The budding technicians at our aviation career school in Atlanta have spent the last couple of days fabricating the brake system for the airbrakes on the Sopwith Strutter 1 1/2. The airbrakes require a brake system to hold them in the deployed position. The original required a segmented leather belt. As these are not available and would be hard to make, we decided to use a fan belt that is the same dimensions as the original leather belt. It fits and works great. We have now moved on to the fabrication of the control lever for the cockpit. This is going to take a little more engineering as the original handle will not work, as it gets in the way of the throttle.
We have one more wing spar to trim and shape and then we will start mocking up one of the wings to see what type of fixture we will need to build for the final assembly of the wings.