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Old 07-16-2014, 05:10 PM
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Default Eagle Aiviation : Christen Eagle - Arisen from the basement!

So - after many years, I have finished up an old Christen Eagle from a fairly obscure kit by Eagle Aviation.

I had one of these years ago - and did the "Ultimate" SNAP Roll - literally snapping both wings off the left side. Result? Not good. I had purchased the airframe from a reputable guy - and this was many years ago - but apparently, he missed the top spar that connected the top wing structure where is slants rearward. Funny, he was running a larger engine than I did - many flights - but I tore it up. Oh well.

Fast foward about 5 years - always looking for a kit to build myself.. and I find plans and glass,gear, etc. builders kit.. sweet. Oops, got the items, and the canopy was wrong, and no pattern for the ribs? Probably could have figured it out, but let it sit in the basement. Then ...

Found a gentleman in Canada who had a complete, UNOPENED Eagle Aviation kit. Bought it immediately, no haggling. And another 4 years of sitting in my basement - so this winter had a buddy who was bored, and did some framing.. ordered the graphics from Kirby .. and wa -la - a complete plane. Only took a "few" years to get it done and in the air.

So - 85" wingspan, ZDZ 80 twin, 24-12 prop, Servos, hardware, Ultracoat and some paint.. all done.

7 flights to date.. all good. Forgot .. bipes .. Ugh. you have to really "fly" them! Not like my monplanes that track on rails.. lol

Anyway, here's some pics.. Hello and goodbye! Jim



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Beautiful work!!!!!!
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And we're on the flying circuit. Jumping from the Mustang to the Eagle is a "slight" jump in flight envelopes!
Funny, Christen Eagles used to be very common.. now, not so much.
Many comments and questions about the aircraft. A few think it's a Great Planes ARF until they get close to it and realize this one is a LOT larger .... lol
Many flights now, easy to fly.. love it in a blue sky.


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Jim,'
Great job with your Eagle and I'll bet it flys better than the GP version
Sure wish I could find one of these beauties NIB or framed up

Good luck with yours
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I sold mine back in 2008 and wish I never did! Still want another one and hopefully someone will offer a 38-40% soon!

look great!!!
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EMHW offers a Christen in two sizes, a 92"ws and a 120ws. Here is the US vendor, http://vogelsang-aeroscale.com/civilianemhw.html.
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Yep
Been drooling over the Modellbaugh kits for years. They even offered an ARC version way back when Dessert Aircraft was a US dealer.

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I am in the paint stages of the EMHW 46% Pitts s1, if interested here is the build thread. Sorry about the pics on the first half , I accidentally deleted them.
http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/rc-s...l#post11856355
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Thanks for the kind words gentlemen.


ACERC - Have been lurking your Pitts thread since you started, Impressive effort !! Cannot wait until it's "finished" . . . You are a good detail builder !


CaptRKO - I remember when your Eagle was for sale .. thought about it at the time! But I had the first builders kit, and figured I should build instead. I still have that builders kit with all the glass, plans, gear and cabanes. I think the canopy is wrong though ? PM me if you really want to build another one. IF I build another Eagle .. it will probably be a "bit" larger....
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Thanks Jim. It is a real test of ones ability that is for sure. I forgot to mention, your Christen is a beaut and even though I would imagine those stripes are vinyl it is still no small task to lay them down. But if they were painted, oh man what a chore and even that much more deserving an atta boy. Your comment as to having to fly it is why people no longer have them. Personally, I love bipes, especially the performance style. Anyway, beautiful plane, would love to see a vid of it in flight.
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Originally Posted by IFLYRC-RCU View Post
Thanks for the kind words gentlemen.


ACERC - Have been lurking your Pitts thread since you started, Impressive effort !! Cannot wait until it's "finished" . . . You are a good detail builder !


CaptRKO - I remember when your Eagle was for sale .. thought about it at the time! But I had the first builders kit, and figured I should build instead. I still have that builders kit with all the glass, plans, gear and cabanes. I think the canopy is wrong though ? PM me if you really want to build another one. IF I build another Eagle .. it will probably be a "bit" larger....

Check your PM....done deal. EAGLE #3 in 38%.....might go very scale this time as in Top Gun-ish...with wires and cockpit. Hopefully that is the Single place Canopy!
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Nice!
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Update: I am in need of a replacement canopy.. UGH. Anybody have one?? PLEASE ? Single place version.. I am thinking I am screwed on this.....

Have upgraded to a DLE 120 with a 3 blade pro btw. Need a little more pull for emergency maneuvers it seems.. ( Don't Ask ! )
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Still looking ! Any ideas on a canopy I could modify to work maybe ??
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After much searching ... decided no canopy can be found. So I made one fit. This is a much cut down Corsair canopy


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A little more detailing and added pilot.
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Upgraded power to a DLE 120. 25-12 3 blade prop for ground clearance
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Added flying wires this time as well. These are actually functional. Made from 4-40 rod. Used a swivel mount on bottom of top wing. Why? So wires can fold up to wing for transport and storage. Had to add hardpoint attachments as well
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lots of messing around to get wires right. The flying wires are connected by a rod. Thats a dowl drilled through on the front two wires. The rear wires snap on so its easy to remove and swing wires up to wing for storage

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Here is the rod painted up and installed. Next? Figure out how I want to handle mufflers in the new engine.
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Just clarify.. the first plane was essentially destroyed. Totally my fault, dont tumble at low altitude without power to pull out. This is a full rebuild, but used parts of the original plane. Like the tail.. and engine box.
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The new DLE 120 ... ordering some better muffler so I can get a scale exit
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Canopy tinting and installation complete. Radio, switch, and battery all installed and programmed. Ready. Well.... mostly. Just need the mufflers and I can finish it off. But, basically ready to fly. Again!
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Canopy tinting and installation complete. Radio, switch, and battery all installed and programmed. Ready. Well.... mostly. Just need the mufflers and I can finish it off. But, basically ready to fly. Again!
Your plane looks great! I also bought the plans, canopy (2-place), cowl, pants, gear, and landing gear cuffs from Rick Boyer. I just recently got them out and after studying the plans, I realized that some things are missing from the plans. Did your friend who built the kit for you happen to trace out the rib patterns? Also, what are the dihedral angles? If you know of anything else that is missing from the kit, please let me know. I hate to not be able to build the plane, but I need some patterns to go by. It appears also, that the fuselage parts are only shown half-way on the plans, so I guess you have to copy them, and then make the other side a tracing of the first side of the former. Any help in building mine would be appreciated.

Also, how much were you charged for the graphics?

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I believe I did trace the ribs.. but will have to dig out the plans... Graphics were from Kirby.. think around 400 bucks. This will be the last one I build.. if I wreck this one, I will go to the German kit..

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