Custom Live Wire (oz893)


Custom Live Wire (oz893) by Hal DeBolt 1958 - plan thumbnail

About this Plan

Custom Live Wire. 66in RC stunt model. For .25 to .35 engines and 2 to 8 channel radio. Wing area 1326 sqin. Wing loading 10oz/ft. Flying Weight 5 to 7 lbs.

Quote: "Not since the advent of the 1st Live Wire has there been such a sensational advancement in R/C model design as the new Custom Live Wire offers! After 3 years of intensive development the Custom comes with features which make it the first fully acrobatic R/C model kit! Only now is it possible to duplicate completely full scale aircraft controls and achieve performance equal to them, both in the air and on the ground!

The Custom has symmetrical airfoil wings for greater stability and equalized inverted maneuvering. Its biplane wings give the area required to provide a low wing loading, the answer to quick, snappy maneuvers! The biplane also affords a very low gross weight plus compactness for ease of transportation.

Coupled with the fine aerodynamic qualities comes a brilliant undercarriage system which by the use of a steerable tail wheel and wheel brakes gives absolute ground control on the roughest of terrain. Takeoffs, landings and all taxiing now becomes a pleasure!

With the Custom Live Wire you have the most modern and versatile radio controlled miniature aircraft that could be wished for!"

Update 20/1/2023: Added instructions, design notes and parts list, thanks to Bill Hickey.

Quote: "Hello, I noticed your plans for the deBolt Custom Livewire Bipe do note have many of the written notes present on the original plans. Given the detailed drawings of multi-R/C radio installation and how to fly multi, this is certainly understandable.
I had just acquired this kit and found the Parts List on the plans very helpful to determine how complete the contents were. Thought you might want to add that to your database, as well as his Design Notes and construction Instructions. Especially liked the concept of 'Forethought to Construction'.
Keep up the great work - the site is an invaluable reference! Best Regards,"

Quote: "Design Notes: The Custom Live Wire is a modern full fledged R/C stunt model for use with multi-channel R/C equipment. With its biplane design and sym- metrical airfoils it represents the results of 4 years of development towards this end. The symmetrical wings provide the greatest efficiency while performing inverted maneuvers and the low wing loading obtained with the biplane configuration makes the use of symmetrical wings practical. In addition the biplane represents the equal of a much larger monoplane in a more compact size, saving weight and ease of transportation. As a result you can expect to duplicate any maneuver that a full scale machine can perform, both in the air and on the ground.

Such a craft is obviously not for the beginner to R/C flying, however, the Custom is exceptionally stable and anyone with some R/C experience should get along quite well with it. Experience will also dictate how complex the control system should be. If the Custom happens to be your first multi-channel R/C model it would be best to leave the optional features of the model until another time. A great deal can be learned and a lot of flying can be done with it by just the use of the fundamental controls such as rudder, elevator and engine controls. Actually, the Custom will perform all of the maneuvers that can be done by the use of just these controls, anything gained otherwise would simply be refinement. If you have some multi-channel experience already you can expect to get the very utmost from flying by the use of all of the optional controls suggested..."

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David Moellenkamp - 19/07/2021
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