Ares RC – Sopwith Pup RTF Ultra-Micro Biplane

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Introduction

Technically advanced, the Sopwith Pup incorporates a Hitec Red 2.4GHz radio system that’s compatible with all current 2.4GHz Hitec aircraft transmitters. Moreover, to suit your needs, two convenient versions of the model are available, both incorporating Hitec Red protocol: choose either Ready-To-Fly (including a Hitec Red-enabled transmitter and receiver) or Pair-To-Fly (supplied with a Hitec Red receiver that’s compatible with your existing Hitec transmitter).

The Sopwith Pup comes with a powerful factory-installed motor and ESC, a quiet and efficient propeller, quality servos, a 70mAh 1S Li-Po battery, plus a LiPo Charger. So, for first-time flyers looking to get started, the Sopwith Pup checks off all the essential boxes. Sport flyers, meanwhile, will appreciate its gentle characteristics and basic aerobatic ability. Make your dreams of R/C flight come true with an Ares Sopwith Pup.

This is what Ares had to say about their new Ultra-Micro Sopwith Pup, and I can’t wait to see if it holds true! But enough from me, let’s see what’s in the box!

First Look

The Pup arrived in a very nice, full-color box that doubles as a carrying case – there’s plenty of protection around the micro-sized biplane, so transport should be worry-free. Inside, I found everything required to get the Sopwith in the air. Though the Ares website says that the AA batteries are NOT included, they were with my test model.

There’s plenty of scale details built into this pint-sized antique warbird! A radial engine, scale looking propeller, and undercarriage complete with simulated fabric covered wheels and molded wing ribs add authenticity to this Ultra-Micro biplane.

A printed profile pilot and scale water-transfer decals add to the scale look of the Pup, as well as wood interplane struts that are magnetically attached. All of these little touches help the Sopwith look really good!

At the controls is a Hitec Red enabled transmitter (included with the RTF version) with a built-in LiPo flight battery charger. The charger is perfect for the included 1S 70mAh flight battery! The Sopwith Pup is also available in a PTF (Pair to Fly) version, meaning it can be flown with any currently available Hitec aircraft transmitter! Shown here is my Hitec Flash 7 transmitter – although it has many more channels that the Pup requires, it’s a great transmitter with which to fly the Pup.

Manual

The manual included with the Ares Sopwith Pup is very well written and has a lot of instruction and illustrations. You’ll want to take a few minutes to read through it before getting the Pup ready to fly.

 

Getting the Pup Ready to Fly

Though there’s not much to do, I had to install the four included AA batteries in the transmitter, charge the 1S 70mAh LiPo flight battery, and connect the flight battery to the Pup. A magnet embedded in the bottom of the cowl should do a great job of keeping the flight battery secure in flight. That’s it – the Pup was now ready to fly!

Photo Shoot

Flight Report

Our last indoor flying session of the winter was scheduled for just a week after I received the Sopwith Pup. Impatiently, I made it through the work week, and Saturday finally arrived! One of the best parts about indoor flying is that the weather is always perfect!

The Pup has plenty of power for rise off ground take offs – I made both scale and very quick takeoffs with no effort. I had to be on the rudder a lot until the tail came off the ground because the wood tail skid slid very easily on the gymnasium’s floor, but after a couple of practice taxis, it was easy to keep the Sopwith moving in a straight line. Once the plane was at a height of about 15 feet, I checked for any needed trim adjustments – the plane flew well, but needed a few clicks of down trim at half throttle. Adding power makes the Pup climb rapidly, but she’ll fly at approximately one-third throttle very nicely.

After just a couple of circuits around the gym, I was more than comfortable flying the Pup. She’s very easy to fly, and I think that anyone that has previously soloed will really like the Sopwith Pup!

As an Ultra-Micro aircraft, especially a biplane, high speed flight is a bit of an overstatement. At full throttle, the Pup will move quickly, but gains a lot of altitude in a hurry. Be ready to hold some down elevator on the right stick! The Pup really looks best flying at scale speeds under half throttle.

Due to the three-channel design, aerobatics are slightly limited, but the Pup will loop tightly when the elevator is pulled back at full throttle. There’s enough rudder authority to do some nice stall turns if the ceiling is high enough as well!

Though the battery was showing no signs of being low, I brought the Pup in for a landing shortly after the timer ticked the 8-minute mark. I could not believe how easy it was to land the tiny biplane – gradually bringing the throttle back, the Sopwith Pup settled in nicely without any bounce and looked great!

Check out the video below to see the Ares RC Ultra-Micro Sopwith Pup in action!

Summary

Ares RC has really stepped up the Ultra-Micro game with their new Sopwith Pup. This little biplane has to be seen to really appreciate it! It’s painted well, the decals are great, and it flies very nice! I can’t really think of how it could get any better than this – my only complaint is that the Pup came with just one battery. I think I’ll be picking up several more batteries so I can keep this Ultra-Micro Sopwith Pup flying all winter long!

Contact Information

www.ares-rc.com

 

 

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