Thierry Roussel's Sopwith Pup Project.
This is a second Rotec power project by Thierry.
Late January 2013 Thierry writes:
Here is an introduction to my new project
After a successful construction of a Nieuport 28 (a kit of Airdrome aeroplane) I decided to go for a other WW1 plane, ,in this instance a Sopwith Pup replica , it will also be powered by a Rotec R3600 .
The normal power for a Pup is 80 HP however I've opted for the larger 150HP Rotec radial.
The choice to use the larger engine on the Pup was based on the following reasoning:
As I can't fly two planes at the same time there will be another pilot, a friend with a bit of extra weight. To compensate for his additional weight structural changes have been introduced to the build including of course the larger Rotec (150HP) engine.
The Airfield I am operating from is not at all forgiving being on top of a hill, often experiencing cross winds and complicating take off's and landings with significant downdrafts.
Furthermore, having the same engine on both planes will make trouble shooting, in case of a malfunction, a lot easier .
The choice of the Pup was made because the Pup has an exemplary reputation for flying quality, which that will make it a safer plane to fly in others hands..
Airdrome airplane gives me an opportunity to build an affordable replica of an old fighter. The kit provides a frame made from aluminum thus removing all the problems regarding humidity and rain had the structure been made from wood as in the original….
My home-base is few miles from Verdun and within 2 hours away from the WW1 front line. With next years coming commemorations there will be activities surrounding events during the war, and for me there will be opportunities to have a lot of fun in the sky over the front line…..
After starting the construction by the end of October most of the basic parts/structures were completed. As of today I'm waiting to receive a wing fuel tank, to install whilst assembling all the parts. Once done I'll invite the authorities for an inspection.
After the inspection I've allowed 2 weeks for covering, then I'll wait for the engine to arrive to start the flight testing.
There is a camera on during construction filming at 1/2 sec every 30 sec and when the plane is finished a new Video will be available on You Tube to show the entire construction from start to finish.
The plane will be colored as the "BABY MINE" as it's a version with a bigger window…. hopefully providing for less wind against the pilots face
I hope with all the info and pictures you will be able to make a new client project in your web site .
This Kit was purchased from Airdrome Aeroplanes. Anyone interested in such a kit should contact Robert Baslee. For more information please visit Airdrome's web site: http://www.airdromeaeroplanes.com/index.html
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