March 2009. The Pup then sat on a shelf for a month or two, until I got the urge to get the rigging right. During this idle time I was making the Canadair CL-415 and thinking about repairing the Catalina and had made a commitment to go to the BIMBO meeting in May 09, taking both these models. Lying in bed early one morning I had a vision of flying a Sopwith Schneider or a Baby, 30” span, Depron construction. The simplest thing to do was to make some scale floats and a new fin and rudder and fit them to the Pup. Two days later the model was complete and, to my mind, very pretty.
As far as anyone knows, none of the thousands of Pups was converted into a floatplane, but if one had have been, this is what it would have looked like, with floats, fin and rudder from a Baby. I suppose that Sopwith might have tried out longer main floats and done away with the tail float, as he did on the unsuccessful post-war Schneider Racer, but this will have to do for now. The little water rudder is connected by a CF rod to the main rudder and it will be interesting to see whether the model can be persuaded to track across the water in a straight line. Now that the excessive washout on the port wings has been corrected, I will have to straighten up the aileron on the starboard side. I hope...
All she needs now is the fin trademark, a beaching trolley and a trestle for the tail!