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Posted by j1e9f6f8 | Feb 20, 2021 @ 10:54 AM | 9,309 Views
Using Williams Bros. model armament on WWI airplanes is a standard for stick built aircraft and a great improvement over what is generally provided with an ARF and an easy upgrade, but the sights are a constant bother, getting broken off at every inadvertent bump or occasional mishandling. So, in order to keep that detail which sticks out front and center of most British WWI fighters intact, we came up with a replacement that can handle the occasional bumps and handling mishaps that can occur. It's machined out of aluminum so it's light and durable and attached with canopy glue and a bit of elastic cord to withstand the abuse that the original never would. 1/6 scale is shown. but the gunsight can be scaled to most any size. Also available in the 3/4 mount version as well. Price is $12.50, with a length of elastic cord. You provide the glue. First class shipping is included in the U.S. Multiples will be discounted.
A better Gunsight- Vickers Machine Gun (0 min 8 sec)
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Posted by j1e9f6f8 | Oct 15, 2020 @ 12:43 PM | 8,855 Views
Sopwith Strutter Flight (2 min 29 sec)

Posted by j1e9f6f8 | Oct 15, 2020 @ 10:09 AM | 8,860 Views
A print of the actual 1 1/2 Strutter the model is based upon.
Posted by j1e9f6f8 | Oct 15, 2020 @ 07:05 AM | 8,986 Views
As opposed to the Rotherham pump the British used on their Sopwiths, the French Aéronautique Militaire used a different type which I chose to model as well. I have yet to find a proper name or manufacturer of the pump.
French Aéronautique Militaire Air Pump (0 min 8 sec)

Posted by j1e9f6f8 | Oct 14, 2020 @ 08:47 PM | 9,451 Views
I acquired a Proctor 1 1/2 Strutter this spring and though it was a beautiful build, I wanted to make a bit more faithful to the prototype. The pictures show most of the changes I made to "Frenchize" it and bring it a bit closer to the plane it represents....Continue Reading
Posted by j1e9f6f8 | Sep 20, 2016 @ 04:01 PM | 9,249 Views
A stumbling engine on takeoff, the joy of taxiing without a tail-wheel, an aborted landing attempt, for me, it's all part of flying RC planes.

Sopwith Flight (5 min 53 sec)

Posted by j1e9f6f8 | Apr 04, 2016 @ 06:21 PM | 9,793 Views
Made mounting brackets and added the pennants. They're made out of silk so we'll see how they hold up to the elements. It'll soon be time to fire it up.
Posted by j1e9f6f8 | Mar 23, 2016 @ 09:42 PM | 10,056 Views
Now to mess up the pristine paint job. Weathering can be a bit subjective and I'll leave it at that.
Posted by j1e9f6f8 | Mar 23, 2016 @ 09:19 PM | 10,047 Views
The cockpit is almost complete with sewn on "leather" buffer, Aldis sights, and a heavily modified Great Planes pilot. I got his face a bit too dirty in the first photo, the final product is a bit lighter on the "oily" face look. I have to make the large iron sight for the right side Vickers but getting it past the interplane wires will be an issue so I need to come up with a solution for that....Continue Reading
Posted by j1e9f6f8 | Mar 17, 2016 @ 08:46 PM | 9,918 Views
Pondered how to make the wind screen for the Sopwith and came up with this idea, only realized by knowing someone with a laser cutter. Proving the adage, it's not what you know, it's who you know...and, if you'd like one for your Sopwith in most any scale, just let me know.
Posted by j1e9f6f8 | Mar 16, 2016 @ 06:36 PM | 11,072 Views
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After finding suitable bits and pieces of aluminum and brass to turn down to the appropriate shapes and some small nuts and bolts, I was able to get the pump soldered and glued together. I made a homemade sandblaster to make the pump base and lower section of the piston housing look like it was cast instead of polished like the other parts. I carved the prop out of a bit of poplar and made the brackets out of some brass sheet leftover from another project.
Posted by j1e9f6f8 | Mar 11, 2016 @ 10:45 PM | 10,191 Views
Test shot. Almost complete, but not quite there yet. Need to add the Rotherham pump, the pilot, and the streamers.
Posted by j1e9f6f8 | Mar 11, 2016 @ 10:41 PM | 10,190 Views
I built the compass using some aluminum bits and a flared brass tube end. The inclinometer is a piece of clear yellow air supply tube with paint inside and heat shrink tube on the outside. I designed the dash plates and Callie Graphics did the printing. I built the instrument gauges in a previous post. The gas tank is directly underneath the cockpit so I took all the room I could to drop the bottom of the stock cockpit down as far as it could go so that I could squeeze as much of the instrument panel in as possible.
Posted by j1e9f6f8 | Mar 10, 2016 @ 08:27 PM | 11,022 Views
I bought the plane used with a Saito .65, which is a bit undersized by the book, but the Sopwith flew well with it last fall and have decided to stick with it for this build. I've made a few modifications such as a home made velocity stack and diverting the crankcase vent back into the intake to be blown out of the exhaust in a more controlled manner (hopefully). I put the batteries in the cowl to increase the nose weight as a short nose plane like this really needs it and I'll need to add some more dead weight, I'm sure, to get the CG correct. I made mods to the fake rotary engine with brass pushrod tubes, paint, and weathering. The cowl magnetically attaches to the fuse now and I added an epoxy trim ring with rivets around the front along with a "MUST be retimed" plate. Much, much better.
Posted by j1e9f6f8 | Mar 10, 2016 @ 05:38 PM | 10,813 Views
I started with Williams Bros. wheels as the basis for the landing gear on the Sopwith. I was concerned about the weight so I drilled out the plastic which is 1/8" thick. I then added spokes, covered them with UltraCote, and epoxied the stitching around the edges as shown in the photos. I wanted to make the landing gear wing a bit more realistic than the "floating" one that came stock so I made another out of cabinet grade poplar, fashioned a new axle which I annealed to drill the holes for the cotter pins and then tempered, and installed it with the appropriate rigging as well. It works well and the axle "articulates" somewhat like the real thing.
UCArtSopwith (0 min 10 sec)
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Posted by j1e9f6f8 | Mar 10, 2016 @ 03:28 PM | 10,489 Views
I've started on the cockpit, making the gauges and the compass which are in process as shown. Pitot tube is made and mounted on the newly painted strut. I've been working on the cockpit fuse area as well, adding the petrol fill ports and the oil fill port to the deck of the removable section with the cockpit. I changed out the stock cardboard Vickers lookalikes for something a bit more scale with the addition of the belt and shell ejection tubes, access plate, and carb intake....Continue Reading
Posted by j1e9f6f8 | Mar 10, 2016 @ 03:20 PM | 10,663 Views
Got the struts made, painted and installed. Though the interplane strut rigging was completed at an earlier date, the wing rigging is now done (what fun). The photos show the brackets I made out of brass and chemically blackened before installing them on the plane. I used 20 lb fishing leader, modified Sullivan clevises, and Dubro rigging couplers for the rigging wires....Continue Reading
Posted by j1e9f6f8 | Feb 05, 2016 @ 06:05 PM | 10,047 Views
Coming together after a "few" hours work. I hastily put it together just to see how it looks. Need to make the struts and paint them, then flat paint, add wing rigging, engine, and detail. Most of the major work is done. I'll post more build pics as I get time.
Posted by j1e9f6f8 | Dec 16, 2015 @ 05:47 PM | 10,748 Views
After flying electric for a couple years I decided to try a nitro bird and picked up a used Hangar 9 Sopwith Camel in the classifieds. It's a work in progress, but it should be air worthy by the next flying season here in the Northeast.