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Build blog of a Dennis Bryant Chipmunk

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Danny Fenton23/05/2014 16:51:03
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I have been modelling for a while, well since the age of 7 really, started with the usual Keil Kraft stuff, and progressing onto diesel control line models. The family moved Stateside and I carried on my modelling building many of the Sterling control line models, Ringmasters mainly all sizes.

Back in the UK I played with RC for a while before drifting off to race indoor electric, the culmination racing for a Bristol club and partially sponsored by Bristol manufacturer "Sarik Vacform", in the Southern League. I progressed to 1/8 IC and was club Champion at mendip for a while. Good fun.

I eventualy got back into RC and messed around with a Gangster 52 and The Flair Scout models as well as the odd 60 sized Reeves Spitty. Once again life got in the way. But inevitably I returned to modelling only a few years ago and am really enjoying it.

Scale and detailing are the bits I love the most, though figuring out new ways to do things is also well up there as things I like.

I was asked to write a scale column for RCM&E two years ago and this has been really enjoyable. I am proud to be part of a great team, hopefully that will continue.

So what do I hope to get out of this 'ere Chippy build, well I am hoping to try some new planking techniques as well as have a crack at a full cockpit build which I haven't tried before. I am also going to try KlassKote which I have been meaning to do for a while.

But without doubt my main hope is that I can help a few others to tackle a scale subject and get it flying. It would be great to all get together at some point in the future and fly them in loose formation.

Okay which Chippy am I doing? Well I am doing the Silver and yellow banded example from Cosford as its close for me. I am however making one slight change. The serial number will be 8341M which was a Chippy I worked on when I was just 15

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I have the cnc wood kit, the cowl, canopy, wheels, motor and cells all ready to go. I am also the only one to have hinges so far but hopefully that is in hand.

so roll on October I say



Martyn K23/05/2014 17:03:10
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Got to subscribe to this as I will be following you.. What happened to the October start though?




Edit. Oops - sorry - just spotted your last comment. Camping at Aberystwyth with a wireless connection slower than a 9600 dial up




Edited By Martyn K on 23/05/2014 17:15:20

Andy Green23/05/2014 17:13:28
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We're still in May Martyn laugh


Colin Leighfield23/05/2014 17:50:00
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It's got to be October for me, I'm fine with that but there's too much on to start earlier.

Kevin Fairgrieve23/05/2014 17:52:56
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Just putting my marker on this page as I feel I will be following it with much anticipation.


Tony Bennett23/05/2014 17:53:46
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i will be watching this young man.

shame i got too much on my plate to join in though. sad

Danny Fenton23/05/2014 17:58:20
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Thanks guys yes a shame you can't join in Tony, you could show us a few tricks

Should be a lot of fun

Tony Bennett23/05/2014 18:02:19
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well October is a way off yet. he he he

lets see how we get on with the shack, auster and a few other things i have up my sleeve first.

might squeeze one in, you never know. wink

Martian23/05/2014 18:05:42
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I shall be following this looking forward to the start would have loved to have joined in but am committed to build my DA42 by the way Danny is the guy with receding hair you

Danny Fenton23/05/2014 18:18:15
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Lol that pic was taken in '75 I am the long haired moody hippy at the back

You are off my Christmas card list......

Martian23/05/2014 18:23:03
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Ha HA I guessed you were please put me back on the Christmas card list I am very sorry

Danny Fenton23/05/2014 18:31:10
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Lol okay I will let you off this time
john stones 123/05/2014 19:03:22
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Stop wishing the Summer awaysmile d October, Xmas, kids today are always in a hurry teeth 2


AlexJ31/05/2014 22:25:51
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Hi Danny,

Seeing the bio you have added at the start of the thread, it sent me back! I used to race 1/8 IC at mendip amongst other tracks, during the mid to late 80's. I used to see Roly Hamblin quite regularly, I remember very good times.

I am looking forward to starting the first build for possibly 15 years!



Nigel Day01/06/2014 08:57:07
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Looking forward to this Danny.

Which bits of the 'long-haired, moody hippy' no longer apply?

Danny Fenton01/06/2014 10:06:06
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The hair is virtual, and moody has matured into grumpy
Nigel Day01/06/2014 10:57:49
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Ooh, that sounds a bit close to home for me (and my wife!)smiley

chris kearney01/06/2014 11:17:47
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Hi Danny, is the Chipmunk going to be electric?

Danny Fenton01/06/2014 12:18:48
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Hi Nigel still love led zep, pink floyd, peter frampton, uriah heep, black sabbath, moody blues
Danny Fenton01/06/2014 12:21:20
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Hi Chris yes I should have said pretty sure it will be A123 powered and definitely electric, I dont do charcoal barbies, coal fire, and black and white tellies. I do have a briggs and stratton for the lawn funnily the only ic I have thats never gone deadstick

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