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#4486596 - 08/18/19 05:13 PM Re: OT - Sopwith 'Swallow' [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Mike, where did you get the photo of the original engine. beercheers


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#4486601 - 08/18/19 07:14 PM Re: OT - Sopwith 'Swallow' [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Not too bad I guess, but it's no holster hahaha

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#4487194 - 08/23/19 11:33 AM Re: OT - Sopwith 'Swallow' [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Hi all,
I've been working away at the cockpit area, which is just about ready for closing up the fuselage.
All of the flight controls, except ailerons, have been added along with the visible cross bracing on the cockpit side frames.
I still have to seal the area and gloss the instruments.
Also fit the pilot's seat straps, gun trigger cables and fuel tank pressurisation pipe, but they will be done after the fuselage has been closed up,

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#4487199 - 08/23/19 12:26 PM Re: OT - Sopwith 'Swallow' [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Coming along amazingly!

#4487204 - 08/23/19 01:45 PM Re: OT - Sopwith 'Swallow' [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Outstanding work as always Mike, the detail you achieve is truly amazing.

On a related note, I purchased a set of plans for the Swallow years ago as I was thinking it would be a prime candidate for a FAR 103 compliant Ultralight project. Scale it down to about three-fifths or so in size and pop a Rotax engine in it and it could be a wonderful ride. Have to be careful on the build to keep it under the 254 lbs empty weight, but I believe it would be doable.

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#4487210 - 08/23/19 02:44 PM Re: OT - Sopwith 'Swallow' [Re: Sandbagger]  
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#4487212 - 08/23/19 02:48 PM Re: OT - Sopwith 'Swallow' [Re: Sandbagger]  
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hee hee hee - I bet we can find one Shredward.

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#4487390 - 08/24/19 10:57 PM Re: OT - Sopwith 'Swallow' [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Another marvel of craftsmanship taking place! Another masterpiece Mike.


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#4487520 - 08/26/19 09:02 AM Re: OT - Sopwith 'Swallow' [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Thanks guys.

Lou:
Now that I'd like to see. Would it be a first or has it been built previously?

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#4487592 - 08/26/19 09:04 PM Re: OT - Sopwith 'Swallow' [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Mike, I've not seen one yet. N11s, Fokker Eindeckers, and Morane Parasols, but never a Swallow.

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#4487682 - 08/27/19 05:47 PM Re: OT - Sopwith 'Swallow' [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Lou:
Go on - you know you want to.

Hi all,
The fuselage is closed up now.
I've added twin trigger cables and the 'blip' switch cable to the control column.
Also the seat belts, cockpit cross beam and the fuel pressure pipe from the pilot's hand pump to the fuel tank..
As usual not much can be seen, although the cockpit on the 'Swallow' is more open than most, but the low wing cover a lot.

Now it's onto filling and profiling the external fuselage.

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#4487692 - 08/27/19 08:06 PM Re: OT - Sopwith 'Swallow' [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Mike judging from your build, it looks like entry into the cockpit was rather tight quarters!! Maybe it is just an illusion on my part.

The build is looking very very good but no doubt very tedious with cleanup steps to fit the parts.

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#4487697 - 08/27/19 09:18 PM Re: OT - Sopwith 'Swallow' [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Hi Rob,
Yes I agree, but the only shot I have of what is supposed to be the cockpit of the Swallow shows what appears to be a horizontal bracing bar above the control column.
I don't know if it was fitted to the finished aircraft or if it was literally a brace to support a cockpit mock-up?
I decided to add it anyway.
It does make it tight to get in and out of the cockpit though, as you say,

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#4487707 - 08/27/19 10:55 PM Re: OT - Sopwith 'Swallow' [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Looks to me like the engineers added that cross brace due to concerns of the rear cabane struts pushing in the sides of the cockpit under certain wing loading conditions. It does line up precisely on the strut sockets.

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#4487712 - 08/27/19 11:42 PM Re: OT - Sopwith 'Swallow' [Re: Sandbagger]  
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I wonder if that bracing bar was hinged to allow it to be lifted up so as to provide easier access for the pilot. I see something on the left end of the bracing bar that doesn't appear to be duplicated on the right hand side.

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#4487724 - 08/28/19 07:21 AM Re: OT - Sopwith 'Swallow' [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Lou:
You may have a point there - that hadn't occurred to me.

Rob:
I think what you see on the right of the brace bar could be the turnbuckle on the right aileron control cable - but yes, it could be some sort of hinge for pilot access.

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#4487809 - 08/29/19 11:48 AM Re: OT - Sopwith 'Swallow' [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Hi all,
The 'Lang' propeller is wood laminated from 'ProperPlane' and was airbrushed with to create a darker and varnished appearance.
The machine guns are from 'Gaspatch' and were modified to add a 'ring' gun sight and alter the angle of the cocking handles,

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#4487825 - 08/29/19 01:08 PM Re: OT - Sopwith 'Swallow' [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Amazing stuff Mike, simply amazing.

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#4488011 - 08/30/19 09:41 PM Re: OT - Sopwith 'Swallow' [Re: Sandbagger]  
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I enjoy following these builds more than I actually enjoyed building models myself back in the day. It's almost like looking at an improved version of the Tamiya catalog with dioramas from the late 70's or the diorama insert included with Monogram's 1/48 B-17. I had a wonderful book of toy soldier dioramas from the 70's as well. The level of detail in those old memories were no where near these builds though. Repect!

#4488082 - 08/31/19 08:21 PM Re: OT - Sopwith 'Swallow' [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Hi all,
Thanks for the encouraging comments - things should move a little faster now.
The cockpit area always take the most time on models I modify.

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