The Sopwith Camel was a British World War I single-seat biplane fighter, first introduced to combat operations in 1917, on the Western Front. It had a comparatively short fuselage, a powerful rotary engine, and twin synchronized machine guns.
Most trainee pilots at first found the little biplane difficult to handle, but in experienced hands it was an agile and manoeuvrable fighting machine. By the end of World War I flyers in Sopwith Camels had been credited with shooting down 1294 enemy aircraft, more than in any other Allied fighter. The restored Camel below is presently with the National Museum of the US Air Force, near Dayton, Ohio.
The 1:16 scale Hasegawa Sopwith Camel is a detailed kit that compares very well to other scale models of the World War I era. It will make an impressive display piece if assembled well.
HASEGAWA SOPWITH CAMEL SCALE STATS
Assembled wingspan: 533mm (21in)
Manufacturer’s ref: 50031 MU01
The Hasegawa 1:16 scale Sopwith Camel should be released in July. Meanwhile there’s a wide variety of Camels in all scales here.