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DHC-1 Chipmunk

In 1946,  DeHavilland Canada started work on a new training aircraft for both RCAF and civilian use.  Airframe #1, CF-DIO-X was shipped to the parent company in England  for evaluation and possible use by the Royal Air Force.  The RCAF took delivery of 107 aircraft while India, Egypt and Thailand all placing orders.  The Royal Canadian Flying Clubs Association received a number of aircraft from the RCAF for refresher training and many of these were sold on the civilian market.

The RAF ordered 1000 aircraft built in England while Portugal built 60 under licence.

The Aeroclub kit, in 1:48 scale, was based on the British version of DHC's trainer complete with the original "Bird-cage" canopy and faired gear legs.

Having flown many Chipmunks over the years, I have found it a very delightful aircraft..except for the Gypsy engine which I found as both a pilot and wrench twister, to be a real pain.

 

         

The kit is very basic, with overly thick fuselage casting, and little detailing.  There was some detailing added before the fuselage was closed up

 

 

A control tunnel was scratch built under the seas and seat belts and radio box added

 
Landing gear legs were fabricated from brass tubing and wire to replicate the RCAF type of gear.  Brass torque links added later as they are very delicate

 

  The wing fillet was corrected using vinyl tape to outline the shape then filled with Milliput

 

 

 

Once the Milliput cured it was sanded to the final shape   The model was sprayed first with Tamiya TS-14 Gloss Black followed by light coats of Alclad II Polished Aluminum on the metal areas and Aluminum on the fabric portions of the wing and control surfaces.

 

 

 

 

The yellow is Model Master Gloss Trainer Yellow.  The decals are from the big spares box

 

  The underside shows the type of marking found on RCAF trainers in the early 1950s
 
The canopy was formed by vacu-forming over a balsa mould and although not as clear as I would have liked, it is reasonably accurate.

 

  18065 is shown in the original marking used by the RCAF up until May 1955.  This airframe was restored in Comox, BC some years ago then underwent "corrective" repaint and markings in Langley, BC in 2009.  It now flies in the USA.

 

 

 

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