This full-size Sopwith 1½ Strutter kit contains period correct wood, metal fittings, cables and hardware, all ready-to-assemble. This two-seat fighter can be configured with either single or dual flight controls.
What’s Included in the Sopwith 1½ Strutter Kit:
The Sopwith 1½ Strutter is available as a complete kit, or as a series of sub-kits. We recommend starting with the Fuselage Kit.
Fuselage Kit: Wooden longerons and cross-members, wire & cable, and painted stainless steel metal fittings.
Wing Kit: Spruce spars and ribs, riblets, metal fittings, wire and cable.
Tail Kit: Wooden structure, stabilizers, rudder, elevators, wire and cable.
Undercarriage Kit: Left and right undercarriage struts, axle fairing, wheels, axle, tail skid, and bungees.
Strut Kit: Cabane and interplane struts with stainless steel socket assemblies.
Cowl & Panel Kit: Engine cowling, fuselage metal panels and access doors.
Flight Controls Kit: Pulleys, cables, joy stick, rudder bar, airbrake controls, and elevator controls.
Fuel Tank Kit: 40 gallon tank (pre-made ready-to-install)
Oil Tank Kit: 10½ gallon tank (pre-made ready-to-install)
Windscreen Kit: pilots’ and gunners’ windscreens.
Complete Kit: All kits listed above in single or dual controls with instructions, a complete set of original drawings, and unlimited, toll-free support from our customer service department.
What You Need:
The vintage enthusiast supplies the following according to their preference:
- Engine (We recommend the Gnome Rotary engine by CAMS)
- Flying wires
- Fabric covering – originally covered in linen; there are several FAA approved synthetic coverings available.
Time Frame for Easy Build:
We estimate approximately 2,000 man hours to build the Sopwith 1 1/2 Strutter. No welding is required, varnishing wood components and assembly. Just think of it as a giant erector set.
Assemble by yourself or with our assistance, or have the experts at KipAero assemble one for you. Please inquire.
Time Frame to Receive Kit:
Although we inventory many of the metal fittings for these kits, most wood and other components will not be fabricated until receipt of your order. Please allow 4-6 months depending on back-log. Questions? Please give us a call at (888) 243-0440 or use our contact page.