Sopwith F.1 Camel
The Sopwith Camel, so named for the hump over its guns, is
probably the most famous of all First World War fighters, if not by
sight, then by name. Sopwith developed the Camel in late 1916 in an
effort to overcome the single gun handicap suffered by their successful
80hp Pup and improve performance with a more powerful engine.The
initial F.1 Camel prototype was unveiled in December 1916 and featured
two Vickers Mk.1 machine guns and a 110hp Clerget engine.The Camel
featured a top wing with no dihedral and coupled with a 5" dihedral on
the bottom wing which combined with its concentrated center of gravity,
helped contribute to its high maneuverability and a well deserved
reputation as a difficult and sometimes dangerous aircraft to
fly. before going into production the engine was increase to a 130hp
Clerget engine. Initial problems with performance above 10,000 feet was
attributed mostly to poor quality of British manufactured Clerget
engines. Various engines were eventually used. After its initial
teething problems were ironed out the Camel proved to be a highly
capable fighter and along with the SE.5a and French SPADs, helped wrest
air superiority back from the German Albatros fighters towards the end
of 1917. The Camel was produced not only by Sopwith but eight other
companies as well.
The Sopwith Camel's specifications as follows;
Max speed 116 mph
Total number built 5,500 from January 1917 to 1919
Armament consisted of two Vickers .303 machine guns and up to 100lb of bombs.
This kit models the Camel equipped with the 130 or 140hp Clerget engine
and is one of six kits of the Camel produced by WNW in 1917, the others
being the BR 1,
LeRhone, USAS, Ship’s Camel and a Duellists version consisting of
a Camel paired with an LVG.
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