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Revell 1/28 Sopwith F.1 Camel

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Revell 1/28 Sopwith F.1 Camel




An agile, highly maneuverable biplane, the Sopwith Camel accounted for more aerial victories than any other Allied aircraft during World War I. Credited with destroying 1,294 enemy aircraft, it was called the Camel due to the humped fairing over its twin machine guns. Much like a real camel, this aircraft could turn and bite you. Noted for its tendency to kill inexperienced flyers, many pilots feared its vicious spin characteristics. Until sufficient speed was developed during takeoff, Camel pilots maintained full right rudder to counteract the torque the rotary engine. Failure to do so often resulted in a ground loop with the Camel crashing on its starboard wingtip. During World War I, 413 pilots died in combat and 385 pilots died from non-combat related causes while flying the Sopwith Camel.


The Kit


This is one of three newly reboxed models by Revell of its tried and true 1/28 scale originally manufactured in the early 1960's. The other two were the Fokker Triplane and Spad XIII. Several years ago they did a Fokker D.VII but much to the chagrin of modelers everywhere, it turned out to be a real dog mostly having to do with a very poorly manufactured upper wing.

Anyway, Baby Boomer modelers have built at least one of these three planes. They were fun because they were large and because they had cool box art! The kit itself has soldiered on rather well over the years. There are the usual problems with ejector pin marks in all the wrong places that will require some time to remove or fill.Thanks to its size, there is a pretty good amount of detail. Actually, WWI planes can be well detailed because there isn't that much in the way of lots of bits. The kit comes with a full rotary engine and a nice pilot figure to pose rakishly leaning against his plane. There is a removable access panel to look at the back of the engine.  Another nice option is that all the holes for rigging have been drilled out already. One only need to run the thread through them.










The Instructions


The instructions are what I call Euro-instructions. That means no written information and only drawings. The 10 construction steps are more than adequate and they also show specifics on rigging the plane as one goes along.














Watch for the start of my Sopwith Camel build in a week or so :-)

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Interesting subject Ralph! And very detailed thread as well, thanks for the history text :)


LOL yea I was going to post this, my first review, in the review section but could access that thread!!!

My goal is to be able to build a WingNut kit so I'm going to use the Revell Biplanes to hone my skills. I also have a 1/48 SE5A kit but its really small!!

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Continue on with my wood graining effort!


Very pleased with the prop!!



Primed the wings, higlighted stitching ribs and painted the upper and lower surfaces. Still haven't mastered staight lines with my airbruch, lol!!8DA47F4C-0E30-474C-B2C5-9A2292AAB91E_zps


Green upper wing surfaces.



Tan lower wing surfaces.



And finally continued on my attempt to woodgrain and detail a WWI cockpit. Looks ok but I still need lots of practice, lol!! Oh and I need to take care of that injector pin mark on the left side headrest. Good Lord Revell!!!


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Nice work Ralph in a very old model kit!! nice to try out new techniques.

Thanks Pardelhas for the kind comment.

I'm using this Revell Spowith and Spad kit to practice all the techniques needed to build my WingNut Fokker D.V11 (A1b).

So far I have really enjoyed learning how the simulate wood grain. Very cool process I must say!

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Continued the Sopwith Camel by installing the machine guns.






Getting ready to install the upper wing.






Two is better than one!



Installing the main landing gear.






Starting the rigging using .020 styrene rods.




Painting the rigging!





Painted each rigging wire end in Vallejo Brass to simulate turnbuckles and ready for decals!




See the finished kit in the completion thread!

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