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Old 12-08-2014, 10:46 PM
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Default Citabria/Decathlon Brotherhood, ARF, kit build, electric, nitro and gas all welcome

EJ suggested to me to start this brotherhood since there was none around the Citabria/Decathlon, here we can shear, enjoy and brag about our models also we can use this thread to keep up with updates and mods as needed.

It will be nice if you can tell us a story or post pictures, maybe how you end up or why you have one of these two airplanes.

Please feel free to post pictures and videos of your pride and joy.

Here we go.

I own GP Citabria 30cc, its a new airplane in the market, it needed some mods before it was ready for the flying field, I have flown it seven times only, the WX and other things have limited the flying time, the few times that I have flown her have been awesome!

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EJ this one is for you.

# 1 CARS II
# 2 EJWash1
# 3 JPC guy
# 4 Rafael123cc
# 5 franksbuddy
# 6 Mpizpilot
# 7 TomM
# 8 Johnny_Zero
# 9 mchandrayan
# 10 jwrich
# 11 Rotortrash3667
# 12 rcdfnut
# 13 staticxd00d
# 14 t6racer
# 15 tom_sandiego
# 16 loopdeeloop
# 17 rcten
# 18 Twin_Flyer
# 19 Red Rider
# 20 flyer35
# 21 drdoom
# 22 iampilot2
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Yep, I'm here too. #3
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Welcome JPC guy, which one do you have, gas, nitro, electric?
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Thanks for forming the Brotherhood, Carlos!

It'll be fun to see all the kits, ARFs, plans-built Citabrias and Decathlons in this thread.

I also have the Great Planes 85" Citabria in my "hanger", waiting for assembly for this coming flying season. Also have a Sig (69") Citabria covered, and waiting for paint. Plus, a set of plans and fiberglass parts for Hostetler's 30% (115") Super Decathlon. Yeah, I'm C/D-Crazy!
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Originally Posted by CARS II View Post
Welcome JPC guy, which one do you have, gas, nitro, electric?
Great Planes Citabria with DLE35RA, and Phoenix Decathalon .46 electric. Will get pictures up some time soon.
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You're welcome EJ and welcome to the CDB

There was a time when I consider to get the Phoenix Decathlon 40 but I wanted bigger, here I am with much bigger ( already looking at bigger than big . )

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Join and tell us your story, post pictures ( any condition ) Need one? Want one? Have one that needs TLC? have questions regarding your airplane?

Pictures, suggestions, advice post it all here.
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Here is my Contribution:

I got this used from a friend. He finished from a started frame he bought at an auction. We both believe is a plans built Citabria, but can't determine which plans company. The banner was supposed to say "FLY W/ US" but...... 1 the picture was taken from the wrong side, and 2 the "Y" flew off just before the picture was taken. Haven't tried another banner flight again.



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Count me in. I flew a Midwest 80" Citabria many happy years. Now have a Seagull Decathlon 40, not yet flying. Hoping to eventually get a Giant One!
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Throw me in as well. I've got a global hobby super decathlon, the GP 85" citabria on the way and a 35% AMR super decathlon on the work bench.
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Welcome guys

Very nice and big Citabria Rafa, maybe one of our future brothers will be able the shed some light on you airplane, franksbuddy, make yourself at home here, Mipzpilot, nice build you got there, you're going to love the GP Citabria ( after the mods are done )

I was able to go flying today, I got to fly my WM Chipmunk three flights and the Citabria two flights, the more I fly the Citabria the better is feels and the sound it makes when diving at idle from high above is just AWESOME!
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Originally Posted by Rafael23cc View Post
I got this used from a friend. He finished from a started frame he bought at an auction. We both believe is a plans built Citabria, but can't determine which plans company.
Nice plane! What are the specs?
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I'm in. About 3 weeks into my Dynaflite SD build and lots of fun. Wood selection/substitution and modified plans will hopefully shave a good portion of weight. DLE30 power.
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Originally Posted by TomM View Post
I'm in. About 3 weeks into my Dynaflite SD build and lots of fun. Wood selection/substitution and modified plans will hopefully shave a good portion of weight. DLE30 power.
Nice craftsmanship. Do you have a build thread?
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I neglected to add that I have two Bud Nosen 1/4-scale (105.5") kits, NIB. One original Bud Nosen, One A&A. There is a back-story to my Nosen Citabria kit.

Thank You Bud Nosen

[HR][/HR]Without knowing it, Bud Nosen was my wife's and my Matchmaker.

