Sopwith Schneider (oz179)


Sopwith Schneider (oz179) by John Simmance from Model Aircraft 1964 - plan thumbnail

About this Plan

Sopwith Schneider. Scale free flight model. 1964 Nationals winner, for 1.3 to 1.5cc power. Pendulum control shown. Scale is 1/8. The subject is the 1919 racing floatplane version of the Sopwith Tabloid. For 1 - 1.5cc power. Mills 1.3 engine shown.

Quote: "FROM time to time I have been aware of a sneaking desire to build a model boat. Lack of time and loyalty to aircraft have always led to the early demise of such notions in the past, though I suspect that they have finally won through in the compromise offered here! This is the 1914 Schneider Trophy wining seaplane; a variant of the well-known Sopwith Tabloid, usually simply known as the Sopwith Schneider.

Sopwiths are generally remarkable for being, by and large, ideal prototypes for the scale modeller: the Schneider is no exception, The simple, generously dimensioned fuselage is big enough for light radio gear, the 'warping' wings are encouragingly simple and pleasantly devoid of ailerons and the empennage is also extremely straightforward and easy, The floats demand a bit more in the way of attention perhaps, as they need to be robust to say the least; but one nice surprise is that in the course of normal airfield flying, superb landings can be made on grass, long or short, wet or dry, without the usual somersault and consequent possibility of fin and rudder damage that we have come to accept as a normal hazard with short-nosed scale models of this vintage.

Trimming flights were approached with some trepidation; the floats seemed so enormous that the possibility of the model actually flying seemed ridiculous! However, after a little initial trouble with thrust lines - I had to remove a good deal of down-thrust as I had not realised the compensating effect of the drag of the floats - trimming progressed rapidly, with all flights being made R.O.G. from a simple three-wheeled dolly. Only subsequent adjustments necessary were made to the tail surfaces, via the built-in adjusters in the pendulum control linkage.

Construction. Commence by cutting out the 1/8in sheet forward fuselage side panels. Pin these to the plan and complete the fuselage sides by the addition of 1/8in square spruce longerons and spacers, built on the plan direct, in the normal manner for fuselage box frames. Construct the pendulum control components, cut out all fuselage formers and mounting plates, fitting the pendulum and yoke assembly to mounting plate A, Make the cabane struts from 16 swg wire..."

Supplementary file notes

Article pages, text and pics, thanks to stormin.


Did we get something wrong with these details about this plan (especially the datafile)? That happens sometimes. You can help us fix it.
Add a correction

Sopwith Schneider (oz179) by John Simmance from Model Aircraft 1964 - model pic


  • Sopwith_Tabloid | help
    see Wikipedia | search Outerzone

    ScaleType: This (oz179) is a scale plan. Where possible we link scale plans to Wikipedia, using a text string called ScaleType.

    If we got this right, you now have a couple of direct links (above) to 1. see the Wikipedia page, and 2. search Oz for more plans of this type. If we didn't, then see below.

    ScaleType is formed from the last part of the Wikipedia page address, which here is
    Wikipedia page addresses may well change over time.
    For more obscure types, there currently will be no Wiki page found. We tag these cases as ScaleType = NotFound. These will change over time.
    Corrections? Use the correction form to tell us the new/better ScaleType link we should be using. Thanks.

Sopwith Schneider (oz179) by John Simmance from Model Aircraft 1964 - pic 003.jpg
Sopwith Schneider (oz179) by John Simmance from Model Aircraft 1964 - pic 004.jpg
Sopwith Schneider (oz179) by John Simmance from Model Aircraft 1964 - pic 005.jpg
Sopwith Schneider (oz179) by John Simmance from Model Aircraft 1964 - pic 006.jpg

Do you have a photo you'd like to submit for this page? Then email

User comments

I remember building one of these from these very plans back in about 1969. I rarely stick to plans slavishly so I built it as a control line model with a Taipan 2.5cc engine - well, it was a racing aircraft, after all. Flew it off water and all :) It actually flew pretty well, though somewhat slowly. It was surprisingly tall compared to the stunters and combat models I usually built at the time. I never throw plans away, so I've still got them, somewhat battered but intact.
IanC - 14/10/2016
Some pics of my Sopwith Schneider model [main pic, 005, 006].
Gino - 15/03/2021
Fabulous work Gino! Did you use diesel, nitro or electric? Is it RC or FF.
Dave - 16/03/2021
Virtually all construction is as per plan, but converted her from pendulum controls to RC and installed an electric motor.
Gino - 17/03/2021
Beautiful construction throughout!
Jan Novick - 17/03/2021
Add a comment



Download File(s):


* Credit field

The Credit field in the Outerzone database is designed to recognise and credit the hard work done in scanning and digitally cleaning these vintage and old timer model aircraft plans to get them into a usable format. Currently, it is also used to credit people simply for uploading the plan to a forum on the internet. Which is not quite the same thing. This will change soon. Probably.


This model plan (like all plans on Outerzone) is supposedly scaled correctly and supposedly will print out nicely at the right size. But that doesn't always happen. If you are about to start building a model plane using this free plan, you are strongly advised to check the scaling very, very carefully before cutting any balsa wood.


Terms of Use

© Outerzone, 2011-2021.

All content is free to download for personal use.

For non-personal use and/or publication: plans, photos, excerpts, links etc may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Outerzone with appropriate and specific direction to the original content i.e. a direct hyperlink back to the Outerzone source page.

Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site's owner is strictly prohibited. If we discover that content is being stolen, we will consider filing a formal DMCA notice.