The Sopwith Camel was a British WW1 single seater fighter and first saw service at the Western Front in 1917. It was manufactured by the Sopwith Aviation Company and used a rotary aero engine and had twin synchronized Vickers machine guns firing forwards through the propeller arc. Though difficult to handle it was extremely maneuverable in the hands of an experienced pilot and was credited with shooting down 1,294 enemy aircraft, this was more than any other allied fighter.
Our model captures the very essence of this formidable WW1 fighter, it has an open framework structure built from balsa and hardwoods and has a glass fiber radial cowl with plastic molded dummy rotary engine and authentic looking rigging wires. For ease of construction, all the parts are beautifully laser cut and are extremely accurate which will allow you to build the perfect model. Also included is a plastic molded cockpit surround with simulated padded cockpit coaming and left and right-hand front plastic molded fuselage fairings which simulate the aluminum side panels on the full size aircraft. To complete the contents of this superb kit are a pair of vintage aircraft wheels, pre-bent and drilled aluminum wing struts and U/C legs, carbon tube wing spars and joiners plus a comprehensive hardware pack that includes rigging wire, nuts and bolts, servo horns, rods and connectors etc.
The Sopwith Camel has been designed to use either a 35 or 42mm 500~600 watt electric outrunner brushless motor on a 5~6S lipo swinging a 14~15 inch prop or the equivalent gas/nitro engine. 4 standard size servos are more than adequate for the control surfaces.
Overall this is a fantastic kit and due to its ease of construction, it is perfect for the seasoned builder or those with limited building experience. Once finished in an authentic textured covering such as antique and olive drab Solartex and the addition of scale accessories such as a pilot and machine guns this Camel will really look the part and will turn many heads attacking the Hun at your local flying field or RC flying club.
• Laser cut parts for accuracy and ease of construction
• Carbon spars and wing tubes
• Glass fiber radial cowl
• Plastic molded cockpit surround and side fairings
• Authentic rigging wires
• Comprehensive hardware pack
Fuselage Length: 1020mm
Flying Weight: 2700~3300g
Motor: 3530~4250 or gas/nitro equivalent
ESC: 40~60A suitable for up to 6S
Propeller: 14~15 inch
Battery: 2600~4000mah 5~6S
1 x 3530~4250 Brushless outrunner motor or gas/nitro equivalent
1 x 40~60A 6S electronic speed controller
4 x 17~40g servos (5 required if using gas/nitro engine)
1 x 14 or 15-inch propeller
1 x 2600~4000mah 6S LiPo battery
Textured covering material
Assorted hand tools
See under the "Files" tab for a copy of the manual.
You need to be a experienced modeller to build this kit, the instructions take a lot of studying before it starts to make sense. The wood selection and the laser cutting are very good and it builds into a good looking model however when it comes to the installation of hardware and radio equipment, you are on your own as the instruction don't cover this aspect. After many enjoyable hours of building the model and fitting a 91 4stroke engine I was pleased with the result. The model balanced with no additional weight.
At the flying field it soon became apparent that this model doesn't fly! As soon as it took off the model was very difficult to control, it didn't respond well to any control inputs, it was basically very unstable. I did manage to land it but it did cartwheel as it touched the ground, fortunately the model is quite strong and little damage was done. When I got it home I did some minor repairs and increased the fin and rudder area by 50%, not scale but it looked OK. A few weeks later I flew it again and what a difference, it now flies great, I have control and it flies like it should. Obviously the manufacturers never test fly their models. Increase the fin and the rudder and its a great machine.I bought and built the tiger moth 1400mm ,and I was really surprised with the balsa /wood quality, and the overall build quality , for only €85,00 , and this Sopwith camel is no exception ,once again perfectly boxed (three times) bubble wrap as well for €135,00 the whole package is worth much more wood/balsa and now with a better online Bulid manual just fantsic value , a must buy item , if its your first scratch build go for it you will not be dissapointed , I´ll give it 20 stars PB