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Old 08-24-2008, 12:09 AM
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Default Randy Randolph Chips any good?

Has anyone built the Randy Randolph "Chips"? It's a small low wing
sport ship that takes a .15 (MAN plan no. fsp03901). What did you
think of it? It would be my first scratch build.[sm=shades_smile.gif]
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Old 08-25-2008, 07:39 AM
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Anything Randy Randolph designed flew great! - I built 3-4 chips and there a great little model for a .15 Keep it light and use smaller servo's HS-81's and small RCVR battery and you will have a lot of fun with this model! Chips would be a good first scratch built model

I used a regular sized servo for the Ailerons - the servo head comes out the center bottom of the wing and you use 2 longer servo wire links to the control horns. This opens up more space in the fuse. Use HS 81 for Elevator/Rudder and Engine.
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Old 08-25-2008, 10:13 AM
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The Chips is the best flying small model I have ever built. It tears along with an OS LA.15 at half throttle and wide open it does loops as big as I want. I first built the Chips in 2000 and it ended up in one of the killer trees at our field last year. I saved the wing and built a new fuselage and tail. I wish more modelers would discover this design and have fun flying it. My aileron servo is installed on the top side of the wing per the plan with room for all of the radio gear inside. But the fuel tank compartment is narrow and I am limited to a 2 oz. fuel tank. To avoid deadsticks I set the timer for 5 minutes and land as soon as it beeps. I just love this plane- it flies smoothly, is maneuverable and has no vices.
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That's the first good photo of the Chips I've seen, Looks fun!
I'm looking for a small sporty model that I can throw in my
shotgun seat. There seems to be a lack of kits in that size
range. Every year I see it in the MAN plans guide and wonder
what it's like.[sm=72_72.gif]
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Since you flatter me here are some more views.
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Old 08-25-2008, 12:22 PM
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Here is a view of the aileron servo installation and the fuselage interior. All of the servos are Futaba S3101 compact servos. The balsa slats form a shelf which supports the 250mah receiver pack which is up in the canopy. At the right is a HiTec 555 receiver. You don't want to cram big gear inside this fuselage. The total weight is a hair under 31 oz. and that makes for lively performance.
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I have the 555 rx, and some HS-81s. Looks like I'll be ordering some plans, and
checking my balsa stash.[sm=shades_smile.gif]
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I have framed up 3 of them. Never did get to finish one of them. First the dogs totaled the plane then the cats killed the second one and finally the third one hung from the ceiling for so long I just tossed it. I may try for the forth time.


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Awww - who's afraid of a little ol' dead stick. It's one way to guarantee a landing!
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Old 08-28-2008, 05:41 PM
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Is the canope built up? or carved solid balsa? could a clear canope be fitted?
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The canopy is sheet balsa and is easy to make. I think it would be hard to fit a plastic canopy given the trapezoidal shape of the fuselage top side.
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The canopy is sheet balsa and is easy to make. I think it would be hard to fit a plastic canopy given the trapezoidal shape of the fuselage top side.
Thanks for posting pics of the Chips, I'm getting the itch to build it!
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Default RE: Randy Randolph Chips any good?

I know this is old, but has anyone made one of these as an electric? I have an old one that a friend of mine built some 20 years ago, and and thinking of refurbishing it. I planned on recovering it in silkspan and dope (mainly for practice) and powering it with a a Parkzone T-28 brushless system, 2100 LiPo. Thoughts?
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