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Sopwith Camel F.1 – Finals

September 6, 2017 in Aviation

The snub-nosed, pugnacious look of this aircraft is instantly recognisable as a Sopwith Camel.

I’ve previously posted Headline articles relating to significant sections of this project, a 1/16 model from Model Airways, because of the detail and complexity of these areas. The project is now complete.

The cabane and interplane struts are a combination of metal and timber. It may seem odd treating the timber interplane struts with woodgrain effects, but they had to match the cabane struts in detail and tone. The rigging is set up at this stage as well, ready for tensioning once the top plane is in position.

Here are photos of the completed model, in the round.

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19 responses to Sopwith Camel F.1 – Finals

  1. Awesome modelling their Rob. Congrats on a spectacular model.

    Cheers Greg😀

  2. Rob, what a beautiful piece of work, museum stuff. Not only does it look like the real thing, it builds like one, too. About as involved as a fully rigged sailing ship. Nice work on them struts!

    • Thanks. Problem with the cabanes unfortunately. They’re paired left and right according to length/angle but I had three of one type and one single by type (another kit error).

      I had to cut the metal heads from one strut, reduce the length of the shaft and reassemble it at a different angle, but it was never quite right with the result that one side was pushed forward- I couldn’t get it back square, so the top plane is about three degrees out of square. I hoped I could reduce this through tension on the rigging but when I saw a *metal* cabane starting to shear with the counter-tension, I let it go. Live and let live.

  3. Words fail me…….outstanding craftsmanship, sir.

  4. Gorgeous! Museum quality, Rob. It’s better than I have adjectives to describe it!


  5. What a beauty, Rob! Looks a lot like one of my RC models before covering, but much nicer!

  6. Wow!!. this could be used as an instructional tool. Snoopy would love it.

  7. WOW !!!! This is a museum quality masterpiece Rob. It really turned out very nice. Your skills continue to amaze me my friend. Thanks for sharing this with us.

  8. Stunningly beautiful! So nice I had to comment again.

  9. FANTASTIC Build, I love it……..nice one Rob.

  10. What a result.
    Well done Rob.

  11. Wow,beautifully done Rob.

  12. Yep – just beautiful. Now to build something calming…! (at least – that would be MY thoughts…)

  13. Damm, this is true model making… I wish

  14. Nice work and beautifully finished as we have to come to expect from you, whatever next? How’s your Victory holding up? I read somewhere that the real one in Portsmouth is in danger of collapsing……..

  15. Another fantastic project Rob! The attention to detail is really impressive! It literally looks like it could start up and take off.

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