Author Topic: Sopwith Tabloid Monaco Schneider Cup, based on Special Hobby 1/48  (Read 4123 times)

Bughunter

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Two years I have done a project Lebed, which was a russian copy of the Sopwith Tabloid. This was created from a Special Hobby kit in 1/48 with a lot of enhancements. At the end it was clear for me that I have to do this kit again, but as float plane, as used during the Schneider Cup in Monaco. As a experiment I tried to create the floats from scratch with real wood, but due to missing kit, no decals of that machine and other projects nothing was done.
So the floats led a miserable existence in my showcase ... until last Christmas - I'm now a owner of a electronic cutting plotter. In meantime I catched also the "Limited Edition" kit of the Sopwith Schneider (really pitty, that many parts are not used) so I put all running projects aside and started with this biplane in January.

Now this bird is finished, and I like it a lot! :)

Beside the mentioned kit I used a rotary engine kit created by Small Stuff, turnbuckles made in Greece by Gaspatch Models and created many parts from brass, wood (e.g. floats, air screw, struts, seat and other cockpit parts) and aluminium.
The painting was done with Alclad, Mr. Paint, Gunze and oil paints and pastells for weathering.
The small decals are LF-Models, as mentioned the bigger markings are masked and painted.

A very detailed build log which talks also about history can be found here: https://forum.ww1aircraftmodels.com/index.php?topic=10756.0

It is really great, to have this important piece of aviation history in my cabinet and at the same time as very unique item because this livery is not available as kit ;)

Now the pictures - have fun! 8) (click on the pics for a bigger version)




























I have the faintest hope that my model will not end up like this ;)

Source: kingstonaviation.org

If you like it, you are welcome to leave a few words - if not, you can :-*

Cheers,
Frank
« Last Edit: February 25, 2020, 04:25:50 AM by Bughunter »

Offline Rip Van Winkle

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Re: Sopwith Tabloid Monaco Schneider Cup, based on Special Hobby 1/48
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2020, 04:27:06 AM »
Very nicely done! Fantastic result.

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Re: Sopwith Tabloid Monaco Schneider Cup, based on Special Hobby 1/48
« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2020, 05:14:17 AM »
Fun following your build which yielded this mini-masterpiece.  Congratulations Frank.

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Re: Sopwith Tabloid Monaco Schneider Cup, based on Special Hobby 1/48
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2020, 05:31:41 AM »
Fun following your build which yielded this mini-masterpiece.  Congratulations Frank.

Same from Me Frank! Your use of Metal and making small details in Top Notch in all respects!
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Re: Sopwith Tabloid Monaco Schneider Cup, based on Special Hobby 1/48
« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2020, 11:49:43 AM »
I love following your work Frank , this is is Wow just Wow . Thanks for sharing with us  :)



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Re: Sopwith Tabloid Monaco Schneider Cup, based on Special Hobby 1/48
« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2020, 02:05:02 PM »
Great little plane, very attractive. Build log was inspiring, as usual. Well done.
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Re: Sopwith Tabloid Monaco Schneider Cup, based on Special Hobby 1/48
« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2020, 04:36:07 PM »
So typical of your work, Nicely Done !

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Re: Sopwith Tabloid Monaco Schneider Cup, based on Special Hobby 1/48
« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2020, 04:48:53 PM »
very nice and original
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Re: Sopwith Tabloid Monaco Schneider Cup, based on Special Hobby 1/48
« Reply #8 on: February 25, 2020, 05:49:37 PM »
Real masterpiece !
It is WOW kind of job you have done within SH rather low quality kit
Perfect
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Re: Sopwith Tabloid Monaco Schneider Cup, based on Special Hobby 1/48
« Reply #9 on: February 25, 2020, 09:55:19 PM »
Wow Frank!
I may say this is a masterpiece!
Well done in all aspects and really inspiring, I have the 1/72 version from Eduard and...why not?
Only a question: I saw some other modellers that choose red as color for the insignia and someone black as you.
May I ask why you choose black? I made same question to modellers on the "red" side...
Great work!
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Re: Sopwith Tabloid Monaco Schneider Cup, based on Special Hobby 1/48
« Reply #10 on: February 25, 2020, 09:56:43 PM »
This is a beautiful outcome, Frank. Magic!
Thanks for sharing your journey with us.

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Re: Sopwith Tabloid Monaco Schneider Cup, based on Special Hobby 1/48
« Reply #11 on: February 26, 2020, 02:27:20 AM »
Wow my friends, thank you very much for your nice comments, every one highly appreciated!

Only a question: I saw some other modellers that choose red as color for the insignia and someone black as you.
May I ask why you choose black? I made same question to modellers on the "red" side...
Oh yes Roberto, that is a open question! I thought about that too, after I found a model with red in the internet.
There are some artists interpretations in color paintings, see my build report, and all of them (the ones I found) are showing black signs. The same for pictures and models of the other starters, like the Morane float plane with number "1" on the wings.

I found a PDF with a detailed analysis of the different states and layouts of this Sopwith biplane (e.g. it gets new canvas and wheels after the Schneider Cup, and the letters was different) with many drawings from the RC scene, and asked the author about this red or black letters. And he strongly voted also for black.

Cheers,
Frank

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Re: Sopwith Tabloid Monaco Schneider Cup, based on Special Hobby 1/48
« Reply #12 on: February 26, 2020, 03:31:05 AM »
What an amazing model! So beautifully done and definitely a labour of love! You can be very proud of this piece of history.... Regards, Marc.

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Re: Sopwith Tabloid Monaco Schneider Cup, based on Special Hobby 1/48
« Reply #13 on: February 26, 2020, 05:15:39 AM »
Top notch, fantastic!

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Re: Sopwith Tabloid Monaco Schneider Cup, based on Special Hobby 1/48
« Reply #14 on: February 26, 2020, 12:55:13 PM »
Frank,
    Yet another magnificent piece of work, your skills just keep getting better! Your metal work additions, great wood work on the floats, weathering and detail all combine in this rare little beauty. Then are the flowers, a truly masterful touch, well done! 
Cheers,
Lance