YouTube – Sopwith Pup
1- 7.7 mm
19 ft. 4 in.
26 ft. 6 in.
The Sopwith Pup, produced by the Sopwith Aviation Company, was officially named Scout. There are different versions of how the aircraft got its name:
(1) The name Pup became synonymous with the aircraft because pilots considered it a smaller sibling to its predecessor.
(2 ) 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.
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 British made Sopwith Pup was able to counter the formidable German fighter aircraft, and return the balance of power between the Axis countries and Allies.
Sopwith Pup aircraft 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 Sopwith Pup aircraft were credited with the downing of 20 enemy aircraft without a single loss of their own.
The standard aircraft engine was an 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 sold prior to the end of the war.
RC Sopwith Pup
The RC Sopwith Pup built from a kit for sale from Balsa USA has a wingspan of 108 in. and a length of 77 in. 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 from Nexus Plans has a 53 in. wingspan. A .60 engine will power the airplane.
There is an 89.75 in. wingspan Sopwith Pup from Joseph Bukovchik plans. To power it you will need from 1.9 to 2.6 cid engines.
The Sopwith Pup kit from Aerodrome builds to a wingspan of 40 in. Recommended power is a 450 size motor.
Cleveland Model & Supply has plans for the Sopwith Pup for sale in 40, 53 and 80 inch wingspans.