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TOPIC: Academy Sopwith Camel

Academy Sopwith Camel 20 Aug 2015 08:39 #1

Academy 1:32 Sopwith Camel

 

This is an inbox review of the Academy Sopwith Camel.

Historical setting
The Sopwith Camel was a British First World War single-seat biplane fighter introduced on the Western Front in 1917 and was manufactured by the Sopwith Aviation Company. Though difficult to handle, to an experienced pilot it provided unmatched maneuverability.
A superlative fighter, the Camel was credited with shooting down 1,294 enemy aircraft, more than any other Allied fighter of the conflict. It also served as a ground-attack aircraft, especially towards the end of the war, by which point it was being outclassed in the air-to-air role by newer German fighters such as the legendary Fokker D7.

The Model



Contents
- 3 x sheets of sprue.
- 1 x decal sheet.
- 1 x instruction booklet.

This kit is very small and simple but nicely molded, with a choice of 2 different planes in the decals.
The wing-flaps and rudder are fixed and there is no PE.
The Instructions are simple and easy to follow.
Compared to the detail of a Wingnut kit the Academy offering is greatly simplified but good value at less than half the price, still retaining nice crisp molding with the overall look still pretty cool- it definitely looks like a Sopwith Camel.
Wingnuts are advertising one of these as their current 'under development' so it will be interesting to compare.



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Academy Sopwith Camel 20 Aug 2015 09:18 #2

Thanks for the look inside Ian. :thumbsup
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Academy Sopwith Camel 20 Aug 2015 10:09 #3

One of my favorite WW1 planes...
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Academy Sopwith Camel 20 Aug 2015 11:09 #4

Barney wrote:
One of my favorite WW1 planes...

And Snoopy's too ... :pilot ... Thanks for the Info Ian ... The Revell of Germany 1/28 wouldn't hold a candle to this one ... On My Wish list Thanks once again ... :pilot
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Academy Sopwith Camel 20 Aug 2015 11:48 #5

The Academy Camel uses the Hobbycraft tooling from the 1980's or 1990's. Around 2005 Hobbycraft quietly re-tooled the kit and released Clegert and Le Rhone engine versions. They feature a redesigned wing de-emphazing the ribs and new wingtips, redesigned fin and rudder, improved engine details and rudimentary cockpit. The two biggest items missing from the cockpit are the fuel tank that the seat belts attach to and the ammunition boxes. Both these items will have to be scratch built.

Tom's Modelworks makes a photo etch set for British interiors that will improve the cockpit look.

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Academy Sopwith Camel 20 Aug 2015 21:42 #6

Thanks Rich ... Good to know ... Revell of Germany must have used a old Lindburg Pin Marks 0n top of the wing ... really destroyed the cloth detail ... :pilot
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Posted: ACADEMY 1/32 SOPWITH CAMEL 21 Aug 2015 17:30 #7

So this is an entirely new kit and not just a rebox of some other company's model?

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(moved to proper thread jk)
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Academy Sopwith Camel 21 Aug 2015 20:31 #8

My favorite WWI plane since I was a boy. Of course I was influenced by a certain pilot... :snoopy
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Academy Sopwith Camel 21 Aug 2015 20:52 #9

Gator wrote:
My favorite WWI plane since I was a boy. Of course I was influenced by a certain pilot... :snoopy

And the cool music.

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Academy Sopwith Camel 06 Sep 2015 15:48 #10

Is there any aftermarket for this kit? What about generic WWI aftermarket manufacturers? I know about ships and some armor and I'm learning about 1/25 autos.
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Academy Sopwith Camel 06 Sep 2015 16:07 #11

There's a lot of stuff that are for WWI aircraft in general.
Gaspatch for one.
Aeroscale has some IPs for the older stuff.
Aviattic for decals.

About the best resource,
www.ww1aircraftmodels.com/
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Academy Sopwith Camel 06 Sep 2015 16:30 #12

There are a few options out there.

PART makes a PE set for the Academy Camel (You'll find it under the S32/35 button)

TOM'S MODELWORKS makes some generic British PE sets for guns, interior and spoke wheels.

TAURUS MODELS makes some resin parts for engines.

GASPATCH makes turnbuckles and guns.

BARRACUDA makes some resin wicker seats. (It seems the site is down today)

RB PRODUCTIONS makes British flat flying wires and terminals.

There may be more out there too.

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