Revell Sopwith F.1 Camel 1:28 Scale Plastic Model Airplane Kit (04747)
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Starter Paint Pack (5) (PP04747)
Skill Level: 3
Pictoral instruction sheet provides precise assembly instructions.
The prototype of the Sopwith Camel first flew on 22nd December 1916. The design was of conventional construction for the period, having fabric covered fuselage and flying surfaces, plywood covering around the cockpit and an aluminium engine cowling. The armament consisted of twin machine guns firing through the propeller arc - the first British aircraft to have this system. Designed with up to 90% of the total weight at the front of the aircraft, coupled with the torque produced by the large rotary engine, the Camel was very manoeuvrable but also difficult for new pilots to fly safely, many being damaged in training accidents. The first Camels entered service with No.4 Squadron, Royal Naval Air Service, in France during June 1917. Eight months later 13 Royal Flying Corps and RNAS squadrons were equipped with the type, rising to thirty two (Royal Air Force) squadrons at the end of the war. Australian and American pilots also flew Camels in their own squadrons over the Western Front. More than 5,490 Camels were built and they were credited with destroying 1,294 enemy aircraft.
Although becoming out-classed as a day-fighter by the middle of 1918, Sopwith Camels continued in the ground attack (strafing) role until the Armistice. Some Camels were modified as night fighters with the standard Vickers guns replaced by two Lewis machine guns mounted above the upper-wing centre section. Powered by either a Bentley or Clerget rotary engine, Camels were built by several companies apart from Sopwith, such as Boulton & Paul Ltd. and Clayton & Shuttleworth Ltd. The Sopwith Camel was armed with two 0.303in. (7.7mm) Vickers machine guns, syncronised to fire through the propeller. The Bentley powered Camel had a maximum speed of 185km/h (115mph) and a range of 485km (300 miles).
Wing span: 8.53m (28ft 0in.)
Length: 5.71m (18ft 9in.)
Height 2.59m (8ft 6in.)