The original 3-channel kit by SIG, from 1973,
and today's 4-channel Mk-II kit, from 1980
My Indestructible Sr. Falcon
Advanced trainer kit by Carl Goldberg, from 1974
LiveWire Champion, Mark-2
Basic 3-channel trainer by Hal DeBolt, from 1967
Craft-Air Butterfly
Original Craft-Air kit, from 1979
Goldberg Eagle-II
Sport trainer kit by Carl Goldberg, from 1978
SIG Midstar-40
Sport aircraft kit by SIG, from 1983
Goldberg Gentle Lady
2-meter glider with Cox .049 power, from 1972
Dynaflite "Bird of Time"
118" Sailplane Kit, from 1976
Spirit-100 Sailplane
Great Planes Kit, includes the Chronicles of The Spirit
The Venerable Piper J-3 Cub
Great Planes .40-size Kit
My Old Great Lakes 2T-1A Biplane
Restoration of a Scale Lines Kit from 1961
Mad-CAP Adventures
Chronicles of the Great Planes CAP-21
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Midwest Biplane
Sterling Skylarks
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Dmeco Kit from 1967
Wingspan - 56"
Wing Area - 595 square inches
Length - 34"
Weight - 32 oz.
Power - O.S. .25FX
Radio - Futaba Skysport T4VF 72MHz FM Channel-48