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The Sopwith
"1˝ Strutter"

VK Models Kits

VK Models SOPWITH "1-1/2 STRUTTER" flying prototype built by Proctor Enterprises

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The Sopwith "1˝ Strutter" will be remembered  as one of the great unsung heroes of World War One.  It performed countless tasks as a trainer, fighter, bomber and reconnaissance aircraft and, whether operated on wheels, floats, skids or skies, performed admirably in numerous Allied air forces.  But nowhere did it see more action than with the French.  It is also a little-known fact that, of the more than 5,000 "Strutters" built, 4,000 were built not in Britain, but in France.  They were greatly prized for their excellent flying qualities and versatile battle platform.  While not as glamorous as the single-seat fighters in the squadrons, the "1˝", nicknamed for its unusual 1˝ strut configuration, served a role equally as important to the air war.

Perhaps the "Strutter's" single most interesting use was as a carrier-type seaplane.  Launching ramps were constructed on top of a ship's massive gun turrets.  The ramps could then be rotated into the wind and the aircraft subsequently launched.  Flotation devices were installed inside the fuselage and in deployment canisters under the lower wings.  These could then be discharged when needed, deploying two inflatable bags 8˝ feet long and two feet in diameter.  Every water landing alongside the ship was a grand adventure!

The decision to produce the "Strutter" in 1/6 scale was an easy one.  It started with a call from Lucas Films™ to produce a number of R/C models for the filming of Young Indiana Jones and the Attack of the Hawkmen.  The one model that we did not already produce in kit form was the 1˝ Strutter.  As it would be the featured airplane in the film, it was given very special attention.  And, because of budget constraints, we would not have the luxury of a backup model if it were damaged during filming.  In short, the model performed beautifully in hundreds of flights and earned a place of honor hanging in George Lucas's archives at Skywalker Ranch!

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VK Models SOPWITH "1-1/2 STRUTTER" built by Joe Topper of Proctor Enterprises.  This aircraft was used in the film "Young Indiana Jones and the Attack of the Hawk Men"

SOPWITH "1-1/2 STRUTTER"

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KIT SPECIFICATIONS

Sopwith "1˝ Strutter"    Kit # 2100

Wingspan 67.50 Inches
Length 51.50 Inches
Height 18.00 Inches
Wing Area 1478 Sq. Inches
Weight 9 to 10 Lbs.
Engine .48 to .70
Price $298.95 US

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ACCESSORIES

# 32 Vintage Wheels
# 207-39 Wire Spoke Wheels
# 225 Covering (4 rolls needed)
# 216A 14-4 Curved Flying Prop
# 359 Pilot
# 65 Pilot
# 53 Vickers Gun
# 55A Scarf Ring Gun Kit
(includes Lewis Gun)
# 88 LeRhone Engine Kit
# 252 Laser 70 4-Stroke Engine
# 262 O.S. FS-70 Surpass Engine

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