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Re: Gordon Bennett! RNAS Sopwith Tabloid 1214
« Reply #30 on: March 17, 2021, 11:20:34 AM »
Looking forward on seeing the outcome of the cowl  :)


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Re: Gordon Bennett! RNAS Sopwith Tabloid 1214
« Reply #31 on: March 19, 2021, 07:14:14 PM »
Looking forward on seeing the outcome of the cowl  :)


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You and me both, Alexis!

So far, it looks like this:



The top profile wasn't quite right, I'm hoping I can rectify it by extending the upper surface in white 0.010" styrene. It's looking possible at the moment

And I've made the struts:



These are squashed brass tube with a piece of copper wire down the middle to make the locating pins (put the wire in before you squash the tube!)

I notice this view shows the shadow of the balsa core in the upper wing

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Re: Gordon Bennett! RNAS Sopwith Tabloid 1214
« Reply #32 on: March 19, 2021, 09:27:14 PM »
Looks like that cowling will work, and the struts are bomb-proof.  :)

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Re: Gordon Bennett! RNAS Sopwith Tabloid 1214
« Reply #33 on: March 20, 2021, 05:43:52 AM »
This is certainly progressing quickly. The struts looks very good - I have thoght about using the idea but used wood instead. The cowling looks as though it will work too - fingers crossed!

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Re: Gordon Bennett! RNAS Sopwith Tabloid 1214
« Reply #34 on: March 21, 2021, 07:45:02 AM »
It's a bit ugly at the moment, but going in the right direction:



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Re: Gordon Bennett! RNAS Sopwith Tabloid 1214
« Reply #35 on: March 21, 2021, 09:17:46 AM »
Impressive updates Richard. It may be rough to you but to me it looks like a Tabloid!
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Re: Gordon Bennett! RNAS Sopwith Tabloid 1214
« Reply #36 on: March 24, 2021, 07:10:45 PM »
But does it look like a Gordon Bennett Tabloid racer??

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Fettling continues on the cowl, and there is progress on the chassis legs:



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Re: Gordon Bennett! RNAS Sopwith Tabloid 1214
« Reply #37 on: March 24, 2021, 09:47:01 PM »
Rick , as soon as Richard adds the racing stripe it should be easier to tell  ;)

Cowl is shaping up awesome Richard and those are some heavy duty legs , perfekt for add strength ! :)


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Re: Gordon Bennett! RNAS Sopwith Tabloid 1214
« Reply #38 on: March 24, 2021, 10:44:10 PM »
Actually, I make the struts and legs from brass tube because it is easy, rather than making them from styrene.

I recently had to make a set of cabane struts for a Fokker F1 (my mistake, I accidentally used the cabane struts as the legs), and I cut them out of sheet. That was the easy part - the hard part was profiling the edges on a fragile bit of plastic

The struts are squashed tube with a bit of wire up the middle. I then filed the end off at an angle. The legs are the same, soldered together

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Re: Gordon Bennett! RNAS Sopwith Tabloid 1214
« Reply #39 on: March 25, 2021, 12:08:32 AM »
The gear struts look great. You are making terrific progress on your Tabloid!
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Re: Gordon Bennett! RNAS Sopwith Tabloid 1214
« Reply #40 on: March 25, 2021, 05:54:41 AM »
The u/c legs look good. It is an idea that I must try when I build my next large scale project as plastic and wood are  not very strong with these huge models.

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Re: Gordon Bennett! RNAS Sopwith Tabloid 1214
« Reply #41 on: March 25, 2021, 08:08:57 AM »
The u/c legs look good. It is an idea that I must try when I build my next large scale project as plastic and wood are  not very strong with these huge models.

Stephen.

A Tabloid isn't that huge!  ;D



There's quite a bit of guesswork here. The 3/4 front picture of 1214 shows an axle fairing similar to a Pup or Camel, only with a tensioning wire below. What I've done is my best interpretation of that

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Re: Gordon Bennett! RNAS Sopwith Tabloid 1214
« Reply #42 on: March 25, 2021, 10:01:04 PM »
She does look good on her legs and the axle spreader looks good as well .


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Re: Gordon Bennett! RNAS Sopwith Tabloid 1214
« Reply #43 on: April 01, 2021, 06:24:38 PM »
Should you ever feel the desire to build a 1914 Sopwith Gordon Bennett racer, I'd strongly recommend you don't copy what I'm doing here...

This is largely a work of imagination, based on the Tabloid drawings in Flight Magazine, what was fitted to a Sopwith Pup, bits I have and little else*.



It'll fill the cockpit, so that's good enough. The rest of the stick, the rudder bar and a few bits and bobs to go

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Re: Gordon Bennett! RNAS Sopwith Tabloid 1214
« Reply #44 on: April 02, 2021, 07:18:46 PM »


Control column and foot support, as used on the two seat Tabloid. Fore and aft movement of the stick operated the upper rod, which moved the elevators via a bell crank. Moving the column side to side rotates the bottom rod, there's a lever at the rear that connects to the warping wires (no ailerons). It doesn't look like the wheel turned, the rudder was operated by the  - erm - rudder bar

It is interesting how flying controls developed over the years

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