Sopwith Camel F.1 – Working with Wood
I hadn’t thought I’d be posting any updates so soon, but the airscrew came together rather quickly so I decided to add a few images. The details in the book/plans aren’t a 1:1 version so I had to find old Air Ministry specifications for the SC for a little more background to the type.
The wood is basswood and fairly easy to shape. I was going to try a Dremel attachment but the delicate curves really demanded to be hand-shaped, with 60g glasspaper and fine polishing wool, followed by a coat of Colron deep mahogany woodstain and seven coats of satin varnish.
I also cleaned up the wing ribs (various), removing laser-burn residue, etc., followed by a single light coat of Medium Oak Varnish Stain to keep them clean and add a little ‘warmth’ to the wood itself.
I’ve pinned a piece of greaseproof baking paper over the plans, as all the various wing parts are built up directly over the plans and I wanted to keep the original documents clean.
Lastly, the tips of Allied aircraft airscrews were often painted grey, sometimes with a fabric cover secured prior to painting. Some had brass sections fixed to the leading edge of the prop. This was to minimize damage to the leading edges from stones, etc., prior to the run-up to take-off. I may add the grey-painted tips later.
Everything will slow down now…
9 additional images. Click to enlarge.