Author Topic: 1:72 Sopwith Swallow "Monoplane No.2" -( Kovozavody Prostejov)  (Read 3328 times)

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1:72 Sopwith Swallow "Monoplane No.2" -( Kovozavody Prostejov)
« on: January 16, 2022, 01:13:16 PM »
No 1 was called the Scooter and this is the one after that.
Essentially a Camel body with a larger single wing.

A small scale for me - will se how it goes!
 Initial photos of sub assemblies and some trial fits.
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Re: 1:72 Sopwith Swallow "Monoplane No.2" -( Kovozavody Prostejov)
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2022, 02:03:37 PM »
You're building at quite a pace Dave. Will you have it done by the model day?
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Re: 1:72 Sopwith Swallow "Monoplane No.2" -( Kovozavody Prostejov)
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2022, 02:32:19 PM »
Maybe!
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Re: 1:72 Sopwith Swallow "Monoplane No.2" -( Kovozavody Prostejov)
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2022, 05:43:05 PM »
Not much is visible once the fuselage halves are assembled and the top is in place.
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Re: 1:72 Sopwith Swallow "Monoplane No.2" -( Kovozavody Prostejov)
« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2022, 05:46:23 PM »
Wing added, even less can be seen.
Other parts, engine and machine guns being painted.
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Re: 1:72 Sopwith Swallow "Monoplane No.2" -( Kovozavody Prostejov)
« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2022, 06:44:03 PM »
Hi Zak,
Wow, your flying ahead with this one!
Very unusual, and a type I had not encountered before.
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I hope my next is always better

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Re: 1:72 Sopwith Swallow "Monoplane No.2" -( Kovozavody Prostejov)
« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2022, 08:03:14 AM »
Hi Zak,
Wow, your flying ahead with this one!
Very unusual, and a type I had not encountered before.
Bigkev
A few more details for you.
As far as I can tell, only one was built and tested.

In June 1918, the Sopwith Aviation Company flew an unarmed parasol monoplane derivative of the Sopwith Camel, the Sopwith Monoplane No. 1, also known as the Sopwith Scooter. It used a normal Camel fuselage, with the wing mounted just above the fuselage, with a very small gap. The wing was braced using RAF-wire (streamlined bracing wires) to a pyramid shaped cabane above the wing. It was powered by a single 130 hp (97 kW) Clerget 9B rotary engine.
The Scooter, which was used as a runabout and aerobatic mount by Sopwith test pilot Harry Hawker, demonstrated excellent manouevrability, and formed the basis of a fighter derivative, originally the Monoplane No. 2, and later known as the Sopwith Swallow.
Like the Scooter, the Swallow used the fuselage of a Camel, but it had a larger, slightly swept, wing of greater wingspan and area, which was mounted higher above the fuselage to allow the pilot to access the two synchronised Vickers machine guns. It was powered by a 110 hp (82 kW) Le Rhône engine.

The Swallow made its maiden flight in October 1918, and was delivered on 28 October 1918 for official testing. One possible role for the Swallow was as a shipboard fighter. Engine problems delayed testing of the Swallow, but when these problems were resolved, the Swallow proved to have lower performance than Le Rhône-powered Camels, and was discarded soon after testing was completed in May 1919.
The Scooter remained in use, and was given the civil registration K-135 in May 1919 (soon changed to G-EACZ). It was sold to Harry Hawker in April 1921, but was placed into storage when Hawker was killed in July. It was refurbished in 1925 and was used for aerobatic displays and for racing until 1927 when it was scrapped.
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Re: 1:72 Sopwith Swallow "Monoplane No.2" -( Kovozavody Prostejov)
« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2022, 04:02:09 PM »
Interesting, thanks.
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Re: 1:72 Sopwith Swallow "Monoplane No.2" -( Kovozavody Prostejov)
« Reply #8 on: January 17, 2022, 04:13:25 PM »
Information as well as a well made model - well done Zak
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Re: 1:72 Sopwith Swallow "Monoplane No.2" -( Kovozavody Prostejov)
« Reply #9 on: January 18, 2022, 08:42:30 AM »
Varnished and ready for transfers.
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Re: 1:72 Sopwith Swallow "Monoplane No.2" -( Kovozavody Prostejov)
« Reply #10 on: January 18, 2022, 09:13:21 AM »
Splendid!

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Re: 1:72 Sopwith Swallow "Monoplane No.2" -( Kovozavody Prostejov)
« Reply #11 on: January 18, 2022, 09:28:03 AM »
Splendid!
Thanks Haddock, transfers and rigging still to go, everything is a bit small in this scale.
The details are not bad, but it is fiddly!
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Re: 1:72 Sopwith Swallow "Monoplane No.2" -( Kovozavody Prostejov)
« Reply #12 on: January 18, 2022, 10:59:22 AM »
Another excellent model Dave and an interesting story also.
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Re: 1:72 Sopwith Swallow "Monoplane No.2" -( Kovozavody Prostejov)
« Reply #13 on: January 18, 2022, 04:26:34 PM »
I have found rigging in this scalea real trial and a real strain on the eyes.
I used the superfine 1/72 Aero Black Rigging, 0.055 mm diameter.
Off for a lie down now.
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Re: 1:72 Sopwith Swallow "Monoplane No.2" -( Kovozavody Prostejov)
« Reply #14 on: January 18, 2022, 04:57:23 PM »
Nice!