All the excitement of the full size packed into an on the go package. With a perfect mix between speed and park flying the nnChipmunk 800mm is sure to be your go to plane.
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Intermediate – You’ve flown and built a few FT/DTFB style planes before
Grab 4 servos and the rest of the compatible electronics here: Electronics Packages
Clear plastic canopy
Will this plane work with the standard FT powerpod and electronics?
No. While the Beef package/park 425 or greater will work just fine, the standard FT powerpod is too large to fit in the nnChipmunk 800mm. You can use the same electronics but you'll need to build a new powerpod (included in plans) for my 800 size planes. A Blue Wonder type motor would also work just fine.
So if I want to build an 800mm nnChipmunk I don't have to fly it really fast, right?
That's correct. You can even use the same power setup from the smaller swappables like the FT Flyer and it will still fly great.
How did you color your plane, it's amazing!
I used carton sealing tape from TapeBrothers.com It is very easy to work with and the results are very impressive.
You list flat aluminum as a needed material for this build, what's that for?
If you're planning to build a fast 800 nnChip then you need a wing spar. Please see this FT Forum post for more info on how to make an aluminum spar.
How fast is the 800mm nnChipmunk?
Is there a forum post I can visit for more information?
Yes! Myself and other FT community members would be happy to help with any build questions you might have. FT Forum thread
The review is broken down into major characteristic groups that capture what most pilots will look to learn when researching a plane. I have also included details about how the slower BASIC (B) and faster SPEED (S) stacks up.
B: No tip stalls even at slow speeds. The wing tip under camber really helps here.
S: Will tip stall if you’re not careful. She’s much heavier in this set up and you’ll want to keep your speed.
B: Wind performance is great. Side winds are no problem and in a light breeze the 800mm nnChipmunk will hover in place.
S: Handles wind with no issues but you won’t get a solid hover out of this set up.
B: No special considerations, 400-500g you'll have no issues lunching or landing.
S: You’ll need to give her a good toss on launch and come in a tad hot.
Rolls, loops, and inverted are solid. You’ll need a decent amount of up elevator when inverted but the 800mm nnChipmunk is very stable upside down.
B: Does very well.
S: Wants to drop pretty quickly.
LOOK AND FEEL
The Chipmunk is a unique looking plane with its tail ridge and cockpit. The final product really captures the look of the Chipmunk.
As far as feel goes, like the full size nnChipmunk the 800mm version is a real treat to fly. Finding a truly fun plane to fly can be tricky but the 800mm nnChipmunk is a solid bet. It has a huge speed envelope and appeals to a wide range of skill levels.
If you’re looking to try a 800mm size plane then do yourself a favor and start with the nnChipmunk. I know you won’t regret it! Also, please share any photos, stories, or questions you might have. I love hearing from everyone and I hope you enjoy my planes.
Thank you for checking out the 800mm nnChipmunk! If you built a 800mm nnChipmunk and enjoyed it please consider donating a few bucks so I can buy more supplies to make more great planes.