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Pavel Aparin
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Sopwith Snipes 1:72

January 2, 2023 · in Uncategorized · · 10 Comments

In March 1918, British troops landed in the Russian port of Murmansk. Murmansk is located beyond the Arctic Circle, 3500km by sea from London. Following England, France and the United States intervened in Russian affairs, also landing their troops in Murmansk. In July, their troops captured the port of Arkhangelsk. In February 1920, the Red Army troops entered Arkhangelsk, and in March Murmansk was liberated from the interventionists. In Arkhangelsk, the Red Army captured six serviceable aircraft with English identification marks, including two Sopwith- aircraft. A red military pilot, Sapozhnikov, subsequently fought on one of the captured Sopwith Snipes with the name Nelly on board.

The model is assembled from a set of the company "Orient Express": a new Bentley engine is made, new racks of three standard sizes are made of bronze, keeper tapes are made on the wings of ultra thin foil, expansion inserts are made on the ends of the upper wing, the necessary holes are made on the body of the aircraft.

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10 responses

  1. Amazing work on this Sopwith, Pavel @pump
    Must have been a tough job to do the rigging this perfectly in 1/72

  2. Excellent work, Pavel! The Snipe is one of my favorite WW1 planes

  3. A very nice job especially the rigging. Is this the old Toko model?

  4. Well done Pavel, looks good, what did you use for the rigging ?

  5. Beautiful work Pavel, the rigging looks flawless.

  6. Excellent model and great story, Pavel!

  7. Lovely looking model, Pavel, great rigging, and interesting history. It must have been cold flying these planes so far north.

  8. Well done, Pavel! Making a WW1 1/72 look like a much larger scale is an accomplishment.

  9. Beautiful work - especially for the scale. How do you make those turnbuckles for the rigging at that scale?

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