Chipmunk (oz3031)


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DH Chipmunk. 40in span scale C/L model. For 2.5 - 5cc engines.

Quote: "The de Havilland Chipmunk. Scale expert Frank Buckland tells you how to build an authentic control model of this famous training aircraft for 2.5 - 5.0 cc engines.

A COMMON sight these days is the pert little Chipmunk as it cavorts about the skies in its role of RAF basic trainer or light club aircraft. Its well balanced lines delight the eye, and a more attractive post-war aircraft would be hard to find. Its model counterpart is strong and is a pleasure to build and fly. Engines of 2.5 - 5 cc are suitable, with performance to match power.

Fuselage. The construction of this model follows usual practice, but to save wasting time the following sequence should be adhered to. Make all formers, mount bearers, add tank, bellcrank support aiid bellcrank. Cement longerons to C and D, allow to set and add remaining formers; tail wheel gear should be fixed to I before mounting on longerons. Make tail plane and fin and rudder, sand to shape and cement accurately in position after connecting up controls. Check for free movement. Sheet-in air outlet in firewall and add small hardwood pieces to bearers to take rear cowling screws.

Commence sheeting fuselage by cutting two full length side pieces, 1 in deep and tapered at rear; when these are glued in position over the 1/4 in square longerons, the body will be quite firm and accurate. Complete planking of rear fuselage using strips of 1/4 in width as long as possible to reach along below cabin to firewall..."

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Dear Mary and Steve, today I send you a few photos of the Chipmunk [main pic, 004, 005]. Looks a bit shoddy, not doing justice to the nice plane it is, but until something better comes up, it may add a little colour to the page.
This project was stuck for some twenty years in quite an advanced stage of building. But as the years passed, I had a growing feeling that internal combustion was outdated. Therefore, after a few exchanges with Keith Renecle, I decided to adapt to electric power. A pity, because the necessary surgery was a bit destructive, but hey, sooner or later it will have to suffer the effects of gravity as any other model! Regards,
Atilano Suarez - 19/03/2021
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