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John Marquette 1/3 Scale Aeronca Champ

I received the John Marquette 1/3 scale Champ plans some time ago to quote a build for a customer. He decided not to build but those plans just kept staring back at me until I finally gave in and started building one for myself. This will be a pet project for myself over the next few years to work on when customer jobs are slow. For someone who likes to build (as I do) this is the perfect aircraft design. The model is a good reproduction of the full size in every aspect. The wing ribs are all built-up truss construction as in the full size. There are also details on the plans that will allow you to copy the landing gear/suspension of the full size. The plans are very well done yet I wouldn’t recommend this project for the novice builder. If you have any scratch building experience at all you should have no problems with this plane though. Because this is such a nice project, I will be including some descriptions along with the pictures in case anyone would like to follow along with the construction. If you have any questions or comments, or would like a more detailed picture of any areas, please feel free to email me and let me know what you would like.


Update March 2012:  The Champ has been sitting here collecting dust for several years and I just don’t know when I will have time to get back on it.  I received an offer from a viewer who wanted to purchase what I had completed and continue the build so the Champ has found a new home.



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