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Sopwith Camel WW1 Fighter Laser Cut Balsa Kit (1520mm)

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Sopwith Camel WW1 Fighter Laser Cut Balsa Kit (1520mm)


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The Sopwith Camel was a British World War I 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, which was more than any other allied fighter.

Our model captures the very essence of this formidable World War I fighter, it has an open framework structure built from balsa and hardwoods and has a glass fiber radial cowl with a 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 

Wingspan: 1520mm
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 5-6S LiPo battery
Textured covering or a good quality film covering
Assorted glues
Assorted hand tools

 See under the "Files" tab for a copy of the manual.

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Jeff | Verified Buyer

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Experienced builders only

Nov 28, 2021

This is not your traditional bursa flat kit. It is mainly laser cut plywood which fits together well. However there are some shortcomings.
There are no written instructions so assemble everything before gluing to make sure you have correct order of assembly.
There is no provision for attaching the lower wing, you will have to work this out yourself.
There are no provision for hinging the rear wing and stabiliser, the wood is too hard to make hinge slots and splits. I remade these parts out of bulsa wood.
No wing leading edge is provided.
There is no provision for fitting an i.c. Motor but it is not hard to do.
In summary the kit went together well but you need to know what you are doing.

Alex | Verified Buyer

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tres moyen

Nov 16, 2021

bois vriller et notice incomplète avec des modifications du kit très aléatoire

Michael | Verified Buyer

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Almost good, but too many lapses in quality/instructions.

Oct 02, 2021

As others have commented, the instructions with this kit are pretty sparse and if, for example, you assemble the fuselage in the order implied by the pictures, you will get into a tangle. It's essential to dry fit everything before using any glue.
Despite the claim in the description, it is not suitable for someone with limited building experience.
A few other nitpicks:
The wheels supplied in the kit look nothing like the wheels on a Sopwith Camel.
The two pre-drilled holes in the rudder for the control horn are at 90 deg to the correct orientation.
The pre-drilled holes in the aileron servo mounting plates do not match the holes in the wing where they are meant to be attached.
There is no explanation of how to attach the struts to the wings.
There is no mention of attaching the leading edges to the wings. As pictured in the instructions, the leading edges are flat.
On the bright side, most of the other parts fit well and there is a picture of each sheet of balsa or ply that shows where most of the parts can be found.
If you have built before and want a project to keep you busy, this could be it.

Gordon | Verified Buyer

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Nice Product

Jun 26, 2021

Nicely made, quality product, recommended.

Moutman | Verified Buyer

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A Kit for the Adventerous

Jun 13, 2021

The kit has a good design and nicely assembled. The manual is sparse and does not give information on the critical assembly details (ie. lower wing attachment, supports for upper wing don't match the end wing support, details on support attachment). Dimensions on wing design would be helpful in checking out the build at assembly time.) Parts and details on dual aerolin assembly are missing along with connectors shown in photos.

sr | Verified Buyer

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Sopwith review

Jun 12, 2021

Very well-cut plywood parts, good reinforcements, might be a bit heavier than balsa, instructions leave a lot of information out, could use more pictures.

Jacky | Verified Buyer

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article qui correspond a la description; Dommage que les roues soient si volumineuses.

Jun 05, 2021

bon article

Richard | Verified Buyer

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All of the parts you need to build this model (RC and Motors are not incuded in this kit)

Apr 24, 2021

My only Issue with this kit is the level of assembly instructions. Don't start gluing the parts together before test fitting the parts together. There are all the parts you need but where they go or how to assemble them is not clear. A video or more detailed instructions would improve this product. I still do not know how to attach the rudder to the tail wheel.

Gatsojon | Verified Buyer

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Excellent Value Kit

Mar 16, 2021

I bought this kit for the build experience and it didn't disappoint. It's not for the beginner, mainly because the 'instructions' are very light, just a few photos really. No plans to build on but the cuts are very accurate and this is pretty much self-jigging.
No idea if I will ever complete to fly as yet. I need some practise on a trainer first.

Richard | Verified Buyer

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Highley recomended

Mar 15, 2021

I have been building and flying model aeroplanes for 20 years. I wanted a lockdown project and always fancied a biplane. This is a wounderfull kit to put together. Experience is needed so not for beginners but for the more experienced modellers I would recomend. I have had so much fun building this plane and everything is fairly strait forward. Im looking forward to finishing and flying this wonderfull model with a RCGF 15 or 20 cc petrol engine

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