Installing a Dummy Rotary Engine

Installing a Dummy Rotary Engine

After finishing my recent project, the 1/4-scale Sopwith Camel, I test flew it and trimmed it out so it was performing really well, but it just did not look right without a scale rotary engine to fill that big round cowling. Starting with a molded, fiberglass dummy rotary from Balsa USA, I detailed, and painted it and installed it in the Sopwith Camel over the course of a long weekend.


The overall project took only about 10 hours which, compared to the airplane construction itself, is really no time at all considering how much it improves the model’s scale appearance.


complete with all its details and separate lifter rods, the molded engine was attached to the inside of the cowling in the typical fashion, but if you have the needed room, you could also install metal or wood standoffs on the firewall around the G-38 engine and attach the dummy rotary that way. It’s up to you.


The end result earned me a 2nd place win in the Designer Scale class at the 2016 WRAM show scale competition. Here’s how I did it…


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Updated: November 17, 2016 — 10:52 AM
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