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fly-navy26/10/2010 14:14:38
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When tother jobs are all completed have been thinking of sending foe this plan for this lovely a/c.I have a 72" Chippahawk which flies nice but would like to build one with a bit more scale and detail.I see some of you guys have experience of this plan,can you tell me please if in the canopy and cowl set if the cowl is fibre glass etc or a plasticky vacform type.
Cheers guys
fly boy326/10/2010 19:00:33
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Hi FN, the Chippahawk is a great model produced as a plan pack by Skyways.  Sadly they are no longer, but the same plan pack  is being supplied by Masons Models I believe. With a bit of work it could be made into a nice scalish job.Originally the cowl was fibre glass.
kc26/10/2010 19:24:15
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MyhobbyStore have plan RM 276 by Roger Pegg& John Kidd at 83 inch 1/5 scale from Radio Modeller June 84.   MyHobbyStore  seem to want almost 50 pounds for a fibreglass cowl!
Traplet now sell the Dennis Bryannt  plans and he has a 68 inch Chipmunk and cowl available.
fly-navy26/10/2010 19:41:36
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Thanks guys,
fly boy I think you misunderstood,or I worded it badly,mate,I am going to send for the Radio Modeller plan (RM276) and they also do a cowl and canopy set extra but they do not say what material the cowl is made of and this is what I wanted to know.I am very happy with my Chippahawk flies beautiful on a Enya 60 FS and it has great presence in the air,I just wanted a bigger one,the Mike Smart one at 105" is a tad too big.
kc that was the plan I am sending for,£50 for a cowl,they're having a bl**dy good laugh are'nt they!!!Not at my expense they're not.
I have a couple of models from Dennis's plans and lovely plans they are but I wanted something bigger.
Thanks again
Danny Fenton26/10/2010 19:45:07
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Hi John, of course there is always the larger 1/5 or 1/4 scale Chipmunk by Dave Womersley. Available through MAP (Model Activity Press)
fly-navy26/10/2010 20:09:28
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Danny you beauty,like the look of his 1/5th scale one,what do those engine sizes equate to in old money,it has to be a four stroke (sorry Mr Leccy) and the biggest I have are 90&91 might be marginal or not even powerful enough!!
Hope you are keeping well my friend
fly-navy26/10/2010 20:19:58
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Googled it and requires a 1.20-1.50 engine,booger
Danny Fenton26/10/2010 20:44:46
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Barry Parkinson built a lovely Chipmunk and brought it along to Greenacres last year. The build was featured in Q and E last year (September 2009) really came out well. It was the Airsail Chipmunk 48 - 70 four stroke.
There is a build thread on Model flying too Airsail build thread
kc27/10/2010 11:25:39
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There seems to be 2 cowls avail for RM276 and the £50 one is fibreglass according to the MyHobbyStore site.  Did you go onto the 2nd page which show s 2 cowls?
Worth phoning up and checking the price, it could be one of the many mistakes on the site
Note there is an error  on RM276, I cannot remeber what it was but the person who built one in 1985 said there was an error.  Just a nuisance I think not too serious.
But I would choose a Dennis Bryant plan in preference I think!  Depends on the size you want.
fly-navy27/10/2010 19:50:55
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I was actually looking at the Dennis plan in the plans book at Gaydon the weekend and does look a lovely model,indeed as do all of his designs,I have two of them.Do you notice most of his designs swing about the Merco 61 engine,I have the Turbulent, and the plan for his Spacewalker to build.Since it all comes down to the fact I only have spare 90/91 four strokes it looks like I may have to look at his plan seriously,will check page two,and Traplet is only down the road so could call in and see them,they know me quite well as I bought all the editions of the RC Scale Int.I was missing
Oh forgot the Sparrowhawk 2/3 rd built in the loft,not enough hours!!!

Edited By fly-navy on 27/10/2010 19:54:43

Jim Carss28/10/2010 14:14:24
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Fly navy,
This is my RM276 built it many years ago and it flies vey well,the cowl is fibre glass and the canopy requires a little bit of work to make it fit.
I cant remember any errors on the plan but I found the aileron / flap  hinge arrangement a bit odd and a bit fiddley to set up.
hope this helps.
Its still lying in the garage and never been flown for at least 10yrs.


Edited By Jim Carss on 28/10/2010 14:15:45

kc28/10/2010 15:37:00
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Fly Navy,  I think you may be confusing Dennis Bryant with Dennis Tapsfield!
The Spacewalker,TK2  & Crackerjack etc  man who used a Merco 61 a lot is Tapsfield.  Possibly Bryant also used a Merco back in the days when theis was a popular engine.
Two great British designers anyway.
fly-navy28/10/2010 19:43:10
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Hi kc,says Dennis Bryant on the plans I have,even got the mag plan build feature for the Spacewalker and the great man is posing along side his model.
Jim lad that is one lovely looking model,sacrilege for it to be stuck in a garage and not have wind under it's wings,get ti out check the framework and electrics bung new battery in and lets see some lovely flying shots please,pretty please.
What lump did you have up front Jim,would Enya 91 FS be man enough in your opinion?
Thank you for info re the cowl material.
kc28/10/2010 20:03:37
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Sorry if I gave duff info!
However I can find no trace of a Spacewalker plan on the Dennis Bryant section of Traplet, but there is a Dennis Tapsfield plan from Traplet MW2222 and I am sitting looking at the Nov 1988 RCMW with Tapsfields name and photo.  The Tapsfield article says he used his favourite Merco61
There is a Dennis Bryant plan for a Turbulent though.  As Tapsfield specialised in homebuilt prototypes I would be surprised if had not designed a model Turbulent!  But I canot find it.
Again my apologies if I confused anyone.
fly-navy28/10/2010 20:31:18
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kc,memo to myself,engage brain before opening mouth.My humblest apologies mate you are quite correct it is the Tapsfield plan for the Spacewalker,as soon as I saw your post with the plan number I thought that looks familiar,so off to garage to get plan out and yep got it all again,it's an age thing you know,all the talk of Turb. Sparrowhawk and Chippy.
Best thing to do is ignore my ramblings guys
Apologies again kc and thanks for putting me right

Edited By David Ashby - RCME Administrator on 29/10/2010 08:53:19

Jim Carss28/10/2010 20:56:34
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I started out with a Super Tigre 75 2s and it flew very well and now it has a 90 fs still waiting to be tested,the 90fs will be spot on.
Always have something else to do rather than fly the Chippie.problem its too big to go in the car.
I did enjoy the build,pinched the colour scheme from Channel island Air Ways.

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