ORIGINAL: John Cole
I`m not sure why the designer set the top wing so high...
I compared the plans of Dynaflite S.E.-5a with the 3-view scale drawings printed in
Squadron/Signal S.E.5A In Action.
The distance between the wings of the model seems to be in accordance with the prototype.
OK, I did some comparisons of my own with a caliper and dozens of different views of the actual se5a, and while it may not be exactly scientific as looking at actual manufacturer's plans, I did manage to come up with consistent results within a small range.
I measured the difference between the height of the fuse right behind the prop and the distance from the fuse to the top/middle of the upper wing. I consistently got a range between 40%-42%. (The fuse to wing distance 40% of the height of the fuse.)
On the Dynaflite model it came out to 48%-51%!
Also found from the one drawing I located that the wing separation is 1 to .85 Strange, becausw I always thought the biplane effect would hinder performance at anything under 1 to 1.
Maybe Dynaflite used that 1 to 1 ratio and that's why the wing looks goofy.