Ex airline pilot Nick Caudwell started this ambitious build as a retirement project, even though he’d never built anything before.
Nick has fitted an W670 7 cylinder radial engine, in place of the almost impossible to obtain Bentley BR2 rotary. This engine is pretty much the perfect size both in diameter and depth and about the same power as the Bentley .

Building as authentically as possible is one thing, making it look truly authentic is another altogether. Nick has gone to great lengths to ensure all the instruments in the cockpit are completely original! Quite remarkable for an aircraft that was struck off the register some 87 years ago.

Nick plans to finish it in the colours of Elywn Roy “Bo” King of Australia No.4 Squadron, thus giving appropriate recognition to the highest scoring Snipe ace. 

Full details of this build and a lot more pictures can be found in Issue 2 of the TAVAS newsletter, free to all members. To become a member,     CLICK HERE