Copper State 1/48 Sopwith 5F1 Dolphin
The Dolphin is the ‘Rodney Dangerfield’ of Sopwiths. Not famous like the Camel, or even the Snipe, Triplane of Pup, it was ‘different’.It was fast (131 mph) and agile, but it had ‘backstaggered’ wings, the idea was to give the pilot better visibility in the upper hemisphere, (which it did). It was a superb dogfighter, and both the Americans and French planned to build it, if the war had continued. Due to it’s ‘newness’, and the operational requirements of 1918, the Dolphin spent most of it’s time on ground attack missions, but it still produced several aces, F.W. Gillet scored 19 victories in the Dolphin.
The kit is a true ‘multimedia’ resin/white metal/PE made by Eric, who closed CopperState last year. Not an altogether easy to build kit, but wth many very nice bits.
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