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REVIEW: Seagull DHC-1 Chipmunk

REVIEW: Seagull DHC-1 Chipmunk

Andy Gower finds much to admire in Seagullís 80Ē ARTF Chippy

Dwain Dibley.21/04/2019 00:14:18
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Brilliant Chaps.....Well Done.

D.D.

Chris Bott - Moderator21/04/2019 18:04:14
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After pontificating far too much over C/G on these Chippys, I moved the LiPo back a little for my last flight yesterday and I have to say that the model "felt lighter" to fly, (if that's a thing?).

So unable to go flying today I did a spot of measuring and nose weight removal and more measuring etc.

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Suffice to say that my last flight was at Seagulls recommended 130mm and to get back there it turned out that I needed to remove all noseweight and put LiPo back in it's fully forward position - DOH!

Ah well, that leaves mine 5oz lighter than it was and me looking forward to the next flying session. These really do fly very nicely indeed.

Danny Fenton15/05/2019 11:09:05
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Chris and I went flying again last night with both the Chippies, and they are a lot of fun.

I removed some telemtry equipment (sorry Chris) and also the two Rx packs, to run solely on the 8A BEC integrated into the new Neuron ESC's. This moved the c of g to 130mm which is where Chris is at. I flew a BMFA scale Schedule and it was lovely, all be it a little more nervous. I think I will move the c of g a little forward to suit my style of flying.

Probably shift the C of G by adding one Rx pack back into the model, and using a dual feed, ESC BEC as main source, LiFe pack as standby, using another one of Chris's clever little boards

I hope Chris doesn't mind me posting this video, I hadn't realised he was stood behind me filming

Motor Turnigy 4258 500kV, 5S 5000 mAh, 15 x 10 APC, Neuron 60 ESC, Frsky RX8R Pro. weight 9.25lbs

Cheers

Danny

Edited By Danny Fenton on 15/05/2019 11:09:24

Chris Bott - Moderator15/05/2019 11:26:37
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From last night.

My caption - "Beware ailien invasion force masquerading as 1940s training aircraft".

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Russ P20/06/2019 15:42:29
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Danny/Chris

I've followed your blog and was impressed with the Chipmunk so I ordered one. 3 months later I've finally received one.

Although the instructions are easy to follow, I have a question which I hope you can help with, how do you wire the landing lights. I've enlarged you photos but still can't see how you did it.

Thanks

Russ

Chris Bott - Moderator20/06/2019 18:22:13
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Hi Russ

Good choice. I'm sure you'll have lots of fun with it.

I have the lights working on mine but I have to say I can hardly see them in flight. There must be something brighter that we could use.

I connected them in to the Rx supply via an RC switch.

Something like this, available at many different places. That then plugs into a spare servo channel that I slaved off the flap channel.

Russ P20/06/2019 19:25:01
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Thanks. I'm really looking forward to flying her.

Danny Fenton20/06/2019 23:47:47
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You will really enjoy it Russ, really flies well

Didn't bother with the lights tbh, need to be brighter

Cheers

Danny

stu knowles21/06/2019 08:07:36
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These are good as landing lights and only need the wires extending. The set even includes an RX controlled switch!

**LINK**

Danny Fenton21/06/2019 08:35:19
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They look good Stu, and great price. Will they run off the Rx power or does it need a small batt?

Cheers

Danny

McG 696921/06/2019 09:15:16
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Hi Danny,

I bought that GT Power set some time ago for a future (?) hovercraft project. They are indeed really bright...

It needs a separate 2S battery and it switches on/off by a free RX channel (slaved to flaps, gear or whatever).

Mine came from topcom.com/ UK warehouse at €7,5 all in to BE.

Hope this helps a bit.

Cheers

Chris

Chris Bott - Moderator21/06/2019 11:02:10
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These lights look great, at a great price.

But the diameter looks too big for this particular application I think. (I haven't actually measured).

McG 696921/06/2019 11:20:47
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... diameter = 22mm, Chris.

... and the depth about the same.

Cheers

Chris

George P.26/08/2019 17:59:11
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Hi all,

I enjoyed reading this thread.

I have always had a soft spot for the Chipmunk and really like the look of this one. I have a Seagull Sea Fury and the dimensions seem to suggest this is about the same size? On the other hand I saw the Slec/ Apache Chippy at the Nats and it has the same wingspan but looked considerably larger? I did a search on the internet but have found no pics with pilot etc. to gain a better idea. Does anyone know how the Slec and Seagull compare? Or does anyone have a Sea Fury they can compare it to?

Many thanks.

Denis Watkins26/08/2019 18:30:38
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George, all 3 models are similar size

Colour does alter perception of size, so one livery at a glance can alter an objects appearance

In Design the quote is " Colour alters mass "

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George P.27/08/2019 16:32:12
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Posted by Denis Watkins on 26/08/2019 18:30:38:

George, all 3 models are similar size

Colour does alter perception of size, so one livery at a glance can alter an objects appearance

In Design the quote is " Colour alters mass "

Edited By Denis Watkins on 26/08/2019 18:31:20

Thanks Dennis, I agree that colour can make things look bigger. I also find it interesting how walking around the Nats and looking at 75" aerobatic models I find myself thinking they look quite compact really until I remind myself that in my hobby room they will take up some considerable storage space!

George P.05/11/2019 19:20:38
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I was wondering about the flap throws. Are yours set up as per manual? Any elevator mix?

Did you find the other control surface throws ok for maiden?

Any other hints / tips before the maiden much appreciated.

Danny Fenton05/11/2019 19:38:58
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No elevator/flap mix needed on mine. It swings a little on take off, but not too much.

It is a lovely model to fly, don't overthink it, its a pussycat

Cheers

Danny

George P.05/11/2019 20:28:14
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Thanks, Danny.

I look forward to getting it in the air.

George

George P.13/11/2019 16:52:53
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Chip Chip Horay! You can tell I am feeling' Chipper' that the Chipmunk is ready to go. The last Seagull ARTF I assembled was about thirteen years ago and although there is a very familiar fit and feel they have definitely made big improvements. It was a straightforward build and took about a week. No modifications although I was tempted to after having felt the weight of the individual components (the model has come out at just a couple of ounces below 11lbs so not bad at all). Model is for sport flying and so wanted to simply put together between kit builds.

I was fortunate in that the wing tube went in no problem but I did spend an hour filing out a hole for a wing bolt to get it to fit. I also had to do some sanding to get the stab and rudder assemblies to fit and align correctly.

The decals are an issue for me; I do not like to see shiny surfaces around them and so spent a day cutting out each item before attaching them to the airframe. As there is no flying weather I am tempted to strip out the ply from the canopy assembly as it is quite hefty (pilot tacked in and screws used to hold canopy so I can modify later).

Danny, do you know what weight saving you made on the canopy/ hatch?

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