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A Sopwith Pup was the first aircraft ever to land on a moving ship. This was on August 2, 1917 when the aircraft piloted by Edwin Dunning landed on the HMS Furious. RNAS Sopwith Pup aircraft pioneered the use of aircraft from Royal Navy ships.
The English made Sopwith Pup was able to counter the formidable German fighter aircraft, and return the balance of power between the Axis countries and Allies.
Pups were deployed in 1916 with the Royal Naval Air Service and Royal Flying Corps Service. They soon became an all time pilot favorite. They were praised for their ease of handling, maneuverability, speed, and excellent high altitude performance. In their first two months of service the aircraft were credited with the downing of 20 enemy aircraft, without a single loss of their own.
Sopwith originally designated their new aircraft the Admiralty Type 9901. They retained the interplane struts of their predecessor, but due to the wings of the aircraft being about one fifth smaller than those of its predecessor, the aircraft was eventually renamed the Pup.
The standard aircraft engine was a 80 h.p. Le Rhone rotary. Some aircraft assigned to the defense of Great Britain were equipped with the more powerful 100 h.p. Gnome Monosoupape rotary engines for greater performance.
Over 1,770 Sopwith Pup fighters were produced prior to the end of the war.
Pictured above is the RC Sopwith Pup built from a kit from Balsa USA. It has a wingspan of 108" and a length of 77" You will need engines from 2.7 cid and up to power the rc airplane. All up weight should be around 29 lbs.
The Sopwith Pup by Kit Cutters is made from Nexus Plans. Its wingspan is 53". A .60 engine will power the Sopwith Pup. Kit Cutters has a short kit, full kit, or plans.
Kit Cutters also has a 89.75" wingspan rc Sopwith Pup from Joseph Bukovchik plans. To power it you will need from 1.9 to 2.6 cid engines.
The Sopwith Pup from Aerodrome built by Al Clark from their kit is shown above and below. It has a wingspan of 40" and is powered with with an E-Flite 450 motor.
Al reports his rc Sopwith Pup as flying great. It looks great and flies well at scale speeds, but has plenty of reserve power. He particularly appreciates the looks of his rc airplane when it is overhead and the sun shines through the wing covering. It does great aerobatics without being twitchy to fly.
Cleveland Model & Supply has plans for the Sopwith Pup in 40", 53" and 80" wingspans.
D.B. Sport & Scale has a kit for a Sopwith Pup. It has a 77" wingspan and weight around 15 lbs. D.B. recommends four cycle engines from .90 to 1.20.
Tom Clark GmbH has a Sopwith Pup as a kit with a wingspan of 96 1/2" and a length of 72 1/2". They recommend a ZG 38SC engine with 2.8:1 reduction gearing driving a 32 x 18 prop for power.
Uncle Willie's has plans for a Sopwith Pup with a wingspan of 53" and a length of 40". They say that their RC airplane will fly just fine on a .19 K&B engine. All up weight is about 6 lbs.
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