NOTE:  THESE PLANS WERE DRAWN AND OFFERED BY GRAHAM LEE ON REQUEST FROM HOMEBUILDERS WHO FOLLOWED HIS TUBE AND GUSSET CONSTRUCTION TECHNIQUE.   GRAHAM WAS NOT ABLE TO BUILD A PROTOTYPE , BUT AT THE TIME OFFERED THESE DRAWINGS WITH UNLIMITED AMOUNT OF HIS ADVICE TO POTENTIAL BUILDERS.   I REGRET THAT I DONT HAVE ALL OF HIS EXPERTISE AND CANNOT OFFER SAME ADVICE.  THIS SET OF DRAWINGS ARE FOR EXPERIENCED HOMEBUILDERS.  (THANKS. MIKE LEE)

 

This a 2 plane set of plans. You can combine the desireable aspects of both. The Tabloid was produced first as a Bennet racer, and did very well. It was then adopted by the military. With all of the accessories added, it needed a bigger engine, a change of cowl, and rudder to become the Sopwith Baby. Both aircraft were 2 place side by side, but in 7/8 scale they are perfect for the average 200 pound pilot of today. The Sopwith’s construction techniques are similar to the Nieuports. The fuselage can be built in a couple of weekends, and wing ribs will only take a couple of hours to bend.

 

Best Performance (Baby) Rotax 582 or Hirth with 72 inch or larger prop. The Tabloid can be VW powered due to the smaller cowl, but will need a 2100 CC Or larger engine.

 

NOTE: The skids are necessary with the rearward placed wheels. The wheels can be positioned as on the baby without tip over skids

SOPWITH TABLOID & BABY

 

Wingspan: 21 ft 75 in

Wing Area: 195 sq. ft.

Length: 19 ft 5 in

Height: 7 ft 43 in

Weight Empty: ~325 lbs

Fuel Capacity: 12 - 15 Gal US

Stall Speed: 35 MPH

Cruise: 75 MPH

Top Speed: ~90 MPH

Never Exceed (Vne): 110 MPH

Gross Weight: 650 lbs

G Force Factor: 5.7+ 2.8-

INFORMATION

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