Sopwith 1½ Strutter

WWI Two Seat Fighter Kit:Sopwith Strutter Side View Line Drawing

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 and includes the following sub-components:

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)
  • Instrumentation
  • 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.


Sopwith 1½ Strutter Historical Perspective

Sopwith 1½ Strutter Specifications