Craftsman Who Went Viral in Kenya Found in South Africa

  • Hendrick Chebanga working on a miniature model of a Scania truck
    Hendrick Chebanga working on a miniature model of a Scania truck
  • There has been a rise in the number of innovators whose creative works have turned into internet sensations in Kenya. 

    The latest viral sensation is a craftsman who build a minature model of a Scania truck, attracting the attention of the vehicle manufacturer which launched a search for him.

    Kenyans.co.ke has reliably established that the craftsman can be found in South Africa, where he has a workshop named after himself, Hendrick Chabanga.

    A Toyota Land Cruiser (left) and its miniature model (right) handcrafted by Hendrick Chebanga
    A Toyota Land Cruiser (left) and its miniature model (right) handcrafted by Hendrick Chebanga
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    The artist became popular in South Africa, having come from Zimbabwe, after he build a model helicopter and locals started referring to him as "Helicopter Man".

     Hendrick Chebanga with his replica police helicopter, which took him eight months to build
    Hendrick Chebanga with his replica police helicopter, which took him eight months to build
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    "I have always been fascinated by engineering and I used to make pocket money by building toy wire cars for my friends.

    "My dream was to study engineering but my parents did not have money so I packed my bags and headed for South Africa in 2005," he stated in a past interview with a local media house. 

    He has since perfected his craft three years later and now builds miniature replicas of vehicles which he sells for a living. 

    Many of the clients who visit his workshop ask him to build small models of their vehicles. 

    He has specialised in big cars such as Toyota Land Cruisers, Land Rover Defenders and other 4x4 pick up trucks.

    He builds the miniature  models using corrugated iron sheets and also adds engine detailing as well as a good paint job to resemble the exact   models of the clients' cars.

    He recently completed his second helicopter project and this time, he built it with the intention to fly.

    "I know that it's not allowed to take off in a handcrafted helicopter, but I am requesting the government to let me do so with my second homemade helicopter that I have already fitted with an engine," he appealed. 

    A pickup truck and its miniature model handcrafted by Hendrick Chebanga
    A pickup truck and its miniature model handcrafted by Hendrick Chebanga
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    A pickup truck and its miniature model handcrafted by Hendrick Chebanga
    A pickup truck and its miniature model handcrafted by Hendrick Chebanga