Building A Sopwith 1½ Strutter

Building a Sopwith 1½ Strutter

After years of research, the Sopwith project started. First, sourcing period correct materials was harder than you think. Secondly, engineering the assembly jigs and processes. Third, preparing the longerons, vertical struts, spreaders and metal fittings for assembly. Finally, the assembly. In our kits, all the wood pieces are cut and tapered, the metal fittings dipped in rust preventative paint, and complex metal pieces formed and welded together according to the original Sopwith factory drawings. In that capacity, the vintage enthusiast will only have to varnish and assemble. Just think of it as a life-size erector set. Yes, now the vintage enthusiast can build their own Sopwith 11½ Strutter, Sopwith Pup, Sopwith Triplane or Sopwith Camel.

Follow along the process in photos.