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Silver Wolf's Chipper-too

A first scale build (Dennis Bryant)

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Nev01/10/2017 20:54:06
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Got some nice flowing curves in there SW.

The back of the fairings do end up a bit thick but there is a fair bit of balsa than can de sanded away, I didn't go for the super sharp edge though. Same with the detail, I went for practical scale as I wanted to finish.

Looking good.


Danny Fenton01/10/2017 21:34:17
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Looking great SW the hard bits are behind you now
Silver Wolf04/01/2018 18:16:29
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Fuselage now near completion at last.



Modified F2 to allow for fuel tank, with removing a lot of the material I have given the inside face a layer of finishing cloth.


Due to this project being longer than planned I was very tempted not to bother with any cockpit detail.


However, I did manage to do the basics, as showed by Mr Fenton and very pleased with the result.


Will mount engine next and then consider the cowl. Would be interested to do something similar to Danny’s version but at the moment unable to source any hinge


Will add some web plates to the bearers and will be using a glass mount as recommended by Jon (Laser)

All the best to everyone in 2018.


Andy Muckley04/01/2018 18:58:28
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Good job mate. I must get mine finished this year,

Colin Leighfield04/01/2018 19:09:02
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You’re about where I am, although yours looks a darned site better than mine! Must get back in the shed, I’m distracted by all of these electric powered things.

Martyn K04/01/2018 22:04:18
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And about where i am as well. I have been slowly plodding along. I'll update my blog shortly

It's looking great SW
john stones 104/01/2018 22:15:14
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Cockpit looks fabulous S.W yes

Danny Fenton04/01/2018 23:57:39
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That really looks great SW I f I recall I used two offset hinges (for access hatches), probably from Hobby king Replace the hinge pins and run a length of piano wire between the two hinges to ensure they are in perfect allignment

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Silver Wolf19/01/2018 15:10:11
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Gents, thanks for the kind words, a few words of encouragement helps the motivation.


Initially mounted the cowl just to ensure it looked about right, used temporary packs to help with alignment.


As yet not sure how i will attach cowl but i think it will need a fixing in f1. I may bond part f1 onto engine mount, the lower section of f1 is likely to go, need to ensure that there is no obstruction for the cooling flow.


Intend to hinge cowl as per Danny's version. Awaiting hinges from HK (thanks for the info Danny). With the cowl hinged I should be able to see and sort the cooling baffles.



Danny Fenton19/01/2018 16:54:26
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Looking good. As you have gone IC do you think with the sections cut and hinged the cowl will be strong enough to withstand all that suck, squeese, bang and blowing going on? I hinged mine to allow easy access for the Lipo. you do not need this, why not just fit it as any other IC??



Silver Wolf01/02/2018 11:14:11
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Danny, I had thought that it might help access to needle valve etc. However as i don't intend to mess around with engine settings once set up , then for simplicity it will be a more conventional fit.


Cowl fitted with three 3mm button heads, inserts fixed into hardwood block which are mounted to F2.


May add more fixings, may be into engine mount. Although this might cause problems with vibration now that i think about it.

Once covered I will think about cooling baffles.


Fin strake added along with wing fillets.


Well at long last its starting to look like a chippy.

Will now fill and sand fuselage, ailerons,flaps etc ready for covering.


Nev02/02/2018 19:27:44
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Looking good SW.

Your wing fillets are a lot better than mine, I always struggle with them.


Silver Wolf16/03/2018 16:48:46
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Wing fillets were made by using a phenolic microballons filler mixed with some 30 min epoxy. I have seen David Platt using a polyester resin which seemed a better consistency and i think it was a finishing resin that he used. The fillets are far from perfect the camera does improve my build quality.


Made a start on covering now, flaps, ailerons and other empennages covered with silk over tissue. Hope to get fuselage glassed by the end of the month once its warmed up a bit.



Will need to spray a coat of dope, add a little detail then some primer.



Edited By Silver Wolf on 16/03/2018 16:49:08

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