When my wife and I were dating, she was curious about the "toy" airplane that hung from the ceiling in my apartment. On the condition that she provide the picnic lunch, we spent part of one afternoon at the flying field (Ft. Worth, Texas) as I put my Aeromaster bipe through the paces. She was impressed. That was in the early '80s, back when R/C impressed the chicks.

My now serious girlfriend and I had plans for a trip to the west coast. I wanted to introduce her to my mother, and unbeknownst to her I had gotten current in a Citabria at the flight school that I learned to fly at. I had an afternoon of "fun" planned. Advice: If you take a girl on a date that involves parachutes, be ready for a little pushback.

This was the first time my girlfriend had been in a light airplane, so things were pretty gentle. A couple of loops and rolls were about all I put her through. I got her to take the controls and coached her through a few stalls.

That Christmas my now serious girlfriend made me the gift of a "box-O-lumber", Bud Nosen 1/4-scale Citabria kit. I started building it immediately in my one bedroom apartment. The build continued after we were married, and in our first house, and progressed into our second house under the "supervision" of our first born daughter. The partially built kit survived three more career-related relocations, and the watchful eyes of two more adolescent "supervisors". The final relocation for this almost-ready-to-cover project was in the Southwest in the late '80s. Yes, it did survive yet another relocation without incurring too much rash.

I was getting far-more enjoyment in raising our kids than in the hobby, so the hobby went into hiatus. I saw the Nosen Citabria every time I went into the garage. Same for my Aeromaster and my T-2A pattern ship. The Aeromaster and I went way-back, as well as the T-2A. It was the Nosen Citabria that haunted me, being that I had not completed and flown it. I ended-up selling it to a member of a local R/C club. He covered it and I did get to see it fly.

When my wife and I became Empty-Nesters, I got back into the hobby. I began collecting older kits that I had always wanted to build. Of course, I secured a Nosen Citabria kit. Although not the very same kit my wife, now of thirty-two years, gifted me, but the same vintage.

Now, the back-story on why my wife bought me the Nosen Citabria kit.

My then girlfriend went to a hobby shop in Ft. Worth, Texas in the Christmas season of 1981. She told the owner that I had taken her for a ride in a Citabria and that I was into the R/C hobby. The only kit the shop had was the Nosen Citabria. Done-and-done.

Like my previous Nosen Citabria, I will build this kit, and fly it, so that young lady that gifted me the same kit more than thirty years ago can see that once again, these models are NOT "toys".

Thank you for being a part of my relationship with a wonderful lady Mr. Nosen. Rest.
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Thank you. No real build log. Just taking plenty of pics as I go along. http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...7#post29954602
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I would like to join....I have the GP Citabria. Going with a DLE 35RA for power and HS 645MG servos all around. Photos......
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Tom, Johnny_Zero.
Yes, I have to agree with EJ, nice build you have there, I always wanted to build one and now I get to see one getting build, Johnny, nice airplane you have there.

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EJ

That is an amazing story, I read it to my wife and she enjoyed it very much, thank you sharing it with us and for taking the time to post here.

That's what I'm talking about, your stories like the one from EJ is what is going to make this brotherhood different from the others.

Thank you again.
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I am still building my GP Citabria, will have to wait to finish it after Christmas as my building area gets taken over with Christmas Stuff; anyways, if there is no Brotherhood Numbering Policy could I be Citabria/Decathlon Brotherhood Member Number#58
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Originally Posted by CARS II View Post
Welcome guys

Very nice and big Citabria Rafa, maybe one of our future brothers will be able the shed some light on you airplane, franksbuddy, make yourself at home here, Mipzpilot, nice build you got there, you're going to love the GP Citabria ( after the mods are done )

I was able to go flying today, I got to fly my WM Chipmunk three flights and the Citabria two flights, the more I fly the Citabria the better is feels and the sound it makes when diving at idle from high above is just AWESOME!
What mods does the gp plane need?
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EJ,
Amazing story, wish you both many more years of happiness and flying together.
Now I have been flying a GP 40 size Decathlon for almost 14-15 years now. The kit started with an OS 40 FP, and then saw an MVVS 49, which currently powers it. Been in the hangar for some time now due to repairs required.
Then my second GP Decathlon (40) came along when I was given one at the field. The owner always had difficulties with his model and I used to fly mine. He gave away his to I, saying here you keep and fly this. Off course I gladly accepted and thanked him.
Recently acquired the GP 30cc Citabria that is slated for build soon (as soon as I finish my other projects).
Am I qualified to join the group?
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mchandrayan,

More than qualified, and welcome! Cars II is keeping the list, and I'm sure you'll be on the roster soon enough.

Your Decathlon has been around for a long time! You must show it a lot of TLC.
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