So buttoning up the last bit of work on my Sopwith Camel, I installed the fuel tank and worked out the fuel line routing. I installed a 20 oz. tank from JL Products. This tank is great as it has no flexible internal clunk line to worry about. It has a rotary pickup design and is just about maintenance free.
To support the tank I used CAD to design a lite ply hangar bracket to support the tank and position it above the radio gear and servos. I measured the tank, drew the bracket and laser cut it to shape. The two brackets have tabs which I loop rubber bands around to hold the tank in place.
To avoid chaffing I made the brackets about 1/8 inch wider than the tank and used Sullivan foam rubber padding to protect the tank.
The brackets are screwed into place anchored into the top former top cross piece longerons. This makes the tank and the brackets easy to remove at a later date if needed.
The brackets sit below the hatch base so there’s no interference with the cockpit and machine gun hump sections.
Here you see there is plenty of space around the tank and below, the radio gear and pushrods have plenty of room so there’s no chance of interference.
Well, nothing let to do but teardown everything and get ready to start the covering process.