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Old 11-17-2011, 09:07 AM   #1
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Default Aerodrome RC Sopwith Triplane

I thought I would share a build of an Aerodrome RC 1/8th Scale Sopwith Triplane. I am posting this also on their website. This has always been one of my favorites and I can not say enough good things about the kit quality . This is my first non ARF project so any advice is apreciated.

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Old 11-17-2011, 01:14 PM   #2
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What servo setup for the rudder and elevator: I have one, too, but haven't figured this out.
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Old 11-17-2011, 02:18 PM   #3
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Thanks for sharing..will be following this one!
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Old 11-17-2011, 02:33 PM   #4
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Yes, very cool! I'm so jealous, I LOVE building kits, I just don't have a lot of spare time. Take lots of pics.

The Museum of Flight in Seattle has a tripe. It is a great looking plane.

My advice? Use silkspan or Polyspan for a more scale appearance - forget the plastic iron on stuff. That's for ARF's IMO.

Make it light as possible. If you don't have one, get a scale that reads down to at least 2 grams. A scale like that will shave grams off of each little thing you put on, and in the end will shed ounces. You'll be rewarded with a wonderful looking and flying plane.

http://www.museumofflight.org/aircra...e-reproduction

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Old 11-18-2011, 02:21 AM   #5
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I will use a pull pull set up with the servos mounted in the fuselage box side by side. I know the geometry is not perfect but it has worked great on my SE5 modification. I think I took the idea either from 7car7 or dgreen. They have some pictures on the Great Planes SE5 thread. The set up on this plane should be easier since the pull wires for the elevator exit the fuselage and do not have to be routed through the horizontal stab. Ill post pictures when I get there.

7car7: Thank you for the advice. I have purchased polyspan for the build but it will be the first time I have used it. I used litespan on the SE 5 remodel. I will get a better scale. The one I have is way too much trouble for a plane this size. The pictures are a big help.

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Old 11-18-2011, 04:09 PM   #6
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Ya, the one in the museum is a re-make, but hopefully cross referencing with photos of a real one it may make some questions more clear.

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Old 11-18-2011, 04:35 PM   #7
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On their website it says the kit includes "most of the wood required". ?
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Old 11-18-2011, 10:44 PM   #8
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dkrhardy:
It is a short kit, but in this case the only things I have had to purchase beside the normal building stuff are the leading edge material and music wire. It has the square stock and the stringer material included. It even has the wheels, dummy motor, and machine gun. Pretty complete package. The wood quality has been top notch, much better than most of the ARFs I have built.

Here are a few more pictures. The cowl is built up from ply and balsa then I chose to fiberglass it. There are other options of course.


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Old 11-28-2011, 01:12 AM   #9
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Well some progress over the weekend. I spent a lot of time on the cowl but I am pleased with the results. I decided to use a vac-form dummy motor that I had. I’m gluten for punishment. The kit supplied one is excellent. and would have worked fine. The motor and dummy fit great and should look good when finished.

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Old 11-28-2011, 04:00 AM   #10
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REALLY..nice work!
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Old 11-28-2011, 06:41 PM   #11
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Looking real good! Keep the pics coming.

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Old 12-01-2011, 01:52 AM   #12
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Thanks for the encouragement TM and 7car. I have a lot to learn. Here a few more photos of the progress so far. The cowl cheeks are in place/ I tried to replicate the prominent former detail I have seen in most of the photos. It turned out pretty good and should look even better under the polyspan. At least thats the plan.


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Old 12-05-2011, 06:52 PM   #13
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Very nice work. Good to see some building going on.

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Old 12-11-2011, 01:43 AM   #14
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Thanks a lot Mike. Here is an update. The top wing is done. Only 4 more to go. Magnets make it a lot easier


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Old 12-12-2011, 04:48 PM   #15
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I bought the Dare/Tritle Triplane. It's a bit smaller at 35" span. I know someone who's built the Aerodrome version like yours and it a stunner. I'll post some pics later for inspiration.

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Old 12-13-2011, 03:29 AM   #16
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I would love to seem them Mike. I almost bought the Dare version before I found this one. I also looked seriously at Peter Rakes 45 inch plane. I really liked the wing design on this one. Only one more section to go and the wings will be done. So many wings and so little time
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Old 12-19-2011, 01:13 PM   #17
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The wings are done except for the final sanding. On to bending some wire for the landing gear


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The framing is gorgeous! I really like how they give you the short ribs. (I'm sure there's an official name for them....)

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Thanks 7car. Short ribs/sub ribs. There were a lot of them.
The under carriage structure is done. It will have a functional suspension close to scale. This is my first attempt at soldering music wire. Not my favorite thing to do


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Here is the bones shot. Everything fits great and seems nice and straight. Insert airplane noises

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Very Nice!
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that is looking fantastic mate, looking forward to following the rest of your build!

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Here are the pics of the Tripe that I took at the NEAT Fair last September. Beautiful model. Yours is coming along very nicely.

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Thanks for the pictures. Hope mine turns out that well.
Craig
Thanks for the kind words. It is a great kit and a lot of fun to build

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Here is the latest. The Tripe is on its feet. The landing gear and skid have support. Pretty close to scale set up.


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