Revell 1/28 Sopwith Camel “Donner Wetter!”
First post here. This is the classic 1/28 scale Revell Sopwith F.1 Camel from 1959. I mainly build 1/72, but was inspired to build this kit that’s been sitting in my stash by a desire to build one of the Wingnut Wings Camels that came out recently. This served as a warm up for that effort.
It turned out to be more work than I had planned on, as it takes some effort to bring this classic up to date. That being said, it’s a great kit that was way ahead of its time (where all our large-scale plastic aircraft began) and looks right if completed with care.
Main points of modification:
•added some wire detail to the kit’s wicker seat, as well as an epoxy putty seat cushion and seat harness from lead foil and brass stock (mostly invisible once assembled)
•fuel tank added behind seat using bent plastic sheet (totally invisible once assembled)
•dihedral added to lower wings by scribing at the root and bending up
•bow taken out of top wing by dipping it in hot water (repeatedly)(one half at a time…it’s a foot long!)
•cabane and interplane struts shortened
•wing strut connections filled and sanded
•rigging attachment points relocated (many were in the wrong location) and redrilled
•axle chiseled out and replaced with round sprue angled up to give the characteristic Sopwith “splay”
•fuel pump generator relocated from cabane strut to landing gear strut
•Cartograph decal (from more recent Revell Germany reissue)(everything white is a decal)
•Prym knitting-in elastic for rigging
•stainless steel (banjo string) for control lines
•started in mid-70s, abandoned for years
•markings are for Captain W.G.R. Hinchcliffe (6 victories), No. 10 (N) Squadron, “C” Flight, Royal Naval Air Service, March 1918
•”Donner Wetter” means “Thunderous Weather”
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