Balsa USA Sopwith PUP

Gmoney

Circus Staff
I would go with the laser cut (short kit) Yeah you will spend more $$$ but you will save some time in the build.. I have built two laser cut kits man they framed up quick.. the last one I did for an old club member he never finsihed it and died shortly after I found out a year or so ago his kids put it in the dumpster.. Oh Man that sucked...
 

JBenson

Circus Staff
Cowl, this project is huge, but you will have fun. Find a kit cutter that already offers the laser cut short kit, or call up Balsa USA and order the whole kit. Having the correct cowl and everything makes a big difference. Fabric and Dope is the only option on a bird like this if you ask me. Also, I like your idea of a radial, Get a Saito 4-stroke radial, it will sound really cool.

JB
 

In-N-Out

previously Cowlhead
Balsa USA offers the kit, but it does not say if it comes with the cowl. I will call them today to see.
 

In-N-Out

previously Cowlhead
Cowl, this project is huge, but you will have fun. Find a kit cutter that already offers the laser cut short kit, or call up Balsa USA and order the whole kit. Having the correct cowl and everything makes a big difference. Fabric and Dope is the only option on a bird like this if you ask me. Also, I like your idea of a radial, Get a Saito 4-stroke radial, it will sound really cool.

JB

Radial is the only way to go. I know I will be enlisting of the circus crew to help out on this project.
 

In-N-Out

previously Cowlhead
I am going to order the kit from Balsa USA they include the pre-bent landing gear wires, flying wires, and hardware. I will keep you guys posted on my progress.
 

Stubbs

WTF
Balsa usa sells the solartex it is pretty nice. You would probably need a 10 meter roll. If you talk to balsa usa they will tell you exactly how much you will need.
 

In-N-Out

previously Cowlhead
Wow. How do you scale build something? I know people take a full scale plane and base it off of that. Is there more to it than that?
 

Stubbs

WTF
I have learned quite a bit about scale while doing my p-38, the first thing is to get a kit with a fairly scale outline, the Balsa USA stuff is usually pretty good as far as I understand. The second is to find a plane that you want to scale it after. One of the biggest lessons I have learned with my P-38 is plan, plan, plan! A pup is a little more strait forward than a ww2 warbird in that there is no flaps, retracts etc. the level of scale that you choose to do is up to you. Probably one of the best pieces of advice that I have gotten was from dennis crooks (multiple time scale masters champ) is that there is no excuse for not getting a perfect static, if you don't like the way it is done, re do it. You should give carl a call as he has competed in scale masters in all categories many times.
 

Gmoney

Circus Staff
Dave, that pic of your shop vac is NASTY! My buddy SHOWTIME has/had the same problem but his had mildew on top of that nasty.. Even today turning on his shop-vac is NASTY.. That thing might work alittle better if you knowck that filter off in the trsh can..:p

Gmoney
 

Gmoney

Circus Staff
Hey this project is something I am really looking forward to watching.. What's up you post pics of the plans and then NOTHING?? Dude I need progress reports.. If your not doing something with it at least three times a week you wont ever finish it.. Come on what do you have done so FAR?
 
Cowl you need a clean surface to start and all the right tools to do this kind of build. I think you can do this but you will need lots of time and glue.
 

In-N-Out

previously Cowlhead
You know what funny is I haven't even started the project and I have lost complete motivation.
 

Gmoney

Circus Staff
I guess I have a problem cuz reading this thread makes me want one too. I even went to the BALSAUSA site today and I think the 1/4 scale Marane Saulner is the bird for me! Nothing like a nice scale bird. In my case it will be semi-scale.. A big twin glow motor or maybe one of those new Evo gas motors.. I could go crazy and maybe find one of those 3 cylinder jobs.. Yeah Too bad it would have been fun..

G
 
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