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Original Manufacturer:  Vintage Model Company
Wingspan:  18" (460mm)

Your Price:  £29.99
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SOPWITH TRIPLANE - A MULTI-WINGED MARVEL

Sopwith’s Chief Engineer, Herbert Smith, developed the Triplane on the orders of owner Thomas Sopwith as a private enterprise for a new scout (fighter) aircraft, with superior rates of climb, roll, and better all-round visibility than current designs. 

Smith believed that three staggered, narrow chord wings, set wide apart, each with its own set of ailerons would fit the bill. 

The prototype flew in May 1916 piloted by Sopwith test pilot Harry Hawker (later to form the Hawker Aircraft Company of Hurricane fame). Astonishingly for a maiden test flight, Hawker successfully looped the aircraft three times. 

Subsequent flights proved that Smith was right and that the "Tripehound" as many pilots came to know the aircraft, had far better rates of climb, manoeuvrability and visibility than any other domestic or enemy aircraft of the day (although this was tempered by slower dives than German aircraft of the same period).

Most Triplanes served with the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) where they proved to be excellent fighting machines, although their service was short lived.

They were difficult to maintain in the field, and the pace of development at the time saw them overtaken quickly by better designs such as Sopwith’s own Camel and the SE5A. 

Such was the German admiration for the performance of the basic design, that Anthony Fokker studied a crashed example and went on to use it as inspiration for what became the Fokker DR1 - the triplane flown by the infamous "Red Baron”, Manfred Von Richthofen.

Overall nearly 150 aircraft were built.

Few original aircraft survive, none in airworthy condition, although a number of reproduction aircraft can be seen, the most famous being “Dixie II” at the Shuttleworth Collection based at the Old Warden Aerodrome, Bedfordshire, England.

 

YOUR KIT

This kit is designed for you to build a traditionally constructed, rubber-powered, free-flight model of a 1917 Triplane of No.1  Squadron RNAS. This is a simple but striking scheme, but you can decide to do your own favourite or more complicated scheme if you wish as there are many triplane schemes to choose from. The No.1 Squadron RNAS (latterly 201 Squadron RAF) flew Triplanes between December 1916 and December 1917 over the Western Front before being belatedly re-equipped with Sopwith Camels. 

Construction of the model from this kit uses the traditional method of ‘stick and tissue’, that consists of a built up balsa wood skeleton (framework), covered with a tissue skin. The balsa frameworks are built over a plan that is printed at the exact scale of the model, which is in essence a real engineering drawing.

Power is provided by rubber strip motor that is wound up before flight. Free flight means just that – once the model is launched, it is on its own. It must follow a predetermined flight path established when the model is initially adjusted for flight or ‘trimmed’.  This type of traditional building technique and flying requires a degree of patience and skill, but is extremely rewarding.

The Sopwith Triplane is just one of a series of kits designed and manufactured by the Vintage Model Company. Aeromodelling was very popular from the 1950s until the 1980s and following a decline and the loss of UK manufacturers such as FROG, KeilKraft and Veron, a revival is now underway. The advent of modern technology such as laser cutting of parts and the growth of the internet giving access to information on the skills and techniques required to successfully build and fly these models, means new enthusiasts are discovering the joys of aeromodelling every day.

Typically for a small model and in the spirit of the traditional kits, profiles are simplified and adjusted from the original and a relatively large propeller is used. This is done so that the model is light and stable enough to fly on its own, is simple in construction and can work with the rubber motor. These adjustments have been done with care and sensitivity so that the shape and spirit of the original aircraft is preserved as much as possible. Also in the spirit of the traditional kits, additional items required to build the model are things that can be found in the kitchen drawer or are easily available on the high street.

VIDEO

Kit designer Andrew Darby demonstrates the Sopwith Triplane in flight trials at The Bushfields Centre, Peterborough.

 

KIT CONTENTS

Four balsa sheets with precise laser cut parts and strip wood.
PVA glue for building the wooden frames.
One 150mm diameter plastic propeller.
One pre-bent motor hook and shaft.
A 150mm long piece of 6.4mm diameter balsa dowel for the engine cylinders and gun details.
Three low friction plastic ‘nose’ bushings– one for the propeller and two for the undercarriage wheels.
Piano wire for the main undercarriage legs.
A matchstick for the tail skid.
Three cocktail sticks or toothpicks, one for the motor peg and the others for use in various details
Rubber motor strip.
Tissue to cover the model.
Parts reference sheets (W), full size summary plan sheets (X), scheme diagram sheet (Y) and scheme markings (Z) printed on lightweight paper.

 

SOPWITH TRIPLANE MARKINGS SHEET

Click the link below to download a pdf version of the markings sheet included in the Sopwith Triplane kit.

The markings sheet should fit onto a single A4 page and may be printed onto your own paper or decal transfer sheet.

Download the markings sheet here:

 

SOPWITH TRIPLANE PATTERNS SHEET

Click the link below to download a pdf version of the patterns for paper/card parts originally drawn on the plan.

This will save you from having to cut into your beautiful plan!

Download the patterns sheet

The Sopwith Triplane fits into a Small Box. Please use the table below to calculate your likely shipping costs:

 

Package Size (approx)

UK (including Highlands and Islands)

Mainland Europe

Rest of The World

Envelope A4

£3.95 - Free for orders over £19.99

£3.95

£3.95

Small Box (450mm x 150mm x 50mm)

£3.95 - Free for orders over £19.99

£5.75

£7.50

Medium Box (980mm x 150mm x 80mm)

£3.95 - Free for orders over £19.99

£38.00

£50.00

Large Box (980mm x 300mm x 80mm)

£3.95 - Free for orders over £19.99

£55.00

£75.00

Flammable/hazardous materials UK ONLY £6.25 - reduces to £3.00 for orders over £19.99 NO DELIVERY NO DELIVERY

 

For UK deliveries we use either MyHermes  , Royal Mail  or UKMail.

Flammable and hazardous materials are shipped to the UK only using UKMail courier, which carries a premium.

Internationally we use Royal Mail for smaller parcels and envelopes and we use whichever of the big couriers are cheapest for a particular size and destination. We always send all of our kits insured and all but the smallest are also tracked.

For international orders, you are responsible for any import duties or taxes applicable in your country.

We notify you as soon as your order has been despatched and, if applicable, you will be sent the tracking number. 

If for whatever reason you are not satisfied with your purchase you can return it within 14 days for a full no quibble refund. 

Please Note : Most of our kits are made to order, this means it can sometimes take up to 14 days before they are despatched. If you need your kit quicker than that, e.g. as a birthday present, please drop us an email at sales@vintagemodelcompany.com and we will do our absolute best to accommodate you.

 

 

 

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