Hey, Bernie, that's my model!...The Sopwith Tabloid.
My late friend Gerry Gibbons built one of these in the '80's from the Aeromodeller plan. Pulled by a .5 Dart, it flew out of sight one Summer's day at Old Warden. A couple of months later I rescued the remains from the little control tower there, but restoration was out of the question. Sometimes a design plays on one's mind, and eventually a replica had to be built.
I have always had a problem with covering and finishing, and following a traumatic juvenile disaster with a black doped Jetex job in the fifties (thinners? what's that?) I have an aversion to putting paint on models. Double covering is another matter, and SAMS has a large range of coloured tissues. Next problem was that I couldn't make the crinkly stuff do double curvatures. Solution? Every rib bay is a separate piece of tissue. Bonus? The overlaps look like rib tapes! Roundels are tissue too, as transfers would be too glossy.
For motive power I fitted (don't laugh) a KP02. "Flights" were downward powered glides. So it was that the Sopwith remained hanging on my workshop wall for three years until appropriated and re-engined by a visiting Club Chairman. Result: a remarkably good flyer. Seems that if I want the pleasure of flying one, I'll just have to make another.
Addition June 2011