Sopwith 1-1/2 Strutter oz9858


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Sopwith Strutter. Large scale WWI biplane model for .91 four-stroke power, with five function radio.

Quote: "Dale Tattam set out to produce a scale model that was within the scope of the vast majority of modellers - and succeeded with this 79in span model for .91 four-strokes and five-function radio.

The Sopwith 1-1/2 Strutter was so called because of the shape of the centre bracing on the upper mainplane where the cabane gave a 'W' appearance. Power was supplied either by a 110hp Clerget 92 or a 110hp Le Rhone 9' depending on application. The RNAS also used the 1-1/2, calling it the type 9400 whilst the RFC simply called it the 'Strutter'.

Many countries used the 1-1/2 - France, Belgium, Russia, Latvia and, of course, England. Colour schemes ranged from PC10 through clear varnish to the Belgian three-tone design. Some aircraft were converted into single seat bombers and with this in mind, air brakes were fitted for the first time to aid landing and accurate bombing.

Good books to read if you are researching the 1-1/2 are: Sopwith Man and his Aircraft. Aviation News Vol. 7 No. 11 Nov 1978. British Military Aircraft of WWI Vol 4 published by the RAF Museum, London. Scale Drawings from Bob Holman, MAP, England.

Fuselage. Begin by laying out the fuselage plan on your board, then cover with clear plastic film. The lower longerons have to be steamed over a kettle. Then, when pinned in place, make a quick cuppa with the hot water! If the wood is short, don't worry, as the rear has 1/4in. balsa at the tail end for tailplane and skid. When the longeron is in place - also 1/4in x 1/4in spruce - place the balsa and spruce uprights in position. Make one side, let that dry, then build the second over the first using clear plastic on the joints. They leave to dry overnight. While this is drying, cut out F1 from two pieces of 1/8in plywood and one of 1/4in balsa, then white glue all this together to make a sandwich..."

Sopwith Strutter, R/C Model World, February 1991.

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Sopwith 1-1/2 Strutter  
by Dale Tattam
from Radio Control Model World
February 1991 
79in span
Tags: Scale IC R/C Biplane Military
all formers complete :)
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User comments

Hi Steve & Mary, There's a surprising omission on this Strutter plan. I've checked the plan thoroughly (I think!) and also the article, and there is no mention of the undercarriage anywhere. It's not shown on the plan and not mentioned in the article. Perhaps you should add a comment suggesting hand launching! Best regards,
Brian - 07/03/2018
